Oklahoma, Texas governors make charity wager

Updated: October 5, 2006, 3:42 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have made a friendly wager on the upcoming game between Oklahoma and Texas.

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The governor whose team loses will donate a basket of goods from his state to a charitable organization of the winning governor's choice. The wager is a long-standing tradition between the governors of the two states.

Henry said he expects the No. 14 Sooners to win Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. It will be the 101st meeting between the teams. Texas, ranked No. 7, won last year after dropping five straight in the series.

"I have unwavering confidence that coach [Bob] Stoops and our Sooners will make Saturday a triumphant one for the Crimson and Cream," said Henry, who received his undergraduate and law degree from OU. "Sooner Nation is going to be out in full force at the Cotton Bowl to show its support for OU, and I have no doubt the fans will be celebrating victory before the day ends."

Perry disagrees with that assessment.

"I have no doubt that coach [Mack] Brown and the Longhorns will make it two in a row over the Sooners this Saturday in Dallas," he said. "Fortunately, OU's trip across the Red River won't be for nothing. They can get a look at the Longhorns' national championship trophy while they are in Texas."

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