Rebels may play Oklahoma State

Updated: December 3, 2003, 9:14 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Mississippi accepted an invitation Wednesday night to play in the Cotton Bowl for the first time in 42 years.

The 17th-ranked Rebels (9-3), the SEC's representative for the Jan. 2 game in Dallas, will play a Big 12 team that will be determined Sunday.

No. 22 Oklahoma State (9-3), is the likely Big 12 opponent. But No. 6 Texas (10-2) also is a possibility if the Longhorns don't get an at-large spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

Ole Miss (9-3), which will make its sixth bowl appearance in seven seasons, is led by senior quarterback Eli Manning.

"It's exciting to be a part of this storied bowl with such rich tradition," Rebels coach David Cutcliffe said. "I'm truly excited about the opportunity."

Ole Miss has played in the Cotton Bowl twice before, beating TCU 14-13 in 1956, and losing to Texas 12-7 in 1962.

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