Razorbacks Hold First Practice at Cowboys Stadium

ARLINGTON -- The No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks kicked off the New Year with its first practice at Cowboys Stadium, site of the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

Head coach Bobby Petrino said he was pleased with the spirit in the Razorbacks' first Classic week practice prior to taking on the eighth-ranked Kansas State Wildcats in prime time on Jan. 6.

"We're really looking forward to the game. We'll have a good week of preparation to get ready for the 6th,"said Petrino.{}

In his fourth season guiding Arkansas and eighth as a Division I head coach, Petrino is leading Arkansas to its third-straight and 39th overall postseason appearance. He is 3-3 bowl games including a 2-2 mark in postseason games played in the month of January.

Petrino and his Razorbacks squad are quite familiar with Cowboys Stadium having played Texas A&M during the regular season each of the last three seasons. The Hogs hold a 3-0 record in those games.

Its Jan. 6 date with Kansas State is Arkansas' first AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic in the home stadium of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

"We're excited to be here in Dallas. Our players always like coming here," said Petrino. "We had a great time when we came here earlier in the year. I think that game was something that really helped this football team. We went into halftime when we were down 18 points and found great leadership from our seniors, a group of guys that showed a tremendous amount of competitive spirit that found a way to win the game. I really think that was a turning point in our season."

Following practice, Arkansas conducted its formal Media Day session with Petrino and selected players.{} Tonight, the team will enjoy some North Texas hospitality to ring in the New Year with a private social function at the Main Event in Lewisville.