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The Texas Longhorns Football Team is the intercollegiate football team at The University of Texasmarker in Austin, Texasmarker. On November 27, 2008, the Longhorns passed Notre Dame as the second winningest college football team, having won 832 games to Notre Dame's 831. However, another source that takes into account all game forfeitures by NCAA teams has the Longhorns with 835 wins. They are ranked 2nd in all-time wins, one of only seven programs to have attained at least 800 all-time victories, ranked 3rd in all-time winning percentage (72.7%), ranked 2nd in number of bowl game appearances (25-21-2), and ranked 8th in number of games played (1182). The Longhorns have won four Division I-A national championships — in 1963, 1969, 1970, and 2005, 30 conference championships, and 129 All-Americans (50 consensus). Two Longhorn players have won the Heisman Trophy, college football's highest individual honor: Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1998).

In 2008 the Texas Longhorn football program kept its record NFL Draft streak alive by having at least one player selected in 71 consecutive drafts dating back to 1938. As of 2008, ESPN ranked the Texas Longhorns the 7th most prestigious college football program since 1936.

Texas football plays its home games at Darrell K.marker Royal-Texas Memorial Stadiummarker, located on-campus in Austin. The current head coach of the team is Mack Brown, who is under contract through the 2016 season. When Brown retires, he will be succeeded by Will Muschamp, who was named coach-in-waiting in November 2008.

Current coaching staff

The current head coach of the team is Mack Brown, who is under contract through the 2016 season. When Brown retires, he will be succeeded by Will Muschamp, who was named coach-in-waiting in November 2008. Mack Brown has been the head coach of the Longhorns since 1998. His offensive coordinator is Greg Davis and his defensive coordinator is Will Muschamp. On January 16, 2008, former UT quarterback Major Applewhite accepted a job with Texas as assistant head coach and running backs coach.

Facilities

Darrell K.
Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium with a view of the Godzillatron
The Longhorns play their home games in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadiummarker (formerly just "Memorial Stadium" and "Texas Memorial Stadium"). The stadium is located on the campus of The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The current official stadium capacity is 100,119, making it the largest football venue in the state of Texas, the largest in the Big 12 Conference, and the 5th largest on-campus stadium in the NCAA. A stadium, Big 12 Conference and then state of Texas attendance record of 101,297 was set on September 19, 2009.

The stadium has been expanded several times since its original opening, with a major expansion completed in 1999. The stadium has been undergoing additional renovations and expansion since 2005. Stage one was completed in 2006 and consisting mainly of updates in accordance with newer fire safety codes. Stage two began in 2006 and consisted of seating expansion and addition of new facilities in the north end zone. Those seats were completed for the 2008 season, though some work is still ongoging to the exterior facade and meeting rooms located inside the expansion.

Renovations began on the stadium November 14, 2005, two days following UT's last home football game of the 2005 season. The improvements scheduled were completed before the 2006-2007 football season, and included additional seating and the nation's first high definition video display in a collegiate facility nicknamed "Godzillatron." With the new bleacher seating section added behind the south endzone, the stadium's stated capacity for the 2006 season was 85,123. An attendance record of 89,442 people occurred on September 9, 2006 for the Longhorns' 24–7 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes. That set a new record for the greatest number of people ever to gather for a football game in the state of Texas. It also set a record for the number of people watching a game at any stadium in the Big 12 Conference.

Due to the north end zone expansion the Longhorns broke this record several times in 2008. An attendance record of 98,053 people occurred on August 30, 2008 for the Longhorns' 52–10 win against Florida Atlantic University. That set a new record for the greatest number of people ever to gather for a football game in the state of Texas. It also set a record for the number of people watching a game at any stadium in the Big 12 Conference. The record was beaten three times later in the year when 98,383 saw the #1-ranked Longhorns defeat the #11-ranked Missouri Tigers, then when 98,518 saw UT beat the #6-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, and then when 98,621 saw #4-ranked Texas beat unranked rival Texas A&M 49–9 on November 27, 2008.

