Texas Longhorns football


Texas Longhorns football

NCAAFootballSchool
TeamName = Texas Longhorns football



ImageSize = 130
HeadCoachDisplay = Mack Brown
HeadCoachLink = Mack Brown
HeadCoachYear = 9th
HCWins = 103
HCLosses = 25
HCTies =
Stadium = Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
StadCapacity = 94,133
StadSurface = Grass
Location = Austin, Texas
ConferenceDisplay= Big 12
ConferenceLink = Big 12 Conference
ConfDivision = South
FirstYear = 1893
AthlDirectorDisp = DeLoss Dodds
AthlDirectorLink = DeLoss Dodds
WebsiteName = mackbrown-texasfootball.com
WebsiteURL = http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/
ATWins = 820
ATLosses = 316
ATTies = 33
ATPercentage = .715
BowlWins = 23
BowlLosses = 21
BowlTies = 2
NatlTitles = 4
ConfTitles = 29
Heismans = 2
AllAmericans =
Color1 = Burnt orange
Color1Hex = cc5500
Color2 = white
Color2Hex = FFFFFF
FightSong = Texas Fight
MascotDisplay = Bevo
MascotLink = Bevo
MarchingBand = The University of Texas Longhorn Band
PagFreeLabel = Outfitter
PagFreeValue = Nike
PagFreeLabel = Rivals
PagFreeValue = Oklahoma Sooners
Texas A&M Aggies
Arkansas Razorbacks
The Texas Longhorns football team is the interscholastic football team at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The Texas Longhorns are a perennial powerhouse — one of the elite college football programs in the nation. Texas is the third most victorious program, whether judged by total number of wins or by winning percentage. They are one of only five programs to have attained 800 all-time victories. The Longhorns have won four Division I-A national championships — in 1963, 1969, 1970, and 2005. Two Longhorn players the 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. [cite web | url=http://ww.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=36&url_subchannel_id=&url_article_id=767&change_well_id=2 | title=All-Time NFL Draft Picks | publisher=MackBrownTexasFootball | accessdate=2008-05-13]

Texas football plays its home games at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, located on-campus in Austin. The current head coach of the team is Mack Brown.__TOC__

Coaches

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 162008, former UT quarterback Major Applewhite accepted a job with Texas as running backs coach.cite news | url=http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/bohls/entries/2008/01/16/applewhite_acce.html | title=Applewhite accepts job | author=Bohls, Kirk | date=January162008|accessdate=2008-01-16]

Facilities

The Longhorns play their home games in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (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 85,123,cite news | url=http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=37&url_subchannel_id=&url_article_id=29&change_well_id=2 | title=Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium | publisher=MackBrownTexasFootball | accessdate=2006-09-22] the largest football venue in the state of Texas, [Note: The official capcity of Kyle Field is 82,600. Source:cite web |url= http://www.aggieathletics.com/facilities.php?FID=7|title=Kyle Field|publisher=Texas A&M Athletics|accessdate=2007-03-06 The record attendance at Kyle Field was 87,555 (2001-11-23 vs. Texas). Source:cite web |url= http://www.aggieathletics.com/index2.php?SID=MFB&pageID=900|title=Kyle Field Attendance Records (since 1970)|publisher=Texas A&M Athletics|accessdate=2007-03-06 ] the largest in the Big 12 Conference, [Note: the official capacity of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium is 81,067. Source:cite web |url= http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=734 |title=Memorial Stadium |publisher=NU media relations
accessdate=2007-03-12
] and among the largest on-campus stadium in the NCAA.

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.cite news | url=http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/000_stats/06/ut2.htm | title=Ohio State vs Texas | publisher=MackBrownTexasFootball | accessdate-2006-09-17] It also set a record for the number of people watching a game at any stadium in the Big 12 Conference. [ Note: The record at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium is 85,197 set on November 42006 vs. Missouri). Source:cite web |url= http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=734 |title=Memorial Stadium |publisher=NU media relations
accessdate=2007-03-12
]

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 consists of seating expansion and addition of new facilities in the north end zone.

History

The University of Texas has traditionally been considered a college football powerhouse, having earned four National Championships, including one to conclude the 2005-2006 season. From 1936 to 2006, Longhorn football teams have finished their seasons ranked in the top ten of at least one of the two major polls 25 times, or more than one-third of the time, according to the Associated Press. The Longhorn football program experienced its greatest 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). The 1969 Longhorn football team was the last Division I team to win a national championship without an integrated roster.

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 Fame [ [http://www.collegefootball.org/halloffamers.php College Football Hall of Fame ] ] , while four are enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. [ [http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/colleges.html Colleges - Pro Football Hall of Fame ] ] have also received recognition for their performance.

The Longhorns rank as the third most winning program in college football history, in terms of both total wins and win percentage. [cite news | url=http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/doc_lib/091507_notes.pdf | title=Longhorns gameweek: Central Florida | work=MackBrownTexasFootball.com | publisher=University of Texas & Host Interactive | format=PDF | date=September 15 2007 | accessdate=2007-09-15] As of the end of the 2006 season, the Longhorns' all-time record is 810-312-33 (.716). Only Notre Dame and the University of Michigan have won more games and a greater percentage of games played than Texas, [ [http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/misc/div_ia_wins.php Division I-A All-Time Wins] . College Football Database.] which recorded its 800th victory with the Longhorns' 41-38 win over the USC Trojans in the 2006 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. 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, and 2005.

The Longhorn team plays home games in Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium which has a seating capacity of 94,