RED RAIDERS CONDUCT SHORTENED PRACTICEThe No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders continued preparing for the 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a 60-minute workout in helmets and shorts under sunny, clear skies at Texas Stadium. Texas Tech plays the Ole Miss Rebels in the Classic on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.
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. I thought the team looked good.”
The squad spent time on special teams and ran 11-on-11 drills against the scout team.
This will be the fifth matchup between Texas Tech and Ole Miss, and the third time in a bowl game. Both schools are 2-2 in the previous four games. The first two meetings were in the 1986 and 1998 Independence Bowls, with the Rebels winning both games. The two schools met during the regular season in 2002 and 2003, with the Red Raiders winning those tussles.
Coach Leach has a great deal of respect for his opponent from the Southeastern Conference.
“They are a really good team,” Leach said about Ole Miss. “They played everybody tough and were just a few points away from winning even more games. They are well-coached. Everything about them is good. Their defensive front is what everybody makes a big deal out of.”
The Red Raiders’ offensive line has played well all year. Leach knows how his offensive line performs against the Rebels may determine the game’s outcome.
“There is no question that they (Texas Tech’s offensive line) do a good job,” Leach said about his front five. “They have a good challenge against Ole Miss. Ole Miss has a good defensive line. We’ll have to see how our guys do.”
Texas Tech has no reported injuries.
The 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, the final one to be played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park, will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. The Classic will be televised for the 11th consecutive year on FOX Sports. Pat Summerall and Brian Baldinger will handle the broadcasting duties, with Jeanne Zelasko and Krista Voda reporting from the sidelines. For the 16th consecutive year, the Westwood One Radio Network will broadcast the Classic, with Brad Sham and Terry Bowden at the microphones. The game is sold out.