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January 2005

TEXAS A&M POST-GAME QUOTES - Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush

Saturday, January 1st, 2005
Texas A&M Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush

On Tennessee: “I’ve been around Tennessee long enough. I knew what they were going to play with. They are a very talented football team, and in my opinion we’re not where they are yet. I think we’re heading in that direction. Coach Fulmer and his staff have done a great job year after year. That’s why they have a chance to compete for an SEC championship and national championship every year.”

On the play of Texas A&M: “By no means did we play anywhere near where we can play.

RICK CLAUSEN - SANFORD TROPHY WINNER

Saturday, January 1st, 2005
DALLAS - As Tennessee quarterback Rick Clausen learned this season, “it’s funny how things happen in sports.
“A month ago, people didn’t even want my autograph,“ Clausen said with a chuckle. “Now they’re handing me trophies.”
The Sanford Trophy, to be exact.
Just a month ago, Clausen would have been considered the unlikeliest of candidates for the honor that is awarded to the offensive MVP of the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic. On New Year’s Day 2005, however, the former third-string quarterback picked up the gleaming hardware after leading his team to a 38-7 victory over Texas A&M in the 69th installment of the historic bowl.

JUSTIN HARRELL - MCKNIGHT TROPHY WINNER

Saturday, January 1st, 2005
DALLAS - Justin Harrell’s career at the University of Tennessee might have started out slower than he planned. Injuries had a big hand in that. But it would appear that the pace is picking up for the Volunteers’ standout sophomore defensive end as he was named the recipient of the McKnight Award as the Most Valuable Player on Defense at the 69th annual SBC Cotton Bowl Classic.
Harrell and is teammates stymied a potent Texas A&M offensive unit all day in a decisive 38-7 win on a balmy Big D New Year’s Day.

Vols Take 69th Classic

Saturday, January 1st, 2005
DALLAS Ð Tennessee quarterback Rick Clausen passed for three early touchdowns, including an electrifying 57-yarder to C.J. Fayton on the game’s seventh play, and piloted the Volunteers to a 38-7 victory over mistake-plagued Texas A&M on New Year’s Day in the 69th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic.
The match-up was a ticket manager’s delight, with Southeastern Conference representative Tennessee making its sixth Cotton Bowl Classic appearance and Big 12 representative Texas A&M making its 11th appearance.

SBC Cotton Bowl Classic Post-Game Notes

Saturday, January 1st, 2005
Kickoff Time: 10:10 am
Kickoff Weather: 69 degrees, wind SW 15-20 mph, mostly cloudy, ideal, 65% humidity.
Attendance: 75,704
(4th largest crowd in SBC Cotton Bowl history; largest crowd since 1978, 27 years).
Outstanding Offensive Player: Rick Clausen, Tennessee
(passing 18-27; 222 yards, 3 TD; 0 INT)
Outstanding Defensive Player: Justin Harrell, Tennessee
(3 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack for 10 yard loss)
Offensive Notes
¥Opening drive quickest since 1967 (Georgia 24, SMU 9) and the 5th quickest opening drive in SBC Cotton Bowl history.

Tennessee Post-Game Notes

Saturday, January 1st, 2005
SERIES NOTES
¥Texas A&M’s all-time record is 634-409-48 (.609) in 1,081 games over 110 seasons.
¥Texas A&M’s’s all-time bowl record falls to 13-15 in 28 appearances.
¥Texas A&M is 0-2 in its all-time series vs. Tennessee.
¥Texas A&M’s record in the Cotton Bowl is now 3-7 in 10 appearances.
OFFENSIVE NOTES
¥Junior quarterback Reggie McNeal established a new school single-season passing record of 2,791 (McNeal completed a 12-yard pass to Earvin Taylor on the team’s first offensive play that moved him past former passing leader Mark Farris [2,551 in 2000]).

