- Cotton Bowl Classic
Cotton Bowl Classic AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic logo
Stadium Cowboys Stadium Location Arlington, Texas
Previous stadiums Cotton Bowl Previous locations Dallas, Texas Operated 1937–present Conference tie-ins Big 12, SEC Previous conference tie-ins SWC (1941–94) Payout US$3,000,000 (As of 2008[update]) Sponsors Mobil (1989–95)
Southwestern Bell Corporation / SBC Communications / AT&T (1996–present)
Former names SBC Communications Cotton Bowl Classic - (2000–05)
Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic - (1996–99)
Mobil Cotton Bowl Classic - (1989–95)
Cotton Bowl Classic - (1937–88)
2011 matchup Texas A&M vs. LSU (LSU 41, Texas A&M 24)
The Cotton Bowl Classic is a college football bowl game that pits the second-choice team of the Big 12 against the third- or fourth-choice team of the SEC. The game was played annually since 1937 at its namesake stadium in Dallas, Texas. On February 27, 2007, it was announced that the game would move to Cowboys Stadium in nearby Arlington beginning on January 1, 2010. With that announcement, Cotton Bowl Classic officials also began a campaign to become part of the Bowl Championship Series when the current contract featuring the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, and Orange bowls expired in 2010. Plans to join the BCS were scrapped, however, shortly after ESPN acquired the rights to the series.
Since 1996, the game has been sponsored by Southwestern Bell Corporation; however, it went through several name changes, first in 2000 when the firm adopted a standardized "SBC" branding reflecting its name it adopted in 1995, SBC Communications, and since 2006, after their acquisition of AT&T, and its subsequent name change, as the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. From 1989 until 1995, the game was sponsored by Mobil Oil and known as the Mobil Cotton Bowl Classic.
Most recently, the 2009 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic set a bowl game attendance record of 88,175, the second-most-attended bowl game of the 2008–09 bowl game season. The game was a matchup of Big-12 member Texas Tech University and Southeastern Conference (SEC) member University of Mississippi.
The Cotton Bowl Classic was founded in Dallas in 1937 at the Texas State Fair Grounds, when Texas oil executive J. Curtis Sanford financed the first one out of his own pocket. TCU of Fort Worth took on Marquette, winning 16-6, but the game lost money even though some 17,000 attended. Nonetheless, Sanford persevered, and in 1938 the game made a profit as Rice defeated Colorado 28-14, in front of a crowd of 37,000.
Some 40,000 attended the 1939 match between St. Mary's College of California and Texas Tech, with the Gaels upsetting the undefeated Red Raiders 20-13.
In 1940, an underdog Clemson team surprised the Boston College Eagles 6-3, in the first and only appearance at the Cotton Bowl Classic by Tigers coach Frank Howard. Attendance at this game was given as 20,000. Later that year, a group of prominent Dallas citizens took over the staging of the game as the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. A few months later, the CBAA became an agency of the Southwest Conference. From 1941 to 1994, the SWC's champion hosted the Cotton Bowl Classic.
In 1943, The Texas Longhorns represented the SWC in their first ever bowl game against a highly ranked Georgia Tech team at the time. Prior to the game, newswriters boasted that Texas did not belong in the same league as Georgia Tech. Texas proved the public wrong by defeating the Yellow Jackets 14-7 in what was mostly a defensive battle. This Cotton Bowl was the first bowl appearance for Texas as the Longhorns would go on to appear in a record 22 Cotton Bowls, the most of any team.
In 1946, Missouri was defeated by Texas, despite the 4th quarter work of freshman fullback Robert (Bob) Lee Clodfelter, who was to mature under Weeb Ewbank at Washington University in St. Louis the next three years.
In 1947 LSU and Arkansas played in front of 38,000 people to a 0-0 tie in what would later become known as the "Ice Bowl." LSU got the better of Arkansas most of the game, but the game truly belonged to the weatherman.
In 1948 Penn State, in a bowl game for the first time in 25 years, played Dallas' SMU to a 13-13 tie. Because none of the Dallas hotels would provide accommodations for the two African-American members of the Penn State team, the Penn State team ended up staying at a Naval Air Station 14 miles from Dallas. This was the first interracial game played at the Cotton Bowl (stadium).
