2006 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic was held on January 2, 2006, in Dallas, Texas at the Cotton Bowl. The game featured the Alabama Crimson Tide of the SEC, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders of the Big 12 Conference.

During the 2005 season, Alabama — led by quarterback Brodie Croyle — earned a 9-2 regular season record (all nine wins were later vacated by the NCAA due to violations).[2] Following a 9-0 start, the Crimson Tide's two losses came to SEC West rivals LSU and Auburn.

Texas Tech — led by quarterback Cody Hodges — also suffered two defeats during their season, including a 52–17 defeat to eventual national champion Texas and a 24–17 loss at Oklahoma State.

In 2009, the NCAA vacated Alabama's Cotton Bowl win due to infractions committed during the season.[3]

2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic logo
Texas Tech Red Raiders Alabama Crimson Tide
(9–2) (9–2 [n 1])
10 13
Head coach: 
Mike Leach
Head coach: 
Mike Shula
1234 Total
Texas Tech 3007 10
Alabama 7033 13
DateJanuary 2, 2006
StadiumCotton Bowl
LocationDallas, Texas
MVPQB Brodie Croyle (Alabama)
LB DeMeco Ryans (Alabama)
PayoutUS$2,850,000 per team[1]
United States TV coverage


In a matchup of Alabama's first-ranked scoring defense and Texas Tech's second-ranked scoring offense, the Crimson Tide held the Red Raiders to ten points — thanks to numerous pressures and four sacks of Texas Tech senior quarterback Cody Hodges — who completed only 15 of 32 passes for 191 yards and was knocked out of the game for a period in the second half.

The Alabama defense was assisted by an efficient offense that controlled the ball much of the game and kept the defense off the field; Alabama ultimately possessed the ball for 38:56, largely thanks to Kenneth Darby, who rushed for 83 yards on 29 carries.

Alabama scored first — less than four minutes into the game — as Croyle hit sophomore wide receiver Keith Brown for a 76–yard touchdown. Brown finished as Croyle’s top target, gaining 142 yards on five catches. An Alex Trlica 34-yard field goal brought Texas Tech to within four. Alabama kicker Jamie Christensen missed a field goal from 38 yards early in the second quarter and the teams traded blocked field goals to end the first half.

Though the Crimson Tide defense kept the Red Raiders in check most of the second half, Hodges engineered late drives for Texas Tech, using both his legs (he finished as his team’s top rusher, gaining 93 yards on 13 carries) and arm. He eventually hit Jarrett Hicks for a game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter. It was the Alabama offense that finally secured the win for the Crimson Tide, as quarterback Brodie Croyle, who completed 19 of 31 passes for 275 yards, drove his team 55 yards late in the fourth quarter to set up kicker Jamie "Money" Christensen’s 45–yard game-winning field goal attempt on the final play. The kick was low, wobbly, and spinning sideways yet somehow managed to find its way through the uprights, giving Alabama the 13-10 victory.[4]

The game-winning field goal by Christensen was the first game-ending score in a Cotton Bowl Classic since 1979, when Joe Montana brought Notre Dame from behind to defeat the University of Houston.[5]

Scoring summary

Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Texas Tech Alabama
1 11:37 2 plays, 84 yards Alabama Keith Brown 76-yard touchdown reception from Brodie Croyle, Jamie Christensen kick good 0 7
3:00 10 plays, 69 yards Texas Tech 34-yard field goal by Alex Trlica 3 7
3 6:53 17 plays, 67 yards Alabama 31-yard field goal by Jamie Christensen 3 10
4 2:56 2 plays, 38 yards Texas Tech Jarrett Hicks 12-yard touchdown reception from Cody Hodges, Alex Trlica kick good 10 10
0:00 10 plays, 58 yards Alabama 45-yard field goal by Jamie Christensen 10 13
10 13


  1. ^ Alabama later vacated all wins during the season for an official 0-2 record.


