OSU accepts Alamo invite

Updated: November 23, 2004, 5:33 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State accepted an invitation Tuesday to play in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 29.

Ohio State was selected after upsetting then-No. 7 Michigan 37-21 on Saturday.

The Buckeyes (7-4, 4-4) will play a team from the Big 12 conference, with possible opponents being Texas (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP), No. 22 Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech or Iowa State.

"We're so excited to be heading to the Alamo Bowl. I know our kids are looking forward to it," said coach Jim Tressel. "We look forward to filling up that Alamo Dome."

Ohio State was selected over Purdue, (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten), which accepted a bid to play in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on New Year's Eve. Purdue will likely face either Arizona State or Oregon State.

Jack Rogers, on the team selection committee for the Alamo Bowl, said he was impressed with Ohio State's continuous improvement, its win over Michigan, and the exciting offense it exhibited in the Michigan game.

"There was a moment in the season when we were just trying to get a first down, let alone getting in a bowl," Tressel said. "We always shoot for the best performance we can possibly have on the last regular-season game, and we came up with that."

Tressel said the team will probably arrive in San Antonio on Dec. 22 and begin practice the next day, although the schedule has not been set.

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