Following Kim's field goal with 12:27 to play in the fourth quarter, Brewer finally got the Texas offense untracked. The 6-foot, 186-pound junior from Richardson, Texas was on his way to a second-generation win over a Bryant-coached team. His father Charley, now a Dallas banker, had quarterbacked Texas to a 21-6 defeat of Bryant's Texas A&M team in 1955.
"I don't know what it is about Robert," Akers had said earlier in the week. "All he can do is beat you."
After Kim's three-pointer the Long-horns' Jitter Fields returned the kickoff 22 yards to the Texas 40. A keeper went for three, and then Brewer passed for eight yards to Donnie Little, last year's quarterback, who, at his request, had been shifted to split end. A sack cost Texas seven, but Brewer got that back, plus 19 more, on a pass to Wide Receiver Herkie Walls. With the Longhorns at the Alabama 30, Brewer threw two incomplete passes. Faced with a third-and-10, he called for another pass play that would send Walls deep, with both Little and 6'6" Tight End Lawrence Sample-ton on square-ins.
But as Brewer stepped to the line of scrimmage he saw Alabama Strong Safety Tommy Wilcox cheating up. "Oh, oh, another blitz," he thought. He signaled for a time-out. Later, grinning, he said, "I didn't want to get sacked again. I figured I'd call time out and put the pressure on the coaches."
On the sidelines Akers thanked Brewer for his alertness. Then, after a brief conference with his aides, he told his quarterback: "Run Play 1."
"One," Brewer thought, surprised. "Golly, that's a great call. That just might work."
One—Texas gives simple numbers to all of its plays—is the quarterback draw.
"We were hoping they'd stay in the blitz," Akers said. "I was just hoping for a first down." Not only did Texas catch Alabama in a blitz, but also in man-to-man. With a path as wide as an Interstate, Brewer took off. "I never even saw him until he hit the 10," said 'Bama Cornerback Benny Perrin.
Allegre's kick made it 10-7 with 10:22 to play. A few minutes later, after an Alabama punt, Brewer was back in business, this time from his own 20.
Ten plays took Texas to the Tide eight, the big ones being passes to Sampleton: one for 37 yards, the other for 19. Now in the huddle Brewer called Play 24. This time it was Fullback Terry Orr whose eyes widened. "I was surprised. I was just waiting to hear who I was supposed to block," he said. The play is a quick fullback dive over right guard. Orr went the wrong way. On purpose. "Our blocking is man-on-man and our runners just cut to daylight," he explained. "I saw that [Left Guard] Joe Shearin had flattened his man, so I went that way. A linebacker slapped at me, but that was all."