Cotton Bowl



Texas 14

Alabama 12

Texas Fight Song


DALLAS (AP)- Texas Coach Fred Akers has been criticized for being dull personally and having an offense twice as boring.


But he mapped the proper strategy in an exchange of chess moves with legendary Alabama Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in the Cotton Bowl Classic Friday and it was Akers who prevailed in their first meeting 14-12.


The Longhorns overcame a 10-0 deficit with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, then gave the Crimson Tide an intentional safety before weathering a counter-charge.


Not only did the victory by Texas keep alive a Longhorns jinx of never having lost to Alabama, but it kept Bryant from winning an NCAA record seventh consecutive bowl game in seven years.


"Coach Akers did everything he needed to do to win the game," said Bryant. "His (taking a safety in the final minute) had to be a great call because it worked."


Bryant added, "I don't think there is a Texas whammy on Alabama. Their players and coaches beat us- not a whammy."


Quarterback Walter Lewis' 6-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Bendross and Peter Kim's 10-yard field goal gave the Longhorns a big fourth quarter hill to climb.


Texas quarterback Robert Brewer, starting only his fourth game for the Longhorns, romped 30 yards for a touchdown on a tricky draw play (video).


After a punt, he whipped the Longhorns 80 yards in 11 plays climaxed by Terry Orr's 8-yard touchdown run. Included in the drive was a 37-yard completion to tight end Lawrence Sampleton on a third-and 10 play.


Joey Jones returned the ensuing kickoff a Cotton Bowl record 61 yards, but cornerback William Graham intercepted Lewis on the next play at the Texas 1.


Then the game of mental checkers started.


Akers ordered punter John Goodson to take a safety with less than a minute to play. And Texas held Alabama after it got a free punt from its own 20.


"We knew we had several options but we just wanted to keep them as far away from our goal as possible," said Akers. "The eight seconds Goodson wasted running around in the end zone seemed like an eternity."


He added, "It was the greatest victory of my coaching career. You will not find a classier man or program than Bear Bryant and Alabama."


The win raised Texas' record to 10-1-1, while the loss dropped Alabama to 9-2-1. The victory was a big one for Akers' career at Texas. He had been under heavy heat from some Longhorn alumni going into the season and even into the Cotton Bowl game.


Brewer was named the offensive most valuable player and Alabama linebacker Robbie Jones, who had 14 tackles, was the defensive MVP.


Note: For the 1982 Cotton Bowl against Alabama, Texas used a special version of the longhorn logo which included between the "horns" the words "COTTON BOWL CLASSIC" and a picture of the cotton logo.


Texas quarterback Robert Brewer was the hero of the game.


Johnny Walker dives through the Alabama line.


Bryant's lost again the Horns and lost his first bowl game in 7 years, although Warren Lyles (91) and the defense held Texas scoreless until the fourth quarter.


William Graham's interception at his own one yard line sealed the victory for Texas.


Attendance: 73,243


Scoring Summary


Second Quarter

UA- Bendross 6 yard pass from Lewis (Kim kick)


Third Quarter

UA- FG Kim 24


Fourth Quarter

UT- Brewer 30 run (Allegre kick)

UT- Orr 8 run (Allegre kick)

UA- Safety taken by opposition on endzone punt


Individual Statistics



UA- Lewis 24-79, Carter 6-44, Fagan 5-15

UT- Clark 7-58, Jones 16-57, Walker 8-25



UA- Lewis 7-12-122

UT- Brewer 12-21-201



UA- Bendross 5-78, Krout 3-66

UT- Little 7-92, Sampleton 2-56