Texas A&M Post-Game Notes

Saturday, January 1st, 2005
SERIES NOTES
¥Texas A&M’s all-time record is 634-409-48 (.609) in 1,081 games over 110 seasons.
¥Texas A&M’s’s all-time bowl record falls to 13-15 in 28 appearances.
¥Texas A&M is 0-2 in its all-time series vs. Tennessee.
¥Texas A&M’s record in the Cotton Bowl is now 3-7 in 10 appearances.
OFFENSIVE NOTES
¥Junior quarterback Reggie McNeal established a new school single-season passing record of 2,791 (McNeal completed a 12-yard pass to Earvin Taylor on the team’s first offensive play that moved him past former passing leader Mark Farris [2,551 in 2000]).

December 2004

HEAD COACHES NEWS CONFERENCE - Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer

Thursday, December 30th, 2004
Opening Comments: “We are very excited about being here. We are appreciative of the SBC Cotton Bowl and the hospitality that is always there. Every year that we have been here this is one of the best host groups that we have had the chance to be around. The city of Dallas is a great place to visit and we have enjoyed that here this week.

“Congratulations to Dennis (Franchione) and Texas A&M on their success. Our team is very excited about playing in this football game.

HEAD COACHES NEWS CONFERENCE - Texas A&M Coach Dennis Franch

Thursday, December 30th, 2004
Opening comments: “It has been a great week. Our players have had a great time. Our coaching staff has had a great time. We’ve had a special season in a lot of ways. This is a great place to be to finish this season. Hopefully, it will be something that will springboard us into next year. The guys have worked very hard. We’ve had good practices both at home and here on site. I think they’re a little anxious to get to the game now. É They’ve been very appreciative of the activities they’ve had, but they’re anxious to get to play in the Cotton Bowl and look forward to the game.

HEAD COACHES NEWS CONFERENCE - Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer

Thursday, December 30th, 2004
Opening Comments: “We are very excited about being here. We are appreciative of the SBC Cotton Bowl and the hospitality that is always there. Every year that we have been here this is one of the best host groups that we have had the chance to be around. The city of Dallas is a great place to visit and we have enjoyed that here this week.

“Congratulations to Dennis (Franchione) and Texas A&M on their success. Our team is very excited about playing in this football game.

HEAD COACHES NEWS CONFERENCE - Texas A&M Coach Dennis Franch

Thursday, December 30th, 2004
Opening comments: “It has been a great week. Our players have had a great time. Our coaching staff has had a great time. We’ve had a special season in a lot of ways. This is a great place to be to finish this season. Hopefully, it will be something that will springboard us into next year. The guys have worked very hard. We’ve had good practices both at home and here on site. I think they’re a little anxious to get to the game now. É They’ve been very appreciative of the activities they’ve had, but they’re anxious to get to play in the Cotton Bowl and look forward to the game.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS DEFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Defensive Coordinator John Chavis

On his connection to Texas A&M Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush: “It goes back a long way. Dan Brooks is really where it gets tied in. Dan Brooks is our defensive line coach and he and Carl coached together at North Carolina. We hired Dan from that staff probably 11 years ago. Since that time, there has been a lot of things that have gone back and forth. É In the coaching profession when you play somebody, that’s your competition and that’s the way you’ve got to look at it.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES OFFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Offensive Coordinator Les Koenning

On the week of preparation thus far: “It has really been good. The kids have been focused. We’ve had some very, very spirited practices. Guys have gotten after it. É We’re a high-rep organization. We do a lot of teaching on film. That has probably been the roughest part for us because the Cotton Bowl does such a great job with festivities and keeping our kids going. We’re trying to squeeze in some film work and be able to watch that in the morning.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS DEFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Defensive Coordinator John Chavis

On his connection to Texas A&M Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush: “It goes back a long way. Dan Brooks is really where it gets tied in. Dan Brooks is our defensive line coach and he and Carl coached together at North Carolina. We hired Dan from that staff probably 11 years ago. Since that time, there has been a lot of things that have gone back and forth. É In the coaching profession when you play somebody, that’s your competition and that’s the way you’ve got to look at it.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES OFFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Offensive Coordinator Les Koenning

On the week of preparation thus far: “It has really been good. The kids have been focused. We’ve had some very, very spirited practices. Guys have gotten after it. É We’re a high-rep organization. We do a lot of teaching on film. That has probably been the roughest part for us because the Cotton Bowl does such a great job with festivities and keeping our kids going. We’re trying to squeeze in some film work and be able to watch that in the morning.
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