Wednesday, January 1st, 2003
TEXAS POST-GAME NOTES
Sophomore RB Cedric Benson
Benson recorded a rushing TD in each of UT’s final six games in 14 of his past 17 games overall É Benson finished 46 yards on 11 carries to give him 1,293 rushing yards on the season, good for No. 6 in the UT single-season record book.
Senior LB Lee Jackson
Jackson scored his second career touchdown when he returned a Marcus Randall fumble 46 yards in the first quarter. It was his third career fumble recovery É his first TD came against Texas Tech in 1999 when he scored on an interception return É Jackson had his second fumble recovery in the third quarter when he picked up another Randall fumble É Jackson had three fumble recoveries this year and four in his career.
Sophomore LB Derrick Johnson
Johnson tied the UT single-season record for interceptions by a linebacker when he picked off Marcus Randall in the third quarter. It was his fourth interception of the season and second consecutive bowl game with a pick.
Sophomore PK Dusty Mangum
Mangum has connected on a UT-record 95 consecutive extra points É he kicked five extra points to increase his total 102 on the season, matching his 2001 total that places him eighth on the UT single-season scoring chart and fourth in the UT single-season kick-scoring chart.
Senior DE Cory Redding -- SBC COTTON BOWL DEFENSIVE MVP
Redding finished the season with at least one sack in eight straight games following his first-quarter takedown of Marcus Randall. Redding stripped Randall of the ball on the play for his fourth forced fumble of the season and seventh of his career É Redding’s 22 career sacks rank in a 10th-place tie on the UT all-time chart É Redding had four tackles for loss to give him 57 for his career (No. 2 UT all-time) and 24 on the season (No. 3 UT single-season).
Senior QB Chris Simms
Simms’ 51-yard TD pass to Roy Williams in the second quarter was his 29th TD accounted for on the season, breaking the prior mark of 28 he shared with Ricky Williams (1998) É Simms finished 15-of-28 for 269 yards and two TDs to mark his 18th career 200-yard game (eighth in 2002) and 18th multiple TD game (ninth in 2002) É Simms finished his career as the UT record holder for single-season TDs accounted for (30) and single-season TD passes (26). His 58 career TD passes and 26 career victories (T-No. 2 Marty Akins 1973-75) both rank second in the UT record book while his career pass attempts (911), pass completions (535), passing yards (7,097) and total offense (6,960) all rank fourth in the UT annals. Simms’ single-season totals of attempts (396), completions (239), yards (3,207) and total offense (3,038) all rank second in the UT single-season annals.
Junior WR Roy Williams -- SBC COTTON BOWL OFFENSIVE MVP
Williams extended his UT record to 34 games with a catch following his 51-yard score in the second quarter É it was the 27th TD reception of his career and 12th of the season, both UT records É Williams had a 75-yard reception late in the second quarter which equaled the second-longest reception in his career (96t vs. Oklahoma State, 2000; 75t vs. Texas A&M, 2002) É he finished with four receptions for 142 yards É Williams topped the 100-yard mark in the first half, giving him a UT-record five straight 100-yard performances É Williams has a UT-record 12 100-yard performances during his career, including six this season (t-No. 2 on UT single-season chart) É Williams is averaging 34.0 yards per TD reception for his career (27 for 918 yards) É Williams scored on a 39-yard reverse in the third quarter, marking his third career rushing TD. He’s averaging 38.0 yards per rushing TD (3 for 114 yards) É he finished the season with 64 receptions (No. 3 UT single-season) and 1,142 yards (No. 2 UT single-season) É for his career Williams has 171 receptions (No. 3 UT career) and 2,787 yards (No. 2 UT career).
Freshman DT Rodrique Wright
Wright recorded his second forced fumble of the season when he caused Marcus Randall to cough up the ball in the third quarter. He also forced a fumble at Kansas State.