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Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Oklahoma Arrives In North Texas Ahead Of 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic

Grapevine, Texas – Players and coaches for the Big 12 Co-Champion Oklahoma Sooners arrived in North Texas today in preparation for their showdown against the Texas A&M Aggies in the 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

Sooner players and coaches arrived at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine Saturday afternoon. The Gaylord will serve as the team headquarters for OU during their stay in North Texas.

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops said his team is looking forward to the week. “The Cotton Bowl people are first class,” Stoops said. “We played in it several years ago and I thought they did things in a great way, a first-class matter. It’ll be a special bowl game and we’re looking forward to it.”

No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2, 8-1 Big 12) will be facing No. 9 Texas A&M (10-2, 6-2 SEC) and Heisman Trophy winner QB Johnny Manziel for the first time since A&M joined the Southeastern Conference.  Their last meeting was a 41-25 OU victory in Norman.

Their 2013 appearance marks only the second time ever at the Classic for the Sooners. Their only other appearance came in 2002, when Oklahoma defeated Arkansas 10-3. The Sooner defense that day held the Razorbacks to 50 total yards (37 rushing, 13 passing).

Sooner players and OU Senior Quarterback Landry Jones are looking forward to seeing the high-flying Aggie spread attack up close. “They have a very explosive offense,” Jones said. “Manziel, obviously has done a lot of great things for the game of college football, won the Heisman this year and was an All-American so it’s going to be a big challenge for us and the defense.”

Tonight the Sooners will attend their first official event, a special welcome dinner and party at Cowboys Stadium along with their opponents from Texas A&M.

The Sooners will hold their first official practice tomorrow afternoon with Head Coach Bob Stoops and select players addressing the media beforehand.

The 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be held on Friday Jan. 4th on FOX. Telecast starts at 6:30 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Gus Johnson will handle play-by-play duties with Charles Davis as the color analyst.

For the first time the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be heard around the world on ESPN Radio. Providing play-by-play is Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys”, Ed Cunningham will provide color commentary and Ian Fitzsimmons will report from the sideline.

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