Sunday, December 04, 2005
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team, the NCAA leader in all-time bowl appearances (53) and bowl victories (29), accepted a bid today to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas, Texas.
"The AT&T Cotton Bowl is ecstatic to have two tremendous teams with such passionate fans in Texas Tech and Alabama," bowl chairman Gayle M. Earls said. "With the extraordinary talent on both rosters, January 2nd is already setting up to be a Classic to remember."
Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore proudly accepted the Crimson Tide's seventh Cotton Bowl bid Sunday evening.
"I appreciate the faith that the Cotton Bowl committee has shown in The University of Alabama," Moore said. "I have enjoyed the Cotton Bowl over the years and I will assure you that I will convey to our team and Coach (Mike) Shula as to what is to be expected and how much they will enjoy playing in the Cotton Bowl.
"I want to say how proud I am of our team, coach Shula and his staff, and the accomplishments they have achieved this year. Going through what this team has gone through in the past few years, and particularly the seniors, I want to say I could not be prouder of what they have accomplished in their final year at Alabama."
The Crimson Tide and Red Raiders will meet in the 70th Cotton Bowl Classic on Jan. 2, 2006 at the Cotton Bowl. The game will be televised nationally by the FOX Network and will kickoff at 10 a.m. (CT).
"Our coaches and our players are excited to have this opportunity," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said. "The Cotton Bowl speaks for itself. Even more important is the reputation the bowl has and the way they do things. I know ithe Cotton Bowl is extremely high among all the head coaches in the SEC when we are together in our coaches meetings. We are excited about going to Dallas."
Alabama (9-2, 6-2 SEC) is currently ranked 13th in latest BCS rankings. The Crimson Tide is also ranked 13th in the Associated Press, ESPN/Coaches and Harris Interactive polls.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to have the Crimson Tide back in Dallas," AT&T Cotton Bowl Team Selection Chairman Dan S. Petty said. "Alabama has such great tradition and passion for football. It's great to have them back in a New Year's bowl game."
Texas Tech (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) is currently ranked 15th in the latest BCS rankings. The Red Raiders are also ranked 15th in the ESPN/Coaches and Harris Interactive poll and 18th in the AP poll.
The Crimson Tide has compiled a 29-20-3 (.587) all-time bowl record and is the NCAA leader in appearances and victories.
UA's appearance in the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl will be the school's 34th "New Year's Day" bowl. Bama has compiled an 18-14-1 (.554) record in those previous 33 New Year's Day games.
The Cotton Bowl will actually be played on Jan. 2, where the Crimson Tide has compiled a 3-1 record in bowl games. Alabama's wins have come against Nebraska in the 1967 Sugar Bowl and Ohio State in the 1978 Sugar Bowl and 1995 Citrus Bowl. The lone loss came to Michigan in the 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl.
Alabama will also be playing its seventh Cotton Bowl Classic and its first appearance in the classic in 25 years. Bama's Cotton Bowl appearances have come in 1942, 1954, 1968, 1973, 1981, 1982 and 2006. Alabama is 2-4 in those previous six meetings.
ALABAMA PLAYER QUOTES
Fullback Le'Ron McClain
"We are very excited to be going to the Cotton Bowl. Texas Tech has a great offense and we have to prepare well and be ready to play on Jan. 2. I've heard a lot of good things about the Cotton Bowl. They treat the players very well. I've never been to Dallas, so this will be a new experience for me."
Safety Charlie Peprah
"I am excited about playing in the Cotton Bowl. Being from Plano, I know that the Dallas weather can be really freaked out. They can have ice and snow and it can be 70 degrees. The Cotton Bowl is a great bowl. I have always wanted to play in the Cotton Bowl. I have been to a couple of games at the Fair Grounds and even seen a few of the teams practice while in Dallas. This will be a great way to go out as a senior, playing in front of lots of family and friends in the Cotton Bowl."