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Saturday, January 7th, 2012

2012 AT&T COTTON BOWL NOTES

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  • The Sanford Trophy as the Outstanding Offensive Player went to Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson and the McKnight Trophy for Outstanding Defensive Player went to the Razorbacks’ Jake Bequette.

  • The attendance of 80,956 is the third highest in the Classic’s history. (Note: The Classic moved from the Cotton Bowl to Cowboys Stadium in 2010.)

  • This was the first AT&T Cotton Bowl since 2007 to not have one individual rush for 100 yards.

  • The three field goals for the Razaorbacks ties them with three other teams for most in the Classic’s history. (Penn State, 1972; Alabama 1981; Texas 1984.) Zach Hocker’s three field goals were tied for the most with three other kickers for most in one game in AT&T Cotton Bowl history. In addition, he earned 11 points (3 Field Goals, 2 Extra Points) to put him in a three-way tie for third most points by a kicker in one contest.

  • Arkansas is the first team in the Classic’s history to score 19 points at halftime. The Wildcats are the second school to notch nine first half points – the other was Texas in 1953.

  • Nigel Malone of KSU ran back the first ever AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic defensive 2-point conversion after a blocked extra point kick. (Teams became eligible to convert blocked point after touchdown for two points in 1988).

  • The last team to lead 3-0 after the 1st quarter was Arkansas in 2000 against Texas. Arkansas went on to win the game 27-6. It was eighth time in Classic history that a team led 3-0 after the first quarter and was the third occurrence for the Razorbacks. Other 3-0 (Texas A&M 1987, Georgia 1976, Texas 1974, Texas 1972, Notre Dame 1970, Arkansas 1965)

  • Joe Adams’ punt return for a touchdown was the fifth in AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic history and first since Arkansas’ Lance Alworth ran one back for 49 yards in 1961 vs. Duke.

  • Adams punt return was the fourth longest return for a TD was also the sixth longest overall punt return.

  • Jerico Nelson’s 61 yard interception return is the fifth longest in AT&T Cotton Bowl.

  • The combined 25 points scored in the second quarter (Arkansas – 16, Kansas State - 9) is the fourth most in history. Three other games had 28 total points scored.

  • Dylan Breeding’s 46.8-yard average per punt is tied for seventh best in AT&T Cotton Bowl history.

  • Arkansas had 62 yards in punt returns, all from Joe Adams, which is 10th best in the Classic’s history. In addition, the 20.67 punt return average is seventh all-time.

  • Tyler Wilson’s 20 pass completions put him ninth on the all-time AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic list.

  • Arkansas’s 28 rushing attempts are tied for 10th fewest by one team. The two fumbles by both teams is tied for eighth with eight other schools for the fewest fumbles.

  • The seven quarterback sacks for Arkansas is tied with UCLA for the fifth most in AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic history.
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