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1991 Mobil Cotton Bowl Classic
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Texas 0 3 0 0 3
Miami 12 7 14 13 46
Date January 1, 1991
Season 1990
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Dallas, Texas
Attendance 73,521
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tim Brant, Andrea Joyce (host), Mike Francesa (host)
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1990  1992

The 1991 Mobil Cotton Bowl Classic was a post-season college football game played on January 1, 1991. It pitted the #3 Texas Longhorns, champions of the SWC conference, against Big East champions #5 Miami Hurricanes. A highly-anticipated matchup, however, soon turned into a blowout as Miami crushed Texas, 46–3. Also, the game was filled by a number of penalties. A total 16 of the penalties with over 202 yards were against Miami to Texas 68 yards, all new records. It was also the largest margin of victory with 43 points being the difference. Plus, Craig Erickson thrown 4 touchdown pass, it was also a new record.

The Miami Hurricanes opened the season as defending national champions. However, they endured a shocking road loss to Brigham Young, 28–21. The Hurricanes would win their next 4 games, before another loss to Notre Dame (29-20) knocked them out of contention for the national championship game. The Hurricanes ended up Big East champs with a 6-0 conference record, to receive an invitation to the Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Texas Longhorns had a 5-6 record in their previous season, and had not made a bowl game since 1987. They began the season ranked #23. After a 29-22 loss to Colorado dropped them out of the rankings, the Longhorns would go on to the famed "Shock the Nation" tour, winning their next 9 games - including wins against #4 Oklahoma (14–13) and #3 Houston (45–24) - to capture the SWC Championship and a pregame #3 ranking.

The win was a continuation of Miami's rise to dominance. After finishing the season #3, they would go on to be named AP National Champions the following year. Meanwhile, Texas would not reach another bowl game under David McWilliams.

Scoring summary

First Quarter

  • 8:53 UM - Carlos Huerta 28-yd field goal; Drive: 8 plays, 4 yards
  • 5:26 UM - Huerta 50-yd field goal; Drive: 5 plays, 16 yards
  • 0:11 UM - Wesley Carroll 12-yd pass from Craig Erickson (Erickson pass failed); Drive: 2 plays, 9 yards

Second Quarter

  • 7:43 UT - Michael Pollak 29-yd field goal; Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards
  • 4:17 UM - Carroll 24-yd pass from Erickson (Huerta kick); Drive: 2 plays, 21 yards

Third Quarter

  • 11:46 UM - Darrin Smith 34-yd interception return (Huerta kick)
  • 6:09 UM - Randal Hill 48-yd pass from Erickson (Huerta kick); Drive: 3 plays, 63 yards

Fourth Quarter

  • 10:56 UM - Randy Bethel 4-yd pass from Erickson (Huerta kick blocked); Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards
  • 9:23 UM - Leonard Conley 26-yd run (Huerta kick); Drive: 3 plays, 26 yards

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