IRVING, TX - JANUARY 13: Owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones smiles on the sidelines before the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the New York Giants at Texas Stadium on January 13, 2008 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Jones has booked Oklahoma taking on BYU September 5th in Arlington.
Here is the release:
The Dallas Cowboys new stadium in Arlington, Texas will host its first college football game on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 when the University of Oklahoma and Brigham Young University take the field to start the 2009 season. The Labor Day weekend contest will kickoff in prime time and be televised on ABC or ESPN as part of the second annual ESPN Kickoff Week presented by Gillette – featuring extensive college football content across multiple ESPN outlets during the first week of the season.
Oklahoma and BYU are two of just seven teams to have at least 32 victories over the past three seasons. The Sooners are 34-7 over that span entering Thursday’s national championship game, while the Cougars are 32-7. Oklahoma finished the 2008 regular season ranked No. 1 in the final BCS standing, while BYU was 16th.
“We are excited to host such strong traditional college football programs as those at the University of Oklahoma and Brigham Young University in our first-ever college football game at our new stadium,” said Dallas Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones. “I don’t think there is a better place than Texas to celebrate the kickoff of the 2009 college football season, and I don’t think you will find a better stadium for watching that football action than our new home in Arlington.”
"We are delighted to present this compelling game and impressive new venue to a national audience, and look forward to working with Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys in future years to build a new tradition in college football," said George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports.
The history and tradition of college football is alive and well on the campuses of these two institutions. The schools have combined to capture eight National Championships, 65 conference titles and made 60 bowl game appearances. They have combined to produce six Heisman Trophy winners, seven Outland Trophy winners and seven Davey O’Brien Award winners in their history.