Cotton Bowl, Arkansas Vs. Kansas State: Hogs Win BCS Outcast Game, 29-16

Both the Hogs and Cats put together BCS-worthy seasons, but a date in Dallas ain't so bad. SI.com: Cotton Bowl FAQ

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Arkansas Vs. Kansas State Recap, Cotton Bowl 2012: The Numerical

The stats that mattered in Arkansas' 29-16 win over Kansas State in last night's AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, from Arkansas' pass rush, to K-State's short span of wizardry, to two defenses living behind the line of scrimmage.

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Arkansas Vs. Kansas State Final Score, Cotton Bowl: Hogs Rolling Into 2012

The Arkansas Razorbacks have completed their first 11-win season since 1977 and the most successful year of their SEC tenure, downing the Kansas St. Wildcats, 29-16, in the 2012 Cotton Bowl. It wasn't technically a BCS game, but it was one of only a handful of bowls to pair two top-10 teams, something not even the Orange Bowl could claim.

This should make for the fourth top-five poll finish in program history.

SI.com: Cotton Bowl box score and Cotton Bowl FAQ

With Tyler Wilson likely sticking around, Paul Petrino coming back, and a rearranged defensive staff -- along with the potential of a Knile Davis return -- a top-five start for 2012 is in the cards as well.

Though Wilson posted only 216 yards on a subpar (347) night by Razorbacks standards, a superb effort by the Hogs defense limited the ground-adept Cats to only 92 yards worth of rushing. The Arkansas D added six sacks and two turnovers to boot. It's not often we get to tout Arkansas' defense, but there you have it.

Let's not overlook the season enjoyed by K-State, which bolted together double-digit wins of their own thanks to guile and spare parts and craft. Bright futures all around?

For now, we'll just trust this gentleman will be spotted throughout each and every avenue of Dallas at one point or another this evening:

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For more on the 2012 Cotton Bowl, visit Arkansas blog Arkansas Expats and Kansas State blog Bring on the Cats, plus SB Nation Kansas City and SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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Garrick McGee Hired As UAB Football Coach, Bobby Petrino Confirms

Arkansas Razorbacks offensive coordinator Garrick McGee has been hired as the new head coach of the UAB Blazers, Hogs boss Bobby Petrino confirmed in a statement. McGee had been one of a cluster of coaches who'd reportedly interviewed for the gig, which became available upon the resignation of Neil Callaway.

From Petrino: 

I want to congratulate Garrick McGee on becoming the head football coach at UA. I have enjoyed watching Garrick progress throughout his career and I am excited to see him get this opportunity. Garrick has been with me as a player and an assistant coach and I thank him for being a big part of everything we have been able to build here at Arkansas. The guidance he has provided our offense and quarterbacks the past four seasons has been immeasurable. Garrick grew up the son of a coach and is a natural teacher and leader. He will have a solid plan for the football program at UAB and the dedication to carry it out. Garrick, Tiffany and the entire McGee family leave with my gratitude for a job well done with the Razorbacks, and best wishes for continued success at UAB.

McGee was named Arkansas' OC before the 2010 season. He'd been linked with the once-available Tulsa job -- he's from Oklahoma -- but withdrew his name. He's coached at Northwestern, Toledo, and elsewhere.

For more on McGee, visit Arkansas blog Arkansas Expats.

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