IRVING – The No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders arrived in Dallas today and immediately began preparations for the 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a 90-minute workout in helmets and shorts under clear skies at Texas Stadium. Texas Tech plays the Ole Miss Rebels on Jan. 2, 2009.
Today was the Red Raiders’ first workout since Tuesday, Dec. 23, prior to breaking for the Christmas holiday. Today’s practice was the Red Raiders’ normal “Sunday” practice. The squad concentrated on individual work with position coaches before running seven-on-seven drills near the end of the workout.
Ole Miss (8-4, 5-3 SEC) moved up its scheduled practice time 30 minutes to avoid the threat of inclement weather. However, the forecast turned to the Rebels’ favor experiencing a sunny session with a moderate breeze on SMU’s home turf. The Rebels practiced in pads and pants in front of a crowd of fans and area high school coaches.
In conjunction with the 30-minute walk-through, the Tigers had their team photo taken around the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic logo at midfield.
Mizzou’s second AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic appearance has been highlighted all week by the homecoming of junior quarterback Chase Daniel, a high school legend from nearby Southlake Carroll High School.
The Cotton Bowl is known affectionately as “The House that Doak Built” in honor of the 1948 Heisman Trophy winner and SMU legend Doak Walker. This was the first time junior running back Darren McFadden, a two-time winner of the Doak Walker Award given annually to the nation’s top running back, has stepped foot on the historic Cotton Bowl field.
The Hogs worked out in helmets, “skulls” and shorts, as is normal for their scheduled “Thursday” practice, on the two grass fields adjacent to Ford Stadium.
The Tigers (11-2 overall, 7-1 in the Big 12 Conference) conducted a 90-minute session in light pads and sweats considered to be a “Thursday” practice during their normal game-week preparations.
“We’re on schedule,” said Head Coach Gary Pinkel.
The Razorbacks took off the pads for today’s practice as game day approaches. “We are winding down with one more practice left,” Arkansas Head Coach Reggie Herring said.
“I thought we had a good practice,” said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. “That was about our 87th practice, very close to it, since spring football. So we’ve gotten a lot of practice in.”
The practice session focused on position and situational drills and closed with a Mizzou postseason tradition of a Future Bowl which is a 15-minute scrimmage featuring redshirt players and underclassmen who have not received much playing time during the season.
Under the shadows and cool conditions at Texas Stadium, Mizzou hit the turf 45 minutes earlier than previously announced to accommodate its afternoon schedule. The Tigers held a lively two-hour practice, considered a normal “Tuesday” practice, in full pads with full contact.
“We had a good practice,” said head coach Gary Pinkel.
The Hogs worked out in pads and sweats on the two grass fields adjacent to Ford Stadium.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, an offensive lineman on Arkansas’ 1964 national championship team, addressed the Razorback squad for 10 minutes prior to practice.
Missouri conducted a typical “Sunday” practice on the home field of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Head coach Gary Pinkel said practicing at the historic venue is a special treat for his coaches and players.
“This is a historic site here. This is a historic stadium,” said Pinkel.
The Hogs worked out in full pads on the two grass fields adjacent to Ford Stadium. This was the squad’s first practice in a week, as the players left Fayetteville last Thursday for the Christmas holiday.
The No. 24 Arkansas Razorbacks arrived by private vehicle today into Dallas for the 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Arkansas (8-4, 4-4 SEC) will face the No. 7 Missouri Tigers in the Classic on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008.
Both teams enjoyed a special welcome from FOX Sports, the Classic’s network partner since 1999. The event included highlight videos of both schools and a performance by comedian Frank Caliendo of “Frank TV” and “FOX Sports Sunday.”
This will be Arkansas’ 11th appearance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Auburn made its second appearance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic (lost to Texas A&M, 36-16, in 1986).The Tigers are 664-386-48 (.627) after completing their 114th football season (no team fielded in 1943 because of World War II).Auburn is 18-13-2 all-time in bowl games.Auburn is now 5-6-2 all-time in games played on Jan. 1.The Tigers are 66-23-0 (.742) for the 12th-highest victory percentage of any NCAA Division I Bowl squad in the decade of the 2000s.Auburn’s win in the Classic for the first time and in a traditional New Year’s Day Bowl for the third time in their last five of these traditional contests.
Nebraska made its fourth appearance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.The Cornhuskers’ all-time record is 802-326-41 (.703) in its 117th grid season. NU is fourth all-time in total wins.Nebraska fell by the same score to Auburn today as it did in its last appearance in the Cotton Bowl, a 17-14 loss to Houston in 1980. The Huskers dropped to 1-3 in Cotton Bowls all-time, 8-4 in their last 12 bowl games and 1-1 in bowl games under Coach Bill Callahan.
Nebraska senior quarterback Zac Taylor completed 14-of-26 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown in today’s game.