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1991 Cotton Bowl Classic

1991 Mobil Cotton Bowl Classic
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Texas 0 3 0 0 3
Miami 12 7 14 13 46
Date January 1, 1991
Season 1990
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Dallas, Texas
MVP Craig Erickson, QB, Miami (FL)
Russell Maryland, DT, Miami (FL)
Referee Jimmy Harper (Southeastern Conference)
Attendance 73,521
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tim Brant (color), Andrea Joyce (host), Mike Francesa (host), John Dockery (sideline)
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1990  1992

The 1991 Mobil Cotton Bowl Classic was a post-season college football game played on January 1, 1991. It pitted the #3 Texas Longhorns, champions of the SWC conference, against the independent #5 Miami Hurricanes. A highly anticipated matchup, however, soon turned into a blowout as Miami crushed Texas, 46–3. The game was filled with record numbers of penalties, as Miami was flagged 16 times for 202 yards, compared to 68 total penalty yards for Texas. Miami's 43-point margin of victory also set record, as did Craig Erickson's four touchdown passes.

The Miami Hurricanes opened the season as defending national champions. However, they endured a shocking road loss to Brigham Young, 28–21. The Hurricanes would win their next 4 games, before another loss to Notre Dame (29-20) knocked them out of contention for the national championship. The Hurricanes ended with a 9-2 record to receive an invitation to the Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Texas Longhorns had a 5-6 record in their previous season, and had not made a bowl game since 1987. They began the season ranked #23. After a 29-22 loss to Colorado dropped them out of the rankings, the Longhorns would go on to the famed "Shock the Nation" tour, winning their next 9 games - including wins against #4 Oklahoma (14–13) and #3 Houston (45–24) - to capture the SWC Championship and a pregame #3 ranking.

The win was a continuation of Miami's rise to dominance. After finishing the season #3, they would go on to be named AP National Champions the following year. Meanwhile, Texas fired coach David McWilliams following a 5-6 campaign in 1991. The Longhorns would not play in another New Year's Day bowl game until 1995, and would not win another major bowl game until 1998, Mack Brown's first year at Texas.

Scoring summary

First Quarter

  • 8:53 UM - Carlos Huerta 28-yd field goal; Drive: 8 plays, 4 yards
  • 5:26 UM - Huerta 50-yd field goal; Drive: 5 plays, 16 yards
  • 0:11 UM - Wesley Carroll 12-yd pass from Craig Erickson (Erickson pass failed); Drive: 2 plays, 9 yards

Second Quarter

  • 7:43 UT - Michael Pollak 29-yd field goal; Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards
  • 4:17 UM - Carroll 24-yd pass from Erickson (Huerta kick); Drive: 2 plays, 21 yards

Third Quarter

  • 11:46 UM - Darrin Smith 34-yd interception return (Huerta kick)
  • 6:09 UM - Randal Hill 48-yd pass from Erickson (Huerta kick); Drive: 3 plays, 63 yards

Fourth Quarter

  • 10:56 UM - Randy Bethel 4-yd pass from Erickson (Huerta kick blocked); Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards
  • 9:23 UM - Leonard Conley 26-yd run (Huerta kick); Drive: 3 plays, 26 yards

External links

  • 1991 Cotton Bowl Recap: Texas 3, Miami 46
  • The UESPN 30 for 30: at IMDB has quite a bit of content about this game from the Miami players' perspective.
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