HALL OF FAME
Sammy Baugh TCU
Classic Memories1937 Classic: TCU 16, Marquette 6 Rushing: 2 attempts, 28 yards Passing: 5-13-2, 100 yards, 1 TD Punting: 3 punts, 108 yards, 36.0 avg. Punt Returns: 3 returns, 49 yards
TCU's Slingin' Sammy Baugh proved just how lethal his passing arm could be in the inaugural Cotton Bowl Classic of 1937. The celebrated quarterback, who as a professional would revolutionize the passing game, orchestrated scoring drives of 40, 78 and 62 yards in a 16-6 victory over Marquette. The game's key play came late in the first quarter when Baugh went deep for L.D. Meyer and connected on a 55-yard scoring play that propelled the Frogs to a 10-6 lead. A true pioneer of the game, Baugh was honored as a charter member of both the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
Coach Frank Broyles Arkansas
Classic Memories1961 Classic: Duke 7, Arkansas 6 1965 Classic: Arkansas 10, Nebraska 7 1966 Classic: LSU 14, Arkansas 7 1976 Classic: Arkansas 31, Georgia 10 Classic Record: 2-2-0
Arkansas Frank Broyles was one of college footballs most dynamic coaches. His Razorbacks won or shared five Southwest Conference titles during the 1960s and earned three bids to the Cotton Bowl. One of Broyles' greatest victories was a stirring 10-7 defeat of Nebraska in the 1965 Classic, a victory that earned the Hogs a share of their first national championship and extended Arkansas winning streak to 12 games. The figure swelled to 22 by the end of the next season, and to no one's surprise, Broyles had his Hogs back in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl. An innovative leader as a player, coach, athletic director and Emmy-award winning television analyst, Frank Broyles personifies the essence of college athletics.
Gussie Nell Davis Kilgore Rangerettes
Classic MemoriesFounded: 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic Appearances: 1949, 1951-1979 Rangerettes' Total Classic Appearances: 1949, 1951-1999
For the past half-century, the Kilgore Rangerettes, Kilgore College and the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic have shared a unique and lasting relationship. Founded in 1940 by the legendary Gussie Nell Davis, the Rangerettes paid their first visit to the Cotton Bowl in 1949. Two years later, Davis' internationally acclaimed drill team launched a streak in the Classic that soon will reach 50 consecutive appearances on New Year's Day, 2000. With her celebrated eye for detail, Ms. Davis brought "show business" to the game of football with the Rangerettes distinctive style and highly synchronized choreography. Every day she reminded her girls to "Never settle for less than perfection. Always remember who you are, you're a Rangerette!"
David Hodge Houston
Classic Memories1977 Classic: Houston 30, Maryland 21 1979 Classic: Notre Dame 35, Houston 34 1980 Classic: Houston 17, Nebraska 14 1977 Defensive Statistics: Tackles: 12 tackles, 6 unassisted 1979 Defensive Statistics: Tackles: 15 tackles, 6 unassisted 1980 Defensive Statistics: Tackles: 8 tackles, 3 unassisted 1979 Interceptions: 1 interception, 10 yards 1979 Fumbles: 1 recovery
It was impossible to deceive the Cougars' David Hodge. No matter where his opponents tried to run or throw, he always wound up at the football. In three Classic appearances, the Houston linebacker made 35 tackles. He began with 12 stops against Maryland in the 1977 Classic. Then, against Notre Dame in the 1979 game, Hodge made 15 tackles, recovered a fumble and snagged one interception. A year later, in the Cougars' dramatic last-second upset of Nebraska, he added to his career total with a solid eight-tackle performance versus the Huskers. With his efforts in '79 and '80, Hodge became only the second player ever to win back-to-back MVP honors at the Cotton Bowl.
Felix McKnight President/Team Selection Chairman
Classic MemoriesCBAA Executive Committee: 1953-1999 CBAA Team Selection Chairman: 1943-1974 CBAA?President: 1955-1956 CBAA Chairman: 1957-1958 Associated Press Southwest Sports Editor: 1934-1941 The Dallas Morning News Managing & Executive Editor: 1941-1957 Dallas Times Herald Co-Publisher & Editor: 1957-1987
One of the guiding forces behind the rise to prominence of the Cotton Bowl Classic was Felix McKnight. No other individual has served the CBAA in as many ways as the long-time newspaperman. McKnight was there from the beginning. At the age of 26, he served as an advisor to the bowl's founder, J. Curtis Sanford. Through the years, McKnight's duties ranged from entertainment, special events, team and player awards, radio-television negotiations and press and community relations. However, his best known work came in team selection, a committee he chaired for 31 years. No job was too big or too small for Felix. His goal was always the same - to promote the city of Dallas and its Cotton Bowl Classic.
James Street Texas
Classic Memories1969 Classic: Texas 36, Tennessee 13 1970 Classic: Texas 21, Notre Dame 17 1969 Rushing: 12 attempts, 38 yards 1969 Passing: 7-13-1, 200 yards, 2 TDs 1969 Two-Point Conversions: 1 pass 1970 Rushing: 10 attempts, 31 yards 1970 Passing: 6-11-1, 107 yards
James Street of Texas never lost a game in two seasons as the Longhorns' starting quarterback. But, against Notre Dame in the 1970 Classic, his 20-game winning streak was in jeopardy. The Irish held a 17-14 fourth-quarter lead as the clock ticked past the seven-minute mark. Determined not to fail, Street launched what became the most famous touchdown drive in Cotton Bowl history, a march that consumed nearly six minutes, 76 yards and 17 plays. Twice, Street converted crucial fourth-down plays, including a sensational eight-yard strike to Cotton Speyrer at the Irish two-yard line that set up the Horns' winning touchdown. In college football's 100th season, this resourceful Wishbone quarterback made sure that the national championship came home to Austin.