1995 Cotton Bowl Classic

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1995 Mobil Cotton Bowl Classic
59th Cotton Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
USC 28 6 14 7 55
Texas Tech 0 0 7 7 14
Date January 2, 1995
Season 1994
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Dallas, Texas
MVP WR Keyshawn Johnson (USC)
CB John Herpin (USC)
Attendance 70,218
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1994  1996

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.[1]


USC's appearance was only the third in Cotton Bowl history by a team from the Pacific-10 Conference, following that of Oregon in 1949 and UCLA in 1989. Texas Tech's appearance was the last by a team from the Southwest Conference, which disbanded a year later. The Red Raiders finished 1-3 against ranked opponents, beating #19 Texas, but losing to #1 Nebraska, #21 Oklahoma, and #10 Texas A&M. They finished tied for 2nd place in the Southwest Conference with Texas, Baylor, TCU, and Rice. SWC champion Texas A&M could not play in a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions. The Longhorns were slated to play in the Sun Bowl, the Bears were slated to play in the Alamo Bowl, and the Horned Frogs were slated to play in the Independence Bowl, which left the Red Raiders to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

Scoring summary[edit]

  • USC - Shawn Walters 11 yard touchdown run (Ford kick), 6:51 remaining
  • USC - Terry Barnum 19 yard touchdown pass from Rob Johnson (Ford kick), 6:39 remaining
  • USC - John Herpin 26 yard interception return (Ford kick), 5:35 remaining
  • USC - Keyshawn Johnson 12 yard touchdown pass from R. Johnson (Ford kick), 2:22 remaining
  • USC - Ford 39 yard field goal, 6:50 remaining
  • USC - Ford 42 yard field goal, 0:17 remaining
  • USC - K. Johnson 22 yard touchdown pass from R. Johnson (Ford kick), 10:29 remaining
  • USC - K. Johnson 86 yard touchdown pass from R. Johnson (Ford kick), 7:51 remaining
  • Texas Tech - Zebbie Lethridge 5 yard touchdown run (Davis kick), 2:15 remaining
  • USC - Jeff Diltz 2 yard touchdown pass from Brad Otton (Ford kick), 2:40 remaining
  • Texas Tech - Stacy Mitchell 45 yard touchdown pass from Sone Cavazos (Davis kick), 0:00 remaining

Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson caught 8 passes for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns as USC trounced Texas Tech, who did not score until it was 48-0. [2]


Statistics Texas Tech USC
First Downs 14 21
Rushing Yards 55 143
Passing Yards 205 435
Total Offense 260 578
Passing 15-37-2 24-35-0
Punts-Average 10-38.0 4-43.0
Return Yards 4 63
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 1-1
Penalties-Yards 2-20 12-133