Saturday, December 31st, 2011


GRAPEVINE - The No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats arrived in North Texas this afternoon ahead of their top-ten showdown in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic against the No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks.

The team flew into DFW International Airport on Saturday morning, and immediately bussed to the Gaylord Texan Hotel. The Gaylord will serve as the Wildcats’ headquarters during their stay in North Texas.

“We are so very proud of the young men in our program and the courage they have shown this year, and we are very pleased to be here in Arlington representing the Big 12 Conference in the Cotton Bowl," said Head Coach Bill Snyder. "The Cotton Bowl is a first-class bowl organization and we anticipate a first-class experience here this week."

The Wildcats come into Dallas on a three game winning streak after posting a 10-2 record in Coach Snyder’s second stint as head coach. This is Kansas State’s third overall appearance in the Classic, where they currently have a 1-1 record. Their most recent appearance came with a 35-21 victory over Tennessee in the 2001 Classic.

For their first official event, the team will attend a special welcome dinner and party at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas tonight. They will be joined along with their Razorback opponents for the evening.

KSU will hold their first scheduled practice tomorrow afternoon, Jan. 1st. Coach Snyder and select players will meet with the media immediately before practice starts.

The 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be held on Friday Jan. 6th on FOX. Telecast starts at 7 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7:32 p.m. Gus Johnson will handle play-by-play duties with Charles Davis as the color analyst. Tim Brewster and former Dallas Cowboys great Daryl Johnston will serve as sideline reporters.

For the 20th consecutive year, the Classic will be heard around the world through the Westwood One Radio Network. Brad Sham, “The Voice of the Dallas Cowboys”, and former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue will be on the call.