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.
The Ole Miss Rebels experienced their first practice at Cowboys Stadium with a two-hour workout in full pads in preparation to take on the No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) in the 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Ole Miss (8-4, 4-4 SEC) conducted a lively practice focusing on situational, small-group work while soaking in the atmosphere of experiencing the Cowboys Stadium field for the first time.
The No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) fought through the aftermath of a record snowfall in Oklahoma to arrive in Dallas by private vehicle today for the 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. OSU takes on Ole Miss on Saturday, Jan. 2 at the new Cowboys Stadium in a rematch of the 2004 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Central Oklahoma received a record 14.1 inches of snow on Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve).
The Ole Miss Rebels descended upon Dallas today by private vehicle for the 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and a New Year’s date with the No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) on Saturday, January 2.
All but one Ole Miss player was on hand for a 4:30 p.m. meeting at the team hotel, where Cotton Bowl Chairman Fin Ewing, Rebel head coach Houston Nutt and other staff addressed the team on the plans and excitement of bowl week.
The No. 20 Ole Miss Rebels made their first and only pregame visit to Cotton Bowl Stadium before conducting their final workout on the practice fields adjacent to SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium for the 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Ole Miss coaches and players took a quick, 15-minute walk-through at venerable Cotton Bowl Stadium getting a sneak peak prior to their January 2 showdown with the No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Rebels will be the visiting team for the 73rd Classic, the last at the original Fair Park football stadium built in 1921.
The No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-1, 7-1 Big 12) did not practice today, opting instead to rest the day before the 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Texas Tech, the first one-loss team to play in the Classic since BYU in 1997, faces the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.
The Red Raiders traditionally do not practice the day before the game. The team moved to a different hotel than the Hilton Anatole, where they have spent their week in Dallas. The players watched movies and otherwise rested.
Practicing in jerseys and shorts, Ole Miss worked at a crisp pace under mild, sunny conditions on the practice fields adjacent to SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The Rebels put the final touches on their game plan for the No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders, concentrating primarily on 11-on-11 and drills and late-game situations.
“It was a good concentration day,” said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt.
The Raiders will not practice Thursday, as is their norm the day before a game. Texas Tech, the first one-loss team to play in the Classic since BYU in 1997, faces the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.
“We had good polished period, to be sure.
The No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-1, 7-1 Big 12) continued preparing for the 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a crisp, two-hour practice in helmets and shorts under sunny, ideal conditions at Texas Stadium. Texas Tech, the first one-loss team to play in the Classic since BYU in 1997, plays the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.
Head coach Mike Leach, 5-3 in bowl games at Texas Tech, was happy with his team’s traditional “Wednesday” practice.
“I thought we had a pretty good day.
Under mild, sunny conditions, Ole Miss sharpened its preparation for the high-powered Texas Tech offense with a high-energy, two-hour practice in pads and shorts with no injuries to report. The Rebels spent a good portion of practice with its first-team defense working against their scout team, disguised as the Red Raider offense, while also concentrating on aspects of their offensive and special team game plans.
The Red Raiders, ranked first in the nation in passing offense with 417.3 yards a game through the air, worked on their high-powered passing attack with a variety of passing drills before scrimmaging against their scout teams.
Ole Miss (8-4, 5-3 SEC) and Texas Tech will square off for the fifth time in the last Classic in venerable Cotton Bowl Stadium. The series is tied at 2-2 but the Rebels are 2-0 against the Red Raiders in bowl games. This will be the fourth Cotton Bowl appearance for Ole Miss. The Rebels defeated TCU 14-13 in the 1956 game, dropped a 12-7 decision to Texas in 1962 and knocked off Oklahoma State 31-28 in 2004.
Ole Miss engaged in a spirited, nearly two-hour workout in pads and shorts, with the first-team offensive and first-team defensive units working on game situations against scout teams. The team also focused on the kicking game and special teams.
“We got some things done (today),” said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt.
The Rebels spent another day in pads and pants, working out in a light breeze and under a cloud-less sky, with the focus primarily on situational drills on offense and special teams.
“The weather is perfect,” said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt. “I mean it’s perfect.
With the game six days away, Head Coach Mike Leach chose to shorten practice to 60 minutes.
“This is the regular routine that we do,” Leach said. “This amounts to a Sunday practice for us. It’s the same routine we do during the season.