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January 2014

No Stadium Needed: OSU Polishes for Game at Hotel

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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.

OSU Tunes in Mentally in Final Practice

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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.

Mizzou Rings in the New Year with Final Practice at AT&T Stadium

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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.

December 2013

Tigers Fine Tune Prep for Oklahoma State

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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).

Seniors Lead OSU in Day Four Practice

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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.

Mizzou Moves Back to the Practice Field with Morning Workout at AT&T Stadium

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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).

Oklahoma State Puts In Crisp Practice on Day Three of AT&T Cotton Bowl Week

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

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).

Tigers Take to the Turf at AT&T Stadium for Initial Cotton Bowl Practice

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

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.

Oklahoma State Completes Second Cotton Bowl Practice

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

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.

Cowboys Complete First Cotton Bowl Practice in Texas

Friday, December 27th, 2013

The Oklahoma State football team held its first Texas-based practice for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Friday afternoon at Euless Trinity High School. The Cowboys practiced outside in clear, brisk 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. We've got all of our players here and we worked out for about an hour and fifteen minutes and we were able to run some.

Missouri Arrives in North Texas for the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic

Friday, December 27th, 2013

The tale of the 2013 season for the No. 8 Missouri Tigers begins its final chapter as the team descended on North Texas today for the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

Mizzou's official travel party, including approximately 50 players, coaches, support staff, athletic administrators and their families, arrived mid-afternoon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas after flying from Columbia on a charter flight. The remaining 70-plus players met the team at the hotel, arriving individually via private vehicles.

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