Georgia to host Oklahoma State in 07 opener

Mark Richt

ATHENS – Georgia will open the 2007 football season against Oklahoma State on Sept. 1 in Athens.

It will be the first meeting between the two BCS-conference schools. The Cowboys will be the second Big 12 opponent Georgia has played in as many years, joining Colorado, who the Bulldogs beat 14-13 earlier this season.

Georgia will play a return game in Stillwater, Okla., on September 5, 2009.

The Cowboys, most notable for super-donor Boone Pickens, are 5-4 this year under second-year coach Mike Gundy, with wins over Missouri State, Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, Kansas and Nebraska and losses to Houston, Kansas State, Texas A&M and Texas. Gundy took over the Stillwater, Okla.-based program when Les Miles left to take the LSU job, and he went 4-7 last year.

Oklahoma State is led by sophomore quarterback Bobby Reid, who has completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,739 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. Reid's favorite target, junior wide receiver Adarius Bowman, also is expected to be back to face the Bulldogs next season. Bowman, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound transfer from North Carolina, has 44 catches for 943 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Pickens made national headlines earlier this year when he donated a record $165 million on top of the more than $100 million he's already given to the school. Oklahoma State, not surprisingly, play their home games at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Georgia has been searching to fill their open date for more than a year. Playing Oklahoma State on Sept. 1 will preserve the Bulldogs' open date prior to next year's Florida game.

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