Cotton Bowl: Cowboys Practice In Full Pads

GRAPEVINE, Texas - The days sometimes get confusing at bowl games. But the Oklahoma State Cowboys should have no problem as they head Sunday to AT&T Cowboys Stadium to take in Sunday Night Football. The Dallas Cowboys, featuring ex-OSU Cowboys Joseph Randle, Dez Bryant, Dan Bailey and Orie Lemon, will play the Philadelphia Eagles in an all-or-nothing finale for the NFC East Division championship.

Some 260 members of the traveling party will make the trip and watch from the stands while the players watch from party suites with limited snacks. Missouri is also attending the nationally televised game.

Saturday was practice for the Cowboys at their home until Tuesday, Euless Trinity High School. The powerhouse Trinity program has a full turf practice field and a 60-yard indoor facility. It is good digs before the team heads out to Cowboys Stadium for the final three days of practice.

"We had a good practice today," head coach Mike Gundy said afterward. "We had a heavy day with pads and players' spirits are great. We've had a great time so far at the bowl, but they focused in and had a good practice."

Gundy was asked by Gavin Lang of Oklahoma State Athletic Media Relations how he would describe his team to someone that has not seen them play this season.

"I would say we are a sound defense and we've improved throughout the year in the kicking game. Offensively, we've tried to run the ball and throw the ball down the field, and we've accomplished that for the majority of the season," Gundy answered.

"They've got good leadership and good work ethic. They've gotten better every game since the West Virginia game. That's all we can ask of them is to improve every day in practice and get better for each game."

The practice ran close to two hours and as you can read in our recruiting story they did open the practice up for over an hour for prospects, parents and coaches to watch from the stands and the track around the practice field at Trinity High School.

Those in attendance saw a period of good on good work, the first team offense against the defense. Marcell Ateman made several impressive plays on passes from Clint Chelf and Desmond Roland and Jeremy Smith ran the ball well. The defense had its highlights as well.

"On defense we've been able to force turnovers and take advantage of scoring on defense," Gundy added summing up each unit on the season after the practice. "On offense we've taken care of the ball, for the most part, which gives us a chance to be successful in the end."

Tonight the Oklahoma State party will be at AT&T Cowboys Stadium along with Missouri, which did not practice today, as both teams will enjoy a welcomed inner hosted by the Cotton Bowl. There will also be a chance to watch season highlights of each team on the Cowboys massive video board.

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