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Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

OSU FOCUSED ON AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC

The No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) continued preparing for the 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a two-hour practice in pads and shorts at new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. OSU will face Ole Miss in the Classic on Saturday, Jan. 2.

Head coach Mike Gundy is pleased with his players’ focus as the Classic approaches.

“The guys worked hard today,” Gundy said. “It’s important for them to stay focused. This was our 12th practice for the bowl since the end of finals, and their focus was good. They enjoy being around each other, and that helps.”

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the catalyst behind the construction of the world-largest stadium in Arlington, was at practice today. Also attending practice was former OSU defensive standout Victor DeGrate.

Prior to practice, the Pokes brought smiles to the faces of hospitalized children with a visit to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

This evening the Cowboys will participate in the annual “Beef Bowl” at Lawry’s The Prime Rib Restaurant in Addison. Following the Lawry’s Beef Bowl, the squad will attend the NHL game between the Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center.

Tomorrow the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will host a news conference with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt at the Omni Mandalay-Las Colinas Ballroom from 9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

On Wednesday, OSU will practice from 12:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium. Practice is CLOSED the remainder of the week.

The 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. For the 12th consecutive year, the Classic will be televised on FOX Sports with the legendary Pat Summerall (play-by-play), former Dallas Cowboy Daryl Johnston (analyst) and Krista Voda (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. For the 17th consecutive year, the Classic will be carried on the Westwood One Radio Network with Brad Sham (play-by-play) and Terry Donahue (analyst) at the microphones.

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