Razorback News for December 31st

One of the more intriguing angles heading into Tuesday's 66th Cotton Bowl are the differences - and similarities - in Arkansas coach Houston Nutt and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.

Both are rising young (Nutt is 44, Stoops, 41) stars who jump-started once-proud programs that had fallen - heavily - on hard times. The five seasons before Stoops, the Sooners (under Gary Gibbs, Howard...
Morning News
 
The Arkansas Razorbacks and Oklahoma Sooners meet in the Cotton Bowl Tuesday at 10 a.m., but the two traditional football powers reached the Dallas classic by taking different routes. The Sooners had visions of a...
NW Arkansas Times
 
Strange feeling, the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl Classic. The sights aren't so strange, Big Red fans filling southbound Interstate 35 lanes and Pappasito's on Northwest Highway and half the stately stadium at...
The Oklahoman
 
As two-touchdown underdogs, the Razorbacks figure they will need big plays Tuesday to upset the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl. Don't be surprised if they come on defense. Arkansas forced 26 turnovers this...
Morning News
 
When a team completes a turnaround such as the one the Arkansas Razorbacks did on the football field this season, it speaks of the work of the entire team and its coaching staff. It would be too simplistic to pin...
NW Arkansas Times
 
He is trying not to think about it. He is trying to focus solely on the next game. But Rocky Calmus fully realizes the Cotton Bowl is his last game, the last time he and 11 other seniors will wear the Sooner uniform. "It's going...
The Oklahoman
 
Arkansas isn't intimidated by No. 10 Oklahoma's fourth-ranked defense and Butkus Award-winning linebacker Rocky Calmus. "He's a great player," said Arkansas freshman quarterback Matt Jones. "You know...
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Houston Nutt and Zak Clark knew it after the Georgia loss. Cedric Cobbs and Matt Jones saw it coming after a big win over Weber State. Ideas on exactly when and where Arkansas made its offensive turnaround are as...
NW Arkansas Times
 
Arkansas defenders don't know exactly what to expect from Oklahoma's offense in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day, since the Sooners have a new coordinator and a new line coach. "I have absolutely no idea what...
The Oklahoman
 
He wants you to know him as Mr. Consistency. He vows he'll catch the ball when it's thrown to him. He'll run precision routes to free other receivers. He'll block downfield. Nothing flashy. That wouldn't be George Wilson...
Morning News
 
The Arkansas Razorbacks' defense has some unfinished business to attend to. To a man, there's one thing that all UA defensive players have in mind: To not be remembered for a performance like the one they gave in the...
NW Arkansas Times
 
After some mild days last week, it appears winter may set in on New Year's Day. And that could make things chilly for the 10:10 a.m. kickoff at the Cotton Bowl. Forecasts call for temperatures in the 30s with a slight...
The Oklahoman
 
When you consider the fact that Oklahoma University has two of the nation's top defensive players -- if not the top two - it is not surprising at all that they have a defense ranked in the top five nationally. Senior...
Morning News
 
The Arkansas Razorbacks' defense has some unfinished business to attend to. To a man, there's one thing that all UA defensive players have in mind: To not be remembered for a performance like the one they gave in the...
NW Arkansas Times
 
He grew up dreaming about it, spent four years chasing it and at approximately 10:10 a.m. New Year's Day, Arkansas assistant James Shibest will finally catch it. The Cotton Bowl. And this time, not on TV...
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For Dorothy, there was no place like home. For Curt Davis, there is no place like Dallas. Huh? Actually, there's no place like the Cotton Bowl. To Davis, returning to the "Big D" for a second time in three years is even...
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Keith Jackson was the biggest man in the hospitality room of the plush Omni Mandalay Hotel, which is press headquarters for the 66th Cotton Bowl Classic. He cut an imposing figure while carrying a cup of coffee...
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Richie Butler is soft-spoken, for a fellow who punts the football so loudly. Arkansas' junior punter, a three-year mainstay from Harrison, has an inner calm that perhaps comes from the fact that he never misses church on...
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Oklahoma quarterback Nate Hybl was sacked seven times and threw three interceptions in his last outing, which resulted in a 16-13 loss to Oklahoma State in the regular season finale. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he...
Morning News

For those who expect defending national champion Oklahoma to run roughshod over Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl, UA assistant coach Chris Vaughn has a message. "I think this game is going to be a battle...
Morning News
 
Not many can talk firsthand about the first Cotton Bowl, because it was played Jan. 1, 1937. Only 17,000 fans attended that game between TCU and Marquette in Fair Park Stadium. But it was a good beginning for...
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