  1. ^ http://www.ncaafootball.com/index.php?s=&change_well_id=2&url_article_id=6984
  2. ^ "Alabama wins vacated".
  3. ^ "Alabama wins vacated".
  4. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=260020333
  5. ^ "Last-second field goal lifts Bama to Cotton Bowl win". ESPN. 2006-01-02. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
2005 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2005 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. This was the team's 73rd season in the SEC. The 2005 squad collected a record of 10-2 under Coach Mike Shula. The team started off the season at 9–0,notching wins over Florida and Tennessee. The team lost their final two regular season games against LSU and Auburn. The Crimson Tide received a bid to the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic against Texas Tech, where they defeated the Red Raiders on a last-second field goal by Jamie Christensen.

The season was also marked by a notable catch by wide receiver Tyrone Prothro, known to Alabama fans as The Catch. Prothro's career ended later that season as he suffered a broken leg against Florida. Prothro's catch would win ESPN's Game Changing Performance for week two, and later the ESPY Award for Best Play in all of sports for 2005.

Following the 2005 season, the NCAA levied sanctions against the Crimson Tide, forcing Alabama to vacate their wins from the year.

2005 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team

The 2005 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team represented Texas Tech University in the Big 12 Conference (Big 12) during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their sixth season under head coach Mike Leach, the Red Raiders compiled a 9–3 record (6–2 against Big 12 opponents), finished in a tie for second place in Southern Division of the Big 12, lost to Alabama in the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 473 to 226. The team played its home games at Jones SBC Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.

2006 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2006 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama for the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tide was led by head coach Mike Shula entering his fourth year at Alabama. Despite a strong 5–2 start, they finished out the season by losing four of their final five games. The team closed the regular season at 6–6 (4–4, SEC) and lost for a fifth-straight time to rival Auburn. Following the loss Shula was fired as head coach and defensive coordinator Joe Kines served as interim head coach for the bowl game.

The Tide were defeated by Oklahoma State in the 2006 Independence Bowl 34–31 to finish the season with a 6–7 (2–6) record. However three years later all six wins of the season were vacated as part of a penalty placed against Alabama by the NCAA for infractions committed during the season. As such, the official record for the 2006 squad is 0–7.

Brodie Croyle

John Brodie Croyle (; born February 6, 1983) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL) in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Alabama from 2002 to 2005.Despite being hindered by knee injuries in his senior season in high school, Croyle was a highly recruited prospect by Louisiana State University, Florida State University, and the University of Alabama. On the night Croyle was ready to announce his decision to attend Florida State, he changed his mind and chose Alabama, his father's alma mater, instead. In Croyle's four years playing for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, he set numerous school records, and was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Croyle led the Crimson Tide to the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic and was named the game's offensive MVP.

Though he saw little playing time in his rookie season in the NFL, Croyle shared the starting position with Damon Huard in 2007. On November 18, Croyle started his first game as the Chiefs' starting quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts.

Croyle remained the Chiefs' starting quarterback for the remainder of the season despite losing all six games that he started. He was the incumbent starter heading into the 2008 regular season, but suffered a shoulder injury in the Chiefs' first game. Croyle returned in Week 7 but suffered a torn MCL and was ruled out for the remainder of the season. Croyle began the 2009 season once again as the Chiefs' starting quarterback, filling in for an injured Matt Cassel. Croyle was released by the Chiefs in 2011 and later signed with the Arizona Cardinals. On May 21, 2012, he announced his immediate retirement from professional football.

Charlie Peprah

Charles Yaw Peprah (born February 24, 1983) is a former American football safety. He played college football at Alabama. Peprah was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He has also been a member of the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. He was with the Packers when they won Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chris Rix

Christopher Charles Rix (born May 1, 1981) is a former American football quarterback. Rix is also widely known as a coach and sportscaster.

