|1960 Cotton Bowl Classic|
|Date||January 1, 1960|
|MVP||RB Ernie Davis (Syracuse) |
Guard Maurice Doke (Texas)
|United States TV coverage|
The Orangemen had just completed a perfect season for the first time in their history and as such were declared national champions. But they were looking to win their first Cotton Bowl Classic, having lost previously in 1957. The Longhorns were co champions of the Southwest Conference after losing to TCU late in the season, dropping from #2 to #4. This was the first Cotton Bowl Classic appearance for Coach Royal and the first for the Longhorns since 1953.
The longest touchdown pass in Cotton Bowl Classic history happened in this game as Gerhard Schwedes threw an 87-yard pass to Ernie Davis early in the first quarter to give the Orangemen an early lead 1:13 into the game. Davis added in a touchdown run midway through the second quarter to give the Orangemen a 15-0 lead at halftime. Jack Collins caught a 69-yard pass from Bobby Lackey to narrow the lead 1:46 into the third quarter, but the conversion failed, making it only 15-6. While driving to try and narrow the lead, Davis intercepted a Lackey pass at the Texas 24. Three plays later Schwedes ran in for a 3-yard touchdown run to make it 23-6 after another conversion success. Lackey narrowed it to 23-14 on a touchdown run in the fourth quarter, but only 7:21 was left on the clock by then. From that point on, the two teams did not seriously threaten to score again as the game ended in a Syracuse win.