Rebel Football Bowl History

Records/Recaps

Ole Miss has a proud tradition of bowling that dates back to 1935, including what once was a national record of consecutive bowl appearances - from 1957 to 1971. It is a high standard of excellence which present-day Ole Miss football teams continue to strive for.

Ed Walker coached the first Ole Miss bowl team, the high-scoring outfit of 1935 which out-played, but was nipped by Catholic University, 20-19, in the 1936 Orange Bowl.

The next bowl for the Rebels was for the 1947 squad, a 12-year wait. But from there, with Coach John Howard Vaught at the Ole Miss helm, bowls came and kept coming after the Rebels following each season. Vaught took the Rebs to the ill-fated Delta Bowl in 1948, as the 1947 SEC Champions beat Texas Christian 13-9. Vaught had to wait until 1952 to go bowling again, but from that point forward, the Rebel mentor made post-season games a habit that was hard to break.

All-in-all, the Rebels participated in six Sugar Bowls, two Gators, one Cotton, two Bluebonnets, two Liberties, one Sun and one Peach during that run of 15 straight. Vaught's personal bowl record was 10-8, while Billy Kinard's 1971 Rebels, with a 9-2 record, earned a bid to play Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl, which produced a 41-18 triumph.

Ole Miss dropped out of the bowl picture after that 1971 Peach Bowl appearance with Georgia Tech. When Billy Brewer became head coach prior to the 1983 season, the Rebels had not been bowling for 12 years. During Brewer’s 11 years as head coach, Ole Miss went to five bowls, twice to the Independence, twice to the Liberty, and once to the Gator. Brewer was 3-2 as a coach in bowl games. 

The Rebels returned to postseason action in 1997 for the first time since the 1992 Liberty Bowl, and for the first time under Tommy Tuberville, as Ole Miss was invited to the inaugural Ford Motor City Bowl in Pontiac, Mich., where they defeated Marshall 34-31.

The Rebels then followed with what was probably the biggest upset of the 1998 bowl season, as Ole Miss defeated heavily favored Texas Tech, 35-18, in the Sanford Independence Bowl in head coach David Cutcliffe’s debut.  Ole Miss went 4-1 in the five bowl games it played in under Cutcliffe as head coach, including three victories in the Independence Bowl, and one victory in the Cotton Bowl (2004).

Ole Miss returned to the Coton Bowl in 2009 and 2010 under Houston Nutt, who led the Rebels to 47-34 and 21-7 victories, respectively.

Under Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss has won back-to-back bowl games in his first two seasons. The Rebels beat Pittsburgh 38-17 in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., on Jan. 5, 2013, then defeated Georgia Tech 25-17 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 30, 2013.

 

Ole Miss Bowl Results (Won 23, Lost 12)

Date Bowl Opponent Score Coach
1-1-36 Orange Catholic U. 19-20 Ed Walker
1-1-48 Delta TCU 13-9 John H. Vaught
1-1-53 Sugar Georgia Tech 7-24 John H. Vaught
1-1-55 Sugar Navy 0-21 John H. Vaught
1-2-56 Cotton TCU 14-13 John H. Vaught
1-1-58 Sugar Texas 39-7 John H. Vaught
12-27-58 Gator Florida 7-3 John H. Vaught
1-1-60 Sugar LSU 21-0 John H. Vaught
1-2-61 Sugar Rice 14-6 John H. Vaught
1-1-62 Cotton Texas 7-12 John H. Vaught
1-1-63 Sugar Arkansas 17-13 John H. Vaught
1-1-64 Sugar Alabama 7-12 John H. Vaught
12-19-64 Bluebonnet Tulsa 7-14 John H. Vaught
12-18-65 Liberty Auburn 13-7 John H. Vaught
12-17-66 Bluebonnet Texas 0-19 John H. Vaught
12-30-67 Sun Texas-El Paso 7-14 John H. Vaught
12-14-68 Liberty Virginia Tech 34-17 John H. Vaught
1-1-70 Sugar Arkansas 27-22 John H. Vaught
1-2-71 Gator Auburn 28-35 John H. Vaught
12-30-71 Peach Georgia Tech 41-18 John H. Vaught
12-10-83 Independence Air Force 3-9 Billy Brewer
12-20-86 Independence Texas Tech 20-17 Billy Brewer
12-28-89 Liberty Air Force 42-29 Billy Brewer
1-1-91 Gator Michigan 3-35 Billy Brewer
12-31-92 Liberty Air Force 13-0 Billy Brewer
12-26-97 Motor City Marshall 34-31 Tommy Tuberville
12-31-98 Independence Texas Tech 35-18 David Cutcliffe
12-31-99 Independence Oklahoma 27-25 David Cutcliffe
12-28-00 Music City West Virginia 38-49 David Cutcliffe
12-27-02 Independence Nebraska 27-23 David Cutcliffe
1-2-04 Cotton Oklahoma State 31-28 David Cutcliffe
1-2-09 Cotton Texas Tech 47-34 Houston Nutt
1-2-10 Cotton Oklahoma State 21-7 Houston Nutt
1-5-13 BBVA Compass Pittsburgh 38-17 Hugh Freeze
12-30-13 Music City Georgia Tech 25-17 Hugh Freeze

