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The 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic was held on January 2, 2006, in Dallas, Texasmarker at the Cotton Bowlmarker. The game featured the Alabama Crimson Tide, of the SEC, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders, of the Big 12 Conference.

During their 2005 season, Alabama was led by quarterback Brodie Croyle to a 9–2 regular season record, losing their final two games to rivals LSU and Auburn. The Crimson Tide's season included several memorable moments, an award-winning catch from Tyrone Prothro, a 31–3 thrashing of Florida, and a 6–3 victory over rival .

Texas Tech also suffered two defeats during their season, a 52–17 mauling at the hands of Texas, who would win the National Championship several days later, and a shocking 24–17 loss versus .

In 2009, the NCAA vacated Alabama's win due to infractions committed during the season.


In a matchup of the Crimson Tide’s first-ranked scoring defense and the Red Raiders’ second-ranked scoring offense, Alabama held Texas Tech to ten points, thanks to numerous pressures and four sacks of Texas Tech senior quarterback Cody Hodges, who completed only 15 of 32 passes for 191 yards and was knocked out of the game for a period in the second half. The Alabama defense was assisted by an efficient offense that controlled the ball much of the game and kept the defense off the field; Alabama ultimately possessed the ball for 38:56, largely thanks to the rushing of Kenneth Darby, who notched 83 yards on 29 carries. In fact, it was the Alabama offense that finally secured the win for the Crimson Tide, as quarterback Brodie Croyle, who completed 19 of 31 passes for 275 yards, drove his team 55 yards late in the fourth quarter to set up kicker Jamie Christensen’s 46–yard game-winning field goal. Alabama struck first, scoring less than four minutes into the game as Croyle hit sophomore wide receiver Keith Brown for a 76–yard touchdown; Brown finished as Croyle’s top target, gaining 142 yards on five catches. An Alex Trlica 34-yard field goal brought Texas Tech to within four, and the teams traded blocked field goals to end the first half; Christensen also missed a field goal from 38 yards early in the second quarter but the two kicks he made were more significant than the two he missed. Though the Crimson Tide defense kept the Red Raiders in check most of the second half, Hodges engineered late drives for Texas Tech, using both his legs (he finished as his team’s top rusher, gaining 93 yards on 13 carries) and arm. He eventually hit Jarrett Hicks for a game-tying touchdown. The Red Raiders defense, though, could not stop Croyle, and the Crimson Tide came away with a win in their first Cotton Bowl Classic appearance since 1982. The walkoff field goal by Christensen was the first game-ending score in the game since 1979, when Joe Montana brought Notre Dame from behind to defeat Houston.

Scoring summary

Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Texas Tech Alabama
1 11:37 2 plays, 84 yards Alabama Keith Brown 76-yard touchdown reception from Brodie Croyle, Jamie Christensen kick good 0 7
3:00 10 plays, 69 yards Texas Tech 34-yard field goal by Alex Trlica 3 7
3 6:53 17 plays, 67 yards Alabama 31-yard field goal by Jamie Christensen 3 10
4 2:56 2 plays, 38 yards Texas Tech Jarrett Hicks 12-yard touchdown reception from Cody Hodges, Alex Trlica kick good 10 10
0:00 10 plays, 58 yards Alabama 45-yard field goal by Jamie Christensen 10 13
10 13

Win vacated

Alabama's Cotton Bowl Classic win, as well as all nine regular season wins, were vacated in 2009 when the NCAA announced penalties against the school for violations that occurred during the season.


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