American Football Database
2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State University 0 9 7 0 Expression error: Missing operand for +.
University of Arkansas 3 16 7 3 Expression error: Missing operand for +.
Date January 6, 2012
Season 2011
Stadium Cowboys Stadium
Location Arlington, Texas
MVP Offensive: Tyler Wilson (QB, Arkansas) Defensive: Jake Bequette (DE, Arkansas)
Favorite Arkansas by 7[1]
National anthem The Band Perry
Referee John O’Neill (Big Ten)
Halftime show Arkansas Razorback Marching Band, KSU Marching Band
Attendance 80,956
Payout US$6.75 million per team
United States TV coverage
Network FOX
Announcers: Gus Johnson (Play-by-Play)
Charles Davis (Analyst)
Tim Brewster and Daryl Johnston (Sidelines)
Nielsen ratings 4.95
Cotton Bowl Classic
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The 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, the 76th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on January 6, 2012 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas as part of the 2011–12 NCAA Bowl season.

The game, which was telecast at 7:00 p.m. CT on FOX, featured the Kansas State Wildcats from the Big 12 Conference versus the Arkansas Razorbacks from the SEC Conference.[2] Arkansas won the game 29–16, which was their first win over Kansas State since 1967.

This was only the second time in the BCS era that a non-BCS bowl had two teams with higher BCS rankings playing than teams in a BCS bowl (the first being the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl). The 2012 Sugar Bowl, and 2012 Orange Bowl have teams with lower BCS rankings squaring off.[3]


This was the first meeting between Arkansas and Kansas State in the postseason and the fifth time overall.


Arkansas brought into this game a 10–2 record that included a perfect 7–0 at home. Quarterbacking for the Razorbacks was No. 8 Tyler Wilson (Jr., 6–3, 220). The team was ranked 13th (1st in the SEC) in passing offense (307.8 yards per game) and 27th (1st in SEC) in total offense (445.8 yards per game). In 2011, Wilson threw for 3,422 yards (285 yards per game) for 22 touchdowns with a 63.1 percent pass completion.

Kansas State

2011 National and Big 12 Coach of the Year Bill Snyder brought into this game a successful ground game that went 10–2 during the 2011 season. Quarterbacking for the Wildcats was No. 7 Collin Klein (Jr. 6–5, 226). Klein ranked second nationally in rushing with his 1,099 net yards and had 26 rushing scores. He passed for 12 touchdowns, fifth nationally. Running back John Hubert had 933 rushing yards and three touchdowns for the Wildcats in 2011.

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring play Score
1st quarter
ARK – Zach Hocker 26-yard field goal, 4:19 ARK 3–0
2nd quarter
ARK – Joe Adams 51-yard punt return (Hocker kick), 14:27 ARK 10–0
ARK – Hocker 22-yard field goal, 9:20 ARK 13–0
ARK – Jarius Wright 45-yard pass from Tyler Wilson, 4:10 ARK 19–0
KSST – Nigel Malone 2-point defensive conversion, 4:10 ARK 19–2
KSST – Andre McDonald 4-yard pass from Colin Klein (Anthony Cantele kick), 0:26 ARK 19–9
3rd quarter
KSST – Klein 6-yard run (Cantele kick), 11:38 ARK 19–16
ARK – Cobi Hamilton 9-yard pass from Wilson (Hocker kick), 3:57 ARK 26–16
4th quarter
ARK – Hocker 30-yard field goal, 3:30 ARK 29–16


  1. Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2011
  2. "2011–12 bowl schedule". December 4, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  3. Robinett, Kellis (December 4, 2011). "K-State to face Arkansas in Cotton Bowl". Kansas City Star. Retrieved December 5, 2011.

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