Monday, December 28th, 2009

Pokes Hold First Practice In Dallas

The No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) began preparations for the 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a two-hour practice in pads and shorts at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The Cowboys take on the Ole Miss Rebels in the Classic on Jan. 2.

For the players, this was their first time to step foot on the field of the brand-new $1.2 billion stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Many eyes were drawn to the $40 million, 60-yard-long high definition scoreboard that hovers over the playing surface.

"It's beautiful. I had some people try to prep me for it, but it's mind-blowing when you enter the facility," said OSU head coach Mike Gundy. "It's enormous, and there's not a bad seat in the house. The video board is breathtaking. It's a great opportunity for our players and coaches to practice and play here."

This was the Pokes' first practice since Dec. 22 when the squad broke for the Christmas holiday.

"I thought practice was good today," said coach Gundy. "It's always an adjustment when you're in a new place and have been off for a few days, but I thought we got great work in."

On Monday, OSU will practice from 1:15 p.m.-3:50 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, January 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.