DALLAS (Jan. 1, 1951) - Tennessee's once-defeated Volunteers dominated the second half and defeated Texas 20-14 in the 1951 Cotton Bowl.
The Vols scored first, on a 2-yard pass from Herky Payne to John Gruble, a play set up by a now-historic 75-yard run by Hank Lauricella, in which he reversed his field three times and slowed only to allow his blockers to catch up.
The Longhorns rallied to take a 14-7 halftime lead, parlaying a blocked kick into one score and a pass into another.
The Vols closed to one point early in the third quarter, when fullback Andy Kozar bulled in from the 5. Later in the quarter, Jimmy Hill intercepted a Longhorn pass and the Vols were goalward again.
The teams exchanged fumbles on two consecutive plays and the Vols took the Texas turnover in for the winning score. Kozar got 6, Lauricella hit Rechichar for 23 and ran for 11. Finally, Kozar scored his second touchdown and the Vols held off a late Texas charge to win, 20-14.