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January 2003

Texas Post-Game Quotes

Wednesday, January 1st, 2003
COACH MACK BROWN
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.

LSU POST-GAME NOTES

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.

TEXAS POST-GAME NOTES

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.

SBC COTTON BOWL RECORDS AND NOTES

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
HEAD COACH NICK SABAN
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.

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.

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. É It would be a great week if you didn’t have to play a game. Those games get in the way. É When you look at what SBC has done in helping the Cotton Bowl, it’s really special. É 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.

Texas Longhorns Offensive News Conference

Sunday, December 29th, 2002
TEXAS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR GREG DAVIS

An overall assessment of the LSU defense:

“When I first started watching LSU, the first thing I thought was very athletic. That’s the first thing that you see. Big up front, very strong guys up front. And then the linebackers are a very athletic group of linebackers, led by the (Bradie) James Gang. Just all over the field. Very bright player, obviously a very bright student too from what I read. Their secondary is very aggressive, not afraid to play man-to-man, will bump some, will change it up.
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