1982 Cotton Bowl Classic

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1982 Cotton Bowl Classic
1 2 3 4 Total
Texas 0 0 0 14 14
Alabama 0 7 0 5 12
Date January 1, 1982
Season 1981
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Dallas, Texas
MVP Robert Brewer, QB, Texas
Robbie Jones, LB, Alabama
Attendance 73,243[1]
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers Lindsey Nelson and Roger Staubach
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1981  1983

The 1982 Cotton Bowl Classic was a post-season college football game played on January 1, 1982. It pitted the #6 Texas Longhorns against the #3 Alabama Crimson Tide. Both teams entered the matchup with identical 9–1–1 records.


Alabama was co-champion of the Southeastern Conference who had been ranked #2 after their first game, but a loss to Georgia Tech and a tie four weeks later knocked them out of contention, though they won the SEC title due to them having a perfect SEC record along with Georgia. Their win over Auburn the previous game gave Bryant his 315th win. The Longhorns were ranked #1 before playing Arkansas in their fifth game of the season, but they lost to the Razorbacks, and a tie to Houston three weeks later knocked them out of serious championship contention.

Game summary[edit]

Entering the fourth quarter trailing by 10, the Longhorns scored their first points with a quarterback draw by Robert Brewer on a 3rd-and-long with 10:38 remaining.[2] On Texas' next possession, Terry Orr scored from eight yards out to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive to put the Longhorns up 14-10 with 2:05 remaining. Alabama's Joey Jones returned the ensuing kickoff to the Texas 38-yard line, and Alabama quarterback Walter Lewis took over with 1:54 left. On the very next play, UT's William Graham picked off a Lewis pass at the one. The Longhorns took a safety to insure better field position and make the final margin 14–12.[3][4]


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