1965 Orange Bowl
The 1965 Orange Bowl, part of the 1964 bowl season, took place on January 1, 1965, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. It matched the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the #5 Texas Longhorns of the Southwest Conference (SWC). Texas built an early lead and won 21–17.
|1965 Orange Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 1965|
|MVP||Joe Namath (QB, Alabama)|
|Favorite||Alabama by 3 points |
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Jim Simpson, Bud Wilkinson|
This was the first Orange Bowl game played at night, and the first live national network telecast of a college football game during prime time. It also was the first Orange Bowl in twelve years not to include a team from the Big Eight Conference.
Alabama finished the regular season as both SEC and national champions with a record of 10–0. During the Iron Bowl, Alabama accepted a bid to play in the Orange Bowl from bowl officials. It was fourth Orange Bowl appearance for Alabama and their 18th bowl game. With USC upsetting Notre Dame 20–17 on the final weekend of the season, Alabama was selected as the 1964 national champions by both final major polls, released prior to the bowl games.
After the defense stopped Alabama at the one-yard line on fourth down, Texas responded quickly with the first score of the evening. After moving the ball 20 yards, Longhorn running back Ernie Koy took the ball 79-yards for a 7–0 Texas lead with only :23 remaining in the first quarter. Texas extended their lead to 14–0 on their next offensive possession when George Sauer caught a 69-yard touchdown reception from Jim Hudson. Alabama cut the lead in half later in the second quarter when Joe Namath hit Wayne Trimble for a 7-yard touchdown reception. On the following possession, Alabama blocked a 35-yard David Conway field goal attempt, recovered the ball, but fumbled it on the return, which Texas recovered. Ernie Koy capped the ensuing 38-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run to give the Longhorns a 21–7 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Texas was held scoreless, but Alabama was unable to take the lead with only ten additional points. The first score was a 20-yard Ray Perkins touchdown reception from Namath and the second on a 26-yard David Ray field goal. Although on the losing side, Alabama quarterback Joe Namath was selected as the game's Most Valuable Player for completing 18 of 37 passes for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
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