Wednesday, January 4th, 2012


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ARLINGTON -- The No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks continued to work closer to their matchup with the No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a fourth practice at Cowboys Stadium Wednesday morning.

Head coach Bobby Petrino commented in his news conference prior to the team’s practice that the Razorbacks have enjoyed a great week preparing to play in a game with such great history and tradition as the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

“It’s been a tremendous experience for our football team and our families with a first-class organization. Everything we have done and all of the hospitality has been amazing,” said Petrino. “I’m proud of our football team. They’ve worked extremely hard to get here. We’re really looking forward to the matchup on Friday night. I think it’s going to be a great game. Whenever you can play the sixth-place team in the country against the eighth-place team in the country, I think it’s really exciting and I know our players and coaches are excited for the game to get here.”

This year’s Classic could cap a highly successful season for Arkansas, as a win over Kansas State would give the Razorbacks their first 11-win season since 1977. That season Arkansas finished with an 11-1 record and as No. 2 in the nation on the strength of a 31-6 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 2, 1978.

Before the Razorbacks put a close on the 2011 season, the team will enjoy another social outing, again at American Airlines Center, to see the defending National Basketball Association champion Dallas Mavericks take on the Phoenix Suns. Arkansas’ final practice Thursday afternoon is CLOSED to the media and public.

The 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is Friday, Jan. 6 on FOX. The telecast starts at 7 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7:32 p.m. Gus Johnson will handle the play-by-play duties with Charles Davis as the color analyst. Tim Brewster and former Dallas Cowboys great Daryl Johnston will serve as sideline reporters.

For the 20th consecutive year, the Classic will be heard around the world through the Westwood One Radio Network. Brad Sham, “The Voice of the Dallas Cowboys”, and former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue will be on the call.
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