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September 2015

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Art Contest Now Accepting Entries

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The 2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Art Contest has begun and is now accepting entries from local young artists. All North Texas students in first through sixth grade are invited to participate. Art contest materials, including the illustration template, can be downloaded online at The deadline to mail in the illustrations is Friday, October 9th. The winners are determined by a select group of judges and notified by the end of October.
“For 19 years now we have enjoyed engaging with the younger sports fans in the Metroplex through our art contest,” Goodyear Cotton Bowl President Rick Baker said, “We hope that art teachers from across the North Texas community will encourage their students to participate.


Thursday, September 10th, 2015

ARLINGTON, September 10, 2015 — The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be played in front of a packed house on New Year’s Eve. The Classic announced today that the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium is officially sold out of reserved and club seating.

For the first time since the Classic’s move to AT&T Stadium in 2010, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl is placing a limited number of standing-room-only tickets (Spirit Passes) on sale to the general public before knowing the participating teams.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Unveils New Primary Graphic for College Football Playoff Semifinal

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015


The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is rolling out a new look for the College Football Playoff  Semifinal on New Year’s Eve. For nearly a decade, Dallas-based brand identity agency, Torch Creative, has collaborated with the Classic to develop and design a primary graphic that is unique to each year's game.
The primary graphic for the 80th Cotton Bowl plays up the festive nature of the Classic’s kickoff on New Year’s Eve with fireworks coming together over AT&T Stadium to form an abstract version of a cotton boll.

August 2015

Goodbye to a Special Lady

Monday, August 31st, 2015

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic lost one of its legends on Friday, August 28, when Ms. Betty Sanford passed away after a lengthy illness.

Ms. Sanford, 97, was the widow of J. Curtis Sanford, who founded the Cotton Bowl Classic in 1937.

“Ms. Sanford was such a sweet and special person,” CBAA president Rick Baker said. “The fact that she was so engaged and involved with our game for so many years shows how deeply she cared about the success of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl.

FWAA Unveils 75th Anniversary All-America Team - Fifteen Cotton Bowl Alumni Honored

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of America proudly announces its 75th Anniversary All-America Team, celebrating the association's All-America teams from near the end of World War II through the 2014 season. The FWAA, which was founded in 1941, has picked an annual All-America team since the 1944 season, making it the second longest continuously selected team in major college football.

The FWAA's first All-America team in 1944 included Army's famous running back tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis and Georgia Tech's Frank Broyles, who later became Arkansas' legendary head football coach.

July 2015

Michigan State’s Comeback Victory in Cotton Bowl Classic is No. 1 College Football Game of 2014

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Top 25 Games of 2014 Concludes with Top 5 Games July 31 – Aug 2 on ESPNU Ohio State-Alabama, TCU-Baylor, Auburn-Ole Miss, and Notre Dame-Florida State Round Out Top 5 Fans Determined Order of Top 5 Games

Fans have voted Michigan State’s thrilling, come-from-behind, 42-41 victory over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl Classic as the No. 1 college football game of 2014 and, as a result, it will conclude The Top 25 College Football Games of 2014 on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 10 p.m. on ESPNU.

March 2015

Ticket Renewal Packets for the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl are in the Mail

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Ticket holders for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl should start watching for the arrival of renewal packets this week and begin gearing up for the Classic’s 80th anniversary game on Thursday, December 31.

Not only is this a special anniversary year for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, but the Classic  also steps back into the national spotlight as one of two national semifinal games in the College Football Playoff. The winning team advances to Glendale, Ariz., on January 11 to compete for the 2016 national championship.

January 2015

Spartans Come From Behind to Defeat Bears in 79th Classic

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Baylor was out to make a statement to the College Football Playoff committee. The only problem: Michigan State came to play.

Connor Cook passed for 314 yards and two touchdowns and Jeremy Langford rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns as Michigan State completed a 20-point rally to top Baylor, 42-41, in the Good Year Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T stadium on Thursday.

