Houston Caps TicketCity Bowl Preparation
Jan. 1, 2012
Dallas, Texas - Houston Football is putting the finishing touches on its preparation for Penn State in Monday's TicketCity Bowl. The Cougars returned to the practice field at Mesquite High School on Sunday and then traveled to Cotton Bowl Stadium to take a team picture and participate in a fan pep rally.
"It's great having so many Cougar fans here in Dallas," Thompson said. "We of course want to welcome Penn State to the state of Texas and we want to wish you all a Happy New Year, but for the UH fans here, thank you so much for coming out and showing your support. There is so much red here, it looks like we brought "The Rob" to Big D. It really means a lot to us to have you here and it's special for us to play one more game as a senior class."
As for practice, it was a brisk workout in Mesquite. The team went through their typical "Friday" routine and will spend most of their time Sunday evening in meetings. The squad will also have an opportunity to watch a movie later tonight before an early curfew with Monday's 11 a.m. start time.
"It's really been a great experience this week, but our guys are ready to play," Head Coach Tony Levine said. "This is such a historic stadium and there are a lot of great memories for Cougar fans in here. I think we are all ready for Monday to get here."
Houston fans have been in Dallas all week, but a huge contingent arrived this afternoon and has turned the Omni Hotel into a festive scene.
"This is great," Marcus McGraw said. "It's great seeing so many familiar faces, our classmates, family and friends up here. Bowl games, they aren't guaranteed to anyone, so we are here on a mission. It would be special to get a 13th win, but Penn State is a very good team, so this will be a great challenge."
Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. on ESPNU.
Houston Player Quotes:
Philip Steward, LB
On Penn State's quarterback play
On importance of keeping Penn State defense on the field
On rebounding from their season-ending defeat
On the importance of a win
On playing in Dallas
Justin Johnson, WR
On Penn State's defense
On Penn State's style of play
On Penn State's secondary
On the readiness of the Houston offensive line
On playing in the historic Cotton Bowl