The 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic was a supreme matchup between two top ten teams going head to head, with No. 8 K-State taking on No. 6 Arkansas.
In all of the pre-game hype, this matchup looked to have plenty of scoring, since the two contenders both averaged more than 40 points per game during the 2011 season.
At the onset, it was all Arkansas, taking an early 13-0 lead with 10 minutes to go in the second quarter. Some big plays led to 10 points for the Razorbacks. The first three resulted from a Jake Bequette forced fumble on K-State quarterback Collin Klein which was recovered on the Wildcats' 13 yard line.
The next seven points resulted from a punt return in the hands of Joe Adams. With 7:00 to go before halftime, the schools would share big plays with Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson connecting on a pass to senior receiver Jarius Wright for a 45-yard touchdown.
K-State's special teams got the Wildcats on the board when the extra point was blocked by Raphael Guidry and subsequently returned by Nigel Malone for two points.
The excitement didn't end there with K-State forcing a fumble on Arkansas's own 13 yard line. That led to the Wildcats scoring their first touchdown when Klein threw three yards to tight end Andre McDonald.
Every score in the first half came off the heels of huge plays, and the second half of football began where the first half ended: with more scoring.
What looked to be a blowout by Arkansas quickly turned tides with Kansas State scoring 16 unanswered points, making the score 19-16.
Wilson put Arkansas back on the board however, moving the Razorbacks on a 58-yard drive and connecting with his receiver, Cobi Hamilton, for nine yards and the score. The final points would come from sophomore kicker Zach Hocker, who from 30 yards away split the uprights, leading to the final score of 29-16 Arkansas.
The 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl lived up to the glamour of any other BCS Bowl game with all the flair and highlights that could be asked for by the viewing public.
Celebrate the Razorbacks' Cotton Bowl victory with The 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl DVD, which includes the commercial-free game broadcast as well as special bonus features, making it a great addition to any Arkansas fan's DVD collection!
Street Date - February 21st, 2012