The Cotton Bowl Game pitted the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Cincinnati Bearcats at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, giving both teams an opportunity to the College Football Playoff Championship Game on New Year’s Eve.
Our College Football America Yearbookstaff member Matthew Postins was at the game and shot our gallery. Alabama won the game, defeating Cincinnati, 27-6.
Postins’ photo gallery is on our Facebook page and photos of the game could end up in the 2022 edition of the Yearbook. The photos may also be used by the American Football Coaches Association for its web site, social media and publications.
Alabama improved its record in the Cotton Bowl to 5-4. Running back Brian Robinson Jr. rushed for an Alabama-bowl record 204 yards and earned the game’s offensive MVP honors. Linebacker Will Anderson Jr. helped the Crimson Tide hold the Bearcats to 2018 total yards and was named the game’s defensive MVP. Quarterback Bryce Young, college football’s current Heisman winner, threw for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
Cincinnati was the first team from one of the Group of 5 Conferences to make the College Football Playoff field. Quarterback Desmond Ridder threw for 144 yards while completing 17 passes. Jerome Ford led the Bearcats with 77 rushing yards, while Michael Young and Tyler Scott each had four receptions. Defensively, linebacker Darrian Beavers had 10 tackles and a sack.
The College Football America 2021 Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.