Sugar, Peach, and Cotton: A Look at Ole Miss’s NY6 Bowls in the 21st Century

As No.8 Ole Miss prepares to take on No.7 Baylor in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, The Grove Report on Thursday examined the history of the Rebels’ bowl games.

Now he takes a look at Ole Miss’s six New Year’s Bowls appearances since the turn of the century. The Rebels will appear in their sixth New Years Bowl since the 2004 Cotton Bowl on January 1.


2004 SBC Classic Cotton Bowl

# 21 State of Oklahoma v. No. 16 Ole Miss

Final score: Ole Miss 31, Oklahoma State 28

In what was Eli Manning’s final hurray in an Ole Miss uniform, he led the Rebels to their first Access Bowl victory since the Peach Bowl of 1971. Including the Cotton Bowl victory, the 2003 season has saw Ole Miss finish with an overall record of 10-3. Manning had 22 for 31 in the air for 259 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the game.

2009 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic

No.25 Ole Miss vs. No.7 Texas Tech

Final score: Ole Miss 47, Texas Tech 34

Ole Miss’s first bowl place since Eli Manning’s senior year at Oxford was also in the Cotton Bowl Classic, and it was the last installment of the game to be played at the Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas, Texas.

This version of the Cotton Bowl featured quarterbacks Jevan Snead (MISS) and Graham Harrell (TTU). Snead threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns in the win, and Harrell threw four scores behind 364 yards. This Texas Tech team was coached by Mike Leach, current Mississippi State Head Coach.

2010 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic

# 19 Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss

Final score: Ole Miss 21, Oklahoma State 7

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Ole Miss also played in the first Cotton Bowl Classic to be held at its current location of Cowboys Stadium (now known as AT&T Stadium) in Arlington. This relatively low scoring affair was dominated by Ole Miss’s Dexter McCluster who ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Jevan Snead threw three interceptions in the game, but Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson threw four.

2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

N ° 9 Ole Miss against N ° 6 TCU

Final score: TCU 42, Ole Miss 3

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Ole Miss met a TCU team that were recently snubbed from the college football playoffs in 2014, and that Horned Frogs’ motivation kicked in in Atlanta.

The 2014 season was an eventful one for the Rebels as the team knocked out Alabama at home and found themselves in the top bracket of the college football playoff standings, but losses to Auburn, LSU and Arkansas killed it all. Ole Miss’s hopeful competing for an SEC title. An Ole Miss win in the Egg Bowl kept Mississippi State out of the college football playoffs, but the Rebels were unable to secure a victory this season.

Allstate Sugar Bowl 2016

No. 16 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Ole Miss

Final score: Ole Miss 48, Oklahoma State 20

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At the height of the Hugh Freeze era at Oxford, Ole Miss won the Sugar Bowl after the 2015 regular season. The Rebels finished this season 10-3 after their victory over Oklahoma State, and quarterback Ole Miss Chad Kelly threw for 302 yards on 21 completed passes and four touchdowns. Kelly was also the Rebels’ leading running back with 73 yards. Eight different rebel receivers caught a pass in the victory.

It was Ole Miss’s first Sugar Bowl appearance since the 1969 season.


Ole Miss will return to the Sugar Bowl on January 1 when he takes on Baylor. The kickoff between the Rebels and the Bears is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.


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Rachel J. Bradford