The 1953 Cotton Bowl would be a rematch of the 1951 bowl game as Texas and Tennessee played for the second time. Texas defensive stars shut out the Vols 16-0 as the Longhorns avenged the previous meeting.
The 1954 Cotton Bowl Classic featured one of the most famous plays in college football history. Rice's Dickey Moegle (last name spelling later changed to "Maegle") began a run around end from his team's 5 yard line and down the open field. Alabama's Tommy Lewis jumped off the bench and tackled Moegle. The referee, Cliff Shaw, saw what happened and signaled touchdown even though Moegle was "tackled" at the 42 yard line.
In 1960, Syracuse defeated Texas 23-14 to win the national championship. Syracuse was led by bowl MVP Ernie Davis, who ran for one touchdown, caught a Cotton Bowl Classic record 87-yard touchdown, and intercepted a pass leading to a third touchdown. In 1961, Davis became the first black athlete to win the Heisman Trophy, but died of leukemia before his pro career could begin.
In 1962, Texas would again be selected to play in the Cotton Bowl after winning another SWC Crown. This time the Longhorns faced a highly talented Mississippi Rebel team. The game was a low scoring meeting that came down to the final quarter as Texas won 12-7.
In 1964, #1 Texas completed an undefeated season by defeating #2 Navy (led by Heisman Trophy winner and future Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach). The game was played six weeks after President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas. The 1964 game is the second bowl game in college football history to pair the #1 and #2 teams in the nation (the 1963 Rose Bowl being the first).
The 1967 game was moved to Saturday, December 31, 1966, due to the Dallas Cowboys hosting the NFL Championship Game at the stadium on New Year's Day, a Sunday. (Note: The other major bowl games that year --- the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and Orange Bowl - were played on Monday, January 2.)
In 1969, Texas was off and running with its new offensive formation, the Wishbone. After dismantling all opponents of the 1968 season, Texas won the SWC crown again and this time faced the Tennessee Volunteers, in what was a lopside win for Texas with almost 400 rushing yards. Texas won 36-13.
The 1970 game featured Notre Dame's return to bowl games after a 45-year self-imposed ban. When the Irish made that decision, 9-1 LSU was overlooked for the game, and the Tigers stayed home instead. The Irish, led by quarterback Joe Theismann, faced top-ranked and undefeated Texas. Notre Dame led 17-14 late in the fourth quarter, but the Longhorns scored a late touchdown to clinch a 21-17 victory and an undisputed national championship. The same two teams met the next year, but this time, the Irish ended the Longhorns' 30-game winning streak with a 24-11 victory, denying Texas the Associated Press national championship (the Longhorns had already clinched the regular season championship in the UPI poll, a pre-bowl poll until the 1974 season; Nebraska won the AP title). Texas and Notre Dame met again in the 1978 game, with the Longhorns again top-ranked, only to see the Irish and quarterback Joe Montana roll to a 38-10 victory. The Irish vaulted from fifth to first in the final polls with the victory.
The 1973 game featured Texas and Alabama once again playing in a bowl game. Alabama led 13-10 going into the 4th quarter when Texas quarterback, Alan Lowry, ran the bootleg to perfection and scrambled 32 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Again, Texas defeated Alabama and Bear Bryant, 17-13.
The 1979 Cotton Bowl Classic, nicknamed the Chicken Soup Game, featured one of the most historic comebacks in bowl history. Notre Dame trailed Houston 34-12 midway through the fourth quarter. Thanks to a blocked punt and the brilliance of future NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, the Irish rallied to win 35-34, their second consecutive Cotton Bowl Classic victory.
The 1982 game between Texas and Alabama would be the final time that Bear Bryant would face the Longhorns. Having lost to Texas in all meetings prior, Alabama led into the fourth quarter ahead 10-0 and it would appear that the Bear would finally get a win over Texas while at Alabama. Five minutes left in the game and Texas once again stunned Alabama and the Bear with a 14-12 victory.
