Legendary Longhorns coach, Darrell Royal passes at 88.

Legendary Coach Bear Bryant stands with Hall of Fame Quarterback Joe Namath in preparation of the 1965 Orange Bowl game.

January 1, 1965 – Orange Bowl Stadium

First Night Game a Classic
Texas upset No. 1 Alabama 21-17 in the first night game in Orange Bowl history. The Longhorns stopped Alabama quarterback Joe Namath inches short of the goal line on a crucial fourth-down play late in the game that would have given the Crimson Tide the lead.
The defeat overshadowed a heroic performance by Namath, who didn't start the game because of a knee injury. He completed 18-of-37 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns and was named the game's Most Outstanding Player.
The Longhorns' Ernie Koy ran for a 79-yard touchdown on Texas’ first possession. Texas went up 14-0 after quarterback Jim Hudson hit George Sauer for a 69-yard score.
Alabama head coach Bear Bryant then sent in Namath to replace starter Steve Sloan. He completed 10 passes on an 87-yard touchdown drive. Koy gave Texas a 21-7 lead with 27 seconds remaining in the first half. Namath came out firing in the second half, hitting Ray Perkins with a 20-yard pass to close the gap to 21-14.
When Texas' Marvin Kristynik fumbled late in the fourth quarter, Namath was at the controls once again. Three plays later at the one-yard line, Namath tried a quarterback sneak and Longhorn left tackle Frank Bedrick and All-American linebacker Tommy Nobis stopped him short of the goal line. Prior to the game, Alabama was named national champions by both the UPI and AP polls.

Texas 21
Alabama 17
First Downs 15 18
Rushing Attempts 51 26
Rushing Yards 212 49
Passes Attempted 17 44
Passes Completed 4 20
Had Intercepted 1 2
Passing Yards 101 298
Total Offense 313 347
Punts/Avg. 9/36.8 5/43.4
Fumbles/Lost  2/1 3/1
Penalties/Yards 3/25 4/46


Texas 7 14 0 0 - 21
Alabama 0 7 7 3 - 17

TEXAS: Koy 79-yard run (Conway kick); TEXAS: Sauer 69-yard pass from Hudson (Conway kick); ALA: Trimble 7-yard pass from Namath (Ray kick); TEXAS: Koy 1-yard run (Conway kick); ALA: Perkins 20-yard pass from Namath (Ray kick); ALA: Ray 24-yard FG MOP: Joe Namath (Alabama)
Texas Head Coach: Darrell Royal
Alabama Head Coach: Paul “Bear” Bryant


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