Construction in the south end zone of the stadium began in late April/early May 2009 with the building of two additional "towers", a new Football Academic Center, a new Hall of Fame, and the addition of 4,525 permanent bleacher seats, which raised the home attendance to more than 100,000. Funding for this project cost approximately $27 million dollars and also included money to change from natural to artificial grass. In June 2009, the university completed the process of replacing the stadium's natural grass playing surface with FieldTurf. The November 21, 2009 game against Kansas registered an attendance of 101,357 which is the current overall attendance record for the stadium and the Big 12 Conference.

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 Statemarker's Beaver Stadiummarker, the largest football stadium in North America. 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 15 years (approximately the 2024 season).

Uniforms

Colors

The 1893 team did not always wear orange; their uniforms were gold and white. 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 were in favor of royal blue. By 1899, a UT fan could have worn any of yellow, orange, white, red, maroon, or even blue.

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 Royal revived the burnt-orange color in the early 1960s.

Helmets

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

History

The University of Texas began playing football in 1893 and has traditionally been considered a college football powerhouse, having earned four National Championships, including one to conclude the 2005-06 season. From 1936 to 2008, Longhorn football teams have been ranked in 63 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 27 times, or more than one-third of the time, and finished in the top twenty-five 46 times out of 72 polls, according to the Associated Press.

From 1893-1932 the Longhorn football program began to dominate college football producing a 247-75-16 or 78% winning record. In 1933, the program had it first losing season ever, going 4-5-2. Some of the following years did not get much better for Texas during the Great Depression until 1939 when a comeback victory over Arkansas revitalized the Texas Football Program. For the next 15 seasons Texas produced winning records and once again dominated the college football scene going 115-35-3 or 77% from 1939-1953.

The Longhorn football program experienced sustained success under the guidance of legendary head coach Darrell Royal, who led the Longhorns to three National Championships (in 1963, 1969, and 1970) during his twenty-year career with the Longhorns (1957–1976) going 167-47-5.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the program was somewhat less successful, but Texas has since returned to prominence in college football, finishing in the top six of the AP and coaches' polls in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2008. Texas is 127-26 in games since the 1998 season.

Two Texas Longhorn running backs have won college football's most prestigious individual award, the Heisman Trophy: Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1998). Eleven Longhorns have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Famemarker, while four are enshrined in the NFL Hall of Famemarker. Other Longhorn players have also received recognition for their performance.

As of the end of the 2009 season, the Longhorns' all-time record is 844–316–33 (.726). Only Notre Dame and the University of Michigan have won a greater percentage of games played than Texas, and only Michigan has won more games overall. Texas recorded its 800th victory with the Longhorns' 41–38 win over the USC Trojans in the 2006 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowlmarker. On November 27, 2008, Texas' 49–9 victory over Texas A&M in the last game of the regular season was the 831th win for the UT football program, which surpassed Notre Dame for 2nd in the list of total wins. Notre Dame lost later that week in their final regular season game, and both teams won their bowl contest, leaving Texas with 832 wins and Notre Dame with 831 until the 2009 season.

The Longhorns are currently coached by Mack Brown, who came to Texas after being head coach at North Carolinamarker.

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.

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 resulted in a 38-0 shutout victory for Texas in Austin. Texas also faced Arkansas in the first meeting between the two schools resulting in a 54-0 shutout victory for Texas in Austin 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 in Austin. Over the next 30 years Texas had a slew of coaches none with a tenure longer than three years, however the University of Texas football team's record over this tumultuous period was an astounding 200-57-12, quickly becoming one of the winningest college football programs. Texas participated in the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1913-1917 winning two titles in 1913 and 1914 then Texas joined the Southwest Conference in 1915 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 going 8-2 if not for a loss to TCU. Coach Littlefield only had one losing season in 1933 mainly due to younger players and injuries to starters; however it was one to many. After the 1933 season ending 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. Till this day he is still the 4th winningest coach for the University of Texas with a record of 44-18-6.

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, IN. 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. Till this day Chevigny is the only head football coach at UT with a losing record of 13-14-2.