Cody Hodges

Cody Hodges (born November 20, 1982) is a philanthropist, motivational speaker, and former professional American football player, playing in the National Football League, Arena Football League, and the Arena League 2. Hodges is best known for his one season as the starting quarterback for the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the 2005 season.[1] As a fifth year Senior, he led the nation in passing and total offense and an appearance in the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic and a 9–3 overall record. He was the 3rd straight fifth year senior to start for Mike Leach and Texas Tech and was also the second of 4 West Texas natives to take the quarterback reins in the Leach era, along with predecessor Sonny Cumbie and successors Taylor Potts and Seth Doege.

Countryside High School

Countryside High School, also known as CHS, is a public high school located in Clearwater, Florida. Established in 1980, it is a part of the Pinellas County Schools system, and is one of the larger schools in Pinellas County. It draws students from Dunedin, downtown Clearwater, Largo, suburban east Clearwater, Safety Harbor, and Oldsmar.

Countryside high school is currently the largest High School and public school in the Pinellas County School System.

Dave Brown (cornerback)

David Steven "Dave" Brown (January 16, 1953 – January 10, 2006) was an American football player and coach.

Brown played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) at the cornerback position for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1975, the Seattle Seahawks from 1976 to 1986 and the Green Bay Packers from 1987 to 1989. He was selected as a second-team All-NFL player in 1984 and a second-team All-AFC player in 1985. His 62 career interceptions ranks ninth in NFL history, and his 50 interceptions with the Seahawks remains a club record.

Brown also played college football as a safety and punt returner for the University of Michigan from 1972 to 1974. While playing for Michigan, compiled 526 punt return yards (11.7 yards per return), three punt returns for touchdowns, 174 tackles, nine interceptions, 202 interception return yards, and 15 pass breakups. He was selected as a consensus first-team defensive back on the 1973 College Football All-America Team and a unanimous first-team pick on the 1974 College Football All-America Team. He was posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

In his later years, Brown pursued a career in coaching. He was the defensive backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 1992 to 1998 and for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team from 2001 until his death in January 2006.

DeMeco Ryans

DeMeco Ryans (; born July 28, 1984) is a former American football linebacker and current Linebackers Coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football for the University of Alabama, and received unanimous All-American honors. He was chosen by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and was recognized as the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006. He was selected to two Pro Bowls before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, where he spent four seasons.

Elite 11

The Elite 11 is a quarterback competition for high school quarterbacks across the United States. Elite 11 was founded in 1999 by Andy Bark and continues to be run by his company, Student Sports Inc, hosted at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

Over the years, 12-24 of the nation's top quarterbacks have been selected to attend the Elite 11 Finals from 6 to 8 regional competitions held across the country, where over 400 quarterbacks compete and are evaluated.

Prior to 2012 the Elite 11 Finals were held across various sites in Southern California. Since 2013, the Elite 11 has been held at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon in conjunction with The Opening, where the top 11 or 12 QB's are split into teams from a pool of 162 players of different positions in a flag football tournament and long ball challenges, which is the same as a throw-off in flag football, but it is from the pylon to wherever the ball lands.

The head coach of the Elite 11 is Trent Dilfer, assisted by Jordan Palmer, George Whitfield Jr., Adam Tafralis, Charlie Frye, Craig Nall and Matt James. The General Manager and President is Student Sports' Brian Stumpf.

Notable Elite 11 Finals alumni include Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford, Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Leinart, Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Vince Young, Kyle Orton, Antonio Brown (who was a quarterback in high school) and Troy Smith. Since 2016, the camp is covered by NFL Network in a YouTube series.

Fox College Football

Fox College Football (or Fox CFB for short) is the branding used for broadcasts of NCAA Division I FBS college football games produced by Fox Sports, and broadcast primarily by Fox, FS1, and FS2.

Among the Power Five conferences, Fox primarily airs coverage of the Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, and Pac-12, and holds rights to the Big Ten and Pac-12 football championship games (the latter alternating yearly with ESPN). Secondary coverage is also broadcast by the regional Fox Sports Networks and Fox College Sports channels. In addition to regular season games, Fox also holds rights to the Redbox Bowl and Holiday Bowl, and formerly broadcast the Bowl Championship Series and Cotton Bowl Classic.

The main theme is a "marching band" version of the NFL on Fox theme.

