1946 Cotton Bowl: Texas 40, Missouri 27
UT - Joe Baumgardner 48-yd pass from Bobby Layne (Layne kick); Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards
MU - Roland Oakes 51-yard pass from William Dellastatious (Jim Kekeris kick); Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards
UT - Layne 1-yd run (Layne kick); Drive: 10 plays, 60 yards
MU - Dellastatious 3-yd run (Kekeris kick); Drive: 8 plays, 62 yards
UT - Layne 10-yd run (Layne kick); Drive: 7 plays, 69 yards
UT - Baumgardner 15-yd pass from Layne (Layne kick blocked);Drive: 2 plays, 20 yards
MU - Howard Bennett 21-yd run (Kekeris kick); Drive: 11 plays, 93 yards
UT - Layne 50-yd pass from Ralph Ellsworth (Rooster Andrews pass failed); Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards
MU - Robert Hopkins 1-yd run (Kekeris kick blocked); Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards
UT - Layne 2-yd run (Layne kick); Drive: 8 plays, 60 yards
|Net Yards Rushing
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Passing (Comp./Att./Int./Yds/TD): Bobby Layne (11-12-0-158-2).
Receiving (No./Yds/TD): Hub Bechtol (8-138-0); Bobby Layne (1-50-1).
Rushing (Att./Yds/TD): Robert Hopkins (16-125-1); Leonard Brown (18-121-0).
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DALLAS -- In arguably the finest individual Cotton Bowl performance ever, Bobby Layne accounted for all 40 of the Longhorns’ points in their 40-27 victory over Missouri. Layne threw for two touchdowns, ran for three, was on the receiving end of a 50-yard bomb and kicked all four extra points for 10th-ranked Texas.
Layne’s brilliance wasn’t limited to his scoring, however, as he connected on 11-of-12 passes for a stellar .917 completion percentage – the best in Cotton Bowl history. He completed his first eight attempts, most to his favorite target Hub Bechtol, who hauled in a Cotton Bowl record eight passes.
Texas went up 7-0 in the first quarter when Layne hit Joe Baumgardner for a 48-yard touchdown. After Missouri countered with a 51-yard scoring toss, Layne capped a 60-yard drive with a one-yard plunge and the Longhorns led 14-7 after one quarter.
A Texas turnover helped the Tigers knot things at 14-all, but Layne sent the Longhorns to the locker room with a 21-14 halftime lead thanks to his 10-yard scamper that capped a 69-yard, seven-play drive.
Layne once again found Baumgardner with a 15-yard strike in the third quarter, and the future NFL All-Pro put the game out of reach with two fourth-quarter scores, including a 50-yard touchdown reception from the arm of Ralph Ellsworth.