2019 Valero Alamo Bowl: Texas vs. Utah

Utah and Texas helmets on display after the 2019 Valero Alamo Bowl contestants were announced. (Jessica Hunt, KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – The Longhorns are coming to town.

As announced via twitter this afternoon, the 2019 Valero Alamo Bowl will feature a matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the No. 11 Utah Utes.

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Texas (7-5) is making their fourth all-time appearance in San Antonio. The Longhorns played in the 2006, 2012 and 2013 Alamo Bowls, and hold a 2-1 record in those games. Texas won their first two appearances against Iowa (26-24) and Oregon State (31-27), but fell in their most recent appearance to Oregon, 30-7.

“We’re thrilled to be the Big 12 representative at the Alamo Bowl," Texas head coach Tom Herman said. "We want to thank the Alamo Bowl for inviting us. It’s a first-class organization in a fantastic city, and we couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity against a tremendous opponent in Utah. We’ll put in a ton of work to get ready for the game, but we can’t wait to get to San Antonio and look forward to playing in front of all of our fans at the Alamodome on New Year’s Eve.”

“We’re all extremely excited to be able to play against such an incredible opponent like Utah," said junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger. "What they’ve done this season has been spectacular. We’re also looking forward to playing so close to home and in the state of Texas, and we can’t wait for all of our fans to be in San Antonio at the Alamodome on New Year’s Eve.”

"Both sides are truly fired up to be coming to the Valero Alamo Bowl, so it makes it a lot of fun for a great bowl week.”

Derrick Fox, Valero Alamo Bowl President & CEO

This will be Texas’ second all-time meeting with Utah (11-2). The Longhorns won their only game against the Utes, 21-12, in 1982. This season, Utah was a win away from a potential College Football Playoff berth, but a 37-15 loss to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game ended the Utes’ National Title hopes.

Over the phone at the Valero Alamo Bowl press conference, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said the team is excited for the opportunity to play in San Antonio, “It’s our first trip to the Alamo Bowl. We’ve got quite a few guys from the state of Texas on our roster, so it’ll be a good experience for those guys to get back home and play in front of some of their family. I’ve got a lot of respect for this Texas team. We played good football this year and came up a little bit short in the last game, but this should be a great matchup.”

“It should be a very exciting matchup," Valero Alamo Bowl President & CEO Derrick Fox echoed. "Utah and Texas both had great years. They both have a chance to end their seasons on a high in a bowl game, bring their teams into the marketplace and showcase themselves, not only from a visitation standpoint, but from a recruiting standpoint. Both sides are truly fired up to be coming to the Valero Alamo Bowl, so it makes it a lot of fun for a great bowl week.”

Kickoff for the 2019 Alamo Bowl is set for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. Tickets are already on sale.

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