2011 Cotton Bowl Classic
|2011 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic|
|75th Cotton Bowl Classic Game|
|Date||January 7, 2011|
|MVP||DB Tyrann Mathieu (LSU)
WR Terrence Toliver (LSU)
|Favorite||LSU by 1, Over/Under: 49|
US$7.15 million total($3.75 million to A&M; $3.4 million to LSU)
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston|
The 2011 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic was the 75th edition of the annual post-season college football bowl game that was part of the 2010–11 bowl season of the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The game featured the LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference who defeated the Texas A&M Aggies of the Big 12 Conference by a score of 41-24. The game was scheduled for January 7, 2011 at 7:27 p.m. CST and was held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This was the second time it was held in Cowboys Stadium after leaving its namesake venue. The game was broadcast by Fox.
The meeting between the Tigers and the Aggies was the 50th all-time between the teams, but the first since the 1995 season. LSU and Texas A&M met every year from 1986 through 1995 before the series was discontinued. It was the second time LSU and Texas A&M squared off in a bowl game, the first being the 1944 Orange Bowl.
It was the fifth Cotton Bowl Classic appearance for the Tigers and the first since the 2002 season. The Tigers are the conference statistics leader on pass defense (165.83 ypg). They are rated second in pass efficiency defense (112.94 rating), kickoff returns (25.79 avg.), punt returns (13.50 avg.), scoring defense (17.75 ppg), and total defense (301.67 ypg). Senior Josh Jasper has kicked 31 of 32 point-after-touchdowns, and 26 of 31 field goals for a total of 109 points.
Texas A&M finished the 2010 season 9-3 after starting the season 3-3 and winning their final 6 games. Led by 3rd year head coach Mike Sherman and 1st year defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Tim DeRuyter, the team finished the season by beating 2 top 10 teams, Oklahoma and Nebraska, as well as in state rivals Baylor and Texas. The Aggies finished their conference schedule in a 3-way tie with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Oklahoma won the tiebreaker by having a higher BCS Ranking and eventually beat Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship.
It was Texas A&M's twelfth Cotton Bowl Classic appearance, tied for the second-most visits among any team. The Aggies' last trip to the Classic was in 2005 when they were defeated by Tennessee, 38-7. Overall Texas A&M holds a 4-7 record in Cotton Bowl Classic games, however the Aggies have lost five straight with their last win being a 35-10 victory over Notre Dame in 1988.
|A&M – Uzoma Nwachukwu 6-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Randy Bullock kick), 13:01||A&M 7–0|
|A&M – Bullock 39-yard field goal, 5:03||A&M 10–0|
|LSU – Terrance Toliver 42-yard pass from Jordan Jefferson (Josh Jasper kick), 1:48||A&M 10–7|
|LSU – Jefferson 1-yard run (Jasper kick), 10:13||LSU 14–10|
|A&M – Nwachukwu 14-yard pass from Cyrus Gray (Bullock kick), 7:44||A&M 17–14|
|LSU – Stevan Ridley 17-yard run (Jasper kick), 4:43||LSU 21-17|
|LSU – Toliver 2-yard pass from Jefferson (Jasper kick), 1:27||LSU 28-17|
|LSU – Toliver 41-yard pass from Jefferson (Jasper kick), 12:06||LSU 35-17|
|A&M – Kenric McNeal 4-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Randy Bullock kick), 10:04||LSU 35-24|
|LSU – Jasper 50-yard field goal, 6:12||LSU 38-24|
|LSU – Jasper 26-yard field goal, 3:04||LSU 41-24|
|Total offense, plays - yards||74-446||65-373|
|Passing yards (net)||158||218|
|Time of Possession||37:26||22:34|
- ESPN (2011-01-01). "LSU Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies - Preview - January 07, 2011 - ESPN".
- Chuck Carlton/The Dallas Morning News (2010-12-06). "Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M learns its bowl opponent: the LSU Tigers".