|1984 Cotton Bowl Classic|
|48th Cotton Bowl Classic|
|Date||January 2, 1984|
|MVP||John Lastinger (Georgia QB)|
Jeff Leiding (Texas LB)
|Favorite||Texas by 7½ points|
|Referee||Howard Roe (Big Eight)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Lindsey Nelson, Pat Haden|
The 1984 Cotton Bowl Classic was the 48th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, January 2. Part of the 1983–84 bowl game season, it matched the undefeated and second-ranked Texas Longhorns of the Southwest Conference (SWC) and the #7 Georgia Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Underdog Georgia rallied with a late touchdown to win, 10–9.
New Year's Day was on Sunday in 1984, and the major college bowl games were played the following day.
Main article: 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season
Main article: 1983 Georgia Bulldogs football team
The Bulldogs tied Clemson on the road in September, and lost at home to Auburn in November. That win also gave Auburn the SEC championship and an automatic berth to the Sugar Bowl . It was Georgia's third appearance in the Cotton Bowl.
Main article: 1983 Texas Longhorns football team
The Longhorns had won all eleven games and had a regular season winning streak of seventeen games.
Televised by CBS, the game kicked off shortly after 12:30 p.m. CST, as did the Fiesta Bowl on NBC.
Texas drove deep on its first possession, but settled for a 22-yard field goal by Jeff Ward. Georgia's Kevin Butler made one from 43 yards to tie the game in the closing seconds of the first quarter. The second quarter was scoreless.
Ward added six more points with two more field goals of 40 and 27 yards in the third quarter, and Texas led 9–3 with less than five minutes to play. A Chip Andrews (Georgia) muffed punt by Texas defensive back Craig Curry late in the fourth quarter allowed Georgia quarterback John Lastinger to run 17 yards for a touchdown with 3:22 left to play to capture a 10–9 victory. The loss was the first for the Longhorns, costing them a possible national title.
|Time of possession||29:41||30:19|
That night in the Orange Bowl, the #5 Miami Hurricanes upset top-ranked Nebraska, 31–30. Miami moved past Nebraska and the Longhorns to secure their first national championship. Georgia climbed to fourth in the final AP poll, and Texas fell to fifth.