List of Alabama Crimson Tide bowl games

The Alabama Crimson Tide football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing the University of Alabama in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Since the establishment of the team in 1892, Alabama has appeared in 69 bowl games. Included in these games are 39 combined appearances in the traditional "big four" bowl games (the Rose, Sugar, Cotton, and Orange), 6 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game appearances (including three victories in the BCS National Championship Game) and four appearances in the College Football Playoff, and two victories in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.Alabama's first bowl game was in 1926, when Wallace Wade led them to the first of three Rose Bowls during his tenure and defeated Washington 20–19. Taking over for Wade following the 1930 season, between 1931 and 1946 Frank Thomas led Alabama to six bowl appearances including three Rose, and one trip each to the Cotton, Orange and Sugar Bowls. After Thomas, Harold Drew led Alabama to the Sugar, Orange and Cotton Bowls between 1947 and 1954. After a five-year bowl absence, Alabama made the first of 24 consecutive bowl appearances under Paul "Bear" Bryant in the 1959 Liberty Bowl. From 1959 to 1982, Bryant led the Crimson Tide to eight Sugar, five Orange, four Cotton, four Liberty, two Bluebonnet and one Gator Bowls.After Bryant retired, Ray Perkins extended Alabama's consecutive bowl game streak to 25 years with a victory in the 1983 Sun Bowl. However, the streak ended when the 1984 team finished the season with a record of five wins and six losses and failed to qualify for a bowl for the first time in 26 years. The bowl absence lasted only one season as Perkins led the Crimson Tide to wins in both the Aloha and Sun Bowls before he resigned as head coach following the 1986 season. Bill Curry continued the bowl tradition and led the Crimson Tide to Hall of Fame, Sun and Sugar Bowl appearances in his three seasons as head coach. After Curry, Gene Stallings took Alabama to the Fiesta, Blockbuster, Gator, Citrus and Outback Bowls. Stallings also led the Crimson Tide to victory in the first Bowl Coalition national championship game with a 34–13 victory over Miami in the Sugar Bowl. In August 1995, as part of the penalty imposed by the NCAA for rules violations, Alabama was ruled ineligible to participate in the 1995 bowl season.Following the retirement of Stallings, Mike DuBose was hired as head coach. After failing to qualify for a bowl game in 1997, DuBose led the Crimson Tide to the inaugural Music City Bowl and Alabama's first BCS bowl berth in the Orange Bowl. After again failing to qualify for a bowl in 2000, DuBose was fired and Dennis Franchione was hired as head coach. In his first season, Franchione led Alabama to the Independence Bowl. In February 2002, the NCAA found Alabama violated multiple rules, and as part of its penalty a two-year bowl ban was imposed to include both the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Eligible again to compete in bowl games, Mike Shula led Alabama to the Music City Bowl and a victory in the Cotton Bowl. However, in 2009, Alabama was again found to have violated NCAA rules between 2005 and 2007 and as part of their penalty, the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic victory was officially vacated. In the week following the 2006 loss to Auburn, Shula was fired and Joe Kines served as interim head coach for the Independence Bowl loss.In January 2007, Nick Saban was hired as head coach, and has led the Crimson Tide to 15 bowl appearances in his twelve seasons at Alabama. After defeating Colorado in the Independence Bowl, Saban led Alabama to their second BCS bowl against Utah in the Sugar Bowl. In 2009, Saban led the Crimson Tide to the BCS National Championship Game, and defeated Texas 37–21 to clinch the program's first national title of the BCS era. A year after Alabama defeated Michigan State in the 2011 Capital One Bowl, the Crimson Tide defeated LSU in the BCS National Championship Game to clinch the program's second national title of the BCS era. The following season, the Crimson Tide won their second consecutive BCS National Championship Game by a final score of 42–14 over Notre Dame. In their latest bowl appearance, Alabama beat Oklahoma in the 2018 Orange Bowl, thereby advancing to the College Football Playoff National Championship against Clemson. The win brings Alabama's overall bowl record to 41 wins, 25 losses, and 3 ties, placing the Crimson Tide in first place among all FBS schools for both bowl appearances and victories.

