Texas' Danny Lester makes an interception on Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, January 1, 1970. Texas went on to win 21-17 and clinch the 1969 national championship. (Dallas Morning News)

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Notre Dame-Texas highlights: 1970 Cotton Bowl

Posted September 5th, 2015

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The 1970 Cotton Bowl was the capper to Texas’ undefeated 1969 national championship. The Horns rolled into Dallas with a perfect 10-0 record having defeated #2 Arkansas 15-14 in the “Game of The Century” to end the regular season. The Irish arrived with a 8-1-1 record and ranked ninth in the nation.

The game was a back-and-forth tussle that had three lead changes in the final quarter. UT started their final drive on their own 24-yard line. Using 17 plays, including a pair of fourth-down conversions, the Longhorns finally sealed the win when Billy Dale plunged into the end zone from the 1-yard line with 1:08 to go to seal the victory and give the ‘Horns their first national championship in six years.

The entire game is available in nine parts online here.

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Most of that final drive is in the Part 7 video below. Dale’s final plunge can be seen at 13:10:

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