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. 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 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. He is still to this day the 3rd winningest coach in UT history with a record of 63-31-3. 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.

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 was Texas' only blimish 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 season. When Cherry quit he suffered from an ulcer and insomnia although 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.

After Cherry’s abrupt resignation Ed Price was promoted to head coach. The first three seasons under Price carried over the success of Bible and Cherry leading the Longhorns to 3 winning seasons, a victory over Tennessee in the Cotton Bowl, and two SWC titles, until 1954 when Texas went 4-5-1, its first losing season in 15 years. After capping off a three losing seasons in a row with a 1-9 season (the worst record in the schools history) Price tendered his resignation in 1956. At the end of his coaching career Price was 33-27-1 in six seasons.

The Age of Royal (1957-1976)

Darrell K. Royal, a native Oklahomanmarker, 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 1960's and 1970's 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 1960's 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.marker Royal Texas Memorial Stadiummarker.

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 has 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 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. 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.

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 future National Champions Colorado. The 1990 Longhorns went to the Cotton Bowl where they were destroyed 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.

The forcing out of David McWilliams, allowed UT to hire John Mackovic as head coach from Illinois. Having coach at the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys, Mackovic brought a fresh prospective 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 the Horns went 6-5 (but were not bowl eligible due to one win over a D1-AA school), and in 1993 went 5-5-1. The Longhorns began to see some hope in 1994 when after a 7-4 regular season record and a shared SWC title, Texas 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 with a SWC title, although 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 a victory over the defending National Champion Nebraska. Texas won the first ever Big 12 Conference title and went to the Fiesta Bowl where they were defeated by Penn State. After a major loss to UCLA at the beginning of the 1997 season, and going 4-7, Mackovic was reassigned within the athletic department leaving his UT coaching record at 41-28-2.

Mack Brown (1998-Present)

The Longhorns are currently coached by Mack Brown, who came to Texas in 1998, after being head coach at North Carolinamarker. Brown's first season in 1998 was an incredible turnaround from the disappointing 4-7 1997 season, the first losing season since 1956. In 1998, Texas went 9-3 on the season, including an upset victory over Nebraska, 20-16, in Lincoln, 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 dominated Mississippi State in the 1999 Cotton Bowl, the first New Years Bowl victory since 1981. After a great start in 1998, the talk of national championships began in 1999. 1999 did not get off to a good start, but Texas rebounded with a huge third straight victory over #3 Nebraska in Austin and finished the season 9-5. The 2000 season had Texas once again in prime position for a national championship, but 2 losses during the season had Texas ending up with a loss in a shoot-out match with Oregon in the Holiday Bowl. From 2001 through 2003 Texas was once again in prime position to play in the national championship game, but losses to Oklahoma and an upset by Colorado in the 2001 Big XII title game ended those hopes. Texas rebounded to win their bowl games those years, however Brown was criticized for not getting his teams to a BCS bowl game. From 1998 through the 2003 seasons, the Longhorns had a 59–18 (77%) win-loss record. In his first six years at Texas, Brown had a winning record but had not managed to win the Big 12 conference or to lead the Longhorn into a Bowl Championship Series game. He was often lauded for his recruiting while being criticized for failing to win championships.

That changed with the 2004 Texas Longhorn football team (11–1, 2005 Rose Bowl Champions) who played in the 2005 Rose Bowl against the Wolverines of the University of Michigan. The game was the first meeting between the two storied programs and the Longhorns' first trip to the Rose Bowlmarker. In a classic game that featured five lead changes and three tie scores during the course of play, 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 Bowlmarker had ever been decided on the closing play, and it earned the Longhorns a top 5 finish in the polls finishing 11-1 on the season. Three ex-Longhorns from the 2005 Rose Bowl team — Cedric Benson, Derrick Johnson, and Bo Scaife — were selected in the 2005 NFL Draft. Despite the success of the 2004 season, Coach Brown's resume was still lacking a conference championship, let alone a national championship. The 2005 season offered an opportunity to add those credentials.

