Some notable absences at first Holiday Bowl practiceA few regular contributors missed Oklahoma State’s first Holiday Bowl practice in San Diego Thursday evening, and some of them won’t be coming at all. Receiver Damian Davis had a flight delay that caused him to miss the workout, and reserve defensive lineman Ahmad Jones also was late in arriving. Backup offensive lineman Trent Perkins and cornerbacks Terrance Anderson and Markelle Martin will not be joining the team in San Diego. "They are just guys who didn’t make the trip,” head coach Mike Gundy said. "I don’t ever get into reasons why.”
Wet workout for PokesOSU’s first practice in San Diego was wetter than expected in typically sunny Southern California. "We had a driving rain storm — it felt like ‘Forrest Gump’ with the rain coming parallel to the ground,” Gundy joked. "But it didn’t bother the guys. They were in a great frame of mind, and they had a good practice. "It was a full two-hour, padded practice.” Motivation for their 10th win kept the Cowboys focused in the pouring rain at the University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium. "It was pretty brutal conditions for a while there,” quarterback Zac Robinson said. "But guys were enthusiastic and excited to be out here. We had fun out there and just pushed through the conditions and got our work in.”
Time for funAfter a morning practice today, the Cowboys will head to the San Diego Zoo. On Saturday, the team will go to SeaWorld, and on Sunday, they’ll have lunch on the USS Bonhomme Richard with U.S. Navy and Marine Corps members.
Hidden DucksGundy on Oregon’s talent level, which possibly goes unnoticed at times: "(Oregon is) one of the best kept secrets in college football. They are so far out west that a lot of people don’t see them much. "But coach (Mike) Bellotti and the guys on that staff have been together awhile and understand what’s going on. Their system is in place, and they prepare well. They’ll be a very quality opponent for us.” By Scott Wright