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December 2014

Michigan State Takes North Texas by Storm

Friday, December 26th, 2014

No. 8 Michigan State made the trek from the friendly confines of East Lansing to the unfamiliar territory of North Texas on Friday for the 79th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The MSU contingent of players, coaches, support staff, athletic administrators and their families were welcomed to their Classic week home by a small but excited crowd of Spartan fans, the Townview Big “D” Band and Cotton Bowl Athletic Association officials.

"To have Michigan State down here being part of this venue is very exciting for us,” said head coach Mark Dantonio.

Motivated Bears Arrive, Start Work Quickly

Friday, December 26th, 2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Baylor arrived Friday and wasted little time resuming preparation for the 79th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Bears (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) reported ahead of their 2 p.m. scheduled arrival time at their team hotel and were to conduct their first practice later in the afternoon at an off-site location. They had been preparing for their game against Michigan State (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) on campus in Waco, Texas.

“We’re extremely excited to be here to represent Baylor,” Baylor Head Coach Art Briles said.


Sunday, December 7th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Dec. 7, 2014 – Green will be in vogue on New Year’s Day at the 79th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.  No. 8 Michigan State Spartans will face the No. 5 Baylor Bears at 11:45 a.m. at AT&T Stadium in a battle of top teams from the Big Ten and Big 12.

The Spartans (10-2, 7-1 in Big Ten) will be making its first appearance in the Cotton Bowl. Michigan State is only the second Big Ten team to play in the Classic (Ohio State - 1987).

Baylor (11-1, 8-1 in conference) finished their second consecutive season atop the Big 12.

November 2014


Friday, November 7th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Nov. 7, 2014 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, ESPN and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association are pleased to announce that Goodyear has become the title sponsor of the Cotton Bowl, beginning with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic to be played on Jan. 1, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

The sponsorship further positions Goodyear as a major corporate brand participant in college football, with the company’s blimp fleet serving as one of the most recognizable sights above stadiums while providing aerial coverage of key games for decades.

October 2014

Cotton Bowl Classic Says Goodbye to Tommy Lewis

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Tommy Lewis, the man behind the infamous “Bench Tackle” play during the 1954 Cotton Bowl Classic, has died. Lewis passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday in Huntsville, Ala.

The names of Lewis, the Alabama fullback and co-captain, and Rice All-America halfback Dicky Maegle, will be linked forever as legends of the Cotton Bowl all because of one play that took place along the east sideline, just north of the 50-yard line at Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Midway through the second quarter, Lewis was standing on the Alabama sideline after the Crimson Tide had fumbled the football away to the Owls at the Rice 10-yard line.

August 2014


Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Art Contest has begun and is now accepting entries from local young artists. All North Texas students in first through sixth grade are invited to participate. Art contest materials, including the illustration template, can be downloaded online here. The deadline to mail in the illustrations is Friday, October 10th. The winners are determined by a select group of judges.

“For 18 years now we have enjoyed engaging with the younger sports fans in the Metroplex through our art contest,” AT&T Cotton Bowl President Rick Baker said, “We hope that art teachers from across the North Texas community will encourage their students to participate.


Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

ARLINGTON, August 13, 2014 — The AT&T Cotton Bowl announced today that the 79th Classic scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at AT&T Stadium is officially sold out.

The 2015 AT&T Cotton Bowl marks the sixth year the Classic has been played in AT&T Stadium which has generated four of the top five crowds in the game’s history. Since the game’s move in 2010, the Classic has sold out each year in AT&T Stadium.

“You can sense the excitement from our passionate fan base,” Amy Scott, VP of Ticket Sales & Services said.

June 2014

Dan Novakov named Chairman of Cotton Bowl Athletic Association

Friday, June 20th, 2014

ARLINGTON – North Texas attorney Daniel P. Novakov has been elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA), the sponsoring agency of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

Novakov has been a member of the Classic’s Board of Directors since 2006, and has served on the CBAA’s Executive Committee as Vice-Chairman the past four years. He is a shareholder in the Dallas office of the global law firm, Greenberg Traurig, LLP. His community involvement includes the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors, and leadership positions in various Catholic Diocese of Dallas agencies.

May 2014

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Hosts Youth Football Clinic

Friday, May 2nd, 2014


Monday, June 16 • AT&T Stadium


Session One
Ages: 7-10
Registration: 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Clinic: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Pickup Time:  Noon - 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Session Two
Ages: 11-14
Registration: 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Clinic: 12:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. *Special parent seminar by Conference USA for prospective collegiate student athletes

Pickup Time:  3:30 p.

March 2014


Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Hank Lauricella, Tennessee’s great single-wing tailback and the star of the 1951 Cotton Bowl Classic, has passed away at the age of 83 in his home state of Louisiana.

It was 63 years ago when Lauricella found a way to place his name among the legends of the Cotton Bowl without scoring a touchdown as he sparked the fourth-ranked Volunteers to a 20-14 victory over No. 3 Texas.

The 5-11, 175 pound triple-threat tailback set up the game’s first score with an electrifying 75-yard gallop to the Texas five-yard line.

January 2014

Missouri Wins 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

It took a little while, but Missouri showed why it was the SEC East champion and a national title contender.

Missouri struggled offensively in the first three quarters and were plagued by three turnovers. But the Tigers exploded for an AT&T Stadium record 24 fourth quarter points, and Shane Ray returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown with 2:13 remaining as Missouri topped Oklahoma State 41-31 in the 78th annual AT&T Cotton Bowl.

“All the drama you don’t want in the fourth quarter we had,” said Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said.

McKnight Trophy Winner (Defensive MVP) - Missouri LB Andrew Wilson

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

As Shane Ray gathered the fumble that ultimately sealed Missouri’s second-ever 12-win season, linebacker Andrew Wilson still wasn’t finished fighting.

“I started screaming and I chased him all the way into the end zone, which was not smart because I was dead tired after that,” he said with a laugh. “That was an awesome play.”

Wilson had every reason to be tired on Friday at AT&T Stadium. The five-year senior capped a fulfilling career by making 15 tackles and earning the McKnight Trophy, awarded to the Cotton Bowl’s most valuable defensive player.

AT&T Cotton Bowl Records

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

At four hours and 19 minutes, tonight’s AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic was the longest in Classic history. The previous record was three hours and 47 minutes in the 2003 Classic between LSU and Texas. 

The combined 101 passing attempts by Missouri (44) and Oklahoma State (57) are the most combined passing attempts in Cotton Bowl history. The previous record was 84 by Oklahoma (49) and Texas A&M (35) in the 2013 Classic.

The combined 41 points in the fourth quarter is a Cotton Bowl record for combined points in any quarter.

Sanford Trophy Winner (Offensive MVP) - Missouri RB Henry Josey

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Missouri junior Henry Josey is a comeback tailback.

After suffering a season-ending injury in 2011 that would also sideline him for the next year, Josey has solidified his return to form, tallying three touchdowns and 92 yards in the 2014 edition of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic to claim the J. Curtis Sanford Offensive MVP award.

Josey’s three touchdowns Friday night at AT&T Stadium matched a career high and leave him with 16 for the season. He becomes one of only five players with three or more rushing touchdowns in the Classic.

Missouri Postgame Quotes - Transcripts

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

THE MODERATOR:  We'll start with an opening comment from Coach Pinkel.
COACH PINKEL:  What a game.  Oklahoma State is a really good team.  Just all the drama that you don't want as a coach in the fourth quarter we had.  We had a lot of adversity.  I thought our team handled the adversity very well.  Fortunately we made the plays we needed to make to win it at the end.
Very proud of our football team.  Wanted that trophy really bad for them.

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