Troy Aikman UCLA
Classic MemoriesHt. 6-3 Wt. 217 Class: Senior Position: Quarterback Hometown: Henryetta, Oklahoma 1989 Classic: UCLA 17, Arkansas 3
StatisticsRushing: 9 attempts, -3 yards Passing: 19-27-1, 172 yards, 1 TD
Arkansas found UCLA's Troy Aikman almost impossible to stop. The Bruin quarterback engineered two commanding back-to-back scoring drives of 93 and 74 yards in the second quarter. The first one consumed 19 plays for a Cotton Bowl record. Aikman was so proficient that at one point in the game he was 13-of-14 on third down. With Aikman at the helm, the UCLA offense was operating to perfection. The Bruins controlled the clock for almost 43 minutes and completely wore down the Razorback defense. As he delivered the knockout punch to the Hogs, the future overall No. 1 pick in the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys guided UCLA to an NCAA milestone as the first team ever to win seven consecutive bowl games.
Lance Alworth Arkanasas
Classic MemoriesHt. 6-0 Wt. 178 Class: Junior Position: Halfback Hometown: Brookhaven, Mississippi 1961 Classic: Duke 7, Arkansas 6
StatisticsRushing: 11 attempts, 33 yards Receiving: 3 receptions, 41 yards Punts: 6 punts, 185 yards, 30.8 average Punt Returns: 1 return, 49 yards, 1 TD Kickoff Returns: 2 returns, 50 yards Fumbles: 1 fumble recovery
Lance Alworth literally ran circles around Duke defenders ... running, receiving, punting and returning kicks. He made the impossible look easy. In the third quarter, Arkansas was forced to punt and Alworth had to leap to control a high snap from center. Alworth eluded a swarming group of tacklers, and while running at top speed he dropped the ball and kicked it. The football angled toward the corner and went out of bounds at the two. The Blue Devils couldn't move and Alworth again stepped up for Arkansas. He fielded the ensuing punt near mid-field and uncorked an electrifying 49-yard touchdown run. The missed PAT attempt proved to be the Hogs' downfall. Duke rallied to win the game, 7-6. However, Alworth's phenomenal heroics became legend in Cotton Bowl lore.
Jim Brock Cotton Bowl Athletic Association
Classic MemoriesHometown: Fort Worth, Texas CBAA Executive Director: 1979-1992 CBAA Team Selection Chairman: 1993
Jim Brock ruled the roost of college football for 14 years as Executive Director of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. The bowl industrys premier public relations man, Brock was literally on a first-name basis with the rest of the world. No such thing as a stranger. Everyone he met he called Hoss. In time, the moniker became his own. Armed with his ever present cigar, Hoss Brock was the master of working his way through press boxes around the country with his celebrated Cotton Bowl charm, always promoting the merits of college football in Dallas, Texas on New Years Day. Texas hospitality was his chief commodity and nobody did a better job of selling it than Jim Hoss Brock.
Mike Dean Texas
Classic MemoriesHt. 6-0 Wt. 205 Class: Sophomore/Junior/Senior Position: Offensive Guard Hometown: Sherman, Texas 1969 Classic: Texas 36, Tennessee 13 1970 Classic: Texas 21, Notre Dame 17 1971 Classic: Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
Mike Dean was never one to back down from a challenge. Even if the assignment was to block a player who was almost twice his size and destined to become the second overall pick in the NFL draft. In three consecutive Cotton Bowl Classics, Dean was the right offensive guard in Texas celebrated Wishbone attack. In the 1970 Classic, his assignment was to block Notre Dames standout defensive tackle Mike McCoy. Dean was listed on the Texas depth chart at 6-0, 205, while his opponent stood 6-5, 274. But, the contrast in size only added to the story. Dean took charge immediately, dominating the Irish All-American from the opening kickoff to the final gun. He was living proof that there is truth in the axiom the bigger they come, the harder they fall.
Andy Kozar Tennessee
Classic MemoriesHt. 6-0 Wt. 192 Class: Sophomore/Senior Position: Fullback Hometown: St. Michael, Pennsylvania 1951 Classic: Tennessee 20, Texas 14
StatisticsRushing: 20 attempts, 92 yards, 2 TDs
General Robert Neyland knew he had found something special for his powerful single-wing attack when he moved Andy Kozar from the offensive line to fullback early in the 1950 season. Kozar gave Tennessee a back with great size and balance to go with a fluid open-field running style. On a soft, rain-soaked field against third-ranked Texas in the 1951 Classic, the Tennessee sophomore proved to be the Vols' workhorse, carrying 20 times for 92 yards. His constant pounding inside finally forced the Texas defense to crack late in the fourth quarter. Kozar scored twice on short bursts of one and five yards. His game-winner came with just 3:11 to play and capped a relentless Tennessee rally that turned a 14-7 deficit into a thrilling 20-14 victory.
Hank Lauricella Tennessee
Classic MemoriesHt. 5-10 Wt. 169 Class: Junior Position: Tailback Hometown: Harahan, Louisiana 1951 Classic: Tennessee 20, Texas 14
StatisticsRushing: 16 attempts, 131 yards Passing: 1-6-2, 23 yards Receiving: 1 reception, 18 yards Punting: 6 punts, 196 yards, 32.6 avg.
Hank Lauricella, Tennessee's great single-wing tailback, found a way to place his name among the legends of the Cotton Bowl without scoring a touchdown in the 1951 Classic. In a game that matched two top-five teams, Lauricella set up the Classic’s first score with an electrifying 75-yard gallop to the Texas five-yard line. What made the play so special was that Lauricella reversed his field three times and slowed only to allow his blockers to catch up. He weaved his way through Longhorn defenders while en route to the longest run in the game’s 15-year history. Lauricella’s first-quarter dash proved to be an omen of good things to come for Tennessee. The Vols rallied to beat Texas 20-14 in what many consider to be one of Tennessee’s greatest bowl victories.
Lydell Mitchell Penn State
Classic MemoriesHt. 6-0 Wt. 200 Class: Senior Position: Running Back Hometown: Salem, New Jersey 1972 Classic: Penn State 30, Texas 6
StatisticsRushing: 27 attempts, 146 yards, 1 TD
With Lydell Mitchell supplying the firepower, Penn State turned a first half defensive battle into a runaway victory over Texas. Seldom had a Longhorn team been subjected to such a thorough beating, but Mitchell and his Nittany Lion teammates were more than happy to deliver. Mitchell was unstoppable running the football. The All-America halfback capped a brilliant career by pounding Texas defenders for 146 yards on 27 carries. At halftime, Penn State trailed the Horns 6-3, mustering only a field goal. However, minutes into the second half, Mitchell notched the game's first touchdown on a one-yard run to ignite the Lions' awesome scoring explosion. Texas had no answer for Mitchell and the end result was a resounding 30-6 victory for Penn State.
Coach Gene Stallings Texas A&M
Classic MemoriesHometown: Paris, Texas Classic Coaching Record: 1-0-0 1968 Classic: Texas A&M 20, Alabama 16
In 1968, Coach Gene Stallings had Aggie fans sitting on the edge of their seats. No one could believe what was happening. Unranked Texas A&M was outplaying No. 8 Alabama. Stallings utilized the element of surprise to keep his former coach, the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant, completely off balance. Stallings told his quarterback to air out the stadium, and by halftime the Aggies were up 13-10. A&M scored again in the third quarter to take a 20-10 advantage, but everyone knew that Bama would come storming back. The Crimson Tide scored once more to narrow the gap to 20-16, but they couldn't beat Stallings' Aggies. This time around it was the pupil who outfoxed his mentor.