|Updated: 12/31/2011 4:42 pm
||Published: 12/31/2011 4:38 pm
DALLAS -- The sixth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks rolled into Dallas Saturday afternoon via charter bus for the 76th AT&T Cotton
Arkansas arrived at its team headquarters full of excitement and with its sights set on its primetime matchup against the No. 8
Kansas State Wildcats in six days at Cowboys Stadium.
“I’m excited and the team is excited,” said junior LB Alonzo Highsmith. “It’s been a while since we’ve played and we’re ready to
get back out there to practice.”
The Razorbacks are no strangers to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, making their 12th all-time appearance and their first since
2008. Arkansas’ 12 Classic appearances are the most in a single bowl game in school history. The Razorbacks have won three
Cotton Bowls (1965, 1976 and 2000), including a 10-7 victory over No. 6 Nebraska on Jan. 1, 1965. That win capped an
undefeated season and earned Arkansas a national championship by the Football Writers Association of America and the Helms
Freshman CB Tevin Mitchel also expressed the team’s excitement to face Kansas State in the Classic’s first Top-10 matchup since
1994, saying “as a team, we are all excited to be back here in Texas. It’s is pretty much home to us since we played in Cowboys
Stadium against (Texas) A&M so we’re all excited to be back here and we just can’t wait to play.”
Arkansas and Kansas State have not been familiar foes as of late. Their Jan. 6 meeting will be the first between the schools since
1967, a 28-7 Razorbacks win at home on Oct. 28. The two teams get their first AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic look at Cowboys
Stadium on Saturday night as both teams will take part in the official stadium welcome party in Arlington.
The Razorbacks will be first to hit the practice field on New Year’s Day with a late morning workout followed by its Media Day,
featuring head coach Bobby Petrino. Both teams will practice on the Cowboys Stadium turf all week. All of Arkansas’ Classic
week practices are CLOSED to the media and public.
The 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is Friday, Jan. 6 on FOX. The telecast starts at 5 p.m., with the Fox 16 pregame show,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.