"We practiced today to get in the mode of getting ready for this game," added Gundy. "We want them to enjoy their time here but also understand the importance of trying to win the game."
The players arrived by three different modes of transportation as the Oklahoma players and some other area players like Kansas cornerback Devin Hedgepeth and Wichita freshman running back Joseph Randle flew on the team charter.
Those coming from greater distances flew in on commerical airline service and many of the Texas players drove into the Alamo city. The oldest Cowboy, 27-year-old rifleman of a quarterback Brandon Weeden, also was on the charter.
"So far, so good. We just landed and got in. I think everybody, speaking for the entire team, is pretty excited about this week," said Weeden.
"We hear a lot of good things about the Alamo Bowl and it's going to be a fun weekend. I think everyone's going to enjoy it. We've got some team events - Sea World and stuff like that - along with some stuff with Arizona.
"I know the mall's right here. My wife's in town, so she's probably going to want to spend some time at the mall. But who knows, I'm just going to enjoy - we've got a few days to prepare before the game - just kind of enjoy it and have fun with it," Weeden added.
But the quick practice upon arrival also served as a reminder this is a working trip and a working holiday.
"It's difficult but I think our coaching staff did a good job of splitting up time, as far as practices and giving us some free time," said Weeden of combining work and play over Christmas.
"But still when we do practices - have quality practices - we had several good quality practices. So it's always difficult, every team goes through it, it's just part of playing in a bowl game. But we earned the right to be here. We've had a good year so far. We want to finish it off on a good note."
This turned out to be a rough several days for the Cowboys staff. Wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer was not with the team as his mother was seriously ill and he was with his family in Mississippi.
Recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr's brother, Colonel Robert D. Barr, was in a serious accident near Hearne, Texas. Barr, an eight-year pilot of Air Force One, was hospitalized with injuries and, tragically, his wife passed away in surgery. Barr and his family were in College Station with is brother.
It would be nice if you could keep these two coaches and their families in your prayers during the holiday season.