January 7, 2012
In a battle of top-10 BCS teams in the Cotton Bowl, No. 6 Arkansas downed No. 8 Kansas State 29-16 at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Friday night.
Joe Adams returned a punt 51 yards for a touchdown, Tyler Wilson threw two scoring passes and Zach Hocker added three field goals as Arkansas opened a 19-0 lead and then held on for the win, the SEC's 8th in the last 9 Cotton Bowls.
"We truly feel like we ended up with one of the top bowl matchups in the country," Tommy Bain, Chairman of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic said. "This is the first Top-10 matchup at the Classic since 1994 and one of only four bowls this year pitting two Top-10 teams."
It was the first-ever Cotton Bowl meeting between these two teams. They last met on the gridiron in 1967 when Arkansas won 28-7. Three other meetings all took place between 1910 and 1926 with Kansas State winning all three. The loss saw the Wildcats' lead in the series shrink to 3 games to 2.
Arkansas was 2-0 in Arlington this year, having defeated Texas A&M in a 42-38 thriller on October 1.
The Wildcats fall to 1-2 in Cotton Bowl appearances. It was their first return visit since earning a 35-21 win over Tennessee in the 2000 season.
The Razorbacks improved to 4-7-1 all-time in Cotton Bowl games and tied Texas A&M with the second-most appearances at the Classic with 12. The Hogs last matchup at the Classic came in the 2007 season, a crushing 38-7 loss to Missouri.
Kansas State finishes the season 10-3 and 7-2 in the Big 12. The teams' bowl record fell to 6-9 with all of the victories coming under legendary coach Bill Snyder who is now 6-7 as a head coach in bowl games.
The Hogs finished the regular season 11-2 and 6-2 in the SEC. Arkansas is now 2-1 in bowls under head coach Bobby Petrino and the overall bowl record improved to 13-23-3.
60% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked Arkansas to win and the Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com forecasted a 9.04-point victory for the Razorbacks.