Ohio State will play in its fourth straight BCS contest when the Buckeyes return to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for the fourth time in seven years. OSU has now qualified for seven BCS games in the 11-year history of the system, which is tied with Southern California and Oklahoma for the lead among all programs.
Ohio State heads to Arizona for postseason play for the fifth time in the last seven seasons, including Fiesta Bowl berths in 2003, 2004 and 2006 and a spot in the BCS Championship game, held in Glendale in 2007.
The Buckeyes will face the Big 12's Texas for the third time in school history after splitting a pair of regular-season matchups in 2005 and 2006.
The four-time defending Big Ten Champions are making their ninth consecutive bowl excursion, including eight straight under head coach Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes mentor has won four of his last six bowl games overall, including BCS triumphs in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Ohio State will be playing in its 40th bowl, which leads all Big Ten programs, and holds an 18-21 record in postseason play.
Big Ten teams have produced a 6-1 mark in the Fiesta Bowl, including a record of 4-1 for the Buckeyes.
Texas recorded its nation-leading, eighth consecutive 10-win season. The Longhorns will make their school-record 11th consecutive bowl appearance and third BCS bowl in the last five years.
Texas topped the 500-point plateau in a season for the third time in school history. The Longhorns have scored at least 28 points in a school record 19 consecutive games.
Mack Brown is the 19th Football Bowl Subdivision coach to earn 200 career victories.
Quan Cosby (78) and Jordan Shipley (79) are the top single-season receiving duo in school history with 157 catches, passing Kwame Cavil (100) and Ryan Nunez (56) who combined for 156 receptions in 1999.
QB Colt McCoy holds the UT single-season record with 3,445 passing yards, and is the second player in UT history to log over 4,000 yards of total offense in a season.