The No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders arrived in Dallas today and immediately began preparations for the 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a 90-minute workout in helmets and shorts under clear skies at Texas Stadium. Texas Tech plays the Ole Miss Rebels on Jan. 2, 2009.
Today was the Red Raiders' first workout since Tuesday, Dec. 23, prior to breaking for the Christmas holiday. Today's practice was the Red Raiders' normal "Sunday" practice. The squad concentrated on individual work with position coaches before running seven-on-seven drills near the end of the workout.
Head Coach Mike Leach, 5-3 in bowl games at Texas Tech, was pleased with his squad today.
"I thought it was good work" said Leach. "They bounced around out there and looked pretty good. There was maybe a little rust from the layoff, but I didn't think it was bad."
Texas Tech brought 109 players to Dallas for the Classic.The only player not to arrive on time was DL Brandon Sesay, who was stranded in Georgia due to travel delays and was expected in later tonight. The Red Raiders have no reported injuries.
Following practice the Red Raiders enjoyed the comedy of impressionist Frank Caliendo of "FOX Sports Sunday." Caliendo was part of FOX Sports' annual event where both schools are welcomed to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
2009 will be the fourth appearance for the Red Raiders in the Classic. Texas Tech is seeking its first Classic victory, having lost to St. Mary's 20-13 in 1939, to USC 55-14 in 1995, and to Alabama 13-10 in 2006. Ironically, the Red Raiders have played on Jan. 2 in each of its previous three Classics, as will be the case this year.
This will be Texas Tech's 32nd bowl game. It is 10-20-1 all-time in bowl games and enters this year's Classic on a two-game bowl winning streak, with victories in the 2008 Konica-Minolta Gator Bowl over Virginia 31-24 and the 2006 Insight Bowl over Minnesota 44-41 in overtime.
The 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, the final one to be played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park, will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. The Classic will be televised for the 11th consecutive year on FOX Sports. Pat Summerall and Brian Baldinger will handle the broadcasting duties, with Jeanne Zelasko and Krista Voda reporting from the sidelines. For the 16th consecutive year, the Westwood One Radio Network will broadcast the Classic, with Brad Sham and Terry Bowden at the microphones. The game is sold out.