The 1989 game between UCLA and Arkansas was highly publicized in the Dallas area because Bruin quarterback Troy Aikman was expected to be the top pick in the 1989 NFL Draft; the first pick was held by the Dallas Cowboys. Much was made of Cowboys longtime head coach Tom Landry watching Aikman practice at Texas Stadium, UCLA's practice facility for game preparation. Landry never got to draft Aikman, because he was fired the next month, but his successor, Jimmy Johnson, did.
The Cotton Bowl Classic has seen its share of great quarterbacks. Sammy Baugh, Davey O'Brien, Babe Parilli, Bobby Layne, Norm Van Brocklin, Y.A. Tittle, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach, Ken Stabler, Joe Theismann, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Doug Flutie, Troy Aikman, and Eli Manning all have played in the game.
Three of the four Heisman Trophy winners from the 1984-87 seasons finished their college career in the Cotton Bowl Classic. Doug Flutie for Boston College in January 1985, Bo Jackson of Auburn in 1986, and Tim Brown of Notre Dame in 1988.
For 40 years the champion of the now-defunct Southwest Conference (SWC) played as the home team in the Cotton Bowl Classic, a tie-in which continued through the 1994 season. Until the mid-1980s, the contest was universally considered as a major New Year's Day bowl. However, by the late 1980s the Cotton Bowl Classic's prestige had fallen, as many SWC teams served NCAA probations for rule violations, rendering them bowl-ineligible. Also, the conference's quality of play suffered a marked decline. The SWC champion lost the last 7 times they hosted the event, and the last national champion to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic was Notre Dame in 1977. Finally, the Cotton Bowl Classic was played outdoors during cold weather on occasion (most notably the 1979 game).
Meanwhile, the Fiesta Bowl, unhindered by conference tie-ins and played in generally warm weather, was attracting national championship contenders, most notably with its January 1987 between Penn State and Miami. In the minds of many fans, the Fiesta replaced the Cotton as a major bowl. Despite this, the Cotton Bowl Classic still retained enough prestige that it was included as one of the top bowls in the Bowl Coalition when it was formed in 1992. However, in 1995, the new Bowl Alliance (the predecessor of today's BCS) chose to include the Fiesta over the Cotton in its national championship game rotation, sealing the Cotton Bowl Classic's displacement from the four "major bowls."
In 1995, the SWC gave up control of the Cotton Bowl Classic as part of its planned dissolution after the season. In 1996, the BYU Cougars became the first team from the WAC to play in the game, defeating the Kansas State Wildcats 19-15, winning an NCAA record 14th game, and finishing the season ranked fifth in the country with a 14-1 record.
Since 1996, the game has been anchored by the Big 12 Conference. The opponent in the late 1990s came from either the Pacific 10 Conference or WAC. Since 1999, however, a team from the Southeastern Conference (usually a Western Division team) has matched up in the game, with Southwestern Bell (now AT&T) sponsoring the event.
Through 2008, the Cotton Bowl Classic continued to be played on New Year's Day (except in 2004 and 2006, when January 1 fell on a Sunday; the game was moved to January 2 in those years), and was usually the second game of the day to kick off, generally following the Outback Bowl.
The 2003 Cotton Bowl Classic saw a rematch between the Texas Longhorns and the LSU Tigers. LSU led at the half 17-7 however Roy Williams of Texas had a tremendous breakout in the second half to lead Texas to victory over the Tigers, 35-20. The 2004 Cotton Bowl Classic saw the return of the Ole Miss Rebels, whose last appearance in the Cotton Bowl Classic was a 12-7 loss to Texas in 1962. The 2004 Cotton Bowl Classic would also be current New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning's last college football game. Manning led his team to beat Oklahoma State 31-28.
In the 2008 Cotton Bowl Classic, Missouri's running back Tony Temple broke the bowl game rushing record by gaining 281 yards on 24 carries. (The record was previously held by Rice's Dickey Maegle, who had rushed for 265 yards.) Missouri beat Arkansas 38-7.