List of Alabama Crimson Tide football seasons

The Alabama Crimson Tide college football team compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the University of Alabama in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Alabama has played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama since 1929.The Crimson Tide acknowledge 17 national championships, from various and legitimate organizations of their time, 12 of which were awarded by the AP or Coaches' wire-service polls. Alabama has 29 conference championships and holds NCAA records with 64 postseason bowl game appearances and 36 bowl game victories. The Crimson Tide has also had 11 undefeated seasons, a longest winning streak of 28 games between 1978 and 1980 and a home winning streak of 57 games between 1963 and 1982. Alabama leads the SEC West Division with nine appearances in the SEC Championship Game, and has a winning record against every SEC team. The Associated Press (AP) ranks Alabama 5th all-time in total appearances in the AP Poll. With 887 official wins in over 120 seasons of football, Alabama ranks sixth all-time in win–loss records in the NCAA.Football was introduced to the university by W. G. Little in 1892. The first win in the history of the program came in its inaugural game, a 56–0 shutout over Birmingham High School on November 11, 1892. From 1892 to 1894, Alabama competed as a football independent, before they joined the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) as a charter member in 1895. From 1895 to 1921, Alabama saw some success as they had only three losing seasons as a member of the SIAA. In 1922, Alabama left the SIAA and became a charter member of the Southern Conference (SoCon). As a member of the Southern Conference, Alabama won conference championships in 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1930. Additionally, Alabama won their first three National Championships in the 1925, 1926 and 1930 seasons.By 1933, Alabama again switched conferences, joining the SEC as a charter member. Alabama won the first SEC title in 1933 and its fourth and fifth national championship in the 1934 and 1941 seasons. After winning five national championships and nine conference championships through 1946, Alabama saw a decline between 1946 and 1957 and captured a single conference title. After they only won four games over a period of three seasons, Bear Bryant was hired as head coach in 1958. Under his guidance Alabama won thirteen SEC championships and national championships in the 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978 and 1979 seasons. After the retirement of Bryant in 1982, Alabama had two coaches, and won one SEC championship before Gene Stallings was hired in 1990. Stallings coached Alabama for seven years, won a national championship in 1992 season, an SEC championship that same season, and four SEC West Division titles. His retirement was followed by a succession of four coaches who only won one SEC championship among them.

In 2007 Alabama hired current coach Nick Saban, who led the program to their thirteenth national championship in the 2009 season, fourteenth in the 2011 season, fifteenth in the 2012 season, sixteenth in the 2015 season, and seventeenth in the 2017 season. Through the 2017 season, Alabama has compiled an official overall record of 891 wins, 328 losses, 43 ties and has appeared in 66 bowl games, with the most recent coming in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.

List of NCAA Division I FBS football bowl records

This article lists the all-time win/loss NCAA Division I FBS sanctioned bowl game records for all NCAA college football teams.

Win-loss records are current as of the 2018–19 bowl season. The columns for "last bowl season" and "last bowl game" have been updated to reflect 2018–19 bowl appearances for all games played through January 1, 2019.

Mike Shula

Mike Shula (born June 3, 1965) is an American football coach who is currently the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He has served as the head football coach at the University of Alabama, his alma mater, for four seasons, from 2003 to 2006. He was the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 1999. Shula was the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator from 2013 to 2017.

Rich Central High School

Rich Central High School or RCHS is a public four-year high school located in Olympia Fields, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. The Rich Central Campus serves the cities of Matteson, Richton Park, Park Forest,

Country Club Hills, Tinley Park, and parts of Olympia Fields, serving sections of school districts 162, 161, 160, and 159. Oscar W. Huth Middle School, Mardell M. Parker Junior High School, Southwood Middle School, and Colin Powell Middle School serve as feeder schools. It is a part of Rich Township District 227, which also includes Rich East High School and Rich South High School.

History & conference tie-ins

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