1963 Orange Bowl
29th Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Oklahoma 0000 0
Alabama 7730 17
DateJanuary 1, 1963
StadiumOrange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
FavoriteAlabama by 3 points[1][2]
RefereeE.D. Cavette (SEC;
split crew: SEC, Big Eight)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersCurt Gowdy, Paul Christman, Jim McKay
Orange Bowl
 < 1962  1964

The 1963 Orange Bowl was the 29th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday, January 1. Part of the 1962–63 bowl game season, it matched the fifth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference and the #8 Oklahoma Sooners of the Big Eight Conference. With President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in attendance, Alabama shut out the Sooners 17–0.[3][4][5][6]


Main article: 1962 NCAA University Division football season


Main article: 1962 Oklahoma Sooners football team


Main article: 1962 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

Game summary

Alabama's Richard Williamson scored in the first quarter on 25-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Joe Namath to take a 7–0 lead.[3] A 15-yard Cotton Clark touchdown run in the second quarter extended the lead to 14–0.[3]

In the third quarter, Alabama scored their final points after Tim Davis hit a 19-yard field goal.[3] Lee Roy Jordan recorded an Alabama bowl record of 31 tackles in the victory.[7] The fourth quarter was scoreless.

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP OK ALA
1 61 ALA Richard Williamson 25-yard touchdown reception from Joe Namath, Tim Davis kick good 0 7
2 34 ALA Cotton Clark 15-yard touchdown run, Tim Davis kick good 0 14
3 30 ALA 19-yard field goal by Tim Davis 0 17
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 0 17


  1. ^ Lader, Martin (December 31, 1962). "4 'big bowls' due". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. p. 2.
  2. ^ "Beaver Falls' Joe Namath leads 'Bama against tough Oklahoma". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 1, 1963. p. 44.
  3. ^ a b c d Land, Charles (January 2, 1963). "Tide rolls over Sooners, Namath, Jordan shine". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). p. 9. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
  4. ^ Sosin, Milt (January 2, 1963). "One touch of JFK starts happy tears". The Miami News. p. 1A. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
  5. ^ "Alabama 17-0 Orange Bowl victor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 2, 1963. p. 14.
  6. ^ Fraley, Oscar (January 2, 1963). "Joe Namath starts '63 off with bang". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. p. 47.
  7. ^ "Bama Blanks Sooners in Orange Bowl, 17-0". Los Angeles Times. January 2, 1963. p. B9. Retrieved December 19, 2010.