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Texas Longhorns Football
Texas Longhorn logo.svg
First season 1893
Athletic director DeLoss Dodds
Head coach Mack Brown
12th year, 128–27  (.826)
Other staff Greg Davis
Will Muschamp
Major Applewhite
Home stadium Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
Field Joe Jamail Field
Stadium capacity 100,119[1]
Record: 101,357
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Austin, Texas
Conference Big 12
Division South
All-time record 845–318–34 (.720)
Postseason bowl record 25–22–2 (.541)
Claimed national titles 4
Conference titles 32
Heisman winners 2
Consensus All-Americans 50[2]
Current uniform
Colors Burnt orange and white            
Fight song Texas Fight
Mascot Bevo
Marching band The University of Texas Longhorn Band
Rivals Oklahoma Sooners
Texas A&M Aggies
Arkansas Razorbacks
Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Texas Longhorns football team is the intercollegiate football team at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The team currently competes in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Big 12 Conference. The Longhorns have won four recognized Division I-A national championships — in 1963, 1969, 1970, and 2005 and 32 conference championships. 129 (50 consensus) Texas players have been named to All-America football teams. Two Longhorn players have won the Heisman Trophy, college football's highest individual honor: Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1998). Eleven Longhorns have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame,[3] while four are enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame.[4] Other Longhorn players have also received recognition for their performance. The Texas Longhorn football program has had at least one player selected in each of the last 71 NFL Drafts dating back to 1938.[5] In 2008, ESPN ranked the Texas Longhorns the 7th most prestigious college football program since 1936.[6]

As of the end of the 2009 season, the Longhorns' all-time record is 845–318–34 (.726). Only Notre Dame and the University of Michigan have won a greater percentage of games played than Texas,[7] and only Michigan has won more games overall. UT ranks 2nd in number of bowl game appearances (25-21-2), and ranked 8th in number of games played (1182).[8] From 1936 to 2009, Longhorn football teams have been ranked in 64 out of 74 seasons or 85% of the time, they have finished their seasons ranked in the top ten of at least one of the two major polls 28 times, or more than one-third of the time, and finished in the top twenty-five 47 times out of 73 polls, according to the Associated Press.

Texas currently plays their home games at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, located on the campus in Austin, TX. With a capacity of 100,119, DKR is currently the 7th largest non-racing stadium in the world and the 4th largest on-campus stadium in the United States.


Current Coaching Staff

Since 1998 the head coach of the team has been Mack Brown, who is under contract through the 2016 season. When Brown retires, he will be succeeded by his defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who was named coach-in-waiting in November 2008. The offensive coordinator for Texas is Greg Davis and the assistant head coach is Major Applewhite, a former UT quarterback.[9]


Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium with a view of the Godzillatron

- The Longhorns play their home games in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (formerly just "Memorial Stadium" and "Texas Memorial Stadium") on Joe Jamail Field. The stadium is located on the campus of The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The current official stadium capacity is 100,119,[10] making it the largest football venue in the state of Texas,[11] the largest in the Big 12 Conference,[12] the 5th largest on-campus stadium in the NCAA, and the 7th largest non-racing stadium in the world. A stadium, Big 12 Conference and then state of Texas attendance record of 101,297 was set on September 19, 2009.[13] - - The stadium has been expanded several times since its original opening, and now includes 100,119 permanent seats, the nation's first high definition video display in a collegiate facility nicknamed "Godzillatron,"[14] and a newly renovated Joe Jamail Field with FieldTurf. The current DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium and Big 12 attendance record of 101,357 spectators was set on November 21, 2009, when Texas beat Kansas 51-20.[15] - - The final planned phase of the stadium's expansion includes the construction of permanent seating and an upper deck in the south end zone, completely enclosing the playing field. The stadium's seating capacity is expected to reach 112,000 once the south end zone is fully enclosed, which would mean DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium would surpass Penn State's Beaver Stadium, as the largest football stadium in North America.[16] However, the date of the final construction phase to fully enclose the south end zone has not been set nor have any funds been raised. Varying sources claim this phase may not take place for upwards of 10 to 15 years.



The 1893 team did not always wear orange. They also wore gold and white uniforms. In 1895, the UT Athletic Association moved to orange and white colors. In 1897, the Association moved to orange and maroon to save cleaning costs. The Cactus Yearbook at the time listed the University colors as either gold or orange and white until the 1899 Cactus declared the University colors to be gold and maroon. Students at the University's medical branch in Galveston (UTMB) were in favor of royal blue. By 1899, a UT fan could have worn any of yellow, orange, white, red, maroon, or even blue.[17]

The Board of Regents held an election in that year to decide the team colors. Students, faculty, staff and alumni were asked vote. 1,111 votes were cast, with 562 in favor of orange and white. Orange and maroon received 310, royal blue 203, crimson 10, and royal blue and crimson 11. For the next thirty years, Longhorn teams wore bright orange on their uniforms, which faded to yellow by the end of the season. By the 1920s, other teams sometimes called the Longhorn squads "yellow bellies," a term that didn't sit well with the athletic department. In 1928, UT football coach Clyde Littlefield ordered uniforms in a darker shade of orange that wouldn't fade, which would later become known as "burnt orange" or "Texas orange." The dark-orange color was used until the dye became too expensive during the Great Depression, and the uniforms reverted to the bright orange for another two decades, until coach Darrell K. Royal revived the burnt-orange color in the early 1960s.[17]


1961 - 1962

From 1961 to 1962, the Longhorns' helmets featured the individual player's number on the side in burnt orange above the "Bevo" logo, which was also in burnt orange, with a large burnt-orange stripe down the middle of the helmet.

1963 - 1966

The burnt-orange stripe was removed in 1963 and the helmet featured only the burnt-orange Bevo logo below the player's number, which was also in burnt orange.

1967 - 1968; 1970 - 1976

In 1967, the team abandoned the individual player's number above the logo, and moved the burnt-orange Bevo logo to the center of the helmet's side. With the exception of the 1969 season, this remained the team's helmet design until 1977.


In 1969, the helmet design commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first college football game. The player's number was replaced by a large burnt-orange football above the Bevo logo. Inside the football was a white number "100" that indicated the anniversary year.
In 1977, the team moved to the current helmet design by changing to a white facemask. This helmet design is the one that is seen in the infobox at the beginning of this article.

January 1, 1982

For its appearance in the 1982 Cotton Bowl game against Alabama, Texas used a special version of the longhorn logo which included between the "horns" of the Bevo logo the words "COTTON BOWL CLASSIC" and a picture of a cotton boll.