In April 2008, Cotton Bowl Classic officials announced that in 2009 and 2010 the game would be moved from its traditional start time of 10 a.m. CST on January 1 to 1 p.m. CST on January 2.
In the final Cotton Bowl Classic game to be held in the Cotton Bowl stadium, the 8-4, #20 Ole Miss Rebels defeated the 11-1, #7 Texas Tech Red Raiders. Tech quarterback Graham Harrell broke the NCAA record in this game for most touchdown passes thrown by anyone in Cotton Bowl Classic history.
In 2010, the Cotton Bowl Classic moved to the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, leaving the recently remodeled historic Cotton Bowl facility. Reportedly, Cotton Bowl Classic officials sought for the game to become a BCS bowl game in 2011. (One of the concerns for this game having been the weather, since Dallas can be cold in January, but the new stadium would offer top amenities and a retractable roof.) A new four-year agreement between the BCS and ESPN had forestalled any possibility of the Cotton Bowl Classic joining the BCS until 2015 at the earliest. Later findings that the Fiesta Bowl reimbursed employees more than $46,000 for political contributions could have opened the door for the Cotton Bowl to replace the Fiesta in the BCS bowl rotation; however, the Fiesta Bowl did not lose its BCS rotation.
In the 2010 Cotton Bowl Classic played between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Ole Miss Rebels at the new Cowboys Stadium, the Ole Miss Rebels shutdown the high scoring Cowboys offense to win the 74th annual Cotton Bowl Classic 21-7.
In 2010, the Cotton Bowl celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a new logo dedicated to the year long celebration.
Texas A&M played Louisiana State University in the 2011 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on January 7, 2011. Time ran out with LSU ahead 41 - 24. This was the first Cotton Bowl Classic to be played in prime time, as well as the latest calendar date for the game.
Fox Sports has televised the game since 1999. For many decades, the Cotton Bowl Classic was a New Year's Day staple on CBS, where the man most associated with the game, Lindsey Nelson, handled the play-by-play. NBC televised it for a brief period during the mid-1990s.
Currently, Brad Sham (best known as the voice of the Dallas Cowboys) and Terry Donahue are the radio voices of the Cotton Bowl Classic on the Westwood One network, while Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston (best known as the #2 announcing team for NFL on Fox) call the television broadcast.
The Cotton Bowl is a stadium which opened in 1932 and became known as "The House That Doak Built" due to the immense crowds that former SMU running back Doak Walker drew to the stadium during his college career in the late 1940s. Originally known as the Fair Park Bowl, it is located in Fair Park, site of the State Fair of Texas. The Cotton Bowl Classic called its namesake home since the bowl's inception in 1937 until the 2010 game. The NFL's Dallas Cowboys called the Cotton Bowl home for 11 years, from the team's formation in 1960 until 1971, when the Cowboys moved to Texas Stadium. Although not the first established bowl game, the Cotton Bowl is a play on the phrase "cotton boll." Texas is the leading producer of cotton in the United States.
Cowboys Stadium is a new domed stadium with a retractable roof in Arlington, Texas. After failed negotiations to return the Cowboys to the Cotton Bowl, Jerry Jones along with the city of Arlington, Texas funded the stadium at a cost of $1.15 billion. It was completed on May 29, 2009 and seats 80,000, but is expandable to seat up to 100,000. Cowboys Stadium is the largest domed stadium in the world.
