Throwback Thursday: The 1981 Cotton Bowl Alabama vs. Baylor

Do you have two hours and a half hours to watch a youtube video? Of course you do. This is the 1981 Cotton Bowl between your Baylor Bears and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Bears were ranked #6 in the country and Tide came in as #9. 

It's the greatness of the old SWC and the Cotton Bowl tie-in. Those were magical days. Now get off my lawn. 

Bring on the Bullets...

  • Bear Bryant against Grant Teaff. Both coaches wearing jacket and tie for this one. Neither coach wore a headset either. 
  • Teaff coached in Waco for 20 years. His teams won the SWC title twice, here in the 1980 season and in 1974. The '74 title broke up a Texas run of six straight titles. 
  • Baylor entered the game 10-1 on the season. The one loss? To San Jose State the first weekend in November. 
  • An interesting note, Baylor traveled to Lamar to open the 1980 season. Lamar was a 1-AA team at the time. I'm sure I'm the only one interested in that stuff. Screw you guys. 
  • Mike Singletary, playing in his last game, had a sweet suit on in the pregame show. Singletary was a second round pick by the Bears in the 1981 draft. 
  • One of the game sponsors was Light Beer. Everything you want, and less. Some marketing geniuses thought they nailed it with that one. 
  • Roger Staubach lends his golden voice to the color commentary for CBS. 
  • Bama lost two games in 1980. One to Notre Dame the other to Mississippi State. The combined score of those two games was 3-13. 
  • Notre Dame would go on to lose to eventual National Champion Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. 
  • There are a few commercials interspersed throughout, and THEY ARE AWESOME!
  • Check out the Alabama wishbone, a thing of beauty. Ruthless offensive efficiency. 
  • Alabama's quarterback threw the ball 76 times in 1980 completing 32. Connor Halliday threw 89 times in one game for Washington State back in 2013. He completed 58 of them.
  • Baylor's quarterback Jay Jeffrey was a gunslinger by comparison, attempting 181 passes in 1980.
  • Walter Abercrombie was the dude for Baylor, almost 1,200 yards and 5 yards a clip for the Bears. He would finish his career as the 10th all time leading rusher in SWC history. He still holds the Baylor record for rushing yards in a career by over 800 yards and is the program's leader in rushing touchdowns. RGIII is second. 
Posted on October 29, 2015 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.