THE 66th SBC COTTON BOWL CLASSIC IS A SELL OUT!DALLAS, Dec. 11, 2001 Ð Less than two days after Selection Sunday and it’s Sold Out Tuesday! The 66th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic, pitting Arkansas against Oklahoma on New Year’s Day, was officially declared a sellout.
“We knew that Oklahoma and Arkansas would bring huge crowds, but tickets went even faster that we could have expected,” Fred McClure, SBC Cotton Bowl Chairman, said. “The stadium will definitely be a sea of red, and we’re thrilled to have the Sooners and the Razorbacks coming to Dallas.”
Arkansas accepted the SBC Cotton Bowl’s invitation on Sunday, and in the process, agreed to match Oklahoma and take 17,000 tickets for alums. That left the Cotton Bowl with 5,000 tickets to sell, and by Monday night, the last tickets were sold. Cotton Bowl capacity is 68,252.
This year’s Classic will mark the 15th meeting between Oklahoma and Arkansas. The series dates back all the way to 1899, but the Sooners and Razorbacks have not met since the 1987 Orange Bowl. Oklahoma’s Spencer Tillman rushed for two touchdowns and the Sooner offence amassed 366 rushing yards en route to a 42-8 victory.
Arkansas, winner of its last six-of-seven games to close the regular season, comes to Dallas with a 7-4 overall record and a 4-4 conference mark. The Razorbacks are no strangers to the SBC Cotton Bowl, having last played in the Classic two years ago. Arkansas handed Texas a 27-6 setback to open the new Millennium. The Razorbacks have a 3-5-1 record at the Cotton Bowl and first played in the Classic in 1947.
Oklahoma, college football’s defending national champion, enters the game with a 10-2 record overall and a 6-2 mark in Big 12 play. The Sooners are ranked 10th in both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches and Associated Press polls.