Brown followed up the strong 2004 season on the field with an extremely successful 2005 recruiting season by securing the top-ranked recruiting class (the 2005 recruiting season is for players entering the University in Fall 2006). Texas returned most of their key players from 2004–2005, including red-shirt Junior Quarterback Vince Young. The 2005 Texas Longhorn football team (13–0, BCS National Champions) was given a pre-season #2 ranking (behind defending National Champions University of Southern California) by Sports Illustrated magazine, and was also ranked second in the AP and USA Today coaches pre-season polls. They maintained those rankings throughout the entire 2005–2006 season. In 2005, Texas was tested early with another big challenge in Columbus, OH where they faced Ohio State in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Texas rebounded late in the game and won the first meeting 25-22. Through the remainder of the season Texas dominated every team they faced including a 45-12 victory over Oklahoma which ended the five loss streak to their arch-rival.

Texas and USC ended up winning out their seasons and faced each other in the National Championship, which Texas won, 41–38, finishing 13-0 on the season. The game featured three former Heisman Trophy candidates; Vince Young, 2004 winner Matt Leinart, and 2005 recipient USC running back Reggie Bush, At the conclusion of the 2005–2006 season, Sports Illustrated issued a special commemorative edition that featured Vince Young shouting in triumph amidst a storm of multi-colored confetti. Features in the special edition included a story on Vince Young's Glory Days by author Tim Layden, as well as a story dissecting How the Rose Bowl was won by Austin Murphy. The issue was on sale nationwide alongside the regular edition of the magazine, which also featured the Rose Bowl on the cover.

The 2006 Texas Longhorn football team (10–3, 2006 Alamo Bowl Champions) hoped to repeat as national champions. The Texas Longhorns returned several offensive (7) and defensive (7) starters from their National Title team, but quarterback Vince Young elected to go the NFL which left freshman Colt McCoy as the starting quarterback.

Texas opened the season with a win at home against North Texas. Their second game, against Ohio State, was one of the most anticipated college football games of the regular season. The Longhorns lost that game, but then defeated Rice, Iowa State and Sam Houston State by a combined score of 145–24. After defeating number 14th ranked Oklahoma Sooners 28–10 in the Red River Rivalry, it appeared that the Longhorns were a near-certainty to once again play in the Big 12 Championship game for a chance to enter the Bowl Championship Series. However, 5 games later against unranked Kansas State, Colt McCoy suffered a neck stinger injury on a quarterback sneak, and in the Lone Star Showdown rivalry game against unranked Texas A&M, he was knocked out of the game by a helmet-to-helmet tackle. Partially due to these injuries, Texas lost both games, 45–42 and 12-7 respectively, their first consecutive losses in over five years. As a result, the Oklahoma Sooners won the division and played in the Big 12 Championship game. The Alamo Bowl, with the 5th pick of Big 12 conference teams selected the Longhorns to play against unranked Iowa who had placed 8th in the Big Ten conference. McCoy was able to return at quarterback, and the Longhorns narrowly defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 26–24.

Texas entered the 2007 season ranked third in the all-time list of both total wins and winning percentage. They were ranked in the Top 10 by numerous pre-season polls. For instance, a pre-season ranking by ESPN writer Mark Schlabach had the Longhorns ranked eighth; Rivals.com had them at ninth. College Football News and Real Football 365 both had Texas ranked third. Texas started out 4–0, but with some sloppy playing, edging out 2 unranked/non-power teams (Arkansas Statemarker and UCF) but easily defeating old SWC foes Rice and 19th-ranked TCU. Texas then suffered back-to-back losses to Kansas State (41–21) and Oklahoma (28–21). Texas surged back into form, winning the next 5 games in a row. They had to come back from double-digit deficits to defeat Nebraska (28–25) and Oklahoma State (38–35) in consecutive weeks and won a shoot-out with Texas Tech (59–43). Nevertheless at 9−2, the Longhorns were 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 demolishing victory over Arizona State, 52-34, in the 2007 Holiday Bowl.

In January 2008 NBC Sports listed the Texas Longhorns among the seven top candidates for best team of the decade. The 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 ranked Texas Tech on a last second, game winning catch by Michael Crabtree on November 1.

