Colorado has been selected as the Big 12 representative to play in the 2002 Alamo Bowl presented by MasterCard on Saturday, December 28 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) in San Antonio?s 65,000-seat Alamodome. In this year?s Tenth Anniversary game, the #14 ranked Colorado Buffaloes (9-4) will face the Wisconsin Badgers (7-6) of the Big Ten. This will be only the sixth meeting between the two universities (and the first since 1995) with Colorado holding a 4-0-1 record against the Badgers. ?We are looking forward to Colorado bringing their power-running attack along with their devoted fans to San Antonio for this year?s Alamo Bowl presented by MasterCard,? said Diane Rath, Alamo Bowl Chairman. ?The match-up between Colorado and Wisconsin will be an exciting one to watch highlighted by two of the top running backs in the nation.? Colorado junior running back Chris Brown paced the Buffaloes rushing attack with a Big 12 leading 1,744 yards and 18 touchdowns. His rushing yards rank him third in the nation. He sat out the last two games with a bruised sternum, but is expected to play in this year?s bowl game. Wisconsin sophomore running back Anthony Davis finished the season with 1,456 yards, the second highest total in the Big Ten this year behind the 2,015 yards from Penn State?s Larry Johnson and the twelfth highest total in the nation. In the Badger?s season finale 49-31 win against Minnesota, Davis, a Second Team All-Big Ten selection, rushed for 301 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns. This season, Davis also became Wisconsin?s tenth straight 1,000-yard rusher this season, a Big Ten record. This year?s Alamo Bowl presented by MasterCard will also feature two programs who are 6-1 in their last seven bowl appearances and are making their first trips to San Antonio. In his four-year career at Colorado, Head Coach Gary Barnett has posted a 29-20 regular season record and a 1-1 record in bowl games after his #3 ranked Buffaloes fell to #2 Oregon in last year?s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. ?We?re excited to represent the Big 12 Conference in this year?s Alamo Bowl presented by MasterCard,? said Barnett. ?Coming off a disappointing loss, we feel extremely fortunate we have another chance to play, and we will want to make the best of that. We have a chance to win 10 games, and that?s something we would take great pride in.? ?The Alamo Bowl presented by MasterCard is played on a good date for our fans, as the bowl falls between the holidays on a Saturday night, so travel arrangements and costs should be easier and more affordable,” said Colorado University Athletic Director Dick Tharp. ?We?ve heard nothing but great things from our colleagues about the experience they?ve had in San Antonio.? Wisconsin Head Coach Barry Alvarez has complied a 6-1 bowl record including three Rose Bowl victories (1994, 1999 and 2000). To purchase tickets to the 2002 Alamo Bowl presented by MasterCard, fans can visit or call any Texas TicketMaster outlet (210-224-9600 in San Antonio). Tickets can also be purchased at the Alamodome Southeast Box Office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or through the bowl?s website at alamobowl.com. Fans interested in travel packages can call 1-800-810-2695 (BOWL). For more information, please call Rick Hill at the Alamo Bowl presented by MasterCard at (210) 704-6388 or visit the bowl?s website at www.alamobowl.com courtesy of SBC.
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