College Football Playoff Rankings: 1. Clemson (11-0) 2. Alabama (10-1) 3. Oklahoma (10-1) 4. Iowa (11-0) 5. Michigan State (10-1) 6. Notre Dame (10-1) 7. Baylor (9-1) 8. Ohio State (10-1) 9. Stanford (9-2) 10. Michigan (9-2) 11. Oklahoma State (10-1) 12. Florida (10-1) 13. Florida State (9-2) 14. North Carolina (10-1) 15. Navy (9-1) 16. Northwestern (9-2) 17. Oregon (8-3) 18. Ole Miss (8-3) 19. TCU (9-2) 20. Washington State (8-3) 21. Mississippi State (8-3) 22. UCLA (8-3) 23. Utah (8-3) 24. Toledo (9-1) 25. Temple (9-2)


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March 2003

Three Former Cotton Bowl Players and Two Coaches Among College F

Monday, March 24th, 2003
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 2003.
SMU great Jerry LeVias (1967 Cotton Bowl), Notre Dame legend Joe Theismann (1970, 1971), Pittsburgh star Jimbo Covert (1983 ), Tennessee and Florida coach Doug Dickey (1969), SMU and Iowa coach Hayden Fry (1967)are among the eleven players and two coaches headed for enshrinement in South Bend.
The 2003 College Football Hall of Fame class will be inducted at the 46th Annual Awards Dinner on Dec.

32 Years Later...SBC Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame Inductee, Steve Wo

Tuesday, March 11th, 2003
The theory behind the Sports Illustrated jinx didn't apply to Steve Worster when he appeared on the cover for December 14, 1970 issue. More than 32 years later, Sports Illustrated caught up with the Texas great in the March 3rd issue.
Worster is one of seven new members of the SBC Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame that will be inducted on April 29 on the steps of the Cotton Bowl. The ceremony is free and open to the public and begins at 11 a.m.
Woo Woo, as he was christened by the Longhorn faithful, led a powerful Texas wishbone offense that went on to win the national title in 1969 and '70.

February 2003


Monday, February 17th, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Longhorns football team was honored for another tremendous season and their 2003 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic victory against LSU in front of a packed Frank Erwin Center on ESPN's Big Monday.
It was a wonderful opportunity for our fans and team to celebrate the 2002 season one last time, head coach Mack Brown said. I appreciate Rick (Barnes) and the basketball team for letting us share the spotlight at one of their games in what has been a terrific season thus far. It was a really special moment for the guys.

January 2003


Friday, January 31st, 2003
Seven individuals who helped shape the tradition of the SBC Cotton Bowl and college football history will be inducted into the SBC Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in April.
SBC Communications, Inc., and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association announced the Class of 2003 on Tuesday during the SBC Big Play Luncheon at the Dallas Hyatt Regency. The inductees include former Dallas civic leader and former CBAA Team Selection Co-Chairman Robert B. Cullum, Mississippi quarterback Eagle Day, Georgia tailback Kent Lawrence, LSU head coach Charles McClendon, SMU halfback Kyle Rote, Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann, and Texas fullback Steve Worster.


Friday, January 24th, 2003
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 3, 2003.

Texas Post-Game Quotes

Wednesday, January 1st, 2003
Opening Statement:
“I’m excited for our players who have won 11 games in two consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. There aren’t a lot of things you can do at the University of Texas that haven’t already been done. So, that’s a mark these young guys will leave on this program for the rest of their lives. That sets a higher standard for us next yearÉfor the guys coming back.
“Give LSU a lot of credit. They had great plans coming into the game.

Most Valuable Player -- Offense, Texas WR Roy Williams

Wednesday, January 1st, 2003
Texas wide receiver Roy Williams gave Longhorn fans an early Christmas present on December 20 by announcing his decision to stay at UT for his senior season instead of opting early for the NFL. On January 1 in the 67th annual SBC Cotton Bowl Classic, Williams was still delivering gifts to the Texas faithful.
With a post play here, a reverse there and a stiff arm for good measure, the 6-foot-4 210-pounder from Odessa, Texas, befuddled his way through the LSU defense for three big plays and two touchdowns to lead his team to a 35-20 victory before a Cotton Bowl crowd of 70,817.

