Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Oklahoma focused ahead of showdown with Texas A&M

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Macatee/CBAA
The Okahoma Sooners run practice in preparation for their January 4th, 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl match up against the Texas A&M Aggies.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Underneath a closed roof at Cowboys Stadium, the Big 12 Co-Champion Oklahoma Sooners held their final workout a day before squaring off against Texas A&M in the 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

Players and coaches for the No. 11 Sooners (10-2, 8-1 Big 12) held an hour walkthrough in shorts and t-shirts implementing their final game plan for the Aggies (10-2, 6-2 SEC). Offense, defense and special teams each went through their specific final reviews at half speed.

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is trying to keep his team on the same schedule like any other game. The Sooners ran through their typical “Friday” routine to keep consistent with a usual game buildup.

“I believe we’re ready,” Stoops said. “After you’re here for five, six days and you do the events they want you to do, in the end the game is the best part of it. I think everyone is anxious to get on the field and play.”

The most crucial key to victory for OU will be keeping Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel corralled if the Sooners hope to pull out a victory on Friday night. Manziel and the Aggie offense set school records for total, passing and scoring offense in 2012.

“He just has a knack for making something happen even when you have played well,” Coach Stoops said. “It is hard to explain, he just has a way to make plays.”

Thursday morning the team attended the annual Big Play Luncheon, along with the team from Texas A&M, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Senior QB Landry Jones threw a commemorative football to a lucky winner that was drawn from the luncheon attendees.

Tonight Oklahoma players will have the option of either attending a private screening of the movie Jack Reacher or watching the Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and Kansas State.

The 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be held on Friday, Jan. 4 on FOX. Telecast starts at 6:30 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Gus Johnson will handle play-by-play duties with Charles Davis as the color analyst.

For the first time the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be heard around the world on ESPN Radio. Providing play-by-play is Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys”, Ed Cunningham will provide color commentary and Ian Fitzsimmons will report from the sideline.

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