September 3, 2005; November 26, 2009

A special helmet design was used during the 2005 home game against Louisiana-Lafayette and the 2009 away game against Texas A&M. This helmet was similar to the 1963-1966 helmet, but featured the current white facemask.[18]


Early history (1893-1926)

The University of Texas fielded its first permanent football team in 1893 managed by Albert Lefevra, the secretary-treasurer of the UT Athletic Association. The team played four games, a pair in the fall and two more in the spring. The first was against the Dallas Foot Ball Club that claimed to be the best in the state. Held at the Dallas Fair Grounds, the game attracted a then-record 1,200 onlookers. It was a tough and spirited match, but when the dust had settled, the "University Eleven" had pulled off an 18–16 upset. "Our name is pants, and our glory has departed," growled the Dallas Daily News. The UT club would go on to a spotless record and earn the undisputed boast of "best in Texas."[19]

After the inaugural season Texas officially hired its first coach, R.D. Wentworth, for $325 plus expenses. Wentworth shut out the first six opponents, outscoring them 191-0 before miserably losing their final game to Missouri 28-0. There were a number of firsts in Wentworths one and only season as head coach at Texas. Texas' first ever meeting against Texas A&M occurred in 1894 and resulted in a 38-0 shutout victory for Texas in Austin. Texas also faced Arkansas in the first meeting between the two schools in 1894. The game resulted in a 54-0 shutout victory for Texas as well. These two firsts set the ground for the long extensive rivalries with the Aggies and the Razorbacks over the next century. Texas also had its first ever meeting with Oklahoma in 1900, a 28-2 victory for Texas. Over the next 30 years Texas had a slew of coaches none with a tenure longer than four years, however the University of Texas football team's record over this tumultuous period was an astounding 207-57-12, quickly becoming one of the winningest college football programs.[20] Texas participated in the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1913-1917 winning two titles in 1913 and 1914. In 1915, Texas joined the upstart Southwest Conference and won their first, outright SWC Championship in 1920.

The Littlefield era (1927-1936)

Clyde Littlefield was the first superstar to both play for and coach the Longhorns. In his first season as head coach, he led Texas to a 6-2-1 record, bettering Edward Stewarts previous record of 5-4. His first season included a hard fought victory over a then tough Vanderbilt team in Dallas 13-6. During his second season, he won the SWC in 1928 going 7-2 including huge shutout wins over TCU and Texas A&M. Littlefield also won another SWC Championship in 1930 and led his team to a near perfect 8-1-1 record. Littlefield almost captured another SWC Title in 1932 by finishing 8-2 but lost to SWC foe, Texas Christian University. Coach Littlefield only had one losing season, in 1933, mainly due to younger players and injuries to starters. After finishing the 1933 season 4-5-2, the Longhorns first losing season in program history, many people called for his resignation. He resigned as the Longhorns football coach but stayed on as a very successful track coach. To this day, he is still the 5th winningest coach for the University of Texas with a record of 44-18-6.[21]

After the resignation Jack Chevigny, a national celebrity and ex-Notre Dame player, was hired in 1934. His first season as head coach included a stunning victory over Notre Dame, 7-6, in South Bend, Indiana. After his initial winning season of 7-2-1(often credited to Littlefield), his career at Texas came crashing down when the Longhorns went 4-6 in 1935 and 2-6-1 in 1936 after which he resigned. To this day, Chevigny is the only head football coach in UT history with a losing record of 13-14-2.[22]

The Bible decade (1937-1946)

The coach chosen to replace Jack Chevigny after the 1936 season was Dana X. Bible. In the middle of the Great Depression, Texas courted and hired Bible from his successful head coaching job at the University of Nebraska, to be the coach and athletics director at the University of Texas. After two initial rough seasons where Texas only won three games, Bible successfully transformed Texas into a national powerhouse. The turning point came in October 1939 when Texas was playing Arkansas in Austin. Down 13-7, and with many fans heading for the stadium exits, Texas' halfback Jack Crain caught a flip-out pass and ran 67 yards untouched for the score in the waning seconds of the game and beat Arkansas 14-13. This game became known as the "Renaissance Game" of the Bible era, and revitalized the Texas football program. After an 8-2 season in 1940 where Texas' 7-0 victory over Texas A&M kept the Aggies from repeating as National Champions, Bible then led the Longhorns to their 1st No. 1 ranking in 1941 during the season and finished the year 8-1-1 where many sportswriters named the 1941 team National Champions however they were not selected by the AP Poll that year. The Longhorns of 1941 were featured on the cover of Life Magazine, and are still to this day considered one of the greatest Texas teams of all time. In 1942, Bible led Texas to a 9-2 season record and their first ever bowl game where the Longhorns beat the highly ranked Georgia Tech 14-7 at the Cotton Bowl. In 1943 Bible again led Texas to the SWC Conference Title and another Cotton Bowl berth where they faced the only military institute to play in that bowl game, a 7-7 tie with Randolph Field. Bible's teams went 32-6-2 from 1940-1943. 1944 was a reloading year for the Horns as many starters graduated the previous season. A young quarterback named Bobby Layne took over the starting position and again Texas was dominating its opponents. In 1945, with the help of legendary quarterback Bobby Layne, Bible led the Longhorn to their first 10 victory season which ended in a dramatic 40-27 Cotton Bowl victory over Missouri of which Lane score all 40 points. The 1945 team was even selected by several sportswriters as the National Champion, but again the AP poll did not select them. The following year in 1946 Texas was picked as the pre-season number 1 team again, but 2 losses dropped them in the polls. Bible's final season as head coach in 1946 resulted in an 8-2 record, going out with a 24-7 win over rival Texas A&M. Over his tenure at UT, Bible acquired 3 SWC titles in 1942, 1943, 1945 and two Cotton Bowl victories with a post season record of 2-0-1. In 1946 Bible retired from coaching but stayed on as athletic director and is credited for the hiring of the legendary Darrell Royal. Bible is still to this day the 4th winningest coach in UT history with a record of 63-31-3 and responsible for revitalizing the Texas football program. Despite not winning a recognized national championship, Bible laid the foundation for the Texas football program and for future head coaches. Through his "Bible Plan", he inspired his players not only to succeed on the field but also to succeed in the classroom and in life. His teams of the late 1930s and throughout the 1940s are still regarded as some of the best in school history.[23]

From best to worst (1947-1956)

Handpicked by Bible as his successor, was Blair Cherry in 1947. Cherry in 1947 with a veteran squad, including All-American quarterback Bobby Layne, led the Longhorns to a near-perfect record of 10-1, defeating No. 6 Alabama 27-7 in the Sugar Bowl and finished the year ranked fifth nationally in his first season of 1947. Cherry's 1948 team was 7-3-1, including a 41-28 win over No. 8 Georgia in the Orange Bowl. Cherry's 1950 team was considered one of the best in Texas history. Only a one point loss to Oklahoma kept Texas from a perfect season that year. Texas went on to win the SWC title going 9-2 overall and was ranked No. 3 nationally, however during mid-season Cherry announced that he would be leaving Texas to enter the oil business at the conclusion of the 1950 season. When Cherry quit he suffered from an ulcer and insomnia and later disclosed that the over-emphasis on winning led to his resignation. During his 4 year reign Cherry was 32-10-1 leading the Longhorns to three bowl games (two victorious) and two of top-five national rankings.[24]

After Cherry’s abrupt resignation, Ed Price was promoted to head coach in 1951. In his first three seasons, Price carried over the success of Bible and Cherry, leading the Longhorns to three winning seasons, a victory over Tennessee in the Cotton Bowl, and two SWC titles. From 1939-1953 Texas had dominated the college football scene with a record of 115-35-3 (77%), but in 1954 Texas went 4-5-1, its first losing season in 15 years. After capping a string of three losing seasons with a 1-9 season (the worst record in the school's history), Price tendered his resignation in 1956. Price compiled a record of 33-27-1 in six seasons.[25]

The age of Royal (1957-1976)

