American Football Database
1960 Bluebonnet Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Texas 0 0 0 3 3
University of Alabama 0 0 3 0 3
Date December 17, 1960
Season 1960
Stadium Rice Stadium
Location Houston, Texas
Favorite Alabama by 1[1]
Attendance 68,000[2]
United States TV coverage
Network CBS[1]
Bluebonnet Bowl
 < 1959  1961

The 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl, part of the 1960 bowl game season, was the second annual contest and took place on December 17, 1960, at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas. The competing teams were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Texas Longhorns, representing the Southwest Conference (SWC). In a defensive struggle, the game ended in a 3–3 tie.[3]



The 1960 squad was Bear Bryant's third at Alabama. The Crimson Tide lost to Tennessee and tied Tulane en route to an 8–1–1 regular season.[4] They accepted an invitation to play in the Bluebonnet Bowl against Texas following their 3–0 victory over long-time rival Auburn November 26.[5] The appearance was the fourteenth overall bowl appearance and the first in the Bluebonnet Bowl for Alabama.[5]


The 1960 Texas squad finished the regular season 7–3.[6] The Longhorns lost to Nebraska, Arkansas and Rice.[6] They accepted an invitation to play in the Bluebonnet Bowl against Alabama following their 21–14 victory over long-time rival Texas A&M November 24.[5] The appearance was the tenth overall bowl appearance and the first in the Bluebonnet Bowl for Texas.

Game summary

The only points were scored on a pair of field goals. The first came in the third by Tommy Booker for Alabama and the second in the fourth by Dan Petty for Texas.[7]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP Texas Alabama
3 7:21 7 21 Alabama 30-yard field goal by Tommy Booker 0 3
4 3:44 13 71 Texas 20-yard field goal by Dan Petty 3 3
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 3 3


  1. 1.0 1.1 Land, Charles (December 16, 1960). "Odds favor Bama, Bryant not so sure". The Tuscaloosa News: p. 8. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  2. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. p. 37. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  3. Land, Charles (December 18, 1960). "Tide, Longhorns battle to 3–3 tie". The Tuscaloosa News: p. 1.
  4. University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office (September 30, 2011). "1960 Schedule & Results".
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Land, Charles (November 27, 1960). "Alabama accepts bid to Bluebonnet Bowl". The Tuscaloosa News: p. 1.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2011 Texas Football Spring Guide. Austin, Texas: University of Texas. 2011. p. 200. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  7. "Play-by-play account of the Bama–Texas game". The Tuscaloosa News: p. 13. December 18, 1960.

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