SEEN AND HEARD

2010-12-30T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:16:29Z SEEN AND HEARD Arizona Daily Star
December 30, 2010 12:00 am

Stoops accepts blame

The Arizona Wildcats let the clock run out in the first half, despite having timeouts left and the ball at their 46.

Afterward, UA coach Mike Stoops said he was a bit confused about down and distance. After UA wide receiver Travis Cobb was called for offensive pass interference, Stoops assumed the Wildcats had suffered a loss of one down. On third-and-25, the Wildcats gained 13 yards and the clock ran out.

Stoops was still angry about the play, which actually was fourth down.

"That was my fault," he said. "I was talking to the official and I saw … I thought offensive interference was loss of down. We just missed those opportunities to close it to a two-score game."

Good crowd but not the best

The Alamo Bowl drew 57,593, below average for the game.

The best attendance came in 2007, when 66,166 watched Penn State play Texas A&M. The low - 45,716 - came in the game's first year (1993).

Wednesday night's attendance was the 11th highest in the 18 years of the game.

A versatile facility

The Alamodome is an odd building. The five-level arena features a concourse on the ground level, but not much else in the other sections. The press box, instead of being positioned on an upper level, sits at the top of the lower section.

To get up to their seats, fans must wait in line for elevators. The top corners of the upper deck are concrete slabs.

Still, the dome, built for $186 million, has a pretty great résumé. The 17-year-old facility has hosted basketball, football, as well as conventions.

The NBA's San Antonio Spurs played here from 1993-2002, before moving to the more intimate AT&T Center.

Double duty on special teams

Dan Bailey did double-duty - and in a bowl game, no less.

The OSU kicker had to punt Wednesday after Quinn Sharp missed the game because of academic problems.

"It really wasn't a big deal," he said.

Not a big deal? All the Lou Groza Award winner did was kick five punts for 195 yards, including one inside the 20. And he made three field goals - of 40, 44 and 50 yards.

"I went in with the mindset of, 'Have fun with it,' " he said. "It's my last game."

The big number

370

Total yards by the Wildcats - 58 more than OSU, despite the point differential.

Quotable

"I was excited to be in my home state. … It was exciting to go out there. I didn't play near as well as I wanted to."

UA QB Nick Foles, an Austin native.

Cats viewed a piece of future

Arizona fans got a glimpse of the future when they walked into Wednesday night's game - a 30-foot poster along the Alamodome concourse touting the arrival of UT-San Antonio, which will play its inaugural season next fall.

The Roadrunners will take on Northeastern State, McMurry, Bacone College, South Alabama, Georgia State and Minot State before transitioning to Division I. They'll take on the UA in Tucson in 2013 and 2015; the Wildcats play in San Antonio in 2014. UTSA is coached by Larry Coker, the former boss at Miami.

Giving credit where it's due

Moments after winning the Alamo Bowl, OSU coach Mike Gundy thanked the man that made it all happen - billionaire T. Boone Pickens. The Cowboys' stadium is named for Pickens, who has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the program. Wednesday, Pickens' contribution was purely rhetorical.

"He gave the pre-game speech - so honestly, it worked," Gundy said. Cowboys fans responded by chanting "Boooooooone."

"Y'all sound like a bunch of Oklahoma cows," Gundy said.

Patrick and Ryan Finley

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