Darrell K. Royal, a native Oklahoman, previously coached at Mississippi State and Washington before being hired by Athletic Director Dana X. Bible for the head coaching job at Texas. In his first season he took the 1-9 Longhorns to 6-4-1. The '57 Longhorns obtained a #11 ranking and played in the Sugar Bowl. The next two years turned out even better for Texas, posting a 7-3 record in 1958 and a 9-1 record in 1959 along with a Cotton Bowl berth against Syracuse. Royal's teams of the 1960s and 1970s are regarded as some of the best in school history. The Texas team of 1961 posted a 10-1 record along with a Cotton Bowl victory and the team of 1962 posted a 9-1-1 record with a Cotton Bowl berth. In his seventh season, Royal, with the help of star linebacker Tommy Nobis, led UT to their first National Championship in 1963 posting a perfect 11-0 record with a victory over Navy in the Cotton Bowl. 1964 was almost perfect as Texas went 10-1 on the season and beat Joe Namath and #1 Alabama in the Orange Bowl, 21-17. Royals teams of the early 1960s went 40-3-1. The next three seasons posted a 19-12 win/loss record, but in 1968 Royal became the first coach to install the Wishbone formation in the backfield. With this powerful new offense in effect the 1968 team went 9-1-1 with a demolishing 36-13 victory over Tennessee in the Cotton Bowl. They captured back to back national championship titles in 1969 and 1970 with comeback victories over Arkansas in the "Game of the Century" and over Notre Dame in the 1970 Cotton Bowl. The Longhorns record from 1968-1970 was an amazing 30-2-1, which included winning 30 straight games. Texas was also in the hunt for national titles again in 1972 and 1975, but those teams finished 10-1 and 10-2 with top 5 rankings. Royal is also credited for winning the Southwest Conference Title six years in a row from 1968-1973 along with six straight Cotton Bowl appearances. He successfully revitalized the Texas football program in 1957 and put the team back to national prominence over the next 20 seasons. Over the course of his 20 year career DKR never had a losing season, led the Longhorns to 3 National Championships, 11 Southwest Conference Titles, 16 bowl games, and 9 top 5 poll rankings, 15 top 25 poll rankings, 30 straight victories, and a record of 167-47-5 which till this day is the winningest coach ever to coach at the University of Texas. His final game at Texas was against Arkansas in Austin at the end of the 1976 season. Texas won convincingly 29-12 in his final game. After retiring from coaching football in 1976, Royal continued his role as athletic director for many years. In 1996 the University of Texas officially honored him by renaming Texas Memorial Stadium to the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.[26]

The Akers years (1977-1986)

After Royal's retirement, he assumed that his long time assistant coach Mike Campbell would take over as head coach, however the University had other plans. They picked a younger, former assistant coach of Royal's, Fred Akers who has had some success at Wyoming. With his new staff, implementation of the "I" formation, and some help from future Heisman trophy winner Earl Campbell; Akers led the '77 Longhorns to 11-0 and would have acquired UT's 4th National Championship if not for a loss to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. The following year Texas went 9-3 on the season including a 42-0 whipping of Maryland in the Sun Bowl. 1979 had high hopes for the Longhorn faithful as Texas was again in the hunt for a national championship. Only a loss to Texas A&M in the final game of the season kept Texas from playing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl that year. After a few winning seasons, Akers once again almost captured a National Championship in 1981 by beating Alabama in the Cotton Bowl landing his team at #2 in the final polls. The 1982 season had high hopes for the Horns once again but 2 losses during the regular season kept Texas from playing for the title. A 33-7 victory over Arkansas in 1982 closed the season for Texas and they carried that momentum over the following year. In 1983 Akers had his Texas team on the hunt for a National Championship that had eluded him twice before and led the Longhorn to an 11-0 season but were defeated by Georgia in the Cotton Bowl, 10-9. Akers teams from 1981-1983 produced an incredible 30-5-1 record over three seasons. The 1984 season had Texas once again ranked #1 in the polls but soon dropped after a tie with Oklahoma and 3 straight losses to end the season. A year later Texas was once again ranked in the top ten but finished the season with a disappointing 8-4 record. During his career at Texas he was praised for his winning seasons but drew ire from the Longhorn faithful for not winning a national championship. In 1986, Akers had his first losing season 5-6 due to many key injuries. This was Texas' first losing season since 1956. After nine winning seasons, nine bowl games, 2 SWC titles, and 1 Heisman trophy winner; Akers' tenure ended at the University of Texas with a 86-31-2 record, 3rd best in UT's history.[27]

The rebuilding (1986-1998)

After the exiting of Akers, Texas hired David McWilliams who was a former assistant coach at UT. McWilliams had just had his first promising year at Texas Tech before accepting the Texas head coaching position. With a solid 7-5 first season and a Bluebonnet Bowl victory over Pittsburgh in 1987, McWilliams initially reminded people of Darrel K. Royal. However, after two losing season of 4-7 in 1988 and 5-6 in 1989, the luster had worn off. But after an opening victory of Penn State in 1990 McWilliams began the "Shock the Nation" tour leading his team to 10-1, only losing to the eventual 1990 National Champions, Colorado. The 1990 Longhorns went to the Cotton Bowl where they were destroyed and humiliated by Miami. After the 1990 season, many Texas fans had hope of National Championship in 1991, but were eventually disappointed when Texas finished with a 5-6 record which caused McWilliams to resign. At the end of his coaching career McWilliams led Texas to 2 bowl games, 1 SWC title, and a 31-26 record.[28]

The forcing out of David McWilliams, allowed UT to hire John Mackovic as head coach from Illinois. Having coached in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys, Mackovic brought a fresh perspective to Texas. He had a great ability to recruit fresh talent, like future Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams. Mackovic also pushed to renovate the University's facilities, which offended some of his supporters. Mackovic was determined to rebuild the Longhorns from the ground up. In 1992 and 1993, the Horns went 6-5 (but were not bowl eligible due to one win over a D1-AA school), and 5-5-1 respectively. The Longhorns began to see some hope in 1994, when they finished the regular season 7-4 and shared the SWC title. Texas also won its first bowl game in 7 years at the Sun Bowl in a come form behind victory against North Carolina. In 1995, the Horns went 10-1-1 under Mackovic and won the SWC title outright. However, they were defeated in the Sugar Bowl by Virginia Tech. 1996 brought about the formation of the new Big 12 Conference and new talks about Texas winning a National Championship. But after going 4-3, the Horns struggled just to stay bowl eligible. Texas then rallied winning 5 straight including an upset victory in the inaugural Big 12 Championship Game over then two-time defending National Champion, Nebraska. Texas went on to the Fiesta Bowl where they were defeated by Penn State. After an embarrassing loss to UCLA at the beginning of the 1997 season, and finishing the season 4-7, Mackovic was reassigned within the athletic department leaving his UT coaching record at 41-28-2.[29]

The legacy of Mack Brown (1998-Present)

The Longhorns started 1998 with a new coach and a new college bowl system called the Bowl Championship Series. The BCS created a series of elite bowls in an attempt to pick a consensus National Champion. Since 1998, the Longhorns have been coached by Mack Brown who came to Texas after being head coach at North Carolina. Brown's first season was an incredible turnaround from the disappointing 4-7 1997 season. Texas went 9-3 and upset Nebraska, 20-16, in Lincoln, NB; which snapped the Cornhuskers streak of 48 straight home victories. After a 26-24 last minute win over rival Texas A&M, Texas went on to face and dominate Mississippi State in the 1999 Cotton Bowl Classic, their first New Years Bowl victory since 1981. After a great start in 1998, the talk of national championships began in 1999. However, the talk quickly died after a rocky start, but Texas rebounded with a huge third straight victory over #3 Nebraska in Austin and finished the season 9-5. In 2001, Texas was heading towards a National Championship but were upset in the Big 12 Championship by Colorado, who they had previously beaten soundly in the regular season. After the 2003 season, Brown had a 59–18 (77%) win-loss record but had not managed to win the Big 12 conference or to lead the Longhorns to a Bowl Championship Series game. He was often lauded for his recruiting while being criticized for failing to win the big games and most importantly, championships. The 2004 Texas Longhorn football team, who after going 10-1 played in their first BCS Game, the 2005 Rose Bowl, against the Wolverines of the University of Michigan. The Longhorns defeated the Wolverines 38–37 on a successful 37-yard field goal by place kicker Dusty Mangum as time expired. It was the first time the Rose Bowl had ever been decided on the closing play. The Rose Bowl victory earned the 11-1 Longhorns a top 5 finish in the polls for the season.

