Thursday, December 31st, 2009


The Ole Miss Rebels ran through an efficient 90-minute practice session under the lights at Cowboys Stadium just hours before ringing in the New Year and moving one day closer to facing the No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) in the 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. 

Ole Miss (8-4, 4-4 SEC) kicked off its fifth Cowboys Stadium practice poising for its official AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic team photo and then worked out in shorts without pads concentrating on fundamentals in all three phases and fine-tuning its game strategy.

“We had excellent concentration today on special teams, offense and defense,” said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt. “It was really good. They are ready to go.”

The Rebels hope to maintain their recent success against teams from the Big 12 Conference. Ole Miss has won six straight over Big 12 teams in bowl games and carries a 7-2 all-time postseason mark against Big 12 opponents.

“Every game is different,” said Nutt. “Oklahoma State is really a fine football team. They’re really good. You just can’t say we’re going to have success. It’s a whole new game. They’re going to bring their best so we’re going to have to be ready. We’re excited about playing in this beautiful stadium. It’s going to be a really good ballgame.”

Ole Miss will celebrate the New Year tonight with a private team function at its headquarters hotel. Friday morning, the Rebels will hit the practice field one more time for a short 60-minute walk-through, which is closed to the media and public.

The 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2010, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. For the 12th consecutive year, the Classic will be televised on FOX Sports with the legendary Pat Summerall (play-by-play), former Dallas Cowboy Daryl Johnston (analyst) and Krista Voda (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. For the 17th consecutive year, the Classic will be carried on the Westwood One Radio Network with Brad Sham (play-by-play) and Terry Donahue (analyst) at the microphones.