Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Preparation Continues for Oklahoma in Fourth AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Practice

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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 – Big 12 Co-Champion Oklahoma continued to finalize their game plans for No. 9 Texas A&M with an hour and a half workout at Cowboys Stadium Wednesday afternoon.

The Sooners (10-2, 8-1 Big 12) practiced in shoulder pads and shorts as a part of their typical “Thursday” game week workout. The Sooners worked on special teams and individual drills as the Aggie War Hymn continued to play on repeat in the background.

Friday night’s challenge has Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops looking for an advantageous matchup against their Texas A&M (10-2, 6-2) opponents. With so much time off between their last regular season game, OU has had an opportunity to reassess their approach.

“Anytime you are playing, you can add a wrinkle or two,” Coach Stoops said. “That is what we did with some of our quarterbacks that may be able to run the ball a bit more.”

Earlier in the day Coach Stoops and A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin met with the media to discuss their Friday night showdown against Texas A&M. The Sooners aren’t worried about the added intangible distractions of facing Heisman Trophy winner QB Johnny Manziel.

“Our players have played in some tight situations the last several weeks and have responded well,” Coach Stoops said. “They have competed all the way to the end of those games.”

The Sooner defense led the Big 12 in both passing yards allowed (218.0) and pass defense efficiency (108.0). Manziel was the first player in NCAA FBS history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game, three times in his career.

Wednesday afternoon, OU players and coaches visited Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Tomorrow the Sooners will attend the traditional Big Play Luncheon at the Anatole Hotel with their opponents from Texas A&M. The Sooners will then have a short walkthrough as their final practice before Friday night.

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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