1963 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 1963 Cotton Bowl Classic featured the Texas Longhorns and the LSU Tigers.

1963 Cotton Bowl Classic
LSU Tigers Texas Longhorns
(8–1–1) (9–0–1)
13 0
Head coach: 
Charles McClendon
Head coach: 
Darrell Royal
1234 Total
LSU 0373 13
Texas 0000 0
DateJanuary 1, 1963
StadiumCotton Bowl
LocationDallas, Texas
MVPQB Lynn Amedee (LSU)
G Johnny Treadwell (Texas)
United States TV coverage


The Longhorns were making their second consecutive Cotton Bowl appearance after winning the Southwest Conference again. The Tigers, who finished 3rd in the Southeastern Conference, were making their first Cotton Bowl appearance since a scoreless tie against Arkansas in 1947. This was head coach Charlie McClendon's first year at LSU, where he would remain until 1979.

Game summary

Lynn Amedee's 23 yard field goal gave the Tigers a 3–0 halftime lead after Texas had missed their own which led to an 80-yard drive. This was the first field goal in the Classic since 1942. Amedee recovered a Longhorn fumble at the 37 early in the third quarter and Jimmy Field scored 5 plays later on a touchdown run. Buddy Hamic recovered a Longhorn fumble to set up an Amedee field goal 13 plays later as the Tigers shut the Longhorns out.[1]


The Longhorns would reach the Cotton Bowl twice before the decade ended. The Tigers would go to the Cotton Bowl Classic three years later.


Statistics LSU Texas
First Downs 17 9
Yards Rushing 126 80
Yards Passing 133 92
Total Yards 259 172
Punts-Average 9-41.8 8-46.8
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2
Interceptions 0 3
Penalties-Yards 1-15 4-44


  1. ^ "38-49.pmd" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
Cotton Bowl Classic

The Cotton Bowl Classic, also simply known as the Cotton Bowl, is an American college football bowl game that has been held annually in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex since January 1, 1937. The game was originally played at its namesake stadium in Dallas before moving to AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington in 2010. Since 2014, the game has been sponsored by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and officially known as the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. It has been previously sponsored by Southwestern Bell Corporation/SBC Communications/AT&T (1997–2014) and Mobil (1989–1995)

Historically, the game hosted the champion of the Southwest Conference (SWC) against a team invited from elsewhere in the country, frequently a major independent or a runner-up from the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Following the dissolution of the SWC in 1996, the game hosted a runner-up from the Big 12 Conference, facing an SEC team from 1999 to 2014. The Cotton Bowl Classic has served as one of six bowls in the College Football Playoff (CFP) since the 2014 season; it hosted a national semifinal following the 2015 and 2018 seasons.

History & conference tie-ins

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