The 2005 Texas Longhorns in the "I formation" against Colorado in the 2005 Big 12 Championship Game
50-yard line action at the BCS National Championship Game on January 7, 2010

The 2005 Texas Longhorn football team was given a pre-season #2 ranking (behind defending National Champions University of Southern California) which they maintained throughout the entire 2005 regular season. Texas was tested early in a 25-22 victory against Ohio State at Columbus, OH. However, throughout the remainder of the season, Texas dominated every team they faced including a 45-12 victory over Oklahoma which ended the five year losing streak to their arch-rival. The 12-0, undefeated #2 Texas faced #1 undefeated USC in the BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl. Texas won 41-38 in the final minute by a Vince Young rushing touchdown, giving the Longhorns a perfect 13-0 season and an undisputed National Championship. Vince Young (who did not win a Heisman) had beaten his fellow 2005 Heisman Trophy finalist from USC, Matt Leinart (2004 Heisman Trophy winner) and Reggie Bush (2005 Heisman Trophy winner).

The 2006 Texas Longhorn football team hoped to repeat as national champions even though Vince Young elected to go the NFL early which left freshman Colt McCoy as the starting quarterback. After an early loss to Ohio State, the Longhorns with Colt McCoy at the helm went into November undefeated in Big 12 play. But in a game against Kansas State, Colt McCoy suffered a neck injury on a quarterback sneak which led to a 45–42 Texas loss. This was followed by a 12-7 upset loss against Texas A&M, when Colt was again knocked out of the game. As a result of these losses, Longhorns played in the Alamo Bowl and defeated Iowa 26-24, ending the 2006 season with a 10-3 record.

Texas entered the 2007 ranked in the Top 10 but then suffered back-to-back losses to Kansas State (41–21) and Oklahoma (28–21). Texas surged back winning the next 5 games in a row and appeared to be poised to gain a BCS bowl berth, however, a 30–38 loss to Texas A&M dashed these hopes. The 2007 Longhorns finished the season 10–3 with a demolishing victory over Arizona State, 52-34, in the 2007 Holiday Bowl.[30]

The 2008 Texas Longhorns started the season ranked #11 but jumped to #1 after beating #1 Oklahoma. They retained their #1 status by beating #11 ranked Missouri and #6 ranked Oklahoma State. The Longhorns then lost to #6 undefeated Texas Tech on a last second, game winning pass from Graham Harrell to Michael Crabtree. A later loss by the Texas Tech Red Raiders to the Oklahoma Sooners caused a three way tied in the Big 12 South, between Texas, Texas Tech and OU each with only one loss to each other. The Big 12 tiebreaker would be decided by who was ranked highest in the final BCS standings.[31] When released and the Sooners were ahead of the Longhorns by .0128 points,[32] sending the Sooners to the Big 12 Championship Game and eventually the BCS National Championship Game, and the Longhorns to the Fiesta Bowl. At the conclusion of the regular season, Colt McCoy was one of the three finalists for the Heisman trophy along with Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford who won the 2008 trophy. On January 5, 2009, the 3rd ranked University of Texas defeated 10th ranked Ohio State, 24-21, in the Fiesta Bowl. With under a minute to play, Texas WR Quan Cosby caught the game winning touchdown, ending the Longhorn's season with a 12-1 record.

The 2009 Texas team went undefeated (13-0) in the regular season and played Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship Game which they won 13-12 by a last second Hunter Lawerence field goal, becoming the 2009 Big 12 Champions. The #2 Longhorns and Heisman Finalist Colt McCoy faced #1 Alabama and the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram at the Rose Bowl in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game. On Texas' first drive of the game, Colt McCoy injured his shoulder which knocked him out of the game. True Freshman, Garrett Gilbert, would play the entire game and even brought the team within 3 points in the fourth quarter, however the Texas Longhorns would eventually lose the game 37-21.

