Throwback Thursday: The 1971 Cotton Bowl Notre Dame vs. Texas

Let's jump in the way back machine to 1971 and the #1 ranked Texas Longhorns taking on Notre Dame. Darrell Royal's Horns welcomed the Ara Parseghian and the Irish to Dallas for a New Years Day showdown all narrated by Lindsey Nelson. 

How about some Cotton Bullets!

- Ara Parseghian won 83% of his games during his 11 year run at Notre Dame, finishing his Irish career with 95 wins and just 17 losses. Parseghian also led the Irish to two National Titles. 

- His 1970 team finished at 10-1, ranked #2 in the country. 

- Notre Dame was quarterbacked by the great Joe Theismann. Theismann of course changed his pronunciation of his name to rhyme with Heisman. The result? He didn't win the Heisman, Jim Plunkett did. 

- Notre Dame ran a pretty sophisticated passing attack for the era, Theismann threw for 2,429 yards, good enough for sixth in the NCAA. 2,400 yards might as well have 4,000 by todays standards. 

- For Texas' part the Longhorns were ranked either 1st or 2nd the entire 1970 season. They entered the Cotton Bowl with a chance to win an unprecedented 2nd National Title. 

- Darrell Royal was in the final year of a three year stretch that saw his Horns go 30-2-1. 

- Texas defense was stifling in 1970, allowing more than 17 points just twice. On the season Texas outscored its opponents 38 to 14.

- Texas faced Arkansas in another Top 5 showdown to end the 1970 regular season, a year removed from the "Game of the Century." Round two wouldn't live up to the hype as the Longhorns ran over the Razorbacks 42-7.  

Enjoy the 1971 Cotton Bowl. 

Posted on January 12, 2017 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, Texas.