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Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

COHESIVE COWBOYS AWAIT CLASH WITH OLE MISS

The No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) continued preparing for the 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a two-hour practice in pads and shorts at new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. OSU will face Ole Miss in the Classic on Saturday, Jan. 2. 

Thirty-five days will have passed between the end of Oklahoma State’s regular season on Nov. 28 and this Saturday when the Cowboys take the field against the Rebels. Senior QB Zac Robinson is ready to play the game.

“We’re definitely ready to play,” Robinson said. “We have spent so long practicing for this one game. We are ready to face another team and starting hitting someone else. We are prepared and ready to go.”

Robinson said the unique cohesiveness among his 22 fellow seniors has kept the team together despite some adversity throughout the season. The Class of 2009 is the first at OSU to make four consecutive bowl appearances, and their 32 wins rank third-best for a senior class in school history.

“We’ve been through a lot this year, and we have stayed tight,” Robinson said. “We’ve had good leadership on both sides of the ball, and the seniors have really stayed together. That senior leadership has really helped us get to where we are.”

Attending today’s practice were former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt and former OSU defensive end Nathan Peterson.

Prior to practice, the Pokes took their annual team photo around the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic logo at midfield.

Tonight is a scheduled night off for the players, with no official functions planned for the team.

Tomorrow OSU will practice from 3:00 p.m.-4:50 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium. Practice is CLOSED the remainder of the week.

The 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. For the 12th consecutive year, the Classic will be televised on FOX Sports with the legendary Pat Summerall (play-by-play), former Dallas Cowboy Daryl Johnston (analyst) and Krista Voda (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. For the 17th consecutive year, the Classic will be carried on the Westwood One Radio Network with Brad Sham (play-by-play) and Terry Donahue (analyst) at the microphones.

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