1971 Cotton Bowl: Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
| Attendance: 72,000
11:28 UT - Happy Feller 23-yd field goal; Drive: 5 plays, 67 yards
7:58 ND - Tom Gatewood 26-yd pass from Joe Theismann (Scott Hempel kick); Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards
5:11 ND - Theismann 3-yd run (Hempel kick); Drive: 6 plays, 13 yards
13:28 ND - Theismann 15-yd run (Hempel kick); Drive: 5 plays, 53 yards
1:52 UT - Jim Bertelsen 2-yd run (Danny Lester pass from Eddie Phillips); Drive: 18 plays, 84 yards
0:24 ND - Hempel 36-yd field goal; Drive 8 plays, 57 yards
|Att-Net Yards Rush
|Net Yards Passing
Rushing (Att./Yds/TD): Eddie Phillips (23-164-0); Steve Worster (16-42-0); Donnie Wiggington (6-10-0); Jim Bertelsen (8-5-1); Billy Dale (1-2-0); Danny Lester (1-minus 7-0).
Passing (Comp./Att./Int./Yds/TD): Eddie Phillips (9-17-0-199-0); Donnie Wiggington (1-10-1-11-0).
Receiving (No./Yds/TD): Jim Bertelsen (3-85-0); William Comer (4-67-0); Billy Dale (1-41-0).
Punting (No./Yds/Avg.): Gary Keithley (5-163-32.6).
Rushing (Att./Yds/TD): John Cieszkowski (13-52-0); Larry Parker (13-48-0); Ed Gulyas (9-24-0); Joe Theismann (18-22-2).
Passing (Comp./Att./Int./Yds/TD): Joe Theismann (9-16-1-176-1); Jim Bulger (1-2-0-37-0); Pat Steenberge (0-1-0-0-0).
Receiving (No./Yds/TD): Jim Yoder (2-96-0); Tom Gatewood (2-43-1); Clarence Ellis (1-37-0); Mike Creaney (1-19-0); John Cieszkowski (2-11-0); Larry Parker (2-7-0).
Punting (No./Yds/Avg.): Jim Yoder (8-366-45.8).
DALLAS -- In the most anticipated bowl rematch to date, Notre Dame forced six Texas turnovers and ended UTís winning streak at 30 with a 24-11 triumph.
The top-ranked Longhorns outgained the sixth-ranked Irish 426-359, but the six turnovers and nine fumbles overall were too much for Texas to overcome.
Both teams put their powerful offenses on display in the first half when the Irish built a 24-11 lead that would stand until the final buzzer.
Texas QB Eddie Phillips, who would set a Cotton Bowl record with 363 yards of total offense, put the Longhorns in motion early when he scampered 63 yards to the Notre Dame 10. But the Irish dug in and the Horns settled for a 23-yard Happy Feller field goal.
After the ensuing kickoff, Joe Theismann drove Notre Dame 80 yards in 10 plays for the go-ahead score, a 26-yard strike to Tom Gatewood.
Following a Texas turnover at its own 13, the Irish extended the lead to 14-3 when Theismann carried it across the goal line from three yards out. Theismann struck again early in the second quarter with his second rushing TD and Notre Dame led 21-3.
Desperately in need of a score to stay in the game, Phillips commandeered the Longhorns on an 18-play, 84-yard drive just before the half that was capped by a Jim Bertelsen two-yard plunge. Phillips hit Danny Lester for the two-point conversion and Texas appeared to have gained some much-needed momentum.
Just before the half ended, however, the Irish ran their two-minute drill to near perfection and managed to convert a 36-yard field.
The final 30 minutes of the game went scoreless.