A highlight of Cowboys Stadium is its center-hung high-definition television screen, the second largest in the world. The 160 by 72 feet (49 by 22 m), 11,520-square-foot (1,070 m2) scoreboard surpasses the 8,736 sq ft (812 m2) screen that opened in 2009 at the renovated Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Date played Winning team Losing team Notes January 1, 1937 TCU 16 Marquette 6 notes January 1, 1938 Rice 28 Colorado 14 notes January 2, 1939 Saint Mary's (CA) 20 Texas Tech 13 notes January 1, 1940 Clemson 6 Boston College 3 notes January 1, 1941 Texas A&M 13 Fordham 12 notes January 1, 1942 Alabama 29 Texas A&M 21 notes January 1, 1943 Texas 14 Georgia Tech 7 notes January 1, 1944 Texas 7 Randolph Field 7 notes January 1, 1945 Oklahoma A&M 34 TCU 0 notes January 1, 1946 Texas 40 Missouri 27 notes January 1, 1947 LSU 0 Arkansas 0 notes January 1, 1948 SMU 13 Penn State 13 notes January 1, 1949 SMU 21 Oregon 13 notes January 2, 1950 Rice 27 North Carolina 13 notes January 1, 1951 Tennessee 20 Texas 14 notes January 1, 1952 Kentucky 20 TCU 7 notes January 1, 1953 Texas 16 Tennessee 0 notes January 1, 1954 Rice 28 Alabama 6 notes January 1, 1955 Georgia Tech 14 Arkansas 6 notes January 2, 1956 Ole Miss 14 TCU 13 notes January 1, 1957 TCU 28 Syracuse 27 notes January 1, 1958 Navy 20 Rice 7 notes January 1, 1959 TCU 0 Air Force 0 notes January 1, 1960 Syracuse 23 Texas 14 notes January 2, 1961 Duke 7 Arkansas 6 notes January 1, 1962 Texas 12 Ole Miss 7 notes January 1, 1963 LSU 13 Texas 0 notes January 1, 1964 Texas 28 Navy 6 notes January 1, 1965 Arkansas 10 Nebraska 7 notes January 1, 1966 LSU 14 Arkansas 7 notes December 31, 1966 Georgia 24 SMU 9 notes January 1, 1968 Texas A&M 20 Alabama 16 notes January 1, 1969 Texas 36 Tennessee 13 notes January 1, 1970 Texas 21 Notre Dame 17 notes January 1, 1971 Notre Dame 24 Texas 11 notes January 1, 1972 Penn State 30 Texas 6 notes January 1, 1973 Texas 17 Alabama 13 notes January 1, 1974 Nebraska 19 Texas 3 notes January 1, 1975 Penn State 41 Baylor 20 notes January 1, 1976 Arkansas 31 Georgia 10 notes January 1, 1977 Houston 30 Maryland 21 notes January 2, 1978 Notre Dame 38 Texas 10 notes January 1, 1979 Notre Dame 35 Houston 34 notes January 1, 1980 Houston 17 Nebraska 14 notes January 1, 1981 Alabama 30 Baylor 2 notes January 1, 1982 Texas 14 Alabama 12 notes Date played Winning team Losing team Notes January 1, 1983 SMU 7 Pittsburgh 3 notes January 2, 1984 Georgia 10 Texas 9 notes January 1, 1985 Boston College 45 Houston 28 notes January 1, 1986 Texas A&M 36 Auburn 16 notes January 1, 1987 Ohio State 28 Texas A&M 12 notes January 1, 1988 Texas A&M 35 Notre Dame 10 notes January 2, 1989 UCLA 17 Arkansas 3 notes January 1, 1990 Tennessee 31 Arkansas 27 notes January 1, 1991 Miami 46 Texas 3 notes January 1, 1992 Florida State 10 Texas A&M 2 notes January 1, 1993 Notre Dame 28 Texas A&M 3 notes January 1, 1994 Notre Dame 24 Texas A&M 21 notes January 2, 1995 USC 55 Texas Tech 14 notes January 1, 1996 Colorado 38 Oregon 6 notes January 1, 1997 BYU 19 Kansas State 15 notes January 1, 1998 UCLA 29 Texas A&M 23 notes January 1, 1999 Texas 38 Mississippi State 11 notes January 1, 