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1968 Cotton Bowl Classic
32nd edition
1234 Total
Texas A&M 7670 20
Alabama 7360 16
DateJanuary 1, 1968
Season1967
StadiumCotton Bowl
LocationDallas, Texas
MVPGrady Allen (Texas A&M DE)
Edd Hargett (Texas A&M QB)
Bill Hobbs (Texas A&M LB)
FavoriteAlabama by 7 points[1]
Attendance75,504
United States TV coverage
NetworkCBS
AnnouncersLindsey Nelson, Johnny Sauer
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1966 (Dec.) 1969

The 1968 Cotton Bowl Classic, part of the 1967 bowl game season, was the 32nd edition of the college football bowl game, held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, January 1. It matched the eighth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the unranked Texas A&M Aggies, champions of the Southwest Conference (SWC). Underdog Texas A&M won the game 20–16.[2][3]

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Teams

Alabama

Alabama finished the regular season with an 8–1–1 record. The Crimson Tide were ranked second to start the season, but tied visiting Florida State in their opener and lost to eventual conference champion Tennessee a month later, also in Birmingham.[4] Following their victory over South Carolina, Alabama accepted an invitation to the Cotton Bowl on November 20.[5] The appearance marked the third for Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, and their 21st overall bowl game.[5]

Texas A&M

Texas A&M finished the regular season with a 6–4 record, winning six straight after opening the season with consecutive losses to SMU, Purdue, LSU, and Florida State.[6] With a 10–7 victory over rival Texas in the regular season finale, the Aggies secured their position in the Cotton Bowl as SWC champions.[6] Third-year head coach Gene Stallings, age 32, was a former Aggie player (under head coach Bear Bryant).[1] The appearance marked the third for the Aggies in the Cotton Bowl, and their eighth overall bowl game.

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Game summary

Alabama opened the game with a ten-play, 80-yard drive with quarterback Ken Stabler scoring on an three-yard run.[7] The Aggies responded with a 13-yard Edd Hargett touchdown pass to Larry Stegent to tie the game at 7–7 at the end of the first quarter.[7] After Steve Davis hit a 36-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter for Alabama, A&M responded late in the quarter with a 7-yard Tommy Maxwell touchdown reception from Hargett. After the ensuing extra point failed, the Aggies took a 13–10 lead at the half.[7]

A&M extended their lead to 20–10 early in the third after Wendell Housley scored on a 20-yard touchdown run. The final points of the game came later in the third when Stabler scored his second touchdown of the game, and with a failed two-point conversion attempt and a scoreless fourth, the Aggies won 20–16.[7] For his performance, Texas A&M quarterback Edd Hargett was named the Most Valuable Player of the game.[7] As A&M head coach Stallings was both a former player and assistant coach under him, Bryant carried him off the field to celebrate the victory.[2][7]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Texas A&M Alabama
1 8:22 10 80 6:38 Alabama Ken Stabler 3-yard touchdown run, Steve Davis kick good 0 7
1 5:22 4 30 Texas A&M Larry Stegent 13-yard touchdown reception from Edd Hargett, Charlie Riggs kick good 7 7
2 14:5x Alabama 36-yard field goal by Davis 7 10
2 0:21 56 Texas A&M Tommy Maxwell 7-yard touchdown reception from Hargett, Riggs kick no good 13 10
3 8:32 6 52 Texas A&M Wendell Housley 20-yard touchdown run, Riggs kick good 20 10
3 3:55 9 83 Alabama Stabler 7-yard touchdown run, 2-point run failed 20 16
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 20 16

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References

  1. ^ a b "Cotton Bowl styles same". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 1, 1968. p. 19.
  2. ^ a b "Stallings learned lessons too well, Aggies triumph". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1968. p. 2B.
  3. ^ "Fired-up Aggies tip Tide". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 2, 1968. p. 14.
  4. ^ Land, Charles (October 22, 1967). "Vols bag a 'big one'". Tuscaloosa News. p. 11.
  5. ^ a b Land, Charles (November 20, 1967). "It's official: Tide in Cotton". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). p. 5. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Meier, Ted (November 24, 1967). "Hargett leads Aggies to 10–7 win over Texas, spot in Cotton Bowl". The Park City Daily News. Associated Press. p. 16. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Land, Charles (January 2, 1968). "Tide upstaged, upset 20–16". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). p. 6.