Friday, December 28th, 2007


IRVING, TEXAS – The No. 7 Missouri Tigers got an early start for their second practice in the 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

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. “We’re just kind of in game week mode here. A Tuesday practice for us is full pads -- very intense, very physical practice. We want the players to do the right things in the meetings and start to practice and also practice with a lot of intensity.”

The Big 12 Conference North Division Champion with an 11-2 overall record faces Arkansas in its first New Year’s Day bowl since the 1970 Orange Bowl. The Tigers are making only their second appearance in the Cotton Bowl, the first being a 40-26 loss to Texas in the 1946 Classic.
Missouri and Arkansas are meeting for just the fifth time in series history with the previous four meetings being split two wins each. The last time the two teams met was in a bowl setting at the 2003 Independence Bowl with the Razorbacks came out victorious 27-14. Prior to that game, the Tigers topped Arkansas 7-6 in 1963.

Following practice, offensive coordinator Dave Christensen, junior QB Chase Daniel, senior WR Will Franklin, senior TE Martin Rucker, senior TB Tony Temple and junior PK Jeff Wolfert participated in a media interview session. Shortly after that the Mizzou coaches and players visited the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. 

 “Lighting up the lives of some of the people in there certainly is very good for our players to do that and also to give back,” said Pinkel.

Missouri takes on Arkansas in the 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on January 1. Kickoff is slated for 10:40 a.m. CST. FOX Sports will televise the game nationally and Westwood One will handle the national radio broadcast.

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