(Caption from first photo in above slideshow) Texas Tech captains Graham Harrell (quarterback), Louis Vasquez (guard), Darcel McBath (safety) and Jake Ratliff (defensive end) take the field prior to the 2009 Cotton Bowl against Ole Miss, Friday in Dallas.
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DALLAS – Player after Texas Tech player said the Red Raiders were excited to be at the Cotton Bowl. True or not, it didn’t make them perform any better.
Spotted a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter, No. 7 Tech folded and lost to No. 25 Mississippi 47-34 Friday before a record crowd of 88,175 on a warm, sunny afternoon. For a program accustomed to postseason wins under Mike Leach, it was the most lackluster bowl showing since 2000 in Houston.
“It’s not the way we wanted to end the season, but it’s the way it happened,’’ said senior quarterback Graham Harrell, who finished his career by breaking the major-college record for career touchdown passes... (Read more from Don Williams' story: Bowl Weevils: Rebels' Cotton win spoils Harrell's mark)