Dec. 6, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -Stanford will be making its first bowl appearance in eight years at the Sun Bowl against Oklahoma.

The 19th-ranked Cardinal (8-4) accepted the bid Sunday to the bowl game in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31. It will be Stanford's third trip to the Sun Bowl. It defeated LSU in 1977 and Michigan State in 1996.

The 38-0 win over the Spartans marks the last time the Cardinal won a bowl game. They haven't played in one since losing the Seattle Bowl to Georgia Tech in 2001.

Led by Heisman Trophy contender Toby Gerhart, the Cardinal had their best season since 2001, finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the Pac-10.

This will be the fifth meeting ever between Stanford and Oklahoma (7-5). The Sooners won three of the first four.