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Friday, January 6, 2012
Gov. Rick Perry bets on Sam Houston St.

By Travis L. Brown

FRISCO, Texas -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry took some time out of his presidential campaign Friday to show his support for the Sam Houston State Bearkats, who will be making their first appearance in the FCS national championship game Saturday against North Dakota State.

Perry announced on his website that he has wagered a box of South Texas-grown grapefruit with North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple. If Sam Houston State wins, Perry will receive a box of North Dakota-made Dreamfields low-carb pasta.

"Congratulations to North Dakota State on a fine season, but I'm afraid an FCS Championship just isn't in the cards for the Bison," Perry said on his website. "That trophy will be heading to Huntsville, as the Bearkats close out an undefeated season and add their own names to the long list of champions hailing from the Lone Star State."

Governor Dalrymple fired back a rebuttal that was also posted on Perry's website.

"The Bison have had an outstanding season and under the leadership of Coach Craig Bohl, I'm confident the Thundering Herd will bring home the national championship," Dalrymple said. "Gov. Perry tells me that his Texas grapefruit are delicious and I'm sure that a Bison victory over the Bearkats will make them even sweeter."

When asked about defending Perry's bet, all Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz could do was laugh.

"I'm not going to touch that one," Fritz said.

The battle for the grapefruit and pasta, and the national title, will be aired at noon CT Saturday on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.