1981 Independence Bowl
|1981 Independence Bowl|
|Date||December 12, 1981|
|MVP||QB Gary Kubiak, Texas A&M|
LB Mike Green, Oklahoma State
|United States TV coverage|
In the first quarter, the Cowboys took a 10-0 lead on an Ernest Anderson touchdown run and a field goal. But the Aggies closed the quarter out with a field goal of their own to make it 10-3. As it turned out, the Cowboys were held to zero points for the next two quarters. The Aggies scored on another field goal to make it 10-6. Jimmie Williams and Gary Kubiak connected for two touchdown catches of 50 and 38 yards to give the Aggies a 20-10 halftime lead. Another field goal (this from 50 yards) by the Aggies made it 23-10 after three quarters. After an 18 yarder to make it 26-10, the Aggies scored one last time, as Johnny Hector scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to make it 33-10. Vince Orange ran for a 5-yard score to make the final score 33-16. Kubiak went 15-of-20 for 225 yards while Williams caught 5 passes for 118 yards.
Wilson was fired after the season by the Aggies due to the administration not being pleased with his 21-19 record in four years. They hired Jackie Sherrill, who reached three consecutive Cotton Bowl Classics in his seven-year tenure. The Cowboys reached one more bowl game under Johnson, and four more before the end of the decade. A&M returned to the Independence Bowl in 2000, and the Cowboys returned in 2006.
|Statistics||Oklahoma State||Texas A&M|