1984 Cotton Bowl Classic

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1984 Cotton Bowl Classic
1234 Total
Georgia 3007 10
Texas 3060 9
Date January 2, 1984
Season 1983
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Dallas, Texas
MVP QB John Lastinger (Georgia)
LB Jeff Leiding (Texas)
Referee Howard Roe (Big Eight)
Attendance 67,891
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers Lindsey Nelson and Pat Haden
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1983  1985

The 1984 Cotton Bowl Classic featured the Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC against the undefeated, number two Texas Longhorns of the SWC.

Georgia first score came on a 43-yard field goal by Kevin Butler in the closing seconds of the first quarter.

Texas led 9-3 with more than four minutes to play . Texas kicker Jeff Ward scored first with a 22-yard field goal on the 'Horns' first possession and added six more points with two more field goals of 40 and 27 yards in the third quarter. A Chip Andrews (Georgia) muffed punt by Texas defensive back Craig Curry late in the fourth quarter allowed Georgia quarterback John Lastinger to run 17 yards for a touchdown with 3:22 left to play to capture a 10-9 victory. The loss was the first for the Longhorns, costing them a possible national title.


Later that evening, top-ranked Nebraska was upset by number five Miami Hurricanes, 31-30, in the Orange Bowl. Miami moved past Nebraska and the Longhorns to secure their first National Championship.