1963 Cotton Bowl Classic
27th Cotton Bowl Classic
1234 Total
LSU 0373 13
Texas 0000 0
DateJanuary 1, 1963
StadiumCotton Bowl
LocationDallas, Texas
MVPLynn Amedee (LSU QB, PK)
Johnny Treadwell (Texas G)
FavoriteLSU (slight)[1][2]
RefereeBurns McKinney (SWC;
split crew: SWC, SEC)
PayoutUS$175,000 per team[3]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersLindsey Nelson, Terry Brennan
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1962  1964

The 1963 Cotton Bowl Classic was the 27th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday, January 1. Part of the 1962–63 bowl game season, the game featured the fourth-ranked Texas Longhorns of the Southwest Conference (SWC) and the #7 LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).[1] LSU shut out the Longhorns, 13–0.[4][5][6]


Main article: 1962 NCAA University Division football season


Main article: 1962 Texas Longhorns football team

The Longhorns were making their second of three consecutive Cotton Bowl appearances after winning the Southwest Conference again. They were unbeaten, with a tie at Rice.


Main article: 1962 LSU Tigers football team

The Tigers, who finished third in the Southeastern Conference, lost to Ole Miss and also tied Rice. LSU had won the Orange Bowl the previous season. They were making their first Cotton Bowl appearance since 1947, a scoreless tie (against Arkansas). This was head coach Charlie McClendon's first year at LSU, where he stayed through 1979.

Game summary

LSU quarterback Lynn Amedee's 23-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 3–0 halftime lead. Earlier, Texas' shoeless Tony Crosby had missed from 42 yards, which led to the scoring drive. This was the first field goal in the Cotton Bowl in 21 years.

Amedee recovered a Longhorn fumble at the 37 early in the third quarter and reserve quarterback Jimmy Field scored five plays later on a 22-yard touchdown run. Buddy Hamic recovered a Texas fumble to set up another Amedee field goal thirteen plays later, and the Tigers kept the Longhorns off the scoreboard.[4][5][7]


First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter



Statistics LSU Texas
First Downs 17 9
Yards Rushing 126 80
Yards Passing 133 92
Passing (C–A–I) 13–21–0 8–22–3
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


The Longhorns played in the Cotton Bowl the following year, went undefeated, and won the national championship.

The Tigers returned to the Cotton Bowl three years later in January 1966.


  1. ^ a b "Texas, LSU even -- even on defense". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. January 1, 1963. p. 9.
  2. ^ "330,000 expected to attend four major bowl games today". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. January 1, 1963. p. 8.
  3. ^ "LSU, Texas earn $175,000 in tilt". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). Associated Press. January 2, 1963. p. 11.
  4. ^ a b c d "Steers shut out by Tigers, 13-0". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. January 2, 1963. p. 9.
  5. ^ a b c d "LSU passes startle Texas". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 2, 1963. p. 48.
  6. ^ Ratliff, Harold V. (January 2, 1963). "Amadee leads LSU past Texas, 13-0". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). Associated Press. p. 11.
  7. ^ "38-49.pmd" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on December 12, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.