American Football Database
1965 Orange Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Texas 7 14 0 0 21
University of Alabama 0 7 7 3 17
Date January 1, 1965
Season 1964
Stadium Orange Bowl
Location Miami, Florida
MVP Joe Namath, Alabama QB
Attendance 72,880
Orange Bowl
 < 1964  1966

The 1965 Orange Bowl, part of the 1964 bowl game season, took place on January 1, 1965, at the Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami, Florida. The competing teams were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Texas Longhorns, representing the Southwest Conference (SWC). Texas won the game 21–17.



The 1964 Alabama squad finished the regular season as both SEC and national champions with a record of 10–0.[1] During the Iron Bowl, Alabama accepted a bid to play in the Orange Bowl from bowl officials.[2] The appearance marked the fourth for Alabama in the Orange Bowl, and their 18th overall bowl appearance. With USC upsetting Notre Dame 20–17 on the final weekend of the season, Alabama was selected as the 1964 national champions by both the AP and UPI prior to the bowl game.[1]


Opening the season as defending national champions, the Longhorns finished the regular season with a record of 9–1. Only a 14–13 loss against Arkansas in week five kept the Longhorns from repeating as National Champions.[3]

Game summary

After the defense stopped Alabama at the one-yard line on fourth down, Texas responded quickly with the first score of the evening.[4] After moving the ball 20 yards, Longhorn running back Ernie Koy took the ball 79-yards for a 7–0 Texas lead with only :23 remaining in the first quarter.[4] Texas extended their lead to 14–0 on their next offensive possession when George Sauer caught a 69-yard touchdown reception from Jim Hudson.[4] Alabama cut the lead in half later in the second quarter when Joe Namath hit Wayne Trimble for a 7-yard touchdown reception.[4][5] On the following possession, Alabama blocked a 35-yard David Conway field goal attempt, recovered the ball, but fumbled it on the return, which Texas recovered.[4] Ernie Koy capped the ensuing 38-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run to give the Longhorns a 21–7 halftime lead.[4] Alabama was unable to take the lead in only scoring ten second half points. The first came on a 20-yard Ray Perkins touchdown reception from Namath and the second on a 26-yard Dave Ray field goal.[4] Although on the losing side, Alabama quarterback Joe Namath was selected as the games Most Valuable Player for completing 18 of 37 passes for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns.[5]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP Texas Alabama
1 00:23 99 yards Texas Ernie Koy 79-yard touchdown run, David Conway kick good 7 0
2 9:51 1 play, 69 yards Texas George Sauer 69-yard touchdown reception from Jim Hudson, David Conway kick good 14 0
2 4:34 14 plays, 87 yards Alabama Wayne Trimble 7-yard touchdown reception from Joe Namath, David Ray kick good 14 7
2 6 plays, 38 yards Texas Ernie Koy 2-yard touchdown run, David Conway kick good 21 7
3 4:34 9 plays, 63 yards Alabama Ray Perkins 20-yard touchdown reception from Joe Namath, David Ray kick good 21 14
4 32 yards Alabama 26-yard field goal by David Ray 21 17
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 21 17


  1. 1.0 1.1 Land, Charles (December 1, 1964). "Bama crowned best in nation". The Tuscaloosa News: p. 1. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
  2. "Orange Bowl bid offered, accepted". The Tuscaloosa News: p. 9. November 27, 1964. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
  3. Smothers, Jimmy (December 29, 1964). "Orange Bowl battle just a day away now". The Gadsden Times: p. 9. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Fitzgerald, Tommy (January 2, 1965). "Big plays by Texas hold off Namath rush". The Miami News: p. 1B. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Land, Charles (January 2, 1965). "Namath's 18 completions set Orange Bowl record". The Tuscaloosa News: p. 6.