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After two touchdown catches in the Cotton Bowl, nobody was more surprised than Ole Miss junior Tight End Gerald Harris, who had an unexpected homecoming treat.

Ole Miss Tight End Gerald Harris still had a look of disbelief on his face in the interview room after the Cotton Bowl.

Harris, a Texas, had only caught five passes all year up until the crossed the border of his home state.

And while he only caught two in the Cotton Bowl in the Rebs' 47-34 win over Texas Tech, he made them count. Both went for touchdowns.

Gerald scored on a bootleg pass from Jevan Snead from eight yards out for the Rebs' first score of the game, cutting the early deficit to 14-7 and then he scored on a 21-yard strike over the middle to tie the contest at 21-21 late in the second quarter.

On both catches, the 6-6, 260-pounder had to break a tackle to hit paydirt.

"They (Texas Tech) probably hadn't seen too much of me catching the ball, so we kind of used that to our advantage," said an elated Harris postgame. "Nobody was expecting me in the passing game."

Gerald was particularly proud of not only catching the ball, but doing something with it after the reception.

"Jevan (Snead) and the coaches put me in a position to make something happen, so I was going to make the most of it," he said. "I kept thinking that no Tech DB was going to keep me out of the end zone in the Cotton Bowl with all my family and a lot of friends here."

Harris said the feeling of performing well in this particular venue was as good as it gets.

"I'm really kind of speechless to be honest," he said. "It means so much to me to come here in my home state and for my team to shine and for me to do well.

"This experience is priceless. It's a memory I will have for the rest of my life."

Gerald hopes this will be a precursor to his senior campaign next year.

"I know (TE) Coach (James) Shibest is always lobbying for the tight ends to get the ball more," he laughed. "Maybe now we will get more looks in the future.

"But I understand and like my role. We are going to run the ball and the tight end is a big part of that. I like to run block, but I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said I didn't want the ball when the opening is there."

The Rebels hit Texas Tech where they least expected it.

And Gerald Harris made the most of it.

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