2000 Arkansas 27 Texas 6 notes January 1, 2001 Kansas State 35 Tennessee 21 notes January 1, 2002 Oklahoma 10 Arkansas 3 notes January 1, 2003 Texas 35 LSU 20 notes January 2, 2004 Ole Miss 31 Oklahoma State 28 notes January 1, 2005 Tennessee 38 Texas A&M 7 notes January 2, 2006 Alabama 13 Texas Tech 10 notes January 1, 2007 Auburn 17 Nebraska 14 notes January 1, 2008 Missouri 38 Arkansas 7 notes January 2, 2009 Ole Miss 47 Texas Tech 34 notes January 2, 2010 Ole Miss 21 Oklahoma State 7 notes January 7, 2011 LSU 41 Texas A&M 24 notes
Date played MVP(s) Team Position January 1, 1937 Ki Aldrich TCU C Sammy Baugh TCU QB L.D. "Dutch" Meyer TCU K January 1, 1938 Ernie Lain Rice HB Byron "Whizzer" White Colorado QB January 1, 1939 Jerry Dowd St. Mary's C Elmer Tarbox Texas Tech HB January 1, 1940 Banks McFadden Clemson B January 1, 1941 Charles Henke Texas A&M G John Kimbrough Texas A&M FB Chip Roult Texas A&M T Lou DeFilippo Fordham C Joe Ungerer Fordham T January 1, 1942 Jimmy Nelson Alabama HB Holt Rast Alabama E Don Whitmire Alabama T Martin Ruby Texas A&M T January 1, 1943 Jack Freeman Texas G Roy McKay Texas B Stanley Mauldin Texas T Harvey Hardy Georgia Tech G Jack Marshall Georgia Tech E January 1, 1944 Martin Ruby Randolph Field T Glenn Dobbs Randolph Field QB Joe Parker Texas E January 1, 1945 Neill Armstrong Oklahoma A&M E Bob Fenimore Oklahoma A&M RB Ralph Foster Oklahoma A&M DT January 1, 1946 Hub Bechtol Texas E Bobby Layne Texas B Jim Kekeris Missouri T January 1, 1947 Alton Baldwin Arkansas E Y.A. Tittle LSU QB January 1, 1948 Steve Suhey Penn State G Doak Walker SMU RB January 1, 1949 Kyle Rote SMU RB Doak Walker SMU RB Brad Ecklund Oregon C Norm Van Brocklin Oregon QB January 2, 1950 Billy Burkhalter Rice HB Joe Watson Rice C James Williams Rice E January 1, 1951 Andy Kozar Tennessee FB Hank Lauricella Tennessee HB Horace "Bud" Sherrod Tennessee DE Bud McFadin Texas G January 1, 1952 Emery Clark Kentucky HB Ray Correll Kentucky G Vito "Babe" Parilli Kentucky QB Keith Flowers TCU FB January 1, 1953 Richard Ochoa Texas FB Harley Sewell Texas G Bob Griesbach Tennessee LB January 1, 1954 Richard Chapman Rice T Dan Hart Rice E Dickey Maegle Rice HB January 1, 1955 George Humphreys Georgia Tech FB Bud Brooks Arkansas G January 2, 1956 Buddy Alliston Mississippi G Eagle Day Mississippi QB January 1, 1957 Norman Hamilton TCU T Jim Brown Syracuse HB January 1, 1958 Tom Forrestal Navy QB Tony Stremic Navy G January 1, 1959 Dave Phillips Air Force T Jack Spikes TCU FB January 1, 1960 Ernie Davis Syracuse HB Maurice Doke Texas G January 2, 1961 Dwight Bumgarner Duke T Lance Alworth Arkansas HB January 1, 1962 Mike Cotten Texas QB Bob Moses Texas E January 1, 1963 Lynn Amedee LSU QB Johnny Treadwell Texas G January 1, 1964 Scott Appleton Texas T Duke Carlisle Texas QB January 1, 1965 Ronnie Caveness Arkansas LB Fred Marshall Arkansas QB January 1, 1966 Joe Labruzzo LSU TB David McCormick LSU T December 31, 1966 Kent Lawrence Georgia TB George Patton Georgia T January 1, 1968 Grady Allen Texas A&M DE Edd Hargett Texas A&M QB Bill Hobbs Texas A&M LB January 1, 1969 Tom Campbell Texas LB Cotton Speyrer Texas WR James Street Texas QB Date played