University of Arkansas officials today announced an agreement with Texas A&M to resume a long-term football series in Cowboys Stadium beginning in 2014.
The series was moved to campus sites for 2012 and 2013, but the game will return to Arlington, Tex. for 11 years, through the 2024 season. The two teams have played at Cowboys Stadium in each of the last three years as part of the Southwest Classic, prior to Texas A&M joining the Southeastern Conference. The new agreement will amend the existing contract through 2018.
Arkansas has won all three Southwest Classics to date including a 42-38 comeback win over the Aggies last season. The Hogs’ four wins in Cowboys Stadium is more than any other college football program in the country. In addition to the three wins over Texas A&M, Arkansas defeated Kansas State 29-16 in the 2012 Cotton Bowl.
Prior to 2014, both schools will host games at home. Texas A&M will host Arkansas at Kyle Field this season on Sept. 29, while the Razorbacks will host the Aggies in Fayetteville on Sept. 28, 2013.
“We are excited to have reached a new agreement to return our series with Texas A&M to Cowboys Stadium,” said athletics director Jeff Long. “The addition of Texas A&M into the SEC will only increase the excitement surrounding the Southwest Classic played in the world’s most spectacular stadium. In the past three years, the University of Arkansas has seen the benefit of an annual appearance in the Metroplex with increased enrollment from the area and in student-athlete recruiting in all sports. We appreciate the efforts of the Jones Family and the Dallas Cowboys for working with both institutions to maintain what has quickly become one of college football’s premiere games.”