Cotton Bowl

January 01, 1998

No. 20 Texas A&M (9-3) vs. No. 5 UCLA (9-2)

Site: Dallas

Time: 1: 30 p.m. today

TV: CBS

Line: UCLA by 13

Coaches: R.C. Slocum (83-24-2); Bob Toledo (14-8)

Outlook: After an 0-2 start, the Bruins won nine straight and were crowned co-champs of the Pac-10. A 37-34 loss to No. 8 Washington State in its opener cost UCLA a trip to the Rose Bowl. The Bruins' explosive offense averages 41 points per game and is third in the country in scoring. QB Cade McNown led the nation with a passing efficiency rating of 168.6, the highest mark ever by a Pac-10 player, and has thrown for more than 200 yards in each of his last 14 games. The Aggies, who are coming off a 54-15 loss to Nebraska in the Big 12 title game, are powered by three talented tailbacks in juniors Sirr Parker and D'Andre Hardeman, and sophomore Dante Hall. The three have combined for 2,281 yards for the season and each has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in their young careers. UCLA's Toledo was fired as offensive coordinator by A&M's Slocum after the 1994 Cotton Bowl, a 24-21 loss to Notre Dame.

Pub Date: 1/01/98

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