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GAMEDAY IN ARIZONA
After six days in Arizona (and a new year), it's finally gameday for the Oklahoma football team.
The Sooners will kick off against the UConn Huskies at 7:37 p.m. Central (6:37 p.m. local) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. ESPN will televise the BCS matchup to a nation-wide audience. View details on attending the game in our fan primer and media links for fans following the Sooners from around the world at Sooner Bowl Central.
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl held a press conference Friday morning with Coach Stoops and UConn Head Coach Randy Edsall. For the players, Friday consisted of a final walk through at the practice facility, a dinner back at the team hotel, a trip to the movies and a team meeting. Curfew was 10:30 p.m. Mountain Time with the BCS game on deck tomorrow evening in Glendale.
FANS HEADING FOR GAME
Oklahoma fans are renowned for their support of the Sooners. In addition to daily bowl coverage of the team during its week of preparation in Arizona for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the OU Athletics Department invited several fans to share their experiences leading up to the game. Read their latest updates here:
Oklahoma held its final full practice of the 2010 season Thursday afternoon on the campus of Arizona State. Due to the wet weather, the Sooners again worked at the Sun Devils' indoor facility:
OU Senior Associate A.D. Kenny Mossman asks you to consider this the next time you see the bottom-of-the-screen trailer reminding the world that Oklahoma has lost its last five BCS games.
TWO DAYS OUT
With just two days to go before Oklahoma meets UConn in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day, the Sooners headed for their final practice of the 2010 season Thursday morning. After a full day's rain yesterday doused the practice fields, OU again will practice in Tempe at the Arizona State indoor facility. Meetings will follow back at the team hotel in Scottsdale in the afternoon and a steak fry is scheduled for the team later this evening.
LIGHTER SIDE OF MEDIA DAY
Plenty of serious questions were asked at OU's Fiesta Bowl media day on Wednesday morning in Scottsdale. Quarterback Drew Allen mans the SoonerSports.com camera and manages to ask not a one:
Jonathan Nelson takes Sooner fans on a tour of the team hotel in Arizona for the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Come along with Nelson to see OU's digs at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort:
SOONERS PRACTICE AT ARIZONA STATE
With rain and chilly conditions Wednesday, Oklahoma traveled down the 101 to Tempe to practice at Arizona State's Dickey Dome, the indoor bubble for the Sun Devils. View video and photos. TICKETS FOR TROOPS
Members of the military will attend Saturday's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and cheer on the Sooners due to the generosity of Oklahoma fans. On Wednesday afternoon in Scottsdale, OU Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione made an official presentation to area military representatives (from left) Specialist Daniel Pernia, CW5 John Vitt and Sergeant Jason Mussie. Photos courtesy Arizona National Guard Public Affairs Sergeant Ed Balaban.
OU AT FIESTA BOWL MEDIA DAY
OU attended the Fiesta Bowl media day Wednesday morning at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.
The team was in bowl jerseys as the players fielded questions from the assembled media. View quotes, photos of the event and interviews with Demontre Hurst, Ronnell Lewis, Tony Jefferson, Jamarkus McFarland, Quinton Carter, Austin Woods and Jimmy Stevens by clicking the video links below.
Following Tuesday's practice, junior receiver Ryan Broyles and senior receiver Cameron Kenney discussed the bowl trip including the team's hotel, Fiesta Bowl hospitality, the weather and more:
SOONERS COMPLETE PRACTICE
Oklahoma completed its third practice of bowl week Tuesday afternoon at Scottsdale Community College. We'll post interviews with Ben Habern, Gabe Ikard, Ryan Broyles and Cameron Kenney shortly. For now, check out a photo gallery from today's action.
DEFENSE TAKES TURN
Oklahoma's third day in Arizona began with a defensive press conference at the Camelback Inn for OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables, Jeremy Beal, Quinton Carter and Jonathan Nelson. Complete quotes are available here.
The schedule for Tuesday is similar to yesterday with position meetings at the team hotel and practice at Scottsdale Community College in the afternoon. Coach Stoops held a team vote following Monday's practice and roughly 30 of the players elected to attend tonight's Insight Bowl between Iowa and Missouri. The game will be played in Tempe at Sun Devil Stadium (Arizona State's field).
OU knocked out its second bowl practice at Scottsdale Community College Monday afternoon enjoying perhaps the nicest weather of bowl week in Arizona. Temperatures were near 70 degrees in sunny and calm conditions but the forecast calls for slightly cooler temps and a chance of precipitation later in the week.
PLAYERS SHARE DINNER WITH FANS
Senior offensive tackle Eric Mensik took the camera on Monday night to share the players' dinner at Fogo de Chao in Scottsdale with Sooner fans back home. Quarterback
Drew Allen and offensive lineman Brian Lepak assist Mensik in manning the camera:
SOONER FANS SHARE BOWL EXPERIENCE
Oklahoma fans are renowned for their support of the Sooners. In addition to daily bowl coverage of the team during its week of preparation in Arizona for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the OU Athletics Department invited several fans to share their experiences leading up to the game. Read the first in their entries here:
SOONERS BEGIN DAY TWO IN ARIZONA
Co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell along with Ryan Broyles, Landry Jones, Eric Mensik and DeMarco Murray attended a press conference Monday morning at the Camelback Inn. Complete quotes are available here.
The Sooners have a brunch this morning followed by a special teams meeting and position meetings at the team hotel in Scottsdale. OU holds its second bowl practice at Scottsdale Community College this afternoon. We'll have coverage later today.
Oklahoma arrived in Phoenix on Sunday and promptly got to work, holding the team's first bowl practice in Arizona in the afternoon at Scottsdale Community College. After practicing in its past two Fiesta Bowl trips (2006 and 2007) at Pinnacle High School, OU changed things up and chose to hold its workouts on the expansive green fields at the home of the Fighting Artichokes. View quotes from Oklahoma's arrival here.
View video of the Sooners warming up, a feature on the receivers and a video on the defensive line plus photos of the first practice by clicking the links to the right. Check back later for more coverage of the Sooners as the team continues its bowl preparations.
TEAM DEPARTS NORMAN
The team departs Norman today and will hold its first bowl practice in Arizona this afternoon. We'll post photos and short updates en route on OU's official Facebook page and Twitter feed. Check this page later in the day for complete coverage.
Here are a few, quick headlines this Sunday morning. Remember, visit this page throughout bowl week for exclusive coverage of the Sooners direct from team headquarters in Arizona. Boomer Sooner!
The 2010 Big 12 champion Oklahoma Sooners will play in their eighth BCS game and 44th bowl game overall with an official invite from the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. OU will play the Big East champion UConn Huskies in Glendale, Ariz. The 40th Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will be played on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at 7 p.m on ESPN.
The OU Athletics Ticket Office will be open Sunday, December 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to assist season ticket holders take orders for bowl tickets as long as availability exists. Contact the OU Athletics Ticket Office by phone at (405) 325-2424 or visit the ticket office online.
TICKETS FOR TROOPS
Again this bowl season, OU fans have an opportunity to provide tickets for members of the United States Military. Due to the overwhelming success and generosity during last year's Sun Bowl, the Tickets for Troops program is back for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
The program allows fans to purchase tickets for the Sooners' appearance in the Fiesta Bowl against the Connecticut Huskies on behalf of the troops. OU Athletics Department Officials will then distribute the tickets free of charge to military personnel. Tickets for Troops was launched last year prior to the Sun Bowl.
Tickets for Troops can be added to an existing order or added at the time of purchase. The tickets also can be purchased and donated by individuals who do not plan to attend the game. Orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. The ticket office can be reached call (800) 456-GoOU or online.
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