HALL OF FAME
Robert B. Cullum CBAA, President/Team Selection co-chairman
Classic MemoriesCBAA Chairman: 1960-61 CBAA President: 1958-59 CBAA Team Selection Committee: 1955-1973 Committee Assignments: 1946-1973
Robert B. Cullum was regarded as the most popular man in Dallas. He was the leader of nearly every civic group in town, but Cullum's greatest passion was college football. Aided by his father-in-law, Dan D. Rogers, he played a key role in negotiating the pact that linked the Cotton Bowl to the Southwest Conference in the 1940s. He then helped wrangle a $10,000 contract with NBC for the Classic's first national radio broadcast, long before the advent of television. In team selection, he convinced Navy to accept a bid to the 1964 Cotton Bowl where the Middies introduced Dallas to Roger Staubach. Yes, Cullum wore many hats, but the one he liked best was always reserved for the Cotton Bowl.
Eagle Day Ole Miss
Classic MemoriesHt. 5-11 Wt. 183 Class: Senior Position: Quarterback Hometown: Columbia, Mississippi 1956 Classic: Mississippi 14, TCU 13
StatisticsRushing: 13 attempts, 3 yards Passing: 10-21-0, 137 yards Punting: 6 punts, 256 yards, 42.7 average Kickoff Returns: 1 return, 17 yards Interceptions: 1 interception, 0 yards Tackles: 3 tackles, 1 unassisted
It was hard to beat Herman Sidney "Eagle" Day. The Mississippi quarterback was an excellent combination passer and runner who could dissect any defense. In the 1956 Classic, TCU found him to be just as slippery as everyone else. The Frogs held a 13-7 lead late in the fourth quarter when Day initiated a brilliant 66-yard scoring drive. With his battle-worn jersey flapping in the breeze, Day sealed the Frogs' fate. Forced to scramble, the elusive runner broke loose for 25 yards and sprinted to the TCU five. Ole Miss scored on the next play to win, 14-13. With Day in command, the Rebels captured their first major bowl victory.
Kent Lawrence Georgia
Classic MemoriesHt. 5-10 Wt. 165 Class: Sophomore Position: Tailback Hometown: Clemson, South Carolina 1967 Classic: Georgia 24, SMU 9
StatisticsRushing: 16 attempts, 149 yards, 1 TD Receiving: 1 reception, 3 yards Kickoff Returns: 1 return, 36 yards
Georgia's Kent Lawrence left a lasting impression upon SMU in the 1967 Classic and it didn't take him long to do it. On just the second play of the game, the Bulldog tailback blew through a huge hole over left tackle, cut quickly to the east sideline, and using his blinding speed, sailed 74-yards into the end zone for Georgia's first touchdown. Lawrence's run was spectacular and it proved to be devastating for the Mustangs. SMU never recovered. He ran for 149 yards against the Ponies that afternoon, but it was Lawrence's first carry of the day that set the tone for the rest of the game and carried Georgia to a convincing 24-9 victory.
Coach Charles McClendon LSU
Classic MemoriesHometown: Lewisville, Arkansas Classic Coaching Record: 2-0-0 1963 Classic: LSU 13, Texas 0 1966 Classic: LSU 14, Arkansas 7
His name was Charles McClendon, but everyone knew him as Cholly Mac. At the Cotton Bowl, the LSU coach was known as a giant killer. Twice, he guided the Tigers to victories over undefeated teams. In his first bowl appearance at the 1963 Classic, McClendon's seventh-ranked Tigers posted a 13-0 shutout of No. 4 Texas. Three years later, LSU was back in Dallas for the 1966 Cotton Bowl with plans of pulling off the improbable one more time. McClendon's victim was No. 2 Arkansas, a team riding high with a 22-game winning streak. The unranked Tigers played flawlessly and denied the Razorbacks' national championship bid with a 14-7 upset. Cholly Mac was a fierce competitor and at the Cotton Bowl he always met the challenge.
Kyle Rote SMU
Classic MemoriesHt. 5-11 Wt. 185 Class: Sophomore Position: Halfback Hometown: San Antonio, Texas 1949 Classic: SMU 21, Oregon 13
StatisticsRushing: 16 attempts, 93 yards, 1 TD Receiving: 4 receptions, 55 yards Punting: 2 punts, 126 yards, 63.5 average (84-yard quick kick)
Indelibly etched on the scroll of Cotton Bowl immortals are two men who became household names in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Kyle Rote and Doak Walker teamed up to form an extraordinary one-two punch in SMU's vaunted offensive attack. At the 1949 Classic, Rote was magnificent, running like a locomotive through the Oregon Ducks while en route to a 21-13 Mustang victory. Although only a sophomore, Rote rushed for 93 yards on 16 carries, including a 36-yard touchdown run. Yet, he is remembered most for an 84-yard quick kick that caught the Ducks napping, pinning them back to the 12-yard line and wiping out any scoring threat they had in the first half. Rote's kick remains as the longest in Classic history along with his 63.5 punting average. That's the kind of stuff legends are made of.
Joe Theismann Notre Dame
Classic MemoriesHt. 6-0 Wt. 180 Class: Sophomore/Junior/Senior Position: Quarterback Hometown: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Statistics1970 Classic: Texas 21, Notre Dame 17 1971 Classic: Notre Dame 24, Texas 11 1970 Rushing: 11 attempts, 48 yards 1970 Passing: 17-27-2, 231 yards, 2 TDs 1971 Rushing: 18 attempts, 22 yards, 2 TDs 1971 Passing: 9-16-1, 176 yards, 1 TD
The name of Joe Theismann is still ringing in the ears of Longhorns everywhere. His valiant effort may have fallen a bit short in the closing minutes of the 1970 Classic, but things changed dramatically one year later. In the most highly-touted bowl rematch ever, Theismann guided the Irish to a stunning 24-11 upset of the No. 1 Longhorns. The Notre Dame quarterback accounted for his teams first 18 points by rushing for two touchdowns and passing for another. The 30-game Texas winning streak came crashing down, and finally, Theismann could claim his revenge.
Steve Worster Texas
Classic MemoriesHt. 6'0 Wt. 210 Class: Sophomore/Junior/Senior Position: Fullback Hometown: Bridge City, Texas 1969 Classic: Texas 36, Tennessee 13 1970 Classic: 21, Notre Dame 17 1971 Classic: Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
Statistics1969 Classic: Rushing: 10 attempts, 85 yards Passing: 1 reception, 25 yards 1970 Classic: Rushing: 20 attempts, 155 yards 1971 Classic: Rushing: 16 attempts, 42 yards
His name is Steve Worster, but everyone calls him “Big Woo.” A tremendous short yardage runner with brilliant breakaway speed, not to mention a devastating blocker, he was the cornerstone of the awesome Texas Wishbone attack. With Worster at fullback, the Horns chewed up 30 straight opponents, collected two national titles, and compiled the greatest victory total in Texas’ celebrated football history. Worster led the Longhorns to three consecutive Cotton Bowl appearances, but his performance in the 1970 Classic was absolutely sensational. He bulled through Notre Dame defenders for 155 yards on 20 carries and paved the way to a 21-17 Texas victory. In the Cotton Bowl’s most famous matchup, Worster’s constant pounding took its toll on the Irish.