1978 Cotton Bowl: Notre Dame 38, Texas 10
| Attendance: 76,701
Weather: Sunny, Cold
11:35 ND - Dave Reeve 47-yd field goal; Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards
6:07 UT - Russell Erxleben 42-yd field goal; Drive: 11 plays, 55 yards
14:56 ND - Terry Eurick 6-yd run (Reeve kick); Drive: 5 plays, 27 yards
11:37 ND - Eurick 10-yd run (Reeve kick); Drive: 5 plays, 35 yards
7:28 ND - Vagas Ferguson 17-yd pass from Joe Montana (Reeve kick); Drive: 3 plays, 20 yards
0:01 UT - Mike Lockett 13-yd pass from Randy McEachern (Erxleben kick);
Drive: 5 plays, 68 yards
6:49 ND - Ferguson 3-yd run (Reeve kick); Drive: 7 plays, 29 yards
9:41 ND - Ferguson 26-yd run (Reeve kick); Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards
|Att-Net Yards Rush
|Net Yards Passing
Rushing (Att./Yds/TD): Earl Campbell (29-116-0); Ham Jones (11-63-0); John Thompson (1-2-0); Johnnie Johnson (1-2-0); Randy McEachern (8-minus 52-0).
Passing (Comp./Att./Int./Yds/TD): Randy McEachern (11-24-3-160-1).
Receiving (No./Yds/TD): Gil Harris (4-57-0); Lam Jones (1-34-0); Alfred Jackson (3-33-0); Ronnie Miksch (1-18-0); Mike Lockett (1-13-1); Ham Jones (1-5-0).
Punting (No./Yds/Avg.): Russell Erxleben (3-120-40.0).
Rushing (Att./Yds/TD): Jerome Heavens (22-101-0); Vagas Ferguson (21-100-2); Terry Eurick (4-16-2); Rusty Lisch (2-16-0); Jim Stone (2-4-0); Dave Mitchell (1-3-0); Joe Montana (1-3-0).
Passing (Comp./Att./Int./Yds/TD): Joe Montana (10-25-1-111-1); Rusty Lisch (4-7-0-45-0).
Receiving (No./Yds/TD): Ken MacAfee (4-45-0); Dave Waymer (3-38-0); Kris Haines (2-29-0); Vagas Ferguson (3-23-1); Terry Eurick (1-12-0); Pete Pallas (1-9-0).
Punting (No./Yds/Avg.): Kevin Muno (4-119-29.8); Joe Restic (1-33-33.0).
DALLAS -- For the fourth time in history, the Longhorns came to the Cotton Bowl with the nationís No. 1 ranking and an unblemished regular-season record. Behind the play of Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell and Outland Trophy winner Brad Shearer, Texas stormed through the Southwest Conference race with ease to win its first league crown in four years.
On the other side of the ball was fifth-ranked Notre Dame, led by Lombardi and Maxwell award winner Ross Browner and Walter Camp Award winner Ken MacAfee, as well as a young quarterback by the name of Joe Montana.
The game had all the makings of a classic; unfortunately, after just 23 minutes of play, it was a classic blowout. Texas turned the ball over six times and was unable to stop the Irish running attack and the result was a 38-10 Notre Dame victory.
The game was barely two minutes old when the Longhorns turned the ball over at their own 32, setting up a 47-yard field goal for Notre Dameís Dave Reeve.
Texas answered immediately with a 42-yard Russell Erxleben field goal and at the end of the first period the score was even at three.
On the first play of the second quarter, Terry Eurick ran off tackle for six yards to cap a five-play, 27-yard drive and give the Irish a 10-3 lead. Two minutes later it was Eurick again, this time scoring from 10 yards out following a Texas fumble deep in its own end of the field, and Notre Dame was off and running, 17-3.
It was 24-3 after Montana hit Vagas Ferguson with a 17-yard touchdown pass with seven minutes to play in the half and there was no catching the Irish.
UTís lone touchdown came courtesy of Randy McEachern, who found Mike Lockett for a 13-yard score as time expired in the first half.
Notre Dame outgained the Longhorns 399-291, including a 243-131 advantage on the ground thanks to Jerome Heavens (101 yards on 22 carries) and Ferguson (100 yards, two touchdowns on 21 carries).
Playing in his final game as a Longhorn, Campbell was solid in defeat with 116 yards on 29 carries.