The last time the Tigers' season ended in Dallas, they broke No. 2 Arkansas' 22-game winning streak with a 14-7 shocker in the 1966 Cotton Bowl, one of the monumental upsets in school history. This time, the Tigers got up early on January 1 and jumped to a 17-7 second-quarter lead on the favored Longhorns. Unlike the Razorbacks in 1966, Texas didn't blink. Randall did his best, throwing for 193 yards and running for 78, most of it on a 76-yard bolt to set up a second-quarter touchdown by Davis. Texas's Roy Williams more than compensated. He had four catches for 142 yards and a touchdown plus a 39-yard scoring run on his only carry that punctuated a 35-20 Texas victory. "As you can see," James said, "there's no shutting that guy down." LSU would shut it down for the season with an 8-5 record, its worst under Saban, and out of the top 25. As 2003 began, contending for a national title didn't seem impossible, but definitely a long way off I was in attendance 01/01/02. It was a sunrise affair with the roar of Tiger fans heard all over Dallas that morning pre-game. The sky was totally clear without a cloud in it. A prototypical Texas-Dallas-Western morning. It was chilly and sound carried in the empty streets of Dallas that crisp early morning as I made my way ultimately to the breakfast buffett then to Cotton Bowl Stadium which featured the LSU-TEXAS 1963 Cotton Bowl pre-game on the jumbotron that morning. LSU won that 1963 Cotton Bowl vs #3 TEXAS 13-0 with Jerry Stovall as MVP. Marcus Randall had the game of his career that first half until a TEXAS outside linebacker inflicted a helmut-shot directly to Randal's ankle. The hard-hit knocking him out of bounds on a scramble play late in the first half. The result of the helmut to ankle hit hobbled the sophmore QB and finished him for the day for all practical purposes. Randal's effectiveness as a scrambler to offset TEXAS lightning quick linebackers had been sublimated plus their was no adequate back-up QB for Saban to send in for that game due too Matt Mauck's crippling foot injury sustained at Gainsville, Florida earlier in that season. A season I would argue would have seen a national title run had Mauck remained healthy. The officiating was horrible. The referees were subtle that morning about the methodology of their cheating however the Longhorns received help and alot of it throughout that January 1.