1964 Cotton Bowl Classic
28th Cotton Bowl Classic
National Championship Game
1234 Total
Navy 0006 6
Texas 71470 28
DateJanuary 1, 1964
StadiumCotton Bowl
LocationDallas, Texas
MVPScott Appleton (DL Texas)
Duke Carlisle (QB Texas)
FavoriteTexas (slight)[1]
RefereeDavid Buchanan (EAIFO;
split crew: EAIFO, SWC)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersChris Schenkel,
Pat Summerall
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1963  1965

The 1964 Cotton Bowl Classic was the 28th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, January 1. Part of the 1963–64 bowl game season, the game was a de facto national championship game;[1] the top-ranked and undefeated Texas Longhorns, champions of the Southwest Conference, defeated the #2 Navy Midshipmen, 28–6.[2][3][4][5]

In this era, the final major polls (AP, UPI) were published prior to the bowl games, so Texas would retain those national championships, regardless of the outcome.


Main article: 1963 NCAA University Division football season

The game was played less than six weeks after the assassination of President Kennedy, a U.S. Navy veteran and avid football fan, in the same city.[5] It was the second #1 versus #2 bowl game, after the previous season's Rose Bowl.


Main article: 1963 Texas Longhorns football team

Texas had won all ten games in the regular season, took the Southwest Conference title, and was first in the polls. This was their third consecutive Cotton Bowl.


Main article: 1963 Navy Midshipmen football team

Independent Navy was second in the polls, and featured junior quarterback Roger Staubach, the 1963 Heisman Trophy winner. Their only setback was a four-point loss at SMU (in the Cotton Bowl) in mid-October.[6][7] Texas won at SMU, 17-12, three weeks later.[1]

Game summary

The Cotton Bowl kicked off at 1 pm CST, as did the Sugar and Orange Bowls.[8][9] The temperature was 45 °F (7 °C) and skies were sunny.[2]

Two touchdown catches by Phil Harris from Duke Carlisle and a Carlisle touchdown run gave the Longhorns a 21–0 lead at halftime. Another touchdown run by fullback Harold Philipp increased the lead to 28–0 after three quarters. The Midshipmen finally scored on a two-yard touchdown run by Staubach (who went 22 for 34 for 228 yards), which ended the scoring at 28–6.

While the two teams had near even passing yards and near even first downs (18-16), Navy had 29 rushes go for -14 yards while Texas' 43 rushes for 168 yards led to two touchdowns as the Longhorns clinched an undisputed national championship, their first ever.[2][10] Several Cotton Bowl records were set.[11]

1964 Cotton Bowl Classic: Navy Midshipmen (9–1) vs. Texas Longhorns (10–0)
Period 1 2 34Total
No. 2 Navy 0 0 066
No. 1 Texas 7 14 7028

at Cotton BowlDallas, TX

Game information
First Quarter
  • (12:02) UT – Phil Harris 58 yard pass from Duke Carlisle, (Crosby kick), UT 7–0; 6 plays, 78 yards, 2:47
Second Quarter
  • (9:54) UT – Phil Harris 63 yard pass from Duke Carlisle, (Crosby kick), UT 14–0; 1 play, 63 yards, 0:44
  • (2:39) UT – Duke Carlisle 9 yard run, (Crosby kick), UT 21–0; 7 plays, 34 yards, 3:36
Third Quarter
  • (2:40) UT – Harold Philipp 2 yard run, (Crosby kick), UT 28–0; 6 plays, 52 yards, 1:46
Fourth Quarter
  • (11:59) NAVY – Roger Staubach 2 yard run, (Staubach pass failed), UT 28–6; 14 plays, 75 yards, 5:23
Statistics NAVY TEX
First downs 16 18
Total yards 213 402
Rushes/yards 29/-14 43/168
Passing yards 227 234
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 22–34–1 8–21–1
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
Navy Passing Roger Staubach 21–31, 288 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Donnelly 8 car, 12 yards
Receiving Orr 9 rec, 112 yards
Texas Passing Duke Carlisle 7–19, 213 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing Duke Carlisle 11 car, 54 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Phil Harris 3 rec, 157 yards, 2 TDs


Statistics Navy Texas
First Downs 16 18
Yards Rushing -14 168
Yards Passing 227 234
Passing (C-A-I) 22–34–1 8–21–1
Punts-Average 6–36.5 3–43.3
Fumbles lost 2 1
Penalized yards 35 72


The next major bowl for Texas was the following year in the Orange Bowl, the first played at night, and another win. The next Cotton Bowl for the Longhorns was five years later in January 1969, the first of six consecutive appearances.

Navy had previously played in each of the four major bowls once; this remains their most recent major bowl and their next bowl appearance was in 1978.


  1. ^ a b "Slightly favored Longhorns ready for Naval battle". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. January 1, 1964. p. 7.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Carlisle passes Texas over Middies, 28 to 6". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. January 2, 1964. p. 9A.
  3. ^ a b c "Texas 1-2 punch rips Navy". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 2, 1964. p. 36.
  4. ^ a b c Becker, Jim (January 2, 1964). "Riled Longhorns slap Middies, 28-6". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). Associated Press. p. 13.
  5. ^ a b Underwood, John (January 13, 1964). "Big day for 'D'". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
  6. ^ "Giant-killer SMU stuns 4th ranked Middies 32-28". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. October 12, 1963. p. 8.
  7. ^ "A jinx for Navy". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. January 2, 1964. p. 9A.
  8. ^ "Nation's top teams face each other in bowl tilts". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. January 1, 1964. p. 7.
  9. ^ "Bowl timetable". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. January 1, 1964. p. 10.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-10. Retrieved 2012-11-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Records tumble in Cotton Bowl". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. January 2, 1964. p. 9A.