Outstanding Player Awards

SUGAR BOWL
*Ray Brown, QB, 1958
Bobby Franklin, QB, 1960
Jake Gibbs, QB, 1961
Glynn Griffing, QB, 1963
Archie Manning, QB, 1970
* Lone unanimous choice in Sugar Bowl history

COTTON BOWL
Eagle Day, QB, 1956 - Most Valuable Back
Buddy Alliston, LG, 1956 - Most Valuable Lineman
Eli Manning, QB, 2004 - Most Valuable Offensive Player
Josh Cooper, DE, 2004 - Most Valuable Defensive Player
Dexter McCluster, WR, 2009 - Most Valuable Offensive Player
Marshay Green, CB, 2009 - Most Valuable Defensive Player
Dexter McCluster, WR, 2010 - Most Valuable Offensive Player

INDEPENDENCE BOWL
Andre Townsend, DT, 1983 - Most Valuable Player, Defense
Dwayne Nesmith, 1983 - Scholar Athlete Award
Mark Young, QB, 1986 - Most Valuable Player, Offense
Jeff Noblin, 1986 - Scholar Athlete Award
Kendrick Clancy, DT, 1998 - Most Valuable Player, Defense
Romaro Miller, QB, 1998 - Most Valuable Player, Offense
Tim Strickland, CB, 1999 - Most Valuable Player, Defense
Eli Manning, QB, 2002 - Most Valuable Player, Offense

LIBERTY BOWL
Charles Hiinton, C, 1965 - Outstanding Offensive Lineman
Lee Garner, LLB, 1965 - Outstanding Defensive Lineman
Steve Hindman, TB, 1968 - MVP; Outstanding Offensive Back
Robert Bailey, M, 1968 - Outstanding Defensive Back
Worthy McClure, T, 1968 - Outstanding Offensive Lineman
Randy Baldwin, RB, 1989 - MVP; Outstanding Offensive Player
Jeff Carter, FS, 1989 - Outstanding Defensive Player
Shawn Cobb, LB, 1989 - Outstanding Student-Athlete Award
Russ Shows, QB, 1992 - Outstanding Offensive Player
Cassius Ware, LB, 1992 - MVP; Outstanding Defensive Player

GATOR BOWL
Bobby Franklin, QB, 1958 - Most Valuable Player, Winning Team
Archie Manning, QB, 1971 - Most Valuable Player, Losing Team
Tyrone Ashley, DB, 1991 - Most Valuable Player, Losing Team

BBVA COMPASS BOWL
Bo Wallace, QB, 2013 - Most Valuable Player

BLUEBONNET BOWL
Mac McClure, LB, DE, 1996 - Outstanding Ole Miss Player

MOTOR CITY BOWL
Stewart Patridge, QB, 1997 - Most Valuable Player

MUSIC CITY BOWL
Bo Wallace, QB, 2013 - Most Valuable Player

PEACH BOWL
Norris Weese, QB, 1971 - Most Valuable Player, Offense
Crowell Armstrong, LB, 1971 - Most Valuable Player, Defense

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