Notable games

  • November 30, 1893 – Texas' very first football game was an astounding upset victory. The varsity team sent a band of 15 players to face the "Champions of Texas" Dallas Football Club, a team that had been undefeated for several years. The game ended with an 18-16 upset victory for Texas. From there, Texas went undefeated in its first season of football.
  • October 10, 1900 – The first meeting between Texas and Oklahoma resulted in a 28-2 victory over the Sooners. From there Texas went on to win the next three in the series until a 6-6 tie in 1903.
  • November 25, 1920 – The largest crowd in history (est. 20,000) was on hand to see undefeated Texas and undefeated Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day. The winning score was set up by an incredible one handed catch by Tom Dennis. Texas won the game 7-3 and gave the Aggies their first loss in two years.
  • October 23, 1923 – Texas faced a then powerful Vanderbilt team at the State Fair. The lone highlight was an incredible run made by Texas' Oscar Ekhardt where he knocked over several Vanderbilt defenders before crossing the goalline for the score. Texas went on to shut out Vanderbilt 16-0.
  • October 18, 1930 – Undefeated Texas faced undefeated Oklahoma in Dallas. The game was a defensive battle as both teams were tied at 7 going into the fourth quarter until Texas answered with a 98 yard touchdown drive to take the lead. Texas would answer again with a field goal to put the game away 17-7 marking a fourth straight victory over the Sooners.
  • October 6, 1934 – The game that brought Texas to more national prominence as the Longhorns beat Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, 7-6. The loss for Notre Dame was their first opening setback since 1896.
  • October 21, 1939 – With Texas trailing 13-7 to Arkansas and under 1 minute to play in the game, many fans were headed for the exits when halfback Jack Crain caught a short pass and ran 67 yards untouched for the go ahead score. This game was known as the "Renaissance Game" during the Bible era and the win revitalized the Texas football program.
  • November 28, 1940 – Inspired by head coach Dana X. Bibles "It can be done" speech, Texas' Noble Doss was credited for the "impossible catch" that set up the only touchdown of the game. Texas won 7-0 and knocked Texas A&M from a Rose Bowl bid and a national championship. Texas finished 8-2 on the season.
  • December 6, 1941 – #4 Texas was not awarded the Rose Bowl bid and took out its aggression on Oregon, overwhelming them 71-7.
  • January 1, 1943 – Texas' first bowl game was against #5 Georgia Tech in the Cotton Bowl. #11 Texas went on to win the game 14-7.
  • January 1, 1946 – Bobby Layne, one of Texas' greatest quarterbacks of all time, contributed to every point scored in the 1946 Cotton Bowl victory over Missouri in a 40-27 win.
  • January 5, 1947 – #5 Texas reeled off a huge victory over #6 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, 27-7, finished the season 10-1 in Blair Cherry's first season as head coach.
  • January 1, 1949 – Texas faced #8 ranked Georgia in the Orange Bowl. The Longhorns were considered a huge underdog prior to the game but scored 17 unanswered points in the second half and won the game 41-28.
  • November 4, 1950 – #7 Texas faced the #1 team in the nation, the SMU Mustangs. The Longhorns defense held their great halfback, Kyle Rote, to minus 3 yards rushing in a 23-20 victory for Texas.
  • January 1, 1953 – The rematch from the 1951 Cotton Bowl, #9 Texas again faced Tennessee in the 1953 Cotton Bowl. The Longhorns held the Vols to minus 14 yards rushing in a 16-0 shutout win.
  • November 13, 1954 – With Texas down 7-27 against top ranked TCU, the Horns rallied off 21 unanswered points for the comeback win by 1 point 35-34. The game 813 yards of total offense and was Texas' greatest comeback win at the time.
  • October 11, 1958 – Texas headed into Dallas against #2 ranked Oklahoma as a 13 point underdog. The Longhorns struck first and went for the two-point conversion to put them up 8-0. OU came back and led Texas 14-8 until Bobby Lackey hit Bobby Bryant with a touchdown pass with three minutes left in the game. Texas won 15-14 and ended a six game losing streak to the Sooners.
  • January 1, 1964 – #1 ranked Texas faced #2 ranked Navy in the Cotton Bowl. Navy was led by Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach. Texas won convincingly 28-6 and celebrated its first National Championship, finishing the season 11-0.
  • January 1, 1965 – #5 Texas faced Joe Namath and #1 Alabama in the Orange Bowl. The game was noted for the Texas goal line stand led by Tommy Nobis. In the remaining minutes of the game, Nobis met Namath just inches short of the goal line and Texas won 21-17.
  • January 1, 1969 – With the newly installed Wishbone offense by Royal, #1 Texas was dominating opponents in every game. Texas, led by quarterback James Street, faced Tennessee once again in the Cotton Bowl. The game was not close as Texas won in dominating fashion, 36-13.
  • December 6, 1969 - Texas was unbeated in 18 games and Arkansas had won 15 straight. Texas was ranked #1 by the AP poll and Arkansas was ranked #2. With Texas behind 14-8, Royal instructed Street to pass on 4th and inches. Street rolled left and hit Randy Peschel for the 42 yard gain to set up the touchdown. Two plays later Jim Bertlesen crossed the goal line and Texas won 15-14 in what became known as the "Game of the Century".
  • January 1, 1970 – Fresh off their win against Arkansas, Texas faced Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Notre Dame was ending its 44 year self-imposed bowl moratorium. The game was an instant classic as the Irish led 17-14 with under seven minutes to play. Texas quarterback James Street led a 76 yard drive with 2 fourth down conversions and the go ahead score as Texas won 21-17 and cemented the schools second National Championship. It was also Texas' 500th win in school history.
  • December 5, 1970 – #1 Texas faced #4 Arkansas in what many believed to be another shootout similar to the previous years meeting. The Longhorns dominated both sides of the game and won convincingly 42-7 capturing Texas' third National Championship.
  • January 1, 1973 – #3 Texas was making its fifth straight Cotton Bowl appearance after winning the Southwest Conference again. Texas faced Bear Bryant and #5 ranked Alabama. With Alabama leading 13-10 and under 6 minutes to play, Texas quarterback Alan Lowry ran a bootleg play to perfection and scored from the Alabama 30 as Texas won another Cotton Bowl trophy, 17-13 and finished 3rd in the polls.
  • December 27, 1975 – #9 Texas faced #10 Colorado in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Down 21-7 at halftime, Texas came back in the second half scoring 31 unanswered points against a staggering Colorado defense and won 38-21.
  • October 8, 1977 – Randy McEachern came off the bench at quarterback for Texas after both the 1st and 2nd string starters went out with injuries. The third string quarterback led Texas on an 80 yard score as #5 Texas beat #2 Oklahoma 13-6.
  • November 26, 1977 – Earl Campbell ran for 222 yards and four touchdowns as #1 Texas whipped #12 Texas A&M in College Station, 57-28. The win capped off an 11-0 perfect season for the Longhorns.
  • January 1, 1982 – #3 Alabama was leading #6 Texas 10-0 in the fourth quarter of the 1982 Cotton Bowl. Texas rallied twice behind quarterback Robert Brewer in the last minutes of the game to win 14-12 snapping Alabama's six game bowl win streak. Texas holds a 7-1-1 all time record over the Crimson Tide, losing their first game ever to Alabama in the 2009 Rose Bowl National Championship game, 37-21.[33]
  • September 17, 1983 – #3 Texas faced Bo Jackson at #5 Auburn to open the 1983 season. Texas was able to shut down Auburn's running game and prevailed 20-7 starting off another undefeated season.
  • October 17, 1987 – Texas was in a rebuilding year while #15 Arkansas was in line for a Southwest Conference championship. Down 14-0, Texas managed to come from behind to win. In the final seconds of the game Brett Stafford threw a 30 yard touchdown pass for the score as a stunned Arkansas audience watched Texas win 16-14. It was the first time in UT history that a game was decided on the final play.
  • September 8, 1990 – #23 Texas started off the 1990 season with an upset victory at #21 Penn State 17-13, and the "Shock the Nation Tour" season took the Longhorns to a #3 national ranking and a near perfect 10-1 season.
  • December 7, 1996 – An unranked Texas team faced #3 Nebraska in the inaugural Big 12 Championship game. Texas up by only three points faced a 4th and inches call when James Brown rolled to his left and hit Derek Lewis for a 61 yard completion that set up the touchdown by Priest Holmes. Texas went on to win 37-27 and claimed the Big 12's first conference championship.
  • October 31, 1998 – In Mack Brown's first year as head coach, #20 Texas went into Lincoln to face #7 Nebraska. With a powerful running game behind Ricky Williams and 269 yards passing by Major Applewhite, Texas ended Nebraska's 47 game home win streak, 20-16.
  • October 23, 1999 – #3 Nebraska faced #17 Texas in Austin looking to salvage the previous years upset win in Lincoln. The Texas team fought strong on both offense and defense as the Horns won a third straight time over the Cornhuskers, 24-20.
  • December 28, 2001 – Major Applewhite saved his best game for last as #9 Texas met #21 Washington in the 2001 Holiday Bowl. The game was a shoot-out with several lead changes in the second half. Major Applewhite set a record 473 yards passing with 4 touchdown passes as Texas won 47-43.
  • November 15, 2003 – Unranked Texas Tech came into Austin with a powerful pass offense as both teams combined for over 1000 yards total offense. The game came down to the final minutes when Chance Mock led Texas on an 80 yard drive to score and win the game 43-40.
  • September 11, 2004 – Two old conference rivals met in Fayetteville, AR as #7 Texas faced Arkansas again. Vince Young led the way for the Horns as Texas won a close game 22-20.
  • January 1, 2005 – Winning an at-large bid in the Bowl Championship Series, Texas made its first ever Rose Bowl appearance against Big 10 champion Michigan. Despite both teams' rich histories, it was their first-ever meeting. Michigan had a 31-21 lead at the end of the third quarter, but Vince Young led two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. Dusty Mangum kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to seal a 38-37 win for the Longhorns.
  • September 10, 2005 – #2 Texas defeated #4 Ohio State 25-22 in Ohio Stadium, in the first-ever matchup between the two storied programs. Thanks to three turnovers, OSU started drives at the Texas 18, 30, and 37 yard lines, but the Texas defense held them to a field goal each time. A highlight-reel 24-yard touchdown grab by Limas Sweed put Texas ahead for good with 2:19 left to play. Both teams went on to win their respective conferences (Texas won the Big 12 outright; OSU shared the Big 10 title with Penn State) and play in BCS bowls.
  • December 3, 2005 – Texas destroyed Colorado 70-3 in the Big 12 Championship Game, earning its second Big 12 title. It was, and still is, the most lopsided conference championship game in college football history. #2 Texas led 42-3 at halftime and 70-3 with 7:36 left in the third quarter.
  • January 4, 2006 – #2 Texas defeated #1 Southern California 41-38 in the Rose Bowl to clinch a 13-0 season and its fourth national championship. The two teams had a combined 53-game winning streak and USC was playing for its third consecutive national title. Down 38-26 with 6:42 to play, Texas scored 15 unanswered points to win, capped by a 4th-down rushing touchdown by quarterback Vince Young with 0:19 left in the game. Young accounted for 467 yards of total offense. The win marked Texas' 800th all time victory. The game is widely regarded as one of the best games in college football history.
  • December 27, 2007 – #17 Texas was selected to play #12 Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl. Prior to the game Sun Devils quarterback, Rudy Carpenter, made it known to the Texas players that he was not impressed with them during bowl game functions. The Texas defense proved him wrong all throughout the game pounding the Sun Devils quarterback and eventually taking him out of the game. Texas went on to win the first meeting between the schools, 52-34 finishing 10-3.
  • October 11, 2008 – #5 Texas went into Dallas to face #1 Oklahoma. Down 14-3 early, Jordan Shipley returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead. The game was a back and forth shoot-out between two great quarterbacks, Colt McCoy of Texas and Sam Bradford of Oklahoma. Late in the 4th quarter Texas led 38-35 and faced a 1st and 10 from their own 36 when Texas running back, Chris Ogbonnaya took off 62 yards down the sideline to put Texas in scoring position at the OU 2. Texas went on to win 45-35 and obtain their first #1 ranking in the polls since 1984.
  • January 5, 2009 – #3 Texas faced #10 Ohio State in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. This was only the third meeting between the two storied programs with both teams winning once. Texas led 17-6 into the fourth quarter when Ohio State came back to lead 21-17. With under two minutes to play Texas quarterback Colt McCoy led the Horns on an 80 yard drive. Quan Cosby caught a 26 yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score as Texas won 24-21. This was Texas' third straight victory in a BCS Bowl game and fifth straight bowl victory.
  • December 5, 2009 – Two top 11 defenses clashed as #3 Texas faced #22 Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Both offenses combined for only 308 total yards. On the final second, Hunter Lawrence hit a 46-yard field goal to seal a 13-12 victory and Texas' third Big 12 title.


