1963 Orange Bowl

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1963 Orange Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 7 7 3 0 17
Date January 1, 1963
Season 1962
Stadium Orange Bowl
Location Miami, Florida
Attendance 72,880
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers Curt Gowdy, Paul Christman, Jim McKay
Orange Bowl
 < 1962  1964

The 1963 Orange Bowl, part of the 1962 bowl game season, took place on January 1, 1963, at the Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami, Florida. The competing teams were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Oklahoma Sooners, representing the Big Eight Conference (Big 8). With President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in attendance, Alabama shutout the Sooners by a final score of 17–0.[1][2]

Game summary[edit]

Alabama scored in the first quarter on a 25-yard Joe Namath touchdown pass to Richard Williamson to take a 7–0 lead.[1] A 15-yard Cotton Clark touchdown run in the second quarter extended Alabama's lead to 14–0 lead.[1] In the third quarter, Alabama scored their final points after Tim Davis hit a 19-yard field goal.[1] Lee Roy Jordan recorded an Alabama bowl record of 31 tackles in the victory.[3]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP OK ALA
1 61 ALA Richard Williamson 25-yard touchdown reception from Joe Namath, Tim Davis kick good 0 7
2 34 ALA Cotton Clark 15-yard touchdown run, Tim Davis kick good 0 14
3 30 ALA 19-yard field goal by Tim Davis 0 17
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 0 17


  1. ^ a b c d Land, Charles (January 2, 1963). "Tide rolls over Sooners, Namath, Jordan shine". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 9. Retrieved December 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ Sosin, Milt (January 2, 1963). "One touch of JFK starts happy tears". The Miami News. p. 1A. Retrieved December 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bama Blanks Sooners in Orange Bowl, 17-0". Los Angeles Times. January 2, 1963. p. B9. Retrieved December 19, 2010.