2005 Cotton Bowl Classic
|2005 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic|
|Date||January 1, 2005|
|MVP||QB Rick Clausen (Tennessee)|
DT Justin Harrell (Tennessee)
|Referee||Bill Alge (MAC)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Thom Brennaman and Brian Baldinger|
The 2005 Cotton Bowl Classic was a post-season college football bowl game between the 2004 Tennessee Volunteers football team and the Texas A&M Aggies on January 1, 2005, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. It was the final game of the 2004 NCAA Division I FBS football season for each team and resulted in a 38-7 Tennessee victory. Tennessee represented the Southeastern Conference (SEC) while Texas A&M represented the Big 12 Conference.
Tennessee was up 38-0 before A&M scored late to make the final score 38-7 as A&M turned the ball over 5 times (4 on fumbles) and Rick Clausen went 18 of 27 for 222 yards. McNeal went 23 of 38 for 241 yards and set a new school single-season passing yards record, but only had one touchdown while throwing an interception. 
- "Texas A&M can't stop Clausen, Tennessee". ESPN.com. January 1, 2005. Retrieved 2010-01-23.