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Ole Miss fans gather for Cotton Bowl

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - All eyes were on Dallas Saturday afternoon as Ole Miss battled Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.  Fans who could not make the trip gathered together at local sports bars to cheer on their favorite team.

Hard core Rebs turned out in large numbers to support their team.  Some were born with red and blue in their blood. 

"My family has been going to Ole Miss for three generations.  I'm the third generation graduate and my daughter is a freshman there," said Mary Ann Gee.

Others adopted the school as their own early on.  "I actually went to state, but grew up an Ole Miss fan my whole life," said Rick Killingsworth. "I love my Ole Miss Rebs, had season tickets and went to every game.""

Rick Killingsworth may have had the best seat in the house with a front row lounge chair in front of the big screen at Alumni House in Ridgeland. 

"We've been showing the game on 96 screens.  We have 4 big screens in the restaurant showing the game.  It's actually been a great turnout," said Assistant General Manager Brandon Wyrick.

Time Out sports bar in Jackson also housed true red and blue fans.

 "It's very exciting.  It's a close match up and we're just pulling for the rebs," said Gee.

 The Cotton Bowl started with Ole Miss and Oklahoma State neck and neck.  An emotional roller coaster for fans as they hollered and cheered.

In the end Ole Miss pulled out their second Cotton Bowl championship in a row, sending fans home with a smile.

"We ended the year great.  So hotty toddy all day," said Wyrick.

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