James "Brad" Bradley CBAA, PHOTOGRAPHER
Classic MemoriesHometown: Arlington, Texas CBAA Photographer: 1948-Present
Players and coaches have come and gone over the past 70 years, but there is one special personality that has remained constant at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. His name is James Bradley, but everyone calls him Brad. He jumped on the Southwest Conference football beat in the fall of 1947 and covered his first Cotton Bowl game on New Year's Day, 1948, when the legendary Doak Walker was in his heyday. Through the years, Brad became college football's favorite photographer. Few can match his years of service to a bowl game. A permanent fixture at the AT&T Cotton Bowl, his streak of consecutive games worked has reached an unprecedented 59 games.
Bob Fenimore Oklahoma A&M
Classic MemoriesHt. 6-1 Wt. 188 Class: Sophomore Position: Back Hometown: Woodward, Okla. 1945 Classic: Oklahoma A&M 34, TCU 0
StatisticsRushing: 16 attempts, 63 yards, 2 TDs Passing: 6-13-1, 136 yards Punt Returns: 1 return for 21 yards Punting: 5 punts, 144 yards, 28.8 average
Bob Fenimore more than lived up to his All-America billing in the 1945 Classic. The nation's total offense leader as a sophomore, Fenimore ran and passed Oklahoma A&M to a resounding 34-0 victory over TCU. The single-wing tailback scored twice on runs of one and eight yards. He was 6-13-1 passing for 136 yards, rushed for 63, and was responsible for 199 of the Cowboys' 494 yards. With the game well in hand, Fenimore and the A&M regulars retired to the sideline at the end of the third quarter to celebrate the Classic's first shutout.
Keyshawn Johnson USC
Classic MemoriesHt. 6-4 Wt. 205 Class: Junior Position: Wide Receiver Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Statistics1995 Classic: USC 55, Texas Tech 14 Receiving: 8 receptions, 222 yards, 3 TDs
Spectacular doesn't even describe the kind of day Keyshawn Johnson enjoyed in the 1995 Classic. Texas Tech found the graceful, 6-4 receiver from USC impossible to stop. Johnson caught eight passes for 222 yards for the Trojans with three of them going for touchdowns. His first score came on a diving 12-yard grab in the corner of the end zone where he somehow managed to keep one foot inbounds. Johnson's second touchdown play, a 22-yard reception, was just as remarkable as his first. Johnson leaped high in the air to make the catch and then backpedaled four yards into the end zone while dragging a Tech defender with him. His last touchdown was an 86-yard sprint up the middle. Come to think of it, incredible may be the best word of all.
Dat Nguyen Texas A&M
Classic MemoriesHt. 6-0 Wt. 216 Class: Junior Position: Linebacker Hometown: Rockport, Texas
Statistics1998 Classic: UCLA 29, Texas A&M 23 Defensive Statistics: 20 tackles, 15 unassisted Tackles For Loss: 7 tackles for -20 yards Interceptions: 1 interception, 19 return yards
Dat Nguyen was the classic example of big things coming in small packages. At 6-0, 216, Nguyen was an undersized middle linebacker on Texas A&M's celebrated 'Wrecking Crew' defense. What he lacked in size, Nguyen more than made up for in heart. In the 1998 Classic, Nguyen was absolutely sensational against UCLA. He made 15 solo tackles, a Cotton Bowl record, and added five more assists for a grand total of 20 tackles. Seven of them resulted in 20 yards in losses. Late in the first quarter, UCLA was driving when Nguyen intercepted a pass at the A&M 17-yard line. After a 19-yard return, Nguyen turned to his left and pitched the football to a teammate who dashed the remaining 64 yards for the Aggies' first score. Nguyen's efforts in the AT&T Cotton Bowl can be summed up in one word...remarkable!
Coach Ara Parseghian Notre Dame
Classic MemoriesHometown: Akron, Ohio Classic Coaching Record: 1-1-0 1970 Classic: Texas 21, Notre Dame 17 1971 Classic: Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
A meticulous strategist and fierce competitor, Ara Parseghian hated to lose. After Notre Dame's last-minute loss to Texas in the 1970 Classic, Parseghian longed for a second chance to derail the top-ranked Longhorns. One year later, he got his wish. For the 1971 rematch, Parseghian came up with a defensive plan to stop the vaunted Texas Wishbone. His scheme worked flawlessly. The Irish held Texas to 216 rushing yards and forced the Horns into nine fumbles. The 30-game Texas winning streak came to an end, and finally, Parseghian had reason to smile.
Jerry Sisemore Texas
Classic MemoriesHt. 6-4 Wt. 260 Class: Sophomore/Junior/Senior Position: Offensive Tackle Hometown: Plainview, Texas 1971 Classic: Notre Dame 24, Texas 11 1972 Classic: Penn State 30, Texas 6 1973 Classic: Texas 17, Alabama 13
Statistics1971 Team Statistics: 216 yards rushing, 210 yards passing, 426 yards in total offense 1972 Team Statistics: 159 yards rushing, 83 yards passing, 242 yards in total offense 1973 Team Statistics: 317 yards rushing, 61 yards passing, 378 yards in total offense
Press clippings come in abundant supply for quarterbacks, but for offensive linemen, individual recognition is a rare occurrence...unless the lineman's name is Jerry Sisemore. A consensus All-American throughout his college career at Texas, Sisemore possessed great balance, coordination and agility to dominate defenders at the point of attack and downfield. He was so quick off the ball opponents insisted he was offsides. In his final Classic performance in 1973, Sisemore literally bowled over Alabama, helping Texas pile up 317 rushing yards and earn a 17-13 victory.