Wednesday, December 27th, 2006


IRVING, TEXAS – The Nebraska Cornhuskers (No. 23 BCS/No. 22 AP/No. 22 USA Today-Coaches) opened its 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic preparations with a two-hour practice at Texas Stadium.

Under the cool shadows of the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, Nebraska conducted its workout in shorts and shoulder pads, working mostly in group drills before moving to some scrimmaging to close the practice.

“We had a good practice today,” said Huskers head coach Bill Callahan. “Our kids were energized and enthusiastic about being in Texas Stadium. It is a great atmosphere and environment. It was a good start for our football team. We have to put another one together tomorrow and be more consistent.”

Coach Callahan knows all too well about the game-day atmosphere in Texas Stadium from his nine years of experience in the NFL, most notably three years (1995-97) offensive line coach with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“It’s a great feel (in Texas Stadium),” Callahan said. “It represents excellence, winning and tradition. It’s the Dallas Cowboys; it’s Texas Stadium. I respect all of those factors. Our players fed off of that as well today.”

The Huskers return to Dallas and the Cotton Bowl Classic for the first time since 1980 when they lost 17-14 to Houston following the 1979 season. Nebraska is 1-2 all-time in Cotton Bowl with its two other appearances coming in 1965 (a 10-7 loss to Arkansas) and 1974 (a 19-3 win over Texas).  

Tomorrow Nebraska will practice from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Texas Stadium. TOMORROW’S PRACTICE IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AND IS ONLY OPEN TO THE MEDIA FOR THE FIRST 15 MINUTES. The Huskers offensive coordinator Jay Norvell along with selected offensive players will participate at a news conference from 3-4 p.m. at the Omni Mandalay Hotel.

Nebraska takes on Auburn (No. 9 BCS/No. 10 AP/No. 10 USA Today-Coaches) in the 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on January 1. FOX Sports will televise the game nationally and Westwood One will handle the national radio broadcast.