On November 18, 2008, The University of Texas announced that Longhorn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp would eventually succeed Mack Brown as head football coach. They agreed in principle to increase Muschamp’s salary to $900,000. There was no timetable set for Brown’s departure, and both Brown and UT said they expected Brown to stay a long time.

On Novemer 22, 2008, The Texas Tech Red Raiders were defeated by the Oklahoma Sooners which caused a three way tied in the Big 12 South. The Big 12 tiebreaker was based on the who ever was the highest on the final BCS standing.

On November 30, 2008, The BCS standings were released and the Sooners were ahead of the Longhorns by .0128 points , sending the Sooners to the BCS National Championship Game vs the #1 Florida Gators, and the Longhorns to the Fiesta Bowl.

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. Texas finished the 2008 season with a 12-1 record, with their only loss against Texas Tech.

On January 8 2009, the Oklahoma Sooners lost to the Florida Gators 14-24. This is still a point of contention for Longhorn fans that point out that the ten point margin of victory is the same as the 45-35 victory during the Red River Shootout. That single play by Michael Crabtree on November 1 2008 is believed to have cost not only Colt McCoy the Heisman trophy, but also the '08 Longhorns a shot at the BCS National Championship game.

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 a loss in 1896.


  • October 21, 1939 – With Texas trailing 13-7 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 – 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. 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 – 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 to minus 3 yards rushing in a 23-20 victory for Texas.


  • January 1, 1953 – The rematch from the 1951 Cotton Bowl, 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 ended 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 goaline stand led by Tommy Nobis. In the remaining minutes of the game, Nobis met Namath just inches short of the goalline and Texas won 21-17.


  • January 1, 1969 – With the newly installed Wishbone offense by Royal, 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 goalline 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.


  • January 1, 1973 - 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.


Championships

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 AP, Coaches 13-0 Won Rose
Total national championships: 4


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, & 1981


Conference championships (30)

Texas has won a combined 30 conference championships. Texas won the Southwest Conference 26 times and has won the Big 12 Conference twice.

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1913 TIAA 8-0 3-0
1914 TIAA 9-0 4-0
1918 Southwest 9-0 4-0
1920 Southwest 9-0 5-0
1928 Southwest 12-0 5-0
1930 Southwest 12-0-1 4-0
1942 Southwest 12-0 7-0
1943 Southwest 11-0-1 5-0
1945 Southwest 12-0 5-0
1950 Southwest 13-0 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
† Denotes co-champions


Conference affiliations

Divisional championships (6)

Texas has made four appearances in the Big 12 Championship Game as winner of the Big 12 South Division. Texas is 2-2 in those appearances. In 2008, Texas tied for first place in the Big 12 South Division, but was not invited to the Big 12 Championship Game because of a current Big 12 tie-breaker rule. Instead, two teams that Texas beat, Missouri and Oklahoma, were invited. In 2009, Texas will face Nebraska.
Year Division Championship B12 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 Co-champion N/A N/A N/A N/A
2009 Big 12 South Dec 5th Nebraska 0 0


