ARLINGTON, Texas – Head Coach Mike Gundy knew that game day was almost here Wednesday by the way his players practiced.
Oklahoma State punctuated a week of practices for the AT&T Cotton Bowl with a session high on concentration at AT&T Stadium. Players worked for about 90 minutes in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts in what equated to a regular-season Thursday practice, the last before the game.
No. 13 OSU (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) squares off against No.
Arlington – The No. 8 Missouri Tigers hit the practice field one final time with a 90-minute workout at AT&T Stadium with the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic looming in two days.
Mizzou (11-2, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) took time to work on its final adjustments, while making sure to continue its emphasis on fundamentals in preparation for the No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12 Conference).
Leading the list of 32 Tigers returning to their home state for the program’s 30th bowl game is senior QB James Franklin.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR MIKE YURCICH
“On behalf of the Oklahoma State football program, I’d like to thank the Cotton Bowl and the administration for their warm hospitality, their generosity. It’s been a wonderful experience for the coaches and players and also for our families.”
On running back Desmond Roland
“Desmond has had a tremendous season for us. I know Dez is really focused and looking forward to this opportunity to get back in front of his hometown and to be able to put on a great performance for you.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR JOSH HENSON
On playing alma mater (Oklahoma State) and former program at which he coached
“I see a lot of familiar faces and have a lot of familiarity with the people around the program. Other than that, you take the emotions out of it obviously. It is just another game and the truth is that every day I am with the guys in this room and on the Missouri team. That is where my heart and soul is every day in preparing to win the game.
DALLAS – The Oklahoma State Cowboys, along with Head Coach Mike Gundy, spent part of their New Year’s Eve spreading 2014 wishes, visiting the children of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Tuesday afternoon.
“This is a great experience for our team,” said Gundy. “Our team is very excited about participating in this year’s AT&T Cotton Bowl, but to be here with these children is a great opportunity for us and we will get more out of this visit than anyone else.
Arlington – The No. 8 Missouri Tigers spent New Year’s Eve morning back on the practice field with their focus squarely on the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and their opponent, the No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Mizzou (11-2, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) was crisp in its workout that ran just under two hours. Working in pads and shorts, the team conducted group work sessions accompanied with some full-field scrimmaging in fine-tuning its game plan for Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2 Big 12 Conference).
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR GLENN SPENCER
“It’s great to be here. We’ve had a tremendous experience so far. I’ve been to a lot of bowl games. This is hands down the best bowl in the nation, year in and year out. Somebody asked me yesterday if there was disappointment after losing the OU game and realizing we weren’t going to the Fiesta Bowl, and that disappointment turned right into elation when you find out you’re coming to the Cotton Bowl.
HEAD COACH MIKE GUNDY
“We want to thank the AT&T Cotton Bowl and everybody involved. We have been here a few days now the hospitality, accommodation, entertainment and facilities have been really good and our players have had a great few days. We are looking forward to practicing the next few days and preparing for a great game.”
On playing Missouri
“I think every game is important and we are excited about playing against Missouri, who is a very good football team.
HEAD COACH GARY PINKEL
“First of all we are very excited to be here and a part of the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl. It is a great bowl in a great city. Obviously this facility, AT&T Stadium, is remarkable. I probably can’t do it justice in description. We are excited about being here. Our fans certainly are too. We have had a good week thus far. One of our goals is to certainly have a good time when we are not focusing on the things we need to focus on.
EULESS, Texas – Oklahoma State completed its fourth practice in preparation for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, working for an hour and 45 minutes Monday at Trinity High School.
“Practice was good,” Head Coach Mike Gundy said. “We went through special teams and had good offensive and defensive periods. The attitude and tempo were really good. We’ve got great senior leadership with 28 of those guys. That helps us during bowl week.”
One of those seniors, cornerback Justin Gilbert, will be on the defensive side of perhaps the game’s most intriguing matchup, going against Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
DALLAS – Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel and the Missouri Tigers football team spent Monday afternoon visiting Children’s Medical Center in Dallas as part of the events surrounding the 78th annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Players from Mizzou spent their time at the hospital interacting with patients in the center’s Butterfly Atrium, while a group of senior players and captains visited patients in their rooms.
Chris Durovich, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Health Services of Texas, welcomed the group along with former Cotton Bowl Chairman John Stuart and his wife, Barbara.
Arlington – After enjoying a day away from the field and taking in Sunday night’s Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys game, the No. 8 Missouri Tigers were up early Monday morning for a 90-minute workout at AT&T Stadium for the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Head coach Gary Pinkel said he was pleased as Mizzou had its most lively prep session so far in North Texas in preparation for the No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12 Conference).
EULESS, Texas – Arriving a day early to prepare for the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic has helped Oklahoma State regain its sharpness, Head Coach Mike Gundy said Sunday after the team completed its third practice since reporting Friday. The team worked two hours in full pads.
The 13th-ranked Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) have improved with each practice after a short layoff to be with family over Christmas. The sessions at Trinity High School have been closed to the public and media, and concentration has returned quickly as the Pokes get ready for their opponent, eighth-ranked Missouri (11-2, 7-2 SEC).
Arlington – The No. 8 Missouri Tigers shook off the rust of the holidays with a spirited 90-minute practice in the team’s first workout at AT&T Stadium for the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Mizzou (11-2, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) worked on all three phases in short and shoulder pads as the team continued to narrow its focus towards its post-New Year’s date with the No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12 Conference). Head coach Gary Pinkel said the Tigers’ attention to detail will need to be sharp as his squad gets ready for a primetime showdown in front of a capacity crowd.
EULESS, Texas – The Oklahoma State football team held its second Texas-based practice for the AT&T Cotton Bowl early Saturday afternoon at Euless Trinity High School. The Cowboys practiced outside in clear, sunny conditions on artificial turf while wearing helmets and pads. Coach Mike Gundy talked with Okstate.com following the workout. His comments:
Coach Mike Gundy
On how the practice went
“We had a good practice today.