ESPN announced today the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off at noon (CT) on Monday, January 2nd, 2017. The Classic will be the lead-in to the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual followed by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The traditional New Year’s bowl games were moved to Monday, Jan. 2 to accommodate the NFL schedule slated for Sunday, Jan. 1st. This will mark the 13th time in the Classic’s history the game has been played on Jan. 2nd and the first since Ole Miss defeated Oklahoma State in 2010 in the Cotton Bowl’s first game at AT&T Stadium.
Six individuals who helped shape the tradition of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and college football history were inducted today into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame during enshrinement ceremonies at AT&T Stadium.
The honorees in the tenth Hall of Fame Class included former Texas head coach Fred Akers, USC offensive tackle Tony Boselli, SMU tailback Eric Dickerson, Notre Dame linebacker Bob Golic, Arkansas quarterback Fred Marshall, and Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA) Team Selection Chairman, the late Dan Petty.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl ticket holders should have received their renewal packets for the upcoming 2017 game. Plans are well under way for our 81st Classic. Please mark your calendar for Monday, January 2, 2017. Kickoff is tentatively scheduled for noon.
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North Texas businessman Jay McAuley has been elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA), the sponsoring agency of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
McAuley is the President of Texas Health Resources Foundation based in Arlington. His involvement with the CBAA dates back to 2006 as a member of the Board of Directors. He has served as Vice-Chairman on the Classic’s Executive Committee for the past five years.
McAuley becomes the CBAA’s 39th Chairman and succeeds Dan Novakov who will remain on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past Chairman.
ESPN and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association announced today that The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has entered a multiyear agreement renewing its title sponsorship of the Cotton Bowl, continuing the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
An official partner of the College Football Playoff since the inception of the new era, Goodyear continues to be one of the leading brands participating in college football. In addition to multimedia support across all ESPN platforms, the multiyear deal will highlight the Goodyear Blimp as the preferred aerial provider for College GameDay and key college football games on ESPN.
Alabama defensive back Cyrus Jones was present the McKnight Trophy as the defensive MVP of the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic following the Crimson Tide's 38-0 victory over Michigan State.
In the third quarter, Jones recorded a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown which was the fifth longest in Cotton Bowl history. In the past 20 seasons, Jones is the only FBS player to record a punt return TD and an interception in a bowl game. The Crimson Tide senior also had 80 punt return yards, ranking Jones as the third player to do so in bowl history.
It took a quarter and a half for Alabama to score the game’s first points, but once it did, the Crimson Tide absolutely rolled to an all-around impressive 38-0 victory from the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in front of 82,812 fans, the fourth-largest crowd in Classic History.
Senior quarterback and offensive MVP Jake Coker was brilliant, going 25-for-30 through the air for 286 yards and two scores, while Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry added 75 yards and two TDs on the ground.
Alabama Quarterback Jake Coker earned the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic’s J. Curtis Sanford Offensive MVP Award, after leading the No. 2 Crimson Tide into the College Football Playoff National Championship Game with a 38-0 victory over No. 3 Michigan State.
Coker threw for a career-high 286 yards in a clinic of quarterback efficiency. The senior from Mobile, Ala., completed 25-of-30 attempts with two touchdowns and no turnovers. Coker’s College Football Playoff Semifinal performance set his career highs in completions, passing yards and efficiency.
This is the seventh Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic to be played at AT&T Stadium.
Derrick Henry is the ninth player to win the Heisman Trophy and compete in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in the same season. The other Heisman winners were Doak Walker (SMU, 1948 Heisman, 1949 CBC), Roger Staubach (Navy, 1963, 1964), Earl Campbell (Texas, 1977, 1978), Doug Flutie (Boston College, 1984, 1985), Bob Jackson (Auburn, 1985, 1986), Tim Brown (Notre Dame, 1987, 1988), Ricky Williams (Texas, 1998, 1999) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, 2012, 2013) HENRY FINISHED THE GAME WITH 75 YARDS ON 20 CARRIES AND TWO TOUCHDOWNS RUSHING.
COTTON BOWL CLASSIC RECORDS
Michigan State became the eighth team to be shut out in Cotton Bowl history and the first since LSU shut out Texas in the 1963 Classic. There have been two scoreless ties in Cotton Bowl history.
Alabama also recorded the most decisive shutout in Cotton Bowl history (38-0). The previous record was held by Oklahoma A&M who recorded a 34-0 shutout over TCU.
Alabama’s 38 point win over Michigan State was the third-largest point differential in Cotton Bowl history.
The preparation is now complete.
All that is left is for the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide and for the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans are to meet in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic to see which team will move on the play for a national championship.
The Crimson Tide (12-1, 8-1 SEC) went through a brief walk-through at AT&T Stadium this afternoon in anticipation for its New Year’s Eve showdown with the Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten).
Michigan State completed its final on-field preparation for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic by conducting a walk-through at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The No. 3 Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) spent more than an hour doing light work for their New Year’s Eve game against No. 2 Alabama (12-1, 8-1 SEC) before heading back to the team hotel for final meetings. The winner advances to the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan.
Michigan State turned in its final practice for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Tuesday, capping a full day.
The team started the day with pre-dawn wakeup calls so they could bus from the team hotel to AT&T Stadium for an hour-long media session. After more preparation back at the hotel, they returned to the stadium in the afternoon and worked vigorously for two hours.
“Long day,” Head Coach Mark Dantonio said.
After the fun associated with an hour-long media day session, the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide quickly got back to the business at hand and squarely put its focus on the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans.
The Crimson Tide (12-1, 8-1 SEC) put the final touches on its College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic preparation with a two-hour workout in shells and shorts in the team’s third practice, in what would normally be a “Thursday” practice, at AT&T Stadium.