April 14, 2005
DALLAS - Eight individuals, led by UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman, who helped shape the tradition of the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic and college football history will be inducted into the SBC Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame on Wednesday, April 20.
SBC Communications, Inc., and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association have announced the Hall of Fame "Class of 2005." The honorees include Aikman, Arkansas halfback Lance Alworth, former CBAA executive director Jim "Hoss" Brock, Texas offensive guard Mike Dean, Tennessee fullback Andy Kozar, Tennessee tailback Hank Lauricella, Penn State running back Lydell Mitchell, and former Texas A&M head coach Gene Stallings.
The 2005 SBC Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 20, at Cotton Bowl Plaza in Fair Park. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m., and is free and open to the public.
"The SBC Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame honors the many extraordinary individuals who have played a role in developing the tradition, pageantry and prestige of one of college football's most historic post-season bowl games," said Gayle M. Earls, Chairman, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. "We believe that the SBC Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame provides future generations with a greater appreciation for the rich tradition of college football on New Year's Day here in Texas."
A 35-member judging committee comprised of media representatives and athletic administrators voted from a list of 52 original nominees that included players, coaches, bowl administrators and others who have made special contributions to the Classic.
Selection criteria for the SBC Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame include the following: Voting is based solely upon an individual's performance in, or contribution to, the Classic rather than on the person's college or professional career. An individual is eligible five years after their final Classic appearance.
The Class of 2005 is the sixth to be inducted into the SBC Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.
Here is information on Aikman:
8 TROY AIKMAN, UCLA
Ht. 6-3 Wt. 217 Class: Senior
Hometown: Henryetta, Oklahoma
1989 Classic: UCLA 17, Arkansas 3
Statistics: Rushing: 9 attempts, -3 yards; Passing: 19-27-1, 172 yards, 1 TD
Arkansas found UCLA's Troy Aikman almost impossible to stop. The Bruin quarterback engineered two commanding back-to-back scoring drives of 93 and 74 yards in the second quarter. The first one consumed 19 plays for a Cotton Bowl record. Aikman was so proficient that at one point in the game he was 13-of-14 on third down. With Aikman at the helm, the UCLA offense was operating to perfection. The Bruins controlled the clock for almost 43 minutes and completely wore down the Razorback defense. As he delivered the knockout punch to the Hogs, the future overall No. 1 pick in the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys guided UCLA to an NCAA milestone as the first team ever to win seven consecutive bowl games.