Record Book

  • Texas ranks 2nd as the NCAA winningest college football program with an 844-317-33 all-time win/loss record as of 2009
  • Texas ranks 2nd in the NCAA post-season bowl game apperances with 48 apperances as of 2008 with a 25-21-2 record
  • Texas ranks 1st in the Big 12 conference for most bowl game appearances and victories
  • Texas is the only Big 12 conference program to be undefeated in BCS Bowl Games at 3-0
  • Texas ranks 1st with a Big 12 conference record of 88-24 (79%) since conference began in 1996
  • 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
  • Texas has been ranked 63 times out of 74 AP Polls since the poll began in 1936
  • Texas ranks 6th in total apperances in the AP Poll with 670 weekly apperances
  • Texas has appeared in 47 out of 60 pre-season polls since it begain in 1950
  • Texas has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll a total of 436 weeks
  • Texas has been ranked in the top 5 of the AP Poll a total of 262 weeks
  • Texas has spent a total of 45 weeks ranked as the #1 team in the AP Poll during the regular season
  • Texas currently holds the most appearances in the AP Poll at 155 straight weeks since 2000
  • Texas has finished the season in the top 25 overall in 47 out of 73 possible polls
  • Texas holds a 30-7-3 win/loss record as the number 1 team in the AP Poll
  • Texas holds an NCAA record for most winning seasons at 105 out of 116 seasons of football
  • Texas has won a record 10 or more games in 23 seasons
  • Texas has won a record 9 or more games in 38 seasons
  • Texas holds the record for the most Southwest Conference Championships won with 26
  • Texas won a record 6 straight Southwest Conference Championships from 1968-1973
  • Texas holds the record for the most Cotton Bowl appearances and victories
  • Texas was the first college football team to implement the famous Wing-T and Wishbone Offenses
  • 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 Records under Mack Brown

  • 12 Straight seasons with 9 or more wins seasons since 1998
  • 9 Straight seasons with 10 or more wins since 2001
  • 11 Straight post season appearances with 8-3 bowl record since 1998
  • 3 BCS Bowl appearances with 3-0 record in BCS Bowl games
  • 155 consecutive weeks ranked in the AP Top 25 since the 2000 season
  • 127-26 (83%) overall win/loss record since 1998
  • 80-16 (83%) Big 12 win/loss record since 1998
  • 31-17 win/loss record against ranked opponents since 1998
  • 19-4 win/loss record against ranked opponents since 2004
  • 93-9 win/loss record against unranked opponents since 1998
  • 11 Top 25 AP Poll Finishes
  • 6 Top 10 AP Poll Finishes
  • 21 National Award Winners
  • 13 First Round NFL Draft Picks
  • 67-6 home game record at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium
  • 39-3 home game record for Big 12 Conference games
  • 46-9 record in true road games
  • 60-14 record overall in road games (includes neurtal sites)
  • 48-6 record against teams within the state of Texas
  • 17 consecutive road game win streak
  • 13 consecutive nonconference game win streak
  • 38-5 nonconference win/loss record since 1998
  • 8-3 Bowl game record, 3-0 BCS Bowls
  • Big 12 Conference record 21 consecutive conference wins from 2004–2006.
  • Player awards at Texas under Brown include a Heisman Trophy winner (Ricky Williams), two Maxwell Award winners (Ricky Williams, Vince Young), a Davey O'Brien Award Winner, two Doak Walker Award winners, a Butkus Award winner, two Thorpe Award winners and four national player of the year honors. Texas has also had 23 All-Americans, 37 first-team All-Big 12 selections, two Big 12 Offensive Players of the Year, two Big 12 Conference Defensive Players of the Year and seven Big 12 Freshman of the Year honorees.
  • UT has posted back-to-back 11-win seasons, five consecutive 10-win seasons and ten consecutive 9-win campaigns for the first time in school history, though it must be noted that Texas played a maximum of only 11 games per season up until 1975 and only 12 games per season up until 1995 (including conference championship and bowl game).
  • The Longhorns under Brown have featured the only 3,000-yard passer, the only 2,000-yard rusher, the only 1,000-yard receivers and the only 1,000-yard passer/rusher in UT history (again, note the longer seasons in recent decades).
  • Brown is one of only three head coaches in NCAA Division I-A history who has coached players that recorded a 2,000-yard rushing season, a 1,000-yard receiving season and a 3,000-yard passing season. Also, Vince Young stands as the first player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards (1,050) and throw for 2,500 yards (3,036) in a single season.
  • Under Brown's tenure, only four players have left the Texas team for the NFL Draft with any eligibility remaining. The first was Kwame Cavil who went undrafted.[38] Vince Young was drafted third overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. Jamaal Charles and Jermichael Finley both announced they would enter the 2008 NFL Draft and were both drafted in the 3rd round (73rd and 91st overall, respectively).[39] [40] Other players, such as Jevan Snead have elected to transfer to other schools.
  • Wins in the first-ever meeting against other football programs; Michigan, Ohio State, and Arizona State
  • On October 27, 2007 the Texas Longhorns defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 28–25. It was Brown's 100th victory with the Longhorns.
  • 2008 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award from the Bobby Dodd Foundation
  • 2005 Big 12 Conference Championship
  • 2005 NCAA Football Coach of the Year
  • 2005 NCAA Football National Championship (game played in January, 2006)


