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April 2004

OLE MISS QUARTERBACK ELI MANNING BECOMES NFL’S TOP DRAFT P

Monday, April 26th, 2004
Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning has become the seventh player in SBC Cotton Bowl history to be selected as the No. 1 pick in the National Football League’s annual draft following his appearance in the New Year’s Day Classic.
NFL Commissioner Paul Taglibue made the announcement Saturday in New York shortly after the San Diego Chargers selected Manning as the draft’s top choice. Manning was traded shortly thereafter to the New York Giants.
In January, Manning led Ole Miss to a thrilling 31-28 victory over Oklahoma State in the 68th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic.

Three Former Cotton Bowl Players and One Coach Among College Foo

Thursday, April 8th, 2004
The rich tradition surrounding the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic just got a bit richer after the College Football Hall of Fame unveiled its Class of 2004.
Arkansas great Wayne Harris (1961 Cotton Bowl), Penn State star Lydell Mitchell (1972 Cotton Bowl), Auburn star Tracy Rocker (1986 Cotton Bowl) and BYU legendary coach LaVell Edwards (1997 Cotton Bowl) are among the 12 players and two coaches headed for enshrinement in South Bend.
The 2004 College Football Hall of Fame class will be inducted at the 47th Annual Awards Dinner on Dec.

March 2004

GAYLE M. EARLS ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF COTTON BOWL ATHLETIC ASSOCIAT

Thursday, March 18th, 2004
Dallas businessman Gayle M. Earls has been elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA), the sponsoring agency of the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic. Mr. Earls is completing his sixth year as an officer on the CBAA’s Executive Committee, and his eighth year overall as a member of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Earls becomes the CBAA’s 34th Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Fin Ewing III as the bowl's CEO. Ewing will remain on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past Chairman.

CBAA TO SEEK BCS BOWL AFFILIATION IF DALLAS COUNTY VOTERS ADOPT

Friday, March 12th, 2004
From the 1960s through the 1980s, Fair Park and the Cotton Bowl Classic hosted eight New Year’s Day college football games that determined the national championship. Those glory days could return for one of America’s original post-season bowl games if Dallas County voters approve a proposed stadium initiative this November.
The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA) today announced that the organization will seek Bowl Championship Series (BCS) affiliation for the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic pending voter approval Nov.

February 2004

APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR FIELD SCOVELL SCHOLARSHIPS

Sunday, February 15th, 2004
The Field Scovell Scholarship Foundation today issued a final call for applications for eight $2,000 grants benefiting North Texas high school graduates with leadership abilities, high personal character, demonstrated financial need and a connection to sports.
Scholarship recipients must continue their higher education in the state of Texas or at a Big 12 Conference or Southeastern Conference university -- the two conferences associated with the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic.

Completed applications will be accepted through March 1, 2004.

January 2004

MANNING GOES OUT IN STYLE...|AS REBELS OUTLAST OKLAHOMA STATE IN

Saturday, January 3rd, 2004
DALLAS Ð University of Mississippi All-America quarterback Eli Manning passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and Ole Miss’ defense kept Oklahoma State University All-America receiver Rashaun Woods in check just long enough for the Rebels to outlast the Cowboys, 31-28, Friday in the 68th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic before a sellout crowd of 68,252.
“Eli did a good job again,” Ole Miss Coach David Cutcliffe said. “He can do a lot of things out there. We couldn’t find a way to slow down Rashaun Woods.

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 Ã 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 Ð his only “official” marks on the stat sheet. Those sacks were matched, though, by a pair of trophies Ð 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 É 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.
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