National championships (4)

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl
1963 Darrell Royal AP, Coaches 11-0 Won Cotton
1969 Darrell Royal AP, Coaches 11-0 Won Cotton
1970 Darrell Royal Coaches* 10-1 Lost Cotton
2005 Mack Brown BCS, AP, Coaches 13-0 Won Rose
Total national championships: 4
  • Texas retained a #1 ranking in the UPI Poll that time released its final rankings prior to bowl games. Nebraska was #1 in the final AP Poll, conducted after the bowl games. Both titles are recognized by the NCAA.

Texas has also been awarded national titles which are not recognized by either the NCAA nor the University:

  • 1914, 1918, 1930, 1941, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1961, 1968, 1977, and 1981

Conference championships (32)

Texas has won a combined 32 conference championships. Texas won the Southwest Conference 27 times, 21 times outright, and has won the Big 12 Conference three times.[34]

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1913 TIAA 7-1 3-0
1914 TIAA 8-0 4-0
1916 Southwest 7-2 5-1
1918 Southwest 9-0 4-0
1920 Southwest 9-0 5-0
1928 Southwest 7-2 5-1
1930 Southwest 8-1-1 4-1
1942 Southwest 9-2 5-1
1943 Southwest 7-1-1 5-0
1945 Southwest 10-1 5-1
1950 Southwest 9-2 6-0
1952 Southwest 9-2 6-0
1953† Southwest 7-3 5-1
1959† Southwest 9-2 5-1
1961† Southwest 10-1 6-1
1962 Southwest 9-1-1 6-0-1
1963 Southwest 11-0 7-0
1968† Southwest 9-1-1 6-1
1969 Southwest 11-0 7-0
1970 Southwest 10-1 7-0
1971 Southwest 8-3 6-1
1972 Southwest 10-1 7-0
1973 Southwest 8-3 7-0
1975† Southwest 10-2 6-1
1977 Southwest 11-1 8-0
1983 Southwest 11-1 8-0
1990 Southwest 10-2 8-0
1994† Southwest 8-4 4-3
1995 Southwest 10-2-1 7-0
1996 Big 12 8-5 6-2
2005 Big 12 13-0 8-0
2009 Big 12 13-1 8-0

† Denotes co-champions

Conference affiliations

Divisional championships (6)

Texas has made 5 appearances in the Big 12 Championship Game as winner of the Big 12 South Division. Texas is 3-2 in those appearances.

Year Division Championship Big 12 CG Result Opponent PF PA
1996 Big 12 South W Nebraska 37 27
1999 Big 12 South L Nebraska 6 22
2001 Big 12 South L Colorado 37 39
2005 Big 12 South W Colorado 70 3
2008 Big 12 South† NA NA NA NA
2009 Big 12 South W Nebraska 13 12

†Threeway tie for first place in the Big 12 South Division, due to a tiebreaking rule Texas was not invited to the Big 12 Championship Game.

Bowl Championship Series Games (4)

Texas has played in 4 BCS Games, including two BCS National Championships.

Year BCS Game BCS Game Result Opponent PF PA
2005 Rose Bowl W #12 Michigan 38 37
2006 Rose Bowl (BCS National Championship) W #1 USC 41 38
2009 Fiesta Bowl W #10 Ohio State 24 21
2010 BCS National Championship (@ Rose Bowl) L #1 Alabama 21 37

Record book

National records

  • Texas ranks as the 2nd most winningest NCAA college football program with an 845-317-33 all-time win/loss record as of 2009.
  • Texas ranks 2nd in the NCAA post-season bowl game appearances with 48 appearances as of 2008 with a 25-21-2 record.
  • Texas holds an NCAA record for most winning seasons at 105 out of 116 seasons of football.
  • Texas is the only football program to post at least 10 wins in every season since 2001.
  • Texas is the only football program to post at least 9 wins in every season since 1998.

Conference records

  • Texas ranks 1st in the Big 12 conference for most bowl game appearances and victories.
  • Texas is the only Big 12 conference program to win three BCS Bowl Games with a 3-1 record.
  • Texas ranks 1st with a Big 12 conference record of 88-24 (79%) since conference began in 1996.
  • Texas holds the Big 12 Conference record for 21 consecutive conference wins from 2004–2006.
  • Texas holds the record for the most Southwest Conference Championships won with 27.
  • Texas won a record 6 straight Southwest Conference Championships from 1968-1973.

Poll records

  • Texas holds an NCAA record for most consecutive weeks ranked in the AP Top 25 at 155.
  • Texas has been ranked 63 times out of 74 final AP Polls since the poll began in 1936.
  • Texas ranks 6th in total appearances in the AP Poll with 670 weekly appearances.
  • Texas has been ranked #1 in the AP Poll a total of 45 weeks.
  • Texas has appeared in 47 out of 60 pre-season polls since it began in 1950.
  • Texas holds a 30-7-3 win-loss record as the number 1 team in the AP Poll.
  • Texas has been ranked in the top 5 of the AP Poll a total of 262 weeks.
  • Texas has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll a total of 436 weeks.
  • Texas has finished the season in the top 25 overall in 47 out of 73 possible polls.

