The 1995 Cotton Bowl was the 59th Cotton Bowl Classic. The USC Trojans defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 55-14. The Trojans took a 21-0 lead less than ten minutes into the game and led 34-0 at halftime. USC wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who finished with eight catches for a Cotton Bowl-record 222 yards and three touchdowns, was named offensive MVP. Trojan cornerback John Herpin had two interceptions, one for a touchdown, and was named defensive MVP.
This was only the third time in Cotton Bowl history that a team from the Pac-10 Conference made an appearance, following Oregon in 1949 and UCLA in 1989. Both those teams would play once more in the Cotton Bowl, Oregon in 1996 and UCLA in 1998. The game was the last performance by a football team from the Southwest Conference, which would disband later that year.