This will really be the last night for entertainment as the players have an early curfew but can enjoy the hospitality room, several small events, and there is the Texas Two-Step with country artist Lee Brice at The Anatole. The coaches and support staff are expected to take in that event.
Thursday, the Cowboys will have a late afternoon walk thru with the travel squad only as they move hotels and stop for about 50 minutes at the stadium on the way.
We will have a great lineup of guests including head coach Mike Gundy, quarterback Clint Chelf, linebacker Caleb Lavey, cornerback Tyler Patmon, and former OSU Cowboy and current Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey. The show will run an hour until 7 p.m.
Moore has contributed to some big plays this season as he has caught 31 passes for 415 yards and five touchdowns. He has also completed two of two passing for 49 yards including a key toss to Josh Stewart in the win over Baylor. Moore has learned a lot of lessons including one that might surprise some fans.
"It's all about the work that you put in and in college ball the crazy thing is everybody is about the same," Moore theorized. "If you put in the extra work, it's who comes together. If you do that then you can win a lot more games than people may think you can."
Moore is confident that the OSU program is in good hands in the future.
"I think all those guys at receiver, you have Jhajuan Seales and Brandon Sheperd and guys like that you have seen a lot and then David Glidden, he may not have contributed as much on the field the last year, but he is going to be a big leader on this team," Moore said when asked about the future. "Really, young guys like (Marcell) Ateman and (Ra'Shaad) Samples will be playing next year."
Moore, who told me he will train with a personal trainer that also works with Kendall Hunter and former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, plans on trying to make it in the NFL. He also looks forward to returning to Stillwater as an alumnus.
"I'm excited that it is cool to think about as a senior that we get to pass the torch and I hope we provided them with some wisdom this season."
Yurcich did not have the same offensive makeup but the Cowboys did improve through the course of the season offensively. Many fans felt Gundy's hire of a Division II coordinator from Shippensburg was partly at fault. I would disagree with that.
Yurcich has a very bright football mind and displayed that in meeting with the media on Wednesday morning. He also answered a question on coaching and players at all college levels and whether it would be nice for more to get to experience the reward of preparing and playing in a Cotton Bowl game.
"I think we are all lucky to be able to coach young men and I feel very lucky to be able to coach in this Cotton Bowl, no question about it," Yurcich answered. "It's more of a calling than it is anything else and that's the way it was for myself for many years more than anything else.
"It is just great to have another game to coach, whether there are 5,000 in the stands or 50,000. It is just fun to coach and to see guys compete and just be able to go out and enjoy the camaraderie with the players. It's a lot of fun. This (Cotton Bowl) makes it a heck of a lot of fun."
Now this Cotton Bowl is extra special. Those of us that are veterans of covering this game realize the Cotton Bowl has upped their game and they are using this game as a dress rehearsal for next season's National Championship Game, which will be played at AT&T Stadium and hosted by the Cotton Bowl.