Most Valuable Player -- Defense, Texas DE Cory Redding

Wednesday, January 1st, 2003
Cory Redding had figured it differently.
Redding believed, as all confident players do, that his Texas Longhorns would dominate the 67th SBC Cotton Bowl defensively. What he got was a head-banging, hang-in-there affair that tested the entire defensive unit in terms of talent, conditioning and perseverance.
When Redding dreams, he dreams of a win. He was right on that point. The Longhorns outlasted the fast-starting and feisty LSU Tigers, 35-20, in an entertaining game before 70,817 purple, gold and burnt orange-clad fans on a sparkling Dallas day.

Texas beats LSU, 35-20, in 67th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic

Wednesday, January 1st, 2003
DALLAS, Texas (Jan. 1, 2003) Ð Quarterback Chris Simms and split end Roy Williams gave the most memorable performances and an opportunistic Longhorn defense saved the day by forcing three turnovers, carrying Texas to a 35-20 victory over LSU in the 67th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic on a sunny New Year’s Day before a capacity crowd of 70,817.
In the first meeting between the schools since the 1963 Cotton Bowl Classic, LSU (8-5) seemed on the verge of a runaway in the opening period, holding Texas (11-2) to only three offensive plays and no first downs.


Wednesday, January 1st, 2003
Team Notes
LSU’s game captains were Bradie James, Kenderick Allen, LaBrandon Toefield and Domanick Davis.
Texas won the toss and deferred to the second half. LSU received the opening kickoff.
Individual Notes
WR Jerel Myers started his 38th consecutive game, while OT Rodney Reed started his 34th straight and OG Stephen Peterman started his 19th straight.
LB Bradie James started his 21st straight game and SS Norman LeJeune started his 19th straight game.
WR Michael Clayton extended his consecutive games with a reception to 26 (every game of his career) with his first catch of the game early in the first quarter.


Wednesday, January 1st, 2003
Lee Jackson gave Texas its first touchdown on a fumble return since Dakarai Pearson recovered a ball in the end zone against Baylor on Nov. 3, 2001 (17 games). It was the first touchdown return following a fumble in Classic history and second-longest return since Nebraska’s Steve Manstedt returned a Roosevelt Leaks fumble 65 yards in the 1974 Classic when the Huskers downed the Longhorns 19-3.
Texas recorded its eighth defensive/special teams score this season courtesy of Lee Jackson.
The Longhorns defense has posted an interception in 18 of its last 21 games.


Wednesday, January 1st, 2003
Kickoff Weather: 52 degrees, wind N-NW 15-20 mph, clear skies, 78% humidity
Attendance: 70,817
Outstanding Offensive Player: Roy Williams, Texas
Outstanding Defensive Player: Cory Redding, Texas
LSU’s John Corbello earned the tenth-quickest scoring play in SBC Cotton Bowl history (10:44 in 1st Quarter) when he kicked a 26-yard field goal to put the Tigers up 3-0.
New records were set for the longest non-TD rush and longest non-TD pass in SBC Cotton Bowl history. LSU quarterback Marcus Randall scampered for 76 yards and Texas wide receiver Roy Williams caught a 75-yard pass.

LSU Post Game Quotes

Wednesday, January 1st, 2003
Opening statement:
“First of all I would like to say Happy New Year to everyone. Certainly we didn’t do our share to make it a happy one for the people who have supported us so well all year that we certainly appreciate and thank. But I will say this, I was really proud of the way our players played in the game today. I think the turnovers and the three big plays that Roy Williams made were a big difference in the game. I thought our players did a great job of coming out and moving the ball in the first half.

December 2002

UT Head Coaches News Conference

Monday, December 30th, 2002
Opening statement: “Being back in Dallas is really exciting for us because so many of our players’ families can come watch us practice. All of the high school coaches have been able to come out, and we’ve been able to see them over the holidays. … It would be a great week if you didn’t have to play a game. Those games get in the way. … When you look at what SBC has done in helping the Cotton Bowl, it’s really special. … It looks like it’s going to be another sellout, and we’re going to have good weather, which is always important on New Year’s Day in Dallas.

LSU Head Coaches News Conference

Monday, December 30th, 2002
Opening statement:

“The first thing I’d like to comment about is the Cotton Bowl has done just a marvelous job of the hospitality and making our fans at LSU, our players at LSU and our LSU family feeling very welcome here. I think the city of Dallas has done the same thing. We’ve had a fantastic time here and our players really appreciate that, our staff does and I most certainly do.

“The people at Texas Stadium, the facility that we’ve used, have done everything they possibly could to satisfy our every need and we certainly appreciate that.
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