Bluebonnet Bowl



Alabama 3
Texas 3

Texas Fight Song

Alabama Fight Song


By A. C. Becker, Jr.              

Galveston News

Sports Editor


HOUSTON- A pair of linemen provided all the scoring as Texas and Alabama battled to a 3-3 deadlock in the second annual Bluebonnet Bowl played here Saturday afternoon in Rice Stadium.


A crowd of 68,000 saw Alabama End Tommy Brooker boot a 30-yard field goal in the third period to put the Crimson Tide out front. Then Texas tackle Dan Petty kicked a 20-yard field goal with just 3:44 left to play as the underdog Longhorns tied the score.


Alabama with 7-1-1 season record went into the game as a slim one-point favorite. The game panned out to be them kind of contest predicted- defensive kicking one. Except for one strong Alabama threat in the fading seconds of the first period, the game was one of booming punts by Texas' Bobby Nunis and Alabama's Laurien Stapp.


The defenses played a mighty role in the game. Texas contained one Alabama drive on the one-yard line, and the Tide blunted Texas' offense and kept the Longhorns bottled up in there own end of the field most of the game.


Alabama won the toss elected to kick. Texas took the ball on the 20 when the kick sailed into the end zone. The Longhorns seemed to have the measure of the Alabama tackle slots and on five plays moved out to the 41. Then the Texas offense bogged down and the Steers were forced to punt.


Alabama's offense bogged and the Tide in turn had to kick. After two more punt exchanges, the Tide started to roll.


Alabama took over on its 42 via a punt. Billy Richardson picked up two over center to the 44. Then quarterback Bobby Skelton hit End Bill Rice with a pass. Rice almost eluded the Texas secondary, but he was finally dropped by David Russell on the Texas seven.


Skelton tried right tackle to the six and then he passed to halfback Ray Abruzzese on the four. On the following play Skelton went over left guard to the one three situation.


Halfback Butch Wilson made the fourth down try, but was stopped for no gain by guard H. G. Anderson of La Marque.


The remainder of the first half was exchanging of punts, and only in the final minutes before intermission was Texas able to knife into Alabama's end of the field and then it was just to the Tide 48.


Alabama got its score midway in the third period. Texas was forced to punt. Nunezí kick was taken on the Tide 40 by Bill Piper, who returned all the way to the Texas 34. Pat Trammel and Mike Fracchia worked to the 28 on two plays. Skelton hit and Norbie Ronsonnet with a pass on thee 14.


Wilson carried to the 13 and then the Tide lost two downs on incomplete passes.


With fourth down and seven needed for a first down, the Tide elected to try a field goal. The ball was spotted on the 20 yard line and Brooker neatly toed it through the uprights with 7:21 remaining in the period,


Texas took the following kickoff and marched from the 23 to the Bama 19 and bogged down. Petty came in for a field goal try. The ball was spotted on the 25, but Petty's kick was wide to the left. The big gainer in the Texas march was a 38-yard pass play from Mike Cotten to James Saxton.


Texas finally broke into the scoring deep in the last period. The Longhorns took over on a punt on the 26 and marched to the Tide three in 13 plays. A personal foul against Alabama aided the Texans in a key spot.


Texas pulled a fake field goal on the seven. Petty went in to boot, but instead of kicking, Cotton flipped a pass to Jack Collins on the four.


Texas kicked its game-tying field goal on a fourth down and three situation. The ball was spotted on the 10 and Petty made kick good.


Alabama tried to come back via passes, but only got as far as the Texas 35. Texas mustered enough drive to move back into Bama territory and Petty attempted his third field goal try of the day from the 25. The kick was made just as the final gun sounded, but die ball was wide.


Statistics showed Texas had the best offense of the day, picking up 11 first downs to four and outgaining the Tide 124 yards to 65 on the ground. Alabama picked up 151 yards passing to 108 for Texas.


James Saxton plows for yardage through Bama.


Alabama's defense closed down Mike Cotten and Texas.


Ray Poage, who led all Texas rushers, carries around end for the Longhorns.


Coaches Darrell Royal and Bear Bryant.


Attendance: 68,000


Scoring Summary


Third Quarter

UA- FG Brooker 30


Fourth Quarter

UT- FG Petty 20


Individual Statistics



UT- Poage 14-56, Saxton 13-48

UA- Trammell 9-29, Fracchia 6-20, Richardson 4-11, Fuller 2-6



UT- Cotten 5-11-79, Collins 2-4--39

UA- Skelton 8-12--90



UT- Collins 4-41, Saxton 1-38, Cooper 1-15, Fults 1-14

UA- Rice 1-49, Abruzzese 3-15, Ronsonet 1-14, Fuller 1-10