Friday, January 02, 2009
Ole Miss Wins The Cotton Bowl 47 to 34..How Sweet This Victory Is!
DALLAS (AP) -- Ole Miss isn't just the team that handed Florida its only loss. These Rebels are seriously on the rise. No. 20 Mississippi overcame an early deficit and beat No. 7 Texas Tech 47-34 in the final Cotton Bowl played in the stadium of the same name. It came behind Jevan Snead's passing, Dexter McCluster's squirming runs and some big returns by Marshay Green. The Red Raiders (11-2) converted a pair of early turnovers into a 14-0 lead, but Snead led the Rebels to touchdowns on their next three drives, followed by a go-ahead field goal shortly before halftime. Once Green returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter, Ole Miss (9-4) was well on its way to capping coach Houston Nutt's first season in grand style. This was Mississippi's sixth straight win, matching its longest streak since 2003. That's when Eli Manning was a senior. That also was the last time the Rebels had been to a bowl. This was the 73rd Cotton Bowl and the last in its namesake home. The game is moving next year to the $1.1 billion stadium being built by the Dallas Cowboys. The bowl founder's widow handled the pregame coin toss and the dates 1937 and 2009 were painted on the field between the words, "Celebrating 73 years."