1969 Cotton Bowl Classic
33rd Cotton Bowl Classic
1234 Total
Tennessee 0076 13
Texas 131580 36
DateJanuary 1, 1969
StadiumCotton Bowl
LocationDallas, Texas
MVPLB Tom Campbell (Texas)
WR Cotton Speyrer (Texas)
QB James Street (Texas)
RefereeMcDuff Simpson (SWC)
(split crew: SWC, SEC)
United States TV coverage
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1968  1970

The 1969 Cotton Bowl Classic featured the Texas Longhorns versus the Tennessee Volunteers.


In the 1951 Cotton Bowl Classic, the Volunteers upset the Longhorns 20–14. In the 1953 Cotton Bowl Classic, Texas beat Tennessee 16–0. This was the third Cotton Bowl between the two teams. Texas was Southwest Conference co-champions due to losing to Texas Tech early in the season, thus they shared it with Arkansas. Tennessee finished 2nd in the Southeastern Conference to Georgia due to losing to Auburn late in the season.

Game summary

It may have been a matchup of top 10 teams, but Texas beat them like any ordinary team as they scored 28 points in the first half while allowing none. Steve Worster, Ted Koy, and Chris Gilbert each had touchdown runs, and Cotton Speyrer caught two touchdown passes from James Street, the last one making it 36–6. In the second half, Tennessee scored on a Gary Kreis catch from Bobby Scott to make it 28–6 and Mike Price caught a touchdown pass to narrow it to 36–13, but by that point, there was only two minutes left in the game.[1]


Texas went unbeaten the following season and returned to the Cotton Bowl Classic to face off against Notre Dame, winning that game, and with it, the National Championship.

Outstanding Players of the Game



Statistics Texas Tennessee
First Downs 22 16
Yards Rushing 279 83
Yards Passing 234 192
Total Yards 513 275
Punts-Average 7-40.7 8-42.1
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 5-0
Interceptions 1 3
Penalties-Yards 5-60 4-17


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 5, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)