Rebels Rise Up in Cotton Bowl

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 2, 2009 6:50 PM CST
Mississippi fullback Brandon Bolden (34) celebrates with teammate Mississippi wide receiver Mike Wallace (2) at the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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(Newser) – Ole Miss isn't just the team that handed Florida its only loss. These Rebels are seriously on the rise. Behind Jevan Snead's passing, Dexter McCluster's squirming runs, and some big returns by Marshay Green, No. 20 Mississippi overcame an early deficit and beat No. 7 Texas Tech 47-34 today in the final Cotton Bowl played in the stadium of the same name.

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. "These guy have such great character and it's gotten better each and every week," Nutt said.