His first major contribution came in the first quarter when he sacked Kansas State’s quarterback Collin Klein, forcing a fumble in the K-State red zone. Four plays later, the Razorbacks were on the board after making a 26-yard field goal.
The second big play for Bequette arose when he tallied his second sack in the third quarter, resulting in a three-yard loss for the Wildcats and stopping their momentum.
In his first season as a starter, Wilson led Arkansas to an 11-2 record, tying the school mark for most wins in a season.
The attendance of 80,956 is the third highest in the Classic’s history. (Note: The Classic moved from the Cotton Bowl to Cowboys Stadium in 2010.)
This was the first AT&T Cotton Bowl since 2007 to not have one individual rush for 100 yards.
The three field goals for the Razaorbacks ties them with three other teams for most in the Classic’s history.
Kristi Sherrill Hoyle of the Cotton Bowl Board of Directors and Scottish Rite Executive Vice President Bob Walker introduced and welcomed the eighth-ranked Wildcats to the hospital’s atrium, where the team interacted with patients and their family members.
Today was no different as the Wildcats practiced at Cowboys Stadium for the fourth consecutive afternoon. The Wildcats held a two hour workout as they look towards matching up against a high-profile SEC squad in the No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks.
“They’re a determined group and have the “never give up” type of attitude and approach to each ballgame that they play,” Head Coach Bill Snyder said.
Head coach Bobby Petrino commented in his news conference prior to the team’s practice that the Razorbacks have enjoyed a great week preparing to play in a game with such great history and tradition as the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
“It’s been a tremendous experience for our football team and our families with a first-class organization.
John Stuart of the Cotton Bowl Council along with President and CEO of CMC, Chris Durovich welcomed the Razorbacks to the Center’s Butterfly Atrium, where the team interacted with patients and family members, signed autographs and colored pictures.
Looming at the end of the week is a top-ten showdown against No. 6 Arkansas. The Wildcat players are beginning to lock in to their ultimate goal of a Classic championship through an intense, physical practice.
“We’re human and we make mistakes but we’re trying to get those ironed out before the ballgame,” OL B.
Taking over his first game as the Razorbacks’ defensive coordinator after seven seasons at Ohio State, Paul Haynes said he has been pleased with how the players have responded to him after taking the position in early December as the team tries to bring home its fourth Field Scovell Trophy in 12 Classic appearances.
“They (Arkansas) are a lot like Oklahoma State or Texas Tech; they try and catch you with a draw every once in a while,” DE Jordan Voelker said.
“Today was a lot better than yesterday,” said offensive coordinator Paul Petrino. “I think yesterday we missed a couple of throws and weren’t quite as sharp as we wanted to be. I thought we had a good practice today. We were a lot sharper. Now we just need to build every day and get a little bit better each day so that on game day we are ready to get after it and have a real sharp game.
“I feel very good about this football team and the progress they’ve made,” Head Coach Bill Snyder said. “Our youngsters are pleased, proud and are enjoying the daylights out of themselves.”
Kansas State comes into the Classic after finishing with a surprising 10-2 record and a second place finish in the Big 12 Conference.
Head coach Bobby Petrino said he was pleased with the spirit in the Razorbacks’ first Classic week practice prior to taking on the eighth-ranked Kansas State Wildcats in prime time on Jan. 6.
“We’re really looking forward to the game. We’ll have a good week of preparation to get ready for the 6th,” said Petrino.
In his fourth season guiding Arkansas and eighth as a Division I head coach, Petrino is leading Arkansas to its third-straight and 39th overall postseason appearance.
DALLAS -- The sixth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks rolled into Dallas Saturday afternoon via charter bus for the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Arkansas arrived at its team headquarters full of excitement and with its sights set on its primetime matchup against the No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats in six days at Cowboys Stadium.
“I’m excited and the team is excited,” said junior LB Alonzo Highsmith. “It’s been a while since we’ve played and we’re ready to get back out there to practice.
GRAPEVINE - The No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats arrived in North Texas this afternoon ahead of their top-ten showdown in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic against the No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks.
The team flew into DFW International Airport on Saturday morning, and immediately bussed to the Gaylord Texan Hotel. The Gaylord will serve as the Wildcats’ headquarters during their stay in North Texas.
“We are so very proud of the young men in our program and the courage they have shown this year, and we are very pleased to be here in Arlington representing the Big 12 Conference in the Cotton Bowl," said Head Coach Bill Snyder.