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January 2004

OLE MISS POST-GAME QUOTES

Friday, January 2nd, 2004
HEAD COACH DAVID CUTCLIFFE

Opening Comments:

“Before I get started, I want to talk about our seniors which are the best group of young men in the country. They have done phenomenal things, not only all season but they’re entire career. What they have meant to Ole Miss and our program, they have raised the bar.”

“I also want to congratulate Oklahoma State on a great game that they played and the great program they have. They’re first class in every way.

OKLAHOMA STATE POST-GAME QUOTES

Friday, January 2nd, 2004
HEAD COACH LES MILES

Opening Statement:

“Hats off to the Ole Miss Rebels. I really thought that Eli Manning was a tremendous quarterback and a great competitor in this game. We had opportunities to win, make plays, and we made our share but could hardly get ahead. I’m disappointed, but not with the fight and the effort. It was one of those games that I feel like we just ran out of time.”

On struggling on third down:

“We had a number of negative plays, both in the run and the pass.

OLE MISS POST-GAME QUOTES

Friday, January 2nd, 2004
HEAD COACH DAVID CUTCLIFFE

Opening Comments:

“Before I get started, I want to talk about our seniors which are the best group of young men in the country. They have done phenomenal things, not only all season but they’re entire career. What they have meant to Ole Miss and our program, they have raised the bar.”

“I also want to congratulate Oklahoma State on a great game that they played and the great program they have. They’re first class in every way.

OKLAHOMA STATE POST-GAME QUOTES

Friday, January 2nd, 2004
HEAD COACH LES MILES

Opening Statement:

“Hats off to the Ole Miss Rebels. I really thought that Eli Manning was a tremendous quarterback and a great competitor in this game. We had opportunities to win, make plays, and we made our share but could hardly get ahead. I’m disappointed, but not with the fight and the effort. It was one of those games that I feel like we just ran out of time.”

On struggling on third down:

“We had a number of negative plays, both in the run and the pass.

ELI MANNING Ãź MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Friday, January 2nd, 2004
On the eve of his final college football game, Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning received a telephone call. Just as he has several times over the past four years, older brother, Peyton, was calling to offer support ... and a bit of advice.
He just told me to go out, have fun and remember everything, Eli recalled. Peyton said, 'You don't have to do anything special. Just do the best you can.'
Apparently, Eli took those words to heart, although he must not have been listening too intently to the You don't have to do anything special part.

JOSH COOPER - MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Friday, January 2nd, 2004
Josh Cooper’s 68th Cotton Bowl Classic was a case of “just enough.” His day ended with two sacks √ź his only “official” marks on the stat sheet. Those sacks were matched, though, by a pair of trophies √ź shiny brass and glass to the team for the Rebels’ 31-28 win over Oklahoma State, and his own hardware as Most Valuable Player -- Defense.
Such high praise is normally reserved for the flashier player with more tackles, interceptions, scores, fumble recoveries and the like.

OLE MISS POST-GAME NOTES

Friday, January 2nd, 2004
NOTING ELI
22-of-31 passing, 259 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INs
260 yards of total offense, 3 TDs responsible for
¥Manning finishes his career 24-13 as a starter.
¬•Was named the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic’s Outstanding Offensive Player.
¬•With two TD passes this afternoon, Manning finishes his career having thrown at least one TD pass in 33-of-37 career starts √Č Manning recorded two or more TD passes in 24-of-37 career starts.
¥Became the fifth QB in SEC history to throw for 10,000 yards in a career on the 25-yard TD pass to Mike Espy in the second quarter.

OKLAHOMA STATE POST-GAME NOTES

Friday, January 2nd, 2004
SERIES NOTES
¬•Oklahoma State’s all-time record is 464-488-48 (.488) in 1,000 games over 102 seasons.
¬•Oklahoma State’s all-time bowl record is 10-5 in 15 appearances.
¬•Oklahoma State is 0-1 in the all-time series vs. Mississippi following today’s loss.
RASHAUN WOODS
11 receptions, 223 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
¬•Rashaun Woods’ 11 catches and 223 yards both set Cotton Bowl single-game records.
¬•Rashaun Woods’ streak of consecutive games with two or more receptions was extended to 45 this afternoon.

