|1964 Cotton Bowl Classic|
|28th Cotton Bowl Classic|
|Date||January 1, 1964|
|MVP||Scott Appleton (DL Texas)|
Duke Carlisle (QB Texas)
|United States TV coverage|
The 1964 Cotton Bowl Classic was the 28th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, January 1. Part of the 1963–64 bowl game season, the game was a de facto national championship game; the top-ranked and undefeated Texas Longhorns, champions of the Southwest Conference, defeated the #2 Navy Midshipmen, 28–6.
In this era, the final major polls (AP, UPI) were published prior to the bowl games, so Texas would remain the national champion, regardless of the outcome.
The game was played less than six weeks after the assassination of President Kennedy, a U.S. Navy veteran and avid football fan, in the same city. It was the second #1 versus #2 bowl game, after the previous season's Rose Bowl.
Texas had won all ten games in the regular season, took the Southwest Conference title, and was first in the polls. This was their third consecutive Cotton Bowl.
Independent Navy was second in the polls, and featured junior quarterback Roger Staubach, the 1963 Heisman Trophy winner. Their only setback was a four-point loss at SMU (in the Cotton Bowl) in mid-October.
Two touchdown catches by Phil Harris from Duke Carlisle and a Carlisle touchdown run gave the Longhorns a 21–0 lead at halftime. Another touchdown run by fullback Harold Philipp increased the lead to 28–0 after three quarters. The Midshipmen finally scored on a two-yard touchdown run by Staubach (who went 22 for 34 for 228 yards), which ended the scoring at 28–6.
While the two teams had near even passing yards and near even first downs (18-16), Navy had 29 rushes go for -14 yards while Texas' 43 rushes for 168 yards led to two touchdowns as the Longhorns clinched an undisputed national championship, their first ever. Several Cotton Bowl records were set.
|No. 2 Navy||0||0||0||6||6|
|No. 1 Texas||7||14||7||0||28|
|Time of possession|
|Navy||Passing||Roger Staubach||21–31, 288 yards, 1 INT|
|Rushing||Donnelly||8 car, 12 yards|
|Receiving||Orr||9 rec, 112 yards|
|Texas||Passing||Duke Carlisle||7–19, 213 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT|
|Rushing||Duke Carlisle||11 car, 54 yards, 1 TD|
|Receiving||Phil Harris||3 rec, 157 yards, 2 TDs|
Statistics Navy Texas First Downs 16 18 Yards Rushing -14 168 Yards Passing 227 234 Passing (C-A-I) 22–34–1 8–21–1 Punts-Average 6–36.5 3–43.3 Fumbles lost 2 1 Penalized yards 35 72
The next major bowl for Texas was the following year in the Orange Bowl, the first played at night, and another win. The next Cotton Bowl for the Longhorns was five years later in January 1969, the first of six consecutive appearances.
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