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Oklahoma State football notebook: Purdue notices Cowboys' 'crazy numbers'

The Big 12's reputation for prolific offense has caught the attention of the Boilermakers
by Berry Tramel Published: December 28, 2012
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DALLAS-AREA NATIVE LAVEY RELISHES CHANCE TO PLAY IN COTTON BOWL

The Heart of Dallas Bowl won't feature nearly the same amount of hubbub that surrounds the Cotton Bowl during the Texas State Fair. Or when the Cotton Bowl was actually played at the Cotton Bowl.

But perhaps the greatest perk of playing in that bowl is the chance to take the field inside one of college football's most historic stadiums.

OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey, who grew up near Dallas in the town of Celina, is looking forward to the opportunity.

“I never thought I'd get to (play there), because I didn't go to Texas or OU,” Lavey said. “But I'm very excited.”

GUNDY ROOTING FOR REST OF BIG 12

Bowl games are often about conference bragging rights, and the Big 12 got off to a fantastic start Thursday night with Baylor's 49-26 thrashing of No. 17 UCLA in the Holiday Bowl.

Gundy is, of course, hoping for similar performances from the rest of the Big 12 schools.

“I thought it was interesting that some people across the country think that the Big 12 offenses are maybe not as good, based on (that) the defenses are average,” Gundy said. “And I haven't felt that way. So hopefully the Big 12 teams will play well.

“It's good for all of us when they do play well, like Baylor did.”

Three Big 12 schools play Saturday, with West Virginia facing Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl, Texas taking on Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl and TCU matching up with Michigan State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

By Gina Mizell and Berry Tramel

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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