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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

No Stadium Needed: OSU Polishes for Game at Hotel

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Oklahoma State followed its normal game-week schedule by conducting a walkthrough Thursday, a little over 24 hours ahead of its matchup with Missouri in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

Instead of staging the walkthrough at AT&T Stadium, the 13th-ranked Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) accomplished what they needed to accomplish at the team hotel, OSU and No. 8 Missouri (11-2, 7-2 SEC) meet Friday.

Oklahoma State practiced six consecutive days after arriving for bowl week, two of those at AT&T Stadium and four at a local high school. Missouri practiced four times, each at the stadium. Both teams balanced their work with entertainment throughout the week.

“From our administration, players and the Big 12, we want to say thank you to AT&T,” Cowboys Head Coach Mike Gundy said. “Bowl games are about an opportunity for the fans, coaches, players to enjoy a week.  And as everybody said, the Cotton Bowl's been terrific, the hospitality, everything involved.  We've had a great week.

“We're very excited about the game. We want to say congratulations to [Missouri] Coach [Gary] Pinkel, his staff, and his players for a terrific season, what they've been able to accomplish.
“And we're looking forward to playing. We've been at this since Aug. 1, and we're excited about the competition and the game and looking forward to getting out there and kicking it off.”

The 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is Friday, Jan. 3 on FOX. Airtime is set for 6:30 p.m. CST with kickoff scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Making their fourth appearances as members of FOX’s broadcast crew, Gus Johnson and Charles Davis will describe all the action and will be joined by Kristina Pink reporting from the sideline. FOX is broadcasting the Classic for the 16th consecutive year.

ESPN Radio returns as the Classic’s national radio partner for a second-straight year. Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys,” will partner with Ed Cunningham offering color commentary and Ian Fitzsimmons adding analysis from the sideline to provide the call of the 78th Classic to hundreds of affiliate stations around the country as well as subscribers of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio in the United States and Canada.

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