Player accomplishments

Awards

Earl Campbell - 1977
Ricky Williams - 1998
Tommy Nobis - 1965
Ricky Williams - 1998
Vince Young - 2005
Ricky Williams - 1998
Colt McCoy - 2008
Ricky Williams - 1997
Ricky Williams - 1998
Cedric Benson - 2004
Vince Young - 2005


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


2006 Orange vs White scrimmage
Brian Orakpo - 2008
  • Retired Jersey Numbers

    University of Texas Honor
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.







Coaches

Rivalries

The University's biggest rival historically is Texas A&M University, although UT considers the Oklahoma Sooners to also be important rivals in football, especially in recent years due to the prominence of both programs. Other teams have also been considered to be rivals of Texas in various sports.

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 Oklahomamarker. The football game between the University of Texas and Oklahoma is commonly known as the "Red River Rivalry" and is held annually in Dallas, Texasmarker at the Cotton Bowlmarker. 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. Since 2005, the football game has received sponsorship dollars in return for being referred to as the "SBC Red River Rivalry" (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 and its political correctness. The University of Texas holds its annual Torchlight Parade during the week of the Red River Rivalry.

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.

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). Five of the last nine showings featured one of the participants in the BCS National Championship Game (2000, 2003-2005, 2008), including national titles won by Oklahoma in 2000 and by Texas in 2005.

Texas A&M

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. Save 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 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, 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, and the Aggies singing about Texas for essentially the entirety of the Aggie War Hymn)
  • The football series between the two universities is the third longest running rivalry in all of college football. Since 1900, the last regular season football game is usually reserved for their matchup.
  • Each school has elaborate pre-game preparations for the annual football clash, including the Aggie Bonfire and the Hex Rally
  • Texas has a unique lighting scheme for the UT Towermarker after wins over Texas A&M.
  • In the past, mischief has preceded the annual game, such as "kidnapping" each other's mascots.
  • 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.


Primary Texas Longhorn Rivalries: All-Time Records
Name of rivalry Rival Games played First meeting Last meeting UT win UT loss Ties Win %
Lone Star Showdown Texas A&M Aggies 116 1894 2009 game; won 49-39 75 36 5 .647
Red River Rivalry Oklahoma Sooners 103 1900 2009 game; won 16-13 59 40 5 .567


Future Schedules

2010 Schedule

Notable Future Non-Conference Game

09/11/2010 (MWC)

09/18/2010 (Pac 10)

09/17/2011 at (Pac 10)

09/01/2012 (MWC)

09/15/2012 at (SEC)

09/14/2013 (SEC)

09/12/2015 (Pac 10)

09/19/2015 at (Big Ten)

09/10/2016 at (Pac 10)

09/17/2016 (Big Ten)

Head coaches

Coach Years Record
Mack Brown 1998 - Current 127-26 (as of 11/27/09)
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


Traditions

References

  1. http://football.stassen.com/records/
  2. Note: The official capacity of Kyle Field is 82,600. Source: The record attendance at Kyle Field was 87,555 (November 23, 2001 vs. Texas). Source:
  3. Note: the official capacity of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium is 81,067. Source:
  4. Young, Meghan Regents approve stadium upgrades November 10, 2005 The Daily Texan.
  5. Note: The record at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium is 85,197 set on November 4, 2006 vs. Missouri). Source:
  6. Note: The record at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium is 85,197 set on November 4, 2006 vs. Missouri). Source:
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  8. Division I-A All-Time Wins. College Football Database.
  9. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/6136354.html
  10. University approves new policy for lighting UT Tower On Campus.'.' Retrieved December 1, 2005.
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