Bowl records

  • Texas ranks 2nd in the NCAA post-season bowl game appearances with 48 appearances as of 2008 with a 25-21-2 record.
  • Texas holds the record for the most Cotton Bowl appearances and victories.
  • 12 Straight post season appearances with 8-4 bowl record since 1998 (Longest in Big 12, 4th Longest in NCAA)
  • Texas had 6 consecutive bowl streaks from 1959–1964, 8 from 1968–1975, and 9 from 1977-1985.
  • 4 BCS Bowl appearances with 3-1 record in BCS Bowl games (75%) 2nd winningest trailing only LSU at 4-0 (100%)
  • Texas is tied for 3rd place with most all-time bowl victories.
  • Texas has won all four BCS Bowls (Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, and Orange) including the Cotton Bowl.

Other accomplishments

  • First college team to implement the famous Wing-T and Wishbone Offenses.
  • 2 Straight seasons with 12 or more wins since 2008
  • 17 consecutive road game win streak
  • 13 consecutive nonconference game win streak
  • Texas has won 10 or more games in 23 seasons.
  • Texas has won 9 or more games in 38 seasons.
  • Texas has 105 winning seasons out of 116 total seasons of football.
  • Texas has won the Big 12 Conference Championship Game 3 times; 1996, 2005, 2009.
  • Texas holds a 75-36-5 all time record over arch-rival Texas A&M.
  • Texas holds a 56-21-0 all time record over arch-rival Arkansas.
  • Texas holds a 59-40-5 all time record over arch-rival Oklahoma.

Texas in the polls

Year Record AP Coaches
1941 8-1-1 4 N/A
1942 9-2-0 11 N/A
1943 7-1-1 14 N/A
1945 10-1-0 5 N/A
1946 8-2-0 15 N/A
1947 10-1-0 5 N/A
1950 9-2-0 3 2
1952 9-2-0 10 11
1953 7-3-0 11 8
1957 6-4-1 11 11
1959 9-2-0 4 4
1960 7-3-1 N/A 17
1961 10-1-0 3 4
1962 9-1-1 4 4
1963 11-0-0 1 1
1964 10-1-0 5 5
1968 9-1-1 3 5
1969 11-0-0 1 1
1970 10-1-0 3 1
1971 8-3-0 18 12
1972 10-1-0 3 5
1973 8-3-0 14 8
1974 8-4-0 17 N/A
1975 10-2-0 6 7
Year Record AP Coaches
1977 11-1-0 4 5
1978 9-3-0 9 9
1979 9-3-0 12 13
1981 10-1-1 2 4
1982 9-3-0 17 18
1983 11-1-0 5 5
1987 7-5-0 N/A 19
1990 10-2-0 12 11
1994 8-4-0 25 23
1995 10-2-1 14 14
1996 8-5-0 23 23
1998 9-3-0 15 16
1999 9-5-0 21 23
2000 9-3-0 12 12
2001 11-2-0 5 5
2002 11-2-0 6 7
2003 10-3-0 12 11
2004 11-1-0 5 4
2005 13-0-0 1 1
2006 10-3-0 13 13
2007 10-3-0 10 10
2008 12-1-0 4 3
2009 13-1-0 2 2
2010 0-0-0 N/A N/A

Bowl games

Team Accomplishments

Awards and honors

Major honors

Earl Campbell - 1977
Ricky Williams - 1998
Tommy Nobis - 1965
Ricky Williams - 1998
Vince Young - 2005
Colt McCoy - 2009
Ricky Williams - 1998
Colt McCoy - 2008
Colt McCoy - 2009
Earl Campbell - 1977
Ricky Williams - 1998
Colt McCoy - 2009
Vince Young - 2005
Colt McCoy - 2009
Cedric Benson - 2004
Vince Young - 2005
Colt McCoy - 2009
Ricky Williams - 1998
Earl Campbell - 1977
Ricky Williams - 1998
Colt McCoy - 2009
Earl Campbell - 1977

Offensive honors

Ricky Williams - 1997
Ricky Williams - 1998
Cedric Benson - 2004
Vince Young - 2005
Colt McCoy - 2009
Colt McCoy - 2009
Vince Young - 2005
Colt McCoy - 2009

Coaching Honors

Darrell Royal - 1963
Darrell Royal - 1970
Darrell Royal - 1961
Darrell Royal - 1963
Darrell Royal - 1963
Darrell Royal - 1969
Mack Brown - 2005
Mack Brown - 2008
Greg Davis - 2005

Defensive honors

Kenneth Sims - 1981
Tony Degrate - 1984
Brian Orakpo - 2008
Derrick Johnson - 2004
Brian Orakpo - 2008
Scott Appleton - 1963
Tommy Nobis - 1965
Brad Shearer - 1977
Derrick Johnson - 2004
Michael Huff - 2005
Aaron Ross - 2006
Brian Orakpo - 2008
Scott Appleton - 1963
Kenneth Sims - 1981

Other honors

Dallas Griffin - 2007
Pat Culpepper - 1962
Dana X. Bible (Head Coach and Athletic Director) - 1954
Darrell Royal (Head Coach and Athletic Director) - 2010

Retired jersey numbers

Bobby Layne (#22) - 1944-1947
Tommy Nobis (#60) - 1963-1965
Earl Campbell (#20) - 1974-1977
Ricky Williams (#34) - 1995-1998
Vince Young (#10) - 2003-2005

Active Longhorns in the NFL

As of 14 March 2009, 47 Longhorns currently play or coach in the NFL.[35]



The University's biggest rival historically is Texas A&M University,[36][37] although UT considers the Oklahoma Sooners to also be important rivals in football, especially in recent years due to the prominence of both programs.[38] The once major Arkansas rivalry has become lessed since their move to the SEC, and now that they no longer play regularly. Other teams have also been considered to be rivals of Texas in various sports.[39][40][41][42]

University of Oklahoma

2006 Red River Rivalry with yellow arrow indicating the crowd split at the 50 yard line

Texas has a long-standing rivalry with the University of Oklahoma. The football game between the University of Texas and Oklahoma is commonly known as the "Red River Rivalry" and is held annually in Dallas, Texas at the Cotton Bowl. Dallas is used as a "neutral site" since it is approximately mid-way between the two campuses. The stadium is split with each team having an equal number of supporters on each side of the 50 yard line. Texas state flags fly around the Longhorn end of the stadium and Oklahoma state flags fly around the Sooner end.

The Red River Shootout originated in 1900, while Oklahoma was still a territory of the United States, and it is the longest-running college-football rivalry played on a neutral field.[43] Since 2005, the football game has received sponsorship dollars in return for being referred to as the "SBC Red River Rivalry"[44] (changed to AT&T Red River Rivalry in 2006 after SBC merged with AT&T), a move which has been criticized both for its commercialism[45] and its political correctness.[46] The University of Texas holds its annual Torchlight Parade during the week of the Red River Rivalry.[47]

In recent years, this rivalry has taken on added significance, since both football programs have been highly ranked and compete in the same division of the Big 12 conference. In 2005, the Dallas Morning News did an opinion poll of the 119 Division 1A football coaches as to the nations top rivalry game in college football. The Texas-OU game was ranked third.[48]

The game typically has conference or even national significance. Since 1945, one or both of the two teams has been ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation coming into 60 out of 65 games. Texas leads the all-time series 59–40–5, with a 45–35–4 edge in Dallas, and currently has a two-year winning streak (and four of the last five). Six of the last ten showings featured one of the participants in the BCS National Championship Game (2000, 2003–2005, 2008, 2009), including national titles won by Oklahoma in 2000 and by Texas in 2005 and 2009 National Championship game yet to be decided.

