Tommy Lewis, the man behind the infamous “Bench Tackle” play during the 1954 Cotton Bowl Classic, has died. Lewis passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday in Huntsville, Ala.
The names of Lewis, the Alabama fullback and co-captain, and Rice All-America halfback Dicky Maegle, will be linked forever as legends of the Cotton Bowl all because of one play that took place along the east sideline, just north of the 50-yard line at Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Midway through the second quarter, Lewis was standing on the Alabama sideline after the Crimson Tide had fumbled the football away to the Owls at the Rice 10-yard line.
The 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Art Contest has begun and is now accepting entries from local young artists. All North Texas students in first through sixth grade are invited to participate. Art contest materials, including the illustration template, can be downloaded online here. The deadline to mail in the illustrations is Friday, October 10th. The winners are determined by a select group of judges.
“For 18 years now we have enjoyed engaging with the younger sports fans in the Metroplex through our art contest,” AT&T Cotton Bowl President Rick Baker said, “We hope that art teachers from across the North Texas community will encourage their students to participate.
ARLINGTON, August 13, 2014 — The AT&T Cotton Bowl announced today that the 79th Classic scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at AT&T Stadium is officially sold out.
The 2015 AT&T Cotton Bowl marks the sixth year the Classic has been played in AT&T Stadium which has generated four of the top five crowds in the game’s history. Since the game’s move in 2010, the Classic has sold out each year in AT&T Stadium.
“You can sense the excitement from our passionate fan base,” Amy Scott, VP of Ticket Sales & Services said.
ARLINGTON – North Texas attorney Daniel P. Novakov has been elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA), the sponsoring agency of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Novakov has been a member of the Classic’s Board of Directors since 2006, and has served on the CBAA’s Executive Committee as Vice-Chairman the past four years. He is a shareholder in the Dallas office of the global law firm, Greenberg Traurig, LLP. His community involvement includes the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors, and leadership positions in various Catholic Diocese of Dallas agencies.
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It was 63 years ago when Lauricella found a way to place his name among the legends of the Cotton Bowl without scoring a touchdown as he sparked the fourth-ranked Volunteers to a 20-14 victory over No. 3 Texas.
The 5-11, 175 pound triple-threat tailback set up the game’s first score with an electrifying 75-yard gallop to the Texas five-yard line.
It took a little while, but Missouri showed why it was the SEC East champion and a national title contender.
Missouri struggled offensively in the first three quarters and were plagued by three turnovers. But the Tigers exploded for an AT&T Stadium record 24 fourth quarter points, and Shane Ray returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown with 2:13 remaining as Missouri topped Oklahoma State 41-31 in the 78th annual AT&T Cotton Bowl.
“All the drama you don’t want in the fourth quarter we had,” said Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said.
As Shane Ray gathered the fumble that ultimately sealed Missouri’s second-ever 12-win season, linebacker Andrew Wilson still wasn’t finished fighting.
“I started screaming and I chased him all the way into the end zone, which was not smart because I was dead tired after that,” he said with a laugh. “That was an awesome play.”
Wilson had every reason to be tired on Friday at AT&T Stadium. The five-year senior capped a fulfilling career by making 15 tackles and earning the McKnight Trophy, awarded to the Cotton Bowl’s most valuable defensive player.
At four hours and 19 minutes, tonight’s AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic was the longest in Classic history. The previous record was three hours and 47 minutes in the 2003 Classic between LSU and Texas.
The combined 101 passing attempts by Missouri (44) and Oklahoma State (57) are the most combined passing attempts in Cotton Bowl history. The previous record was 84 by Oklahoma (49) and Texas A&M (35) in the 2013 Classic.
The combined 41 points in the fourth quarter is a Cotton Bowl record for combined points in any quarter.
Missouri junior Henry Josey is a comeback tailback.
After suffering a season-ending injury in 2011 that would also sideline him for the next year, Josey has solidified his return to form, tallying three touchdowns and 92 yards in the 2014 edition of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic to claim the J. Curtis Sanford Offensive MVP award.
Josey’s three touchdowns Friday night at AT&T Stadium matched a career high and leave him with 16 for the season. He becomes one of only five players with three or more rushing touchdowns in the Classic.
THE MODERATOR: We'll start with an opening comment from Coach Pinkel.
COACH PINKEL: What a game. Oklahoma State is a really good team. Just all the drama that you don't want as a coach in the fourth quarter we had. We had a lot of adversity. I thought our team handled the adversity very well. Fortunately we made the plays we needed to make to win it at the end.
Very proud of our football team. Wanted that trophy really bad for them.
THE MODERATOR: We will ask Coach Gundy to make an opening comment.
COACH GUNDY: It's a tough way to lose the last two games. It's really hard on our team. I was proud of our effort. We had our chances.
Moving forward, we're very, very proud of the 28 seniors. They fought all the way till the end. We just didn't make the plays in the end. They made the last couple plays.
But the Cotton Bowl has been tremendous.
With the loss to Missouri, OSU finishes the season 10-3. The Cowboys are now 15-9 all time in postseason bowl games, which includes a 5-3 mark under Mike Gundy.
OSU is now 1-3 all time in Cotton Bowl games, winning in 1945 vs. TCU and also losing to Ole Miss in 2004 and 2010.
Serving as Oklahoma State captains for today’s game were Parker Graham, Deion Imade, Shaun Lewis, Clint Chelf and Caleb Lavey.
OSU’s senior class finishes with a 41-11 mark over the last four years, matching the 2011 Cowboys as the winningest senior class in school history.
The No. 8 Mizzou Tigers claimed the school’s second-ever Cotton Bowl Classic championship with its 41-31 victory over No. 13 Oklahoma State on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. It was Missouri’s third all-time appearance in the bowl, with the Tigers winning for the first time since the 2008 game (38-7 vs. Arkansas).
Head coach Gary Pinkel became Mizzou's all-time winningest coach with the Cotton Bowl victory. Through 13 seasons, Pinkel holds a 102-63 record, moving past legendary Don Faurot, who won 101 games from 1935-42, 46-56.
HEAD COACH GARY PINKEL
“Just to mention some of the things that Mike said, too, I would say thanks to AT&T, thanks to the Cotton Bowl, second to none as far as hospitality. And, you know, just everybody has been great. The City of Dallas, everywhere we've gone, we've been treated with respect and kindness. It is just a great situation that you have here. And you do all the right things from our standpoint. And our players have had a great time.