Music City Return

Ole Miss will play Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 30, at 2:15 p.m. The news was first reported by ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy.


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Ole Miss will make its second appearance in the Music City Bowl, hopeful of a better outcome than the first time.

The Rebels lost 49-38 to West Virginia 13 years ago. It's the only bowl loss in the last 10 postseason games for Ole Miss.

Ole Miss finished a 7-5 regular season campaign in 2013 with consecutive losses – to Southeastern Conference championship game loser Missouri and to bowl-bound Mississippi State.

Ole Miss has significant victories this season on the road at Vanderbilt and Texas and at home against LSU.

The Rebels will face Georgia Tech, also a 7-5 team. The Yellow Jackets lost their regular season finale to their instate rival as well. Tech led Georgia 20-0 in the second quarter before losing 41-34 in overtime. The game was played in Atlanta.

This year's Music City Bowl is set for 2:15 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, at LP Field, the home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. The game will be shown live on ESPN.

The last time Ole Miss played there, Eli Manning became the story after the outcome was no longer in doubt. West Virginia, with veteran head coach Don Nehlen heading into retirement after the contest, rolled out to a 49-9 lead before three late touchdown drives led by Manning actually gave Ole Miss a shot. But time ran out.

After Romaro Miller scored on a 7-yard touchdown run in the third period to cut the WVU lead to 49-16, Rebel head coach David Cutcliffe put in the redshirt freshman quarterback from New Orleans.


I'Tavius Mathers will play in a bowl game in his native middle Tennessee
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Manning threw touchdown passes of 23 yards to Jamie Armstrong, 18 yards to Omar Rayford, and 16 yards to Toward Sanford. But the Rebels had fallen behind too far earlier to come all the way back for the win.

Fans may now order tickets to the Music City Bowl by going to the Ole Miss sports website (olemisssports.com). Or they can be purchased by calling 888-REB-TKTS.

If you have purchased season tickets or have made donations to the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in the past, log into your account to receive the appropriate priority.

Throughout the history of college football bowl games, Ole Miss has been one of the nation's predominant programs represented in those events. Ole Miss ranks 10th in the nation with 22 bowl victories all-time and 19th with 34 bowl appearances.

Among the Rebels' 22 bowl wins are five in the Sugar Bowl and four each in the Cotton, Independence and Liberty Bowls. Ole Miss' eight Sugar Bowl appearances (5-3 record) are tied for fourth-most of any school in the country.

From 1957 to 1972, Ole Miss played in what was then a national-record 15 consecutive bowl games.


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