University of Arkansas Old Southwest Conference rivals Texas and Arkansas first met in 1894 in a 54-0 blowout by Texas. The two programs have met 77 times and have had many big games which includes the 1969 Game of the Century which eventually led to the Longhorns' 1969 national championship.[49] Although the Texas-Arkansas game commonly known as The Big Shootout, has not been regularly played since Arkansas's departure from the Southwest Conference to the Southeastern Conference in 1991, many Longhorn and Razorback fans consider this an important rivalry. Texas and Arkansas' most recent meeting was in September 2008 in which Texas dominated Arkansas, 52-10. Texas leads the all-time series 56-21-0.

Texas A&M University The Texas/Texas A&M rivalry has given rise to several stereotypes on both sides: Aggies are generally portrayed as ignorant conservative farmers, while Longhorns are portrayed as hippy liberals, and not true Texans.[50] With the exception of the 1994 game, when A&M's probation restricted the Aggies from being televised, the annual football game with Texas A&M traditionally takes place on Thanksgiving Day or the day after each year. The Longhorns have a record of 75–36–5 all-time against the Aggies.

In an attempt to generate more attention for the rivalry in sports other than football, in 2004 the two schools started the Lone Star Showdown,[51] a trial two-year program. Essentially, each time the two schools meet in a sport, the winner of the matchup gets a point. At the end of the year, the school with the most points wins the series and receives the Lone Star Showdown trophy.

Aspects of the rivalry include:

  • Each school mentions the other in its fight song (Texas with "and it's goodbye to A&M" in Texas Fight,[52] and the Aggies singing about Texas for essentially the entirety of the Aggie War Hymn[53]).
  • The football series between the two universities is the third longest running rivalry in all of college football.[54] Since 1900, the last regular season football game is usually reserved for their matchup.[55]
  • Each school has elaborate pre-game preparations for the annual football clash, including the Aggie Bonfire[56] and the Hex Rally[57]
  • Texas has a unique lighting scheme for the UT Tower after wins over Texas A&M.[58]
  • In the past, mischief has preceded the annual game, such as "kidnapping" each other's mascots.[59][60]
  • Texas is 75-36-5 all time against Texas A&M, including 42-18-2 on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Texas improved to 24-22-2 in College Station as of 11-26-09.

Texas Longhorn rivalries: all-time records

Name of rivalry Rival Games played First meeting Last meeting UT win UT loss Ties Win %
Red River Rivalry Oklahoma Sooners 103 1900 2009 won 16-13 59 40 5 .567
The Big Shootout Arkansas Razorbacks 77 1894 2008 won 52-10 56 21 0 .727
Lone Star Showdown Texas A&M Aggies 116 1894 2009 won 49-39 75 36 5 .647


Future schedules

2010 Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4* at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX         
September 11* Wyoming Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX         
September 18 at Texas Tech Jones AT&T StadiumLubbock, TX       
September 25* UCLA Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX         
October 2 vs. Oklahoma Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry)         
October 16 at Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE         
October 23 Iowa State Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX         
October 30 Baylor Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX         
November 6 at Kansas State Bill Snyder Family Football StadiumManhattan, KS         
November 13 Oklahoma State Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX         
November 20* Florida Atlantic Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX         
November 25 Texas A&M Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX (Lone Star Showdown)       
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Notable future non-conference games


Head coaches

Coach Years Record
Mack Brown 1998 - Current 128-27 (as of 1/07/10)
John Mackovic 1992–1997 41-28-2
David McWilliams 1987–1991 31-26
Fred Akers 1977–1986 86-31-2
Darrell K Royal 1957–1976 167-47-5
Ed Price 1951–1956 33-27-1
Blair Cherry 1947–1951 32-10-1
Dana X. Bible 1937–1946 63-31-3
Jack Chevigny 1934–1936 13-14-2
Clyde Littlefield 1927–1933 44-18-6
Edward J. "Doc" Stewart 1923–1926 24-9-3
Berry Whitaker 1920–1922 22-3-1
William Juneau 1917–1919 19-7
Eugene Van Gent 1916 7-2
Dave Allerdice 1911–1915 33-7
Billy Wasmund 1910 6-2
Dexter W. Draper 1909 4-3-1
W. E. Metzenthin 1907–1908 11-5-1
H. R. Schenker 1906 9-1
Ralph Hutchinson 1903–1905 16-7-2
J. B. Hart 1902 6-3-1
Samuel Huston Thompson 1900–1901 14-2-1
Maurice Gordon Clarke 1899 6-2
David Farragut Edwards 1898 5-1
Walter F. Kelly 1897 6-2
Harry Orman Robinson 1896 4-2-1
Frank Crawford 1895 5-0
Reginald DeMerritt Wentworth 1894 6-1
Albert Lefevra (manager not coach) 1893 4-0



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About the 2005 National Championship team


  • Former Texas head coach Darrell Royal - "Amazing," Darrell Royal said quietly. "There's just no other word for it. Amazing.", commenting on the Rose Bowl.
  • USC head coach Pete Carroll - "The quarterback just ran all over the place," he said. "He's a fantastic player. He was the difference. And how classic was it," Carroll added, "that he ran it in on the last play?"
  • USC head coach Pete Carroll - [speaking about Vince Young] "That's the best single-game performance I've ever had against me."
  • Texas head coach Mack Brown - "We never, ever, really thought we'd lose the ballgame,"
  • Texas quarterback Vince Young - "It's so beautiful," Young said as he received the MVP crystal. "Don't you think that's beautiful? It's coming home all the way to Austin, Texas, baby."
  • USC quarterback Matt Leinart - "This is what it's all about, 41-38 in the final game," said Leinart, the Trojans quarterback and Heisman winner a year ago. "You couldn't ask for anything better. This was a great football game. We gave our hearts, they gave their hearts, and they came out on top."
  • Dennis Dodd of CBS - "What you saw Wednesday night was the best player in University of Texas history. That's the state university of the state that thinks it invented the game."
  • After the Rose Bowl, former USC and NFL safety Ronnie Lott said "Vince Young is the greatest quarterback to ever play college football".
  • John Ryan - San Jose Mercury News - "when the Rose Bowl chooses their "all century team", the quarterback will not be from the Big-10 or Pac-10, it will be Vince Young of Texas."
  • Mathew Zemek - Fox Sports - "In a once-in-a-lifetime national championship game, Vince Young became a once-in-a-lifetime college football legend...Vince Young is easily the greatest single player in the history of the Rose Bowl (a mouthful of a statement in its own right), and likely the owner of the greatest single-game performance in the 137-year history of Division I-A college football."
  • Jay Leno - Tonight Show host - "We have Vince Young on the show tonight...We were able to do something USC couldn't do, we grabbed him."
    • Leno, Jay. "Monologue", Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 2006-01-05. URL accessed on 2006-07-24.



  • "But the two head coaches bring vastly divergent philosophies to the table, and it seems to be a pivotal reason that OU has won four conference titles in Stoops' previous eight seasons, while Texas has won just one in Brown's nine. Stoops calls a spade a spade. Mack calls it an elongated tool for digging soil."

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