2004 SBC COTTON BOWL RECORDS AND NOTES

Friday, January 2nd, 2004
Kickoff Weather: 74 degrees (a new SBC Cotton Bowl record, breaking previous temperature of 71 degrees in 1997), wind SW 15-20 mph, mostly cloudy, ideal, 66% humidity.
Attendance: 73,928 (largest crowd since 1990 Arkansas vs. Tennessee 74,358)
Outstanding Offensive Player: Eli Manning, Ole Miss
Outstanding Defensive Player: Josh Cooper, Ole Miss
The 68th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic’s 3-point score differential tied for 3rd all-time in margin of victory.
With a combined 43 passing completions for Ole Miss and Oklahoma State, the two set a new SBC Cotton Bowl record surpassing 39 by USC vs.

December 2003

HEAD COACHES NEWS CONFERENCE - LES MILES

Tuesday, December 30th, 2003
OKLAHOMA STATE HEAD COACH LES MILES

Opening Statement:

“The Cotton Bowl is a tremendous experience for our team. The agenda and the width of scope of the events the Cotton Bowl undertakes on behalf of their participants are as fine of bowl events as there is. We really appreciate participating and would like to add our thanks to those people who have made our stay so memorable.

“The Ole Miss team is a team that is full of fine people. Our Oklahoma State people run across Ole Miss coaches and players and you know they are wonderful people.

HEAD COACHES NEWS CONFERENCE - DAVID CUTCLIFFE

Tuesday, December 30th, 2003
OLE MISS HEAD COACH DAVID CUTCLIFFE

Opening statement:

“I want to congratulate Coach Miles and Oklahoma State for the great year that they had. When you watch tape and study an opponent you learn a lot about them. The one thing I will say is they’re talented. They do a lot of things well. They’re an extremely well-coached football team offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. It’s a great challenge in front of us.

“I want to say thanks to Rick Baker and his staff, Fin Ewing and the entire Cotton Bowl family.

HEAD COACHES NEWS CONFERENCE - LES MILES

Tuesday, December 30th, 2003
OKLAHOMA STATE HEAD COACH LES MILES

Opening Statement:

“The Cotton Bowl is a tremendous experience for our team. The agenda and the width of scope of the events the Cotton Bowl undertakes on behalf of their participants are as fine of bowl events as there is. We really appreciate participating and would like to add our thanks to those people who have made our stay so memorable.

“The Ole Miss team is a team that is full of fine people. Our Oklahoma State people run across Ole Miss coaches and players and you know they are wonderful people.

HEAD COACHES NEWS CONFERENCE - DAVID CUTCLIFFE

Tuesday, December 30th, 2003
OLE MISS HEAD COACH DAVID CUTCLIFFE

Opening statement:

“I want to congratulate Coach Miles and Oklahoma State for the great year that they had. When you watch tape and study an opponent you learn a lot about them. The one thing I will say is they’re talented. They do a lot of things well. They’re an extremely well-coached football team offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. It’s a great challenge in front of us.

“I want to say thanks to Rick Baker and his staff, Fin Ewing and the entire Cotton Bowl family.

OKLAHOMA STATE OFFENSIVE PRESS CONFERENCE

Monday, December 29th, 2003
MIKE GUNDY, ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

On how defeating Kansas State helped the season:

“We had somewhat stumbled in our opinion at Lincoln to open the season and then we came back and played well against four non-conference opponents. But we had a better team physically than those four opponents, so we didn’t know really where we were at. And then we play Kansas State at home and played very well and won that game. We as a coaching staff felt like when that game was over, that was a huge win for us because we had watched them enough and known that they were a very good football team.

OLE MISS DEFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Monday, December 29th, 2003
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR CHUCK DRIESBACH

On leaving TCU to return to Ole Miss as an assistant coach:

“I’d coached at Ole Miss before and my family had grown up there when I was very young. We loved Fort Worth; we loved TCU. Coach (Gary) Patterson was a first-year head coach and he’d been the previous defensive coordinator. I don’t know if Gary ever wanted to not be defensive coordinator. I enjoyed my experience there but I wanted to be the guy in charge and to be the guy about making decisions and at TCU, Gary was really handling most of those things.
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