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All-American receiver Michael Crabtree caught only four passes for 30 yards in what might be his last college game. Slowed by an ankle injury sustained in the season finale, his highlight was a 2-yard touchdown catch for Harrell's record-breaker and his lowlight was falling down on the pass that turned into Green's interception and return for the score that put Ole Miss up 31-21.
Snead, a Texas native who began his career with the Longhorns, was 18-of-29 for 292 yards and three touchdowns. He threw an early interception that was returned for the touchdown that put Tech up 14-0, but the Rebels didn't have another turnover the rest of the way while piling up a season-best 515 yards.
McCluster, who at 5-foot-8 is hard to find and even harder to tackle, was at the center of everything, running 14 times for 97 yards and a touchdown, and catching six passes for 83 yards. On the other end of the spectrum, 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end Gerald Harris caught two passes for 29 yards, both touchdowns -- after having only five catches and two TDs all season.
Green nearly stole the show by following his long interception return with what initially was called a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown. Upon review, however, he stepped out at the "nine and two-thirds yard line," as the official described it.
This was the 73rd Cotton Bowl and the last in its namesake home. Next year, it'll be played in the $1.1 billion stadium being built by the Dallas Cowboys. The bowl founder's widow handled the pregame coin toss and the dates 1937 and 2009 were painted on the field between the words, "Celebrating 73 years."
This turned out to be the most points in the game's history and the biggest crowd, 88,175, thanks to a recent stadium expansion. It was the third-warmest, too, with 69 degrees at kickoff and the mid-70s at halftime.
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