Sunday At The Cotton Bowl

The Oklahoma State Cowboys spent close to three hours on the turf this morning and early afternoon at Texas Stadium. While the NFL Cowboys were in New Orleans kicking off their final regular season game, a 13-7 loss to the Saints, the O-State Cowboys were using their home field for what amounted to another Tuesday-like game week workout.

On offense the emphasis was on the short passing game and the running game, while the defense spent a great deal of time working on defending Ole Miss in the run game and the short passing game. There were several live periods with plenty of contact. The return game for both kickoffs and punts got plenty of attention. Senior Gabe Lindsay has moved his way back to number one returner on punts, and it will be Gabe that will have first call as to whether he returns a punt. Lindsay has said he will let Darrent Williams have at least a couple of opportunities in the ball game.

Monday's late morning workout at Texas Stadium will mimmick a regular Wednesday practice at home and will feature a short 50 play scrimmage against elevated scout teams. Both the first team offense and defense will have 10-15 plays against the scouts and then the second teams on each side of the ball will get their work in.

After practice today the players had some time to relax before going to the WestEnd in Dallas for a night of barbeque and fun and games. The players had the run of the four story WestEnd Center where they enjoyed barbeque with all the trimmings, delicious fudge from The Fudgery. There were all kinds of arcade games, caricatures, and air brushed tattos. Both teams were at the function and all seemed to really enjoy themselves. Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg, Associate Commissioner John Underwood, and numerous Cotton Bowl officers and staff were there as well.

A Case of Familiarity

Today's press conferences featured the Ole Miss offense and the Oklahoma State defense. The two coordinators and five of their players were made available to the media. Very few media had done their homework and realized that Ole Miss offensive coordinator John Latina and OSU defensive coordinator Bill Clay both coached on the same staff at Temple.

"I just know that he is a great fundamental coach," said Clay of Latina. "When I coached with him (Latina) he was the offensive line coach at Temple and we were both coaching for Bruce Aaron. I was the defensive side of the ball as assistant head coach, but we worked against each other every day. I know his background, and I understand where he is coming from. John is a very good coach and he is a very good offensive line coach."

"I've known Bill Clay, their defensive coordinator for a long, long time," said Latina when asked about the matchup. "He is a very good coach and he has a lot of fine athletes. I know they will know us and will be very well coached going into the game."

Fields Could Or He Couldn't We meant to run it on Saturday for viewing all day Sunday, but Oklahoma State quarterback Josh Fields was asked the question several times during the media day about possibly leaving for pro basbeall after this spring at OSU. All we can say is he is good at hiding it, it was hard to read whether he really thinks this is it for his football career.

"I havn't really thought about it because we have this last game we need to focus on and prepare for," said Fields. "Just like Rashaun there are opportunities out there, but I'm not thinking about that right now because we have the game to get ready for."

Fields did admit that he has thought about this being his last game.

"I'm doing the same thing I did last year at the bowl," said Fields. "I'm filming everything because I think it is fun to have, and we're just taking it one game at a time and this is a game we need to win."

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