1975 Bluebonnet Bowl: Texas 38, Colorado 21
The Longhorns were trying to snap a two-game bowl losing streak and Raymond Clayborn took the opening kickoff to the Colorado 14. The Longhorns couldn’t reach the end zone and Russell Erxleben was called up for a 25-yard field goal. The usually-reliable Erxleben booted the ball into the line and Texas wasted its early opportunity.
Colorado, meanwhile, wasted few first-half opportunities. The Buffs put together a 20-play, 80-yard drive that was finished by fullback Terry Kunz’s one-yard plunge with 2:29 left in the first quarter. A Longhorns turnover helped Colorado extend its lead to 14-0 when Dave Logan grabbed a four-yard pass from David Williams at the 12:42 mark of the second quarter.
With only 24 yards of total offense through 20-plus minutes of play, Texas knew it had to stay close to have a chance. The Longhorns put together a seven-play, 65-yard drive capped by a 21-yard scoring strike from Marty Akin to Alfred Jackson with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
Having been dominated for most of the first 30 minutes, Texas would be lucky to trail by only seven at the break. But there were still 90 seconds remaining, and the Buffaloes took advantage, marching 69 yards and putting seven more points on the board thanks to a Don Hasselbeck 25-yard touchdown reception.
Colorado held sizeable advantages in first downs (16-5), total yards (225-89), total plays (48-20) and time of possession (20:50 – 9:10) in building its 21-7 lead and giving little hope for a Texas comeback.
Colorado took the opening kick of the second half and sought to extend its lead by staying on the ground. But Kunz opened the drive with a fumble at the CU 34 and UT’s Jimmy Walker scored eight plays later to make it 21-13. Erxleben’s troubles continued as his extra point was blocked.
Less than two minutes later, the Buffs were pinned deep in their own territory and were forced to punt. The ball never made it in the air, however, as Tim Campbell charged through the line, blocked the punt, recovered the ball and raced 25 yards for the score. Akins hit Campbell for the two-point conversion and suddenly the game was tied at 21-all.
Texas grabbed its first lead of the game with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter when Erxleben, atoning for his prior misses, hammered an NCAA bowl record 55-yard field goal. Three minutes later, Johnny “Lam” Jones dashed in from four yards out to put the Horns on top 31-21. Ivey Suber added an insurance score on an 11-yard gallop in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback triumph.
Despite the 59 points on the scoreboard, the game was far from an offensive shootout. Colorado outgained Texas 294-237, but the Buffs had just 69 yards of offense in the final 30 minutes.