Dallas Colleges: 2010 Cotton Bowl

Big day for Rebels' McCluster

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
4:48
PM CT
Mississippi's Dexter McCluster was the diamond in the rough today. He finished the game with 185 rushing yards on 34 carries, the sixth-highest rushing yardage total in the 74 years of the Cotton Bowl Classic. He also had two touchdowns, and finished with 45 receiving yards.

Oh, and there's the 12th turnover of the game to mercifully end the clock.

Needless to say, McCluster was the unanimous choice as game MVP.

Sixth turnover for Cowboys

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
4:44
PM CT
Zac Robinson just threw his third interception of the game -- the sixth turnover for Oklahoma State. Patrick Trahan was the lucky recipient this time, catching a tipped pass to seal the deal.

For the record, that's six turnovers for Oklahoma State. Add to that the five for Mississippi, and that's the kind of game it's been.

Ole Miss defense closes the deal

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
4:40
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The turnover totals are even. The score is not.

Ole Miss turned Oklahoma State's fifth turnover into six points to seal the Rebels' second consecutive Cotton Bowl victory.

Safety Fon Ingram jarred the ball loose from Oklahoma State receiver Hubert Anyiam with a crushing hit after a crossing route. Linebacker Patrick Trahan scooped the ball off the Cowboys Stadium turf and scampered untouched into the end zone.

Ole Miss 21, Oklahoma State 7 with 3:12 remaining.

Considering that the Cowboys have scored seven points in the last seven-plus quarters, a comeback is pretty unlikely.

Ole Miss' McCluster gets in again

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
4:30
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- To borrow a phrase from another running back who wore No. 22 around these parts, Ole Miss' Dexter McCluster has been a diamond surrounded by trash during the Cotton Bowl.

McCluster's 2-yard touchdown out of the "Wild Rebel" formation gave Ole Miss a 14-7 lead with a little more than four minutes remaining.

Ole Miss' other score was an 86-yard run by McCluster, who ought to become the first back-to-back Cotton Bowl outstanding offensive player since SMU's Doak Walker in the late 1940s.

McCluster has provided all the highlights in a game marred by nine turnovers. He has rushed for 182 yards on 32 carries and added 45 yards on five receptions. He has accounted for more yardage than Oklahoma State.

Rebels get another gift

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
4:24
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The ninth turnover of the Cotton Bowl wasn't exactly forced.

A shotgun snap hit Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson in the lower leg and bounced along the Cowboys Stadium turf until Ole Miss defensive end Kentrell Lockett fell on the ball. The Rebels, who have botched several prime scoring opportunities, have the ball at the Cowboys' 34-yard line.

It was the fourth turnover committed by the Cowboys, who seem determined to catch Ole Miss in the category.

Does anybody want to score?

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
4:16
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After Oklahoma State's offense rolled into the red zone, quarterback Zac Robinson threw a ball up for grabs. Ole Miss safety Kendrick Lewis came down with his second interception in as many series.

Give an assist to the officials, who somehow missed an obvious offsides infraction on nose tackle Jerrell Powe.

The play was review to determine whether Lewis had possession of the ball when it hit the ground. The offsides, obvious as it was, could not be reviewed.

Ole Miss mangles another opportunity

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
4:10
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- For the second time Saturday, Ole Miss managed to turn a first-and-goal opportunity into a missed field goal.

This attempt from 39 yards sailed wide left.

Give Oklahoma State defensive end Ugo Chinasa credit for making the field goal attempt a challenge. He sacked Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead on consecutive plays, getting help from Jamie Blatnick on the second one.

Two teams that were ranked in the preseason top 10 because of potent offense can't crack double digits.

Robinson donates to Rebels' cause

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
4:03
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson picked a poor time for his first interception of the Cotton Bowl.

Ole Miss safety Kendrick Lewis picked off an errant throw to give the Rebels the ball in Oklahoma State territory early in the fourth quarter. That could set up the winning score in a game knotted at 7-7.

It was the seventh turnover of the game, five of which have been committed by Ole Miss.

It keeps getting uglier

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
4:00
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- This game has been uglier than the Hawaiian shirts worn by Cotton Bowl staff that combine black, brown, green, orange and yellow.

The last four plays: false start, botched shotgun snap, drop, offsides.

At least the 60-yard big screens look good.

Powe gets goal-line revenge

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
3:49
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ole Miss nose tackle Jerrell Powe was stuffed twice from the 1-yard line during a cameo appearance at fullback in the first half. He was on the other side of a goal-line stand in the third quarter.

Powe penetrated on fourth-and-goal from the 1 and made initial contact on Oklahoma State's Keith Toston, preventing him from getting in the end zone.

That was certainly a questionable decision by Cowboys coach Mike Gundy to go for it instead of kicking the field goal. The way this game is going, a three-point lead might have lasted.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead has been in and out of the lineup, but the Rebels' offense has been consistent. They keep on giving the ball away.

Ole Miss' fifth turnover came after a botched handoff between Snead and running back Brandon Bolden. Oklahoma State's Jeremiah Price pounced on the loose ball.

The Oklahoma State offense quickly responded with its most impressive play of the afternoon. Quarterback Zac Robinson put perfect touch on an out route to Josh Cooper, whose run after the catch set up first-and-goal.

Cowboys get cute to tie it up

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
3:28
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had to reach into his bag of tricks to get the Cowboys into the end zone.

Running back Keith Toston, operating out of the Wildcat formation on third-and-goal inside the 1, completed a jump pass to tight end Wilson Youman in the back of the end zone. It wasn't pretty, but it gave the Cowboys their first points in more than six quarters.

After the extra point, it's Oklahoma State 7, Ole Miss 7 in a Cotton Bowl that has been pretty painful to watch.

Sexton sets up Oklahoma State offense

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
3:23
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Oklahoma State linebacker Andre Sexton's second interception of the Cotton Bowl puts the Cowboys in position to end their scoreless drought.

Sexton snared an ill-advised pass into traffic from Ole Miss redshirt freshman Nathan Stanley and returned the ball to the Rebels' 12-yard line.

If the Cowboys cash in, it will be their first points in six-plus quarters.

Rebels leave points on the field

January, 2, 2010
1/02/10
3:19
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ole Miss' first possession of the second half started in the red zone. After moving backwards, it ended with a field goal attempt clanking off the left upright.

Marshay Green's 63-yard punt return was wasted in the process.
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