Arkansas is headed back to Cowboys Stadium for the Cotton Bowl. The Razorbacks, sixth in the BCS standings, will play against No. 8 Kansas State at 7 p.m. Jan. 6.
Arkansas and Kansas State, with identical 10-2 records, both finished high enough to make a BCS bowl, but were not selected. Arkansas missed out since only two teams from the SEC can play in a BCS game.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said he is sure Razorback fans will represent the state in top fashion.
"The University of Arkansas is thrilled to accept a bid to play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic following our second consecutive 10-win season," Long said. "Congratulations to Coach Bobby Petrino, our coaching staff and our football student-athletes on earning the opportunity to participate in one of college football's greatest postseason traditions.
The Cotton Bowl has been an integral part of our program's history for more than six decades playing host to many unforgettable moments and memorable games. Based on the tremendous response from our fans and messages on my twitter account, it is clear the Razorback Nation is excited to return to the Cotton Bowl."
"Our team looks forward to becoming part of the long-standing tradition the Razorbacks have with the Cotton Bowl," head coach Bobby Petrino said. "I am very proud to be the coach of this team, which has stuck together all season long and kept competing. The mentality our players have demonstrated is what has allowed us to accomplish all we have this year.
"We've enjoyed success in Cowboys Stadium and the hospitality and experience the Cotton Bowl provides gives our team a special opportunity to compete together one more time. I know this game will be highly anticipated by our fans and the support they will give the Razorbacks will once again be tremendous."
The Razorbacks have played in Cowboys Stadium in each of the last three seasons, including a 42-38 victory over Texas A&M this past October.
"I'm excited to play in such a great bowl in a great stadium," Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson said. "We have experienced success in Cowboys Stadium the last three years, and it was great helping lead our team to a victory there earlier this season.
"Our fans have traveled well to Dallas, which always helps us, and we expect them to be down there cheering us on and helping create a great atmosphere. The Cotton Bowl has a prestigious history, and I am happy to have the chance to be a part of that."
It's not only a team tradition, but a family tradition for Jake Bequette. His late grandfather George was a member of the Arkansas team which played in the Cotton Bowl after the 1954 season.
"The Cotton Bowl is a highly respected bowl and one we are proud to get the chance to be part of," Bequette said. "My grandfather played in the Cotton Bowl and I was able to experience it during my redshirt season, so this is nice for my family.
"I remember watching the Cotton Bowl growing up, and it has always been special to me. I'm happy for the opportunity to spend another month with this team getting ready for the game and for the chance to play one more time with these guys. We are going to focus on being prepared and going down there with the intent to finish this season with a win."
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