Down 41-21, Connor Cook hit Josiah Price for an 8-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Spartans recovered an onside kick, but on the third play of the drive, Baylor linebacker Taylor Young intercepted a Cook pass.

J. Curtis Sanford Trophy Winner (Offensive MVP) – Baylor QB Bryce Petty

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty claimed the 79th annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic’s J. Curtis Sanford Offensive MVP Award after totaling 550 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and one rushing score in the New Year’s Day game at AT&T Stadium.

Despite the Baylor loss, 42-41, to eighth-ranked Michigan State, Petty set the Classic record for passing yards and closed out his senior season with a strong offensive performance.

The senior’s 550 passing yards was a career high as well as a record for a Classic contest.

McKnight Trophy Winner (Defensive MVP) – Baylor LB Taylor Young

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Taylor Young may be small in stature, but in Thursday’s 79th annual Cotton Bowl Classic, he left little doubt he plays a big game.

The redshirt freshman played the best game of his young career by racking up 15 tackles and taking a fourth-quarter interception to the house that would have likely sealed the Baylor win if it weren’t for penalty on the return. Instead, the Bears lost in the final minute, leaving Young to accept the McKnight Trophy representing the game’s outstanding defensive player as a consolation prize.

AT&T Stadium Records Updates

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

36, Bryce Petty, Baylor (36-51-1, 550 yards, 3 TD), second most completions for an FBS player at AT&T Stadium.

550, Bryce Petty, Baylor (36-51-1, 550 yards, 3 TD), second most yards for an FBS player at AT&T Stadium.

197, KD Cannon, Baylor (8 receptions, 2 TD), third most yards for an FBS player at AT&T Stadium.

18, Jeremy Langford, Michigan State (3 Rush TD), tied with four others for most points rushing for a college game at AT&T Stadium.

Cotton Bowl Classic Records

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

FBS Bowl Record:
* Baylor’s total of 603 passing yards is an FBS Bowl Record. The total surpassed the previous record of 576 passing yards accomplished twice previously, by Marshall vs. East Carolina in the 2001 GMAC Bowl and by BYU vs. Penn State in the 1989 Holiday Bowl.

Plays/Scoring Drives Notables (First Half):
* MSU Jeremy Langford 65-yard rush on the Spartans’ opening drive of the first quarter was the 10th longest rushing play in Classic History.

Cotton Bowl Classic Notes

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Baylor’s Bryce Petty, who finished 36-51 passing with 550 yards and three touchdowns, earned The Sanford Trophy presented to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic’s Outstanding Offensive Player. The Bears’ Taylor Young, who finished with 15 tackles and one interception, earned The McKnight Trophy, presented to the Classic’s Outstanding Defensive Player.

Michigan State trailed 41-21 entering the fourth quarter today and scored 21-unanswered points for the victory.

Michigan State Postgame Notes

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

MSU extended its school-record bowl winning streak to four games after topping No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl, 33-30 in triple overtime, edging TCU in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 17-16, defeating No. 5 Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl, 24-20 and beating No. 4 Baylor, 42-41, in the 2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. MSU's four-game bowl winning streak is currently the longest active streak in the Big Ten. Michigan State is one of just four schools in the FBS to win bowl games in each of the last four seasons to date (Louisiana-Lafayette, South Carolina, Texas A&M).

December 2014

Spartans Put Final Touches on Prep for the 79th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

The mood was light but the focus remained sharp as No. 8 Michigan State got its last taste of AT&T Stadium before its Jan. 1 showdown with No. 5 Baylor in the 79th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

MSU (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) captured its official bowl memory with a team photo prior to a light walk-through. Spending nearly 45 minutes in t-shirts and shorts, the team was meticulous in putting the final touches on its preparations for the program’s 25th all-time bowl appearance.   

“We just wanted to move around for a little bit,” said head coach Mark Dantonio.

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