1974 Cotton Bowl: Nebraska 19, Texas 3
Longhorns fans were thrilled with the visit to Dallas after UT started the year unranked, losing two of its first four games out of the gate. But after the slow start, the Horns rolled off six straight wins, scoring at least 42 points in five of the victories thanks to a devastating ground attack that featured consensus All-America Roosevelt Leaks.
Unfortunately, Leaks was not a factor against the 12th-ranked Huskers, who rewarded their coach, Tom Osborne, with his first bowl victory.
Texas scored on its first possession when Billy Schott hit a 22-yard field goal following a Nebraska fumble. After another Cornhusker turnover, Texas was ready to cash in again as it had the ball at the Nebraska 32. Leaks gained three yards on first down, but on the next play, he was hit hard and the ball shot up in the air into the hands of Nebraskaís Steve Manstedt. Manstedt grabbed the pigskin and dashed 65 yards to the Texas six before being dragged down. The end result was a Rich Sanger 24-yard field goal that knotted the score at three.
Seconds before the half, Nebraska was denied a golden opportunity. The Huskers marched 79 yards to the Texas goal line with 90 seconds left until the intermission, but the Texas defense dug in and denied admission to the end zone. Four plays, zero yards. At the half the score was 3-3 and it appeared UTís goal-line stand could give the team the motivation it needed to grind out the win.
Instead, the second half was a much different game. Backup quarterback Steve Runty led the Huskers to a pair of third-quarter scores, while the Texas offense continued to sputter.
Following a missed Texas field goal attempt, the Huskers drove 59 yards in eight plays and went on top 10-3 thanks to Ritch Baheís 12-yard burst.
Ninety seconds later, after another Texas fumble, Tony Davis extended the lead to 17-3 when he capped a three-play, 19-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown plunge.
Texas fumbled the ball six times on the afternoon and was intercepted twice.