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Sunday, December 6th, 2009

IT'S OFFICIAL: OKLAHOMA STATE VS. OLE MISS!

ARLINGTON, Dec. 6, 2009 – The stage for the 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl is set. Oklahoma State University will face the University of Mississippi in the first Classic at Cowboys Stadium.

Cowboys and Rebels athletic officials formally accepted an invitation extended by Cotton Bowl Athletic Association Chairman Kathy Saunders on Sunday.

“What a tremendous way for us to open a new era at our new home,” Saunders said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with our matchup, and needless to say, with these two great teams and a world-class facility, January 2nd will be a Classic to remember.”

Oklahoma State, 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big 12 Conference, will face Ole Miss, 8-4 and 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference, in a rematch of the 2004 Classic where the Rebels, led by Eli Manning, defeated the Cowboys, 31-28. The 2010 Classic will mark only the second time OSU and Ole Miss have faced each other with both meetings in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

OSU, ranked 18th nationally in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll and 21st in the AP Poll, are going for their 10th win of the season, which would tie a school record.

The Cowboys are making their third Classic appearance. The AT&T Cotton Bowl’s association with Oklahoma State dates back to 1945 in what was just the ninth Cotton Bowl game, a 34-0 victory over TCU.

The Pokes are making their fourth consecutive bowl appearance and the seventh in eight years. Oklahoma State is 12-7-0 all time in post-season play. The .632 bowl winning percentage is the highest of any Big 12 team and ranks fourth nationally.

Ole Miss returns to the Classic for the second-consecutive year after last year’s 47-34 victory over Texas Tech in the final AT&T Cotton Bowl in Cotton Bowl Stadium. The 2010 Classic marked the first back-to-back appearance by a team since the Texas Longhorns appeared in the 1999 and 2000 Classic.

Both MVP’s from last year’s Classic return for the 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl. Cornerback Marshay Green earned defensive MVP honors last year and running back Dexter McCluster took the offensive MVP award. The Rebels also return quarterback, Jevan Snead, a Stephenville, Texas product.

The Rebels are making their fifth appearance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. The Rebels are 3-1 all time in the Classic.

Ole Miss has one of the most storied bowl traditions in all of college football dating back to 1936. The Rebels are 20-12-0 all-time in post-season play and own the 12th most bowl victories in college football.

The Rebels made their first Cotton Bowl appearance 54 years ago in 1956, a 14-13 thriller over TCU. Ole Miss Head Coach Houston Nutt, an Oklahoma State graduate, has a 2-1 record in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

“This game provides some great story lines, and certainly sets up to be one of the best bowl matchups this year,” CBAA Team Selection Chairman Fin Ewing said.

The 2010 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be nationally televised on FOX, and kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on January 2nd. General tickets can be ordered online at www.attcottonbowl.com or by calling 888-792-BOWL (2695).

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