1943 Cotton Bowl: Texas 14, Georgia Tech 7
A 4-yard pass from Roy McKay to Max Minor in the opening quarter and a 60-yard punt return by Jackie Field in the third had given the Longhorns a 14-0 lead heading into the final stanza against No. 5 Georgia Tech.
Longhorns head coach Dana X. Bible, thinking the game was well in hand, put in his reserves to start the final quarter. However, Georgia Tech saw that as opportunity to rally and rally it did.
The comeback began when Yellow Jackets quarterback Bob Shelton connected with Jack Marshall with a 33-yard strike to move the ball to the UT 23-yard line. Clint Castleberry followed with a 17-yard completion to Jack Helms for a first down at UT's 6-yard line.
Three downs and two yards later, Tech’s David Eldredge scored on the famous "Statue of Liberty" play around the right end and Ralph Jordan’s extra point pulled the Yellow Jackets within seven at 14-7.
The Texas offense stalled on the ensuing drive and Georgia Tech took over at its 46-yard line with 3:30 remaining in the contest. Eddie Prokop, Tech’s third quarterback of the game, connected on passes of 12 yards to Sheldon and 33 yards to Marshall to move the pigskin to the UT nine. An offsides penalty pushed Tech back to the 14, but Ralph Plaster took a well-executed triple handoff to the Longhorns’ 5-yard line on the following play.
The Yellow Jackets were knocking on the door, but the Texas defense, led by lineman Stanley Mauldin, stood its ground and stopped Tech on the next three plays to regain possession. The Longhorns were able to run out the clock for its inaugural bowl victory. UT also handed the Yellow Jackets their first bowl defeat in school history.
Jack Freeman, McKay and Mauldin were named Texas’ Outstanding Players, while Harvey Hardy and Marshall shared the honor for Georgia Tech.