ARLINGTON, Texas — The Bingham High football team didn't really attend Saturday's BYU/Oklahoma football game at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in search of motivation or a lesson.
The group of more than 100 players, coaches and parents who filled an entire arena section high above the BYU bench — most wearing white shirts — were mainly there to make their trip to Texas more memorable and to witness history.
They certainly got that by watching first-hand as the Cougars upset the No. 3 Sooners 14-13 in the first-ever college game played at Jerry Jones' gigantic $1.2 billion facility.
"It's an amazing place and it was an amazing experience," Miners coach Dave Peck said. "And (former Bingham player) Jordan Pendleton played a fantastic game in his first start at outside linebacker and it was great to be there to see that."
As an added bonus by watching BYU's historic win, the Miners now feel a little extra motivation and confidence heading into their game today at Cowboys Stadium against Texas high school powerhouse Trinity — the top program in a state where prep football is king. Today's game, which is being televised nationally on Fox Sports, is the first-ever high school game played in the new domed stadium.
"The way we felt coming down here, and everything that we experienced Saturday night, all of that just leads us to believe more that we can play with anybody," Peck said. "This is our opportunity to show people that we can play some pretty good football in Utah."
Comparatively, the Miners enter today's game in a similar role as the Cougars had entering Saturday's college game — both with the underdog label and both seeking national respect for the caliber of football they play.
"We know what Oklahoma's reputation is, and we saw how BYU handled that. That does give us a little more assurance that we can play with anybody. I know how the kids feel, and I'm telling you, we expect to win this game," Peck said.
The Miners will have 98 players in uniform for today's game, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Mountain Time, and which is also the first game of a Texas prep quadruple header at the stadium. The Miners are ranked No. 1 in Utah after their come-from-behind win over Alta last week. Trinity was ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of last season before losing in the state championship game, and today's game is the Trojan's first of the 2009 season.
Peck said spending the past few days in the Dallas area, and being at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday has helped take away most of the awe the players felt when they first arrived and when they first entered the stadium.
"When we hit the field (today) it's going to be all business and we're going to be able to put all of that other stuff aside," he said.
For those who don't receive Fox Sports at home, or who just want to participate in Bingham's big tailgate party this morning, the game is being broadcast live, and for free, at South Jordan's District Theaters off of Bangerter Highway on 11400 South.
Bingham game on TV
Euless Trinity (Texas) vs. Bingham, FSN, 9:30 a.m.
COLLINSWORTH TOUR BEGINS: Provo High's Kyle Collinsworth, Utah's top high school basketball recruit, began his official visits by taking a trip last weekend to the University of Southern California. The Trojans, one of five programs still in the running for Collinsworth's service, will also make an official home visit next week.
Collinsworth has an official trip to visit BYU scheduled for later this month, as he does a home visit from the Cougars' staff. He also plans to visit Virginia, Stanford and possibly Arizona State. He'll likely make a decision on which college he'll attend before his senior season begins.
OREM HIGH LACROSSE PLAYER GETS SCHOLARSHIP: Mike Nelson, who led Orem to the 2009 Division B state championship, has accepted a scholarship to compete for Genesse College in upstate New York. York. In Orem's title-winning game against Sky View, Nelson scored five goals and had three assists. At Genesse, Nelson will be the only player on the team who is not a resident of New York. Coach Dave Hoover hopes his new recruit helps strengthen a developing program.
GRID PICKS WINNERS: Orem's Ian Brady was the only contestant out of 713 to pick all 12 games correctly in Week 3 of the Deseret News Prep Grid Picks contest. Brady wins $50 and a Grid Picks T-shirt for taking first place.
The following six runners-up also win a Grid Picks T-shirt. They are: Centennial, Colo.'s John South, Pleasant Grove's Mark Hardman, Fillmore's Russ Crosland, Layton's Braden Mitchell, San Diego, Calif.'s Tyson Riesenberg and South Jordan's Matt Reynolds.
The Week 4 Grid Picks contest is already under way at deseretnews.com/gridpicks. Picks will be accepted until Friday at 7 p.m.