Oklahoma-BYU set for new Arlington Stadium on Sept. 5
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Oklahoma and BYU will meet in the first college football game at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 5, officials from both schools confirmed.
The game will be televised by either ESPN or ABC and will be the opener for both schools. It will be a Saturday night prime time game.
The game will be just the second meeting between the Sooners and BYU. The Cougars beat the Sooners 31-6 in the 1994 Copper Bowl.
"It will be a great challenge," Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. "They have a great tradition and history. They are always in contention in their conference. A bunch of their skill position guys and their quarterback will be coming back. It will be great for our fans in the Dallas area. We'll have a great following and will be beautiful setting opening the stadium. We look forward to that."
The Sooners could receive some scouting help from former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, who is now the coach at Arizona. Stoops' team beat BYU Dec. 20 in the Las Vegas Bowl, 31-21.
The game will mark the beginning of a new five-year agreement between the Dallas Cowboys and ESPN to bring a top college football game to the club's new stadium each year during the Labor Day holiday weekend that kicks off the college football season.
"We are excited to host such strong traditional college football programs as those at the University of Oklahoma and Brigham Young University in our first-ever college football game at our new stadium," Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said in a prepared statement. "I don't think there is a better place than Texas to celebrate the kickoff of the 2009 college football season, and I don't think you will find a better stadium for watching that football action than our new home in Arlington."