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. The rush by Randall is the 5th longest in SBC Cotton Bowl history. Texas linebacker Lee Jackson had two fumble recoveries in the game including a 46-yard return for a TD. It was the first time in SBC Cotton Bowl history that a fumble was recovered and returned for a TD. It is the second-longest fumble return in SBC Cotton Bowl history. Nebraska’s Steve Manstedt returned a fumble 65 yards, which set up a Cornhusker field goal. The 38 points scored in the first half (Texas 21, LSU 17) is the second-highest total in SBC Cotton Bowl history. The record is 45 points in the first half of the 1985 SBC Cotton Bowl (Boston College 31, Houston 14). It also ranks third in combined scoring in either half. Texas scored 14 points in the second quarter. That tied the Longhorns with 12 other performances for the fifth-best scoring total by one team in the 2nd Quarter. For only the 13th time in 67 years, a team scored points on the initial drive of the game after the opening kickoff of the SBC Cotton Bowl. LSU converted a 26-yard field goal. For only the 10th time in 67 years, a team overcame a 10-point deficit to win the SBC Cotton Bowl. The last team to accomplish the feat was UCLA in 1998 in a 29-23 win over Texas A&M. LSU recorded a SBC Cotton Bowl record 95 plays from scrimmage. Arkansas held the previous high with 94 offensive plays vs. Tennessee in 1990. The three missed field goals in the game were the most in the Cotton Bowl since Georgia (2) and Texas (2) combined for four missed kicks in 1984. LSU attempted a Cotton Bowl record 46 pass attempts. The previous record of 44 came from Oregon in a 1996 matchup with Colorado. Texas’ 269 yards passing ranks fifth in the Cotton Bowl record book. The 74 combined passing attempts (46 LSU Ð 28 Texas) is a new Cotton Bowl record. The previous high was 72 in a 1995 battle between Texas Tech (37) and USC (35). The 34 combined completions (LSU 19 Ð Texas 15) were fourth highest in the record list. The teams combined for 462 passing yards (LSU 193 Ð Texas 269) ranking third in Cotton Bowl history. LSU quarterback Marcus Randall’s 45 pass attempts set a new Cotton Bowl record for pass attempts besting the previous high of 37 by Pitt’s Dan Marino (1983) and Boston College’s Doug Flutie (1985) and Oregon’s Tony Graziani (1996). Randall’s 19 completions tied for fourth in Cotton Bowl history. Texas wide receiver Roy Williams’ total of 142 yards ranks fifth in the Cotton Bowl record books for receiving yards in a game. His 35.5 yards per catch average ranks second in Cotton Bowl history. Williams’ total of 12 points tied for eighth in the Cotton Bowl record book. Williams’ 142 yards ranks seventh in Cotton Bowl career receiving yards. Texas placekicker Dusty Mangum tied for third in the Cotton Bowl record listing with five PAT. LSU’s Domanick Davis tied for third in the Cotton Bowl record chart with four kickoff returns. His 90 yards on kickoff returns ranks fifth. Texas’ Lee Jackson recorded two fumble recoveries. That ties a Cotton Bowl record. He shares the mark with five other players. Texas quarterback Chris Simms ranks fourth with 46 career pass attempts in the Cotton Bowl. Simms had 18 against in Arkansas in 2000 and 28 against LSU today. Simms ranks in a tie for third for career completions in the Cotton Bowl with 24 including 15 completions against LSU. Simms is third in career passing yards in the Cotton Bowl with 360 (91 vs. Arkansas, 269 vs. LSU). Simms finishes his career in third place on the Big 12 career passing yards list with 7,097. His career total offense output of 6,962 ranks fourth in conference history. LSU quarterback Marcus Randall has played in the Cotton Bowl only once, but ranks fifth with his 45 pass attempts today against Texas. Randall ranks ninth in career completions with 19. LSU punter Donnie Jones earned the third-highest punting average in Cotton Bowl history. Jones averaged 48.8 yards on four punts.