MVP(s) Team Position January 1, 1970 Steve Worster Texas FB Bob Olson Notre Dame LB January 1, 1971 Clarence Ellis Notre Dame CB Eddie Phillips Texas QB January 1, 1972 Bruce Bannon Penn State DE Lydell Mitchell Penn State RB January 1, 1973 Randy Braband Texas LB Alan Lowry Texas QB January 1, 1974 Tony Davis Nebraska TB Wade Johnson Texas LB January 1, 1975 Tom Shuman Penn State QB Ken Quesenberry Baylor S January 1, 1976 Ike Forte Arkansas HB Hal McAfee Arkansas LB January 1, 1977 Alois Blackwell Houston RB Mark Mohr Houston CB January 1, 1978 Vagas Ferguson Notre Dame RB Bob Golic Notre Dame LB January 1, 1979 Joe Montana Notre Dame QB David Hodge Houston LB January 1, 1980 Terry Elston Houston QB David Hodge Houston LB January 1, 1981 Warren Lyles Alabama NG Major Ogilvie Alabama RB January 1, 1982 Robert Brewer Texas QB Robbie Jones Alabama LB January 1, 1983 Wes Hopkins SMU SS Lance McIlhenny SMU QB January 1, 1984 John Lastinger Georgia QB Jeff Leiding Texas LB January 1, 1985 Bill Romanowski Boston College LB Steve Strachan Boston College FB January 1, 1986 Domingo Bryant Texas A&M SS Bo Jackson Auburn TB January 1, 1987 Chris Spielman Ohio State LB Roger Vick Texas A&M FB January 1, 1988 Adam Bob Texas A&M LB Bucky Richardson Texas A&M QB January 2, 1989 Troy Aikman UCLA QB LaSalle Harper Arkansas LB January 1, 1990 Carl Pickens Tennessee FS Chuck Webb Tennessee TB January 1, 1991 Craig Erickson Miami (Fla.) QB Russell Maryland Miami (Fla.) DL January 1, 1992 Sean Jackson Florida State RB Chris Crooms Texas A&M S January 1, 1993 Rick Mirer Notre Dame QB Devon McDonald Notre Dame DE January 1, 1994 Lee Becton Notre Dame RB Antonio Shorter Texas A&M L January 2, 1995 Keyshawn Johnson USC WR John Herpin USC CB January 1, 1996 Herchell Troutman Colorado RB Marcus Washington Colorado DB January 1, 1997 Steve Sarkisian BYU QB Shay Muirbrook BYU LB Kevin Lockett Kansas State WR January 1, 1998 Cade McNown UCLA QB Dat Nguyen Texas A&M LB January 1, 1999 Ricky Williams Texas RB Aaron Babino Texas LB January 1, 2000 Cedric Cobbs Arkansas RB D.J. Cooper Arkansas LB January 1, 2001 Jonathan Beasley Kansas State QB Chris L. Johnson Kansas State DE January 1, 2002 Quentin Griffin Oklahoma RB Roy Williams Oklahoma S January 1, 2003 Roy Williams Texas WR Cory Redding Texas DE January 2, 2004 Eli Manning Mississippi QB Josh Cooper Mississippi DE January 1, 2005 Rick Clausen Tennessee QB Justin Harrell Tennessee DT January 2, 2006 Brodie Croyle Alabama QB DeMeco Ryans Alabama LB January 1, 2007 Courtney Taylor Auburn WR Will Herring Auburn LB January 1, 2008 Tony Temple Missouri RB William Moore Missouri SS January 2, 2009 Dexter McCluster Ole Miss WR Marshay Green Ole Miss CB January 2, 2010 Dexter McCluster Ole Miss WR Andre Sexton Oklahoma State LB
Rank Team Appearances Record 1 Texas 22 11-10-1 2 Texas A&M 13 4-9 3 Arkansas 11 3-7-1 T4 Notre Dame 7 5-2 T4 Alabama 7 4-3 T6 Tennessee 6 3-3 T6 TCU 6 2-3-1 T6 LSU 6 4-1-1 9 Ole Miss 5 4-1 T10 Rice 4 3-1 T10 SMU 4 2-1-1 T10 Houston 4 2-2 T10 Nebraska 4 1-3 T10 Texas Tech 4 0-4 T15 Penn State 3 2-0-1 T15 Georgia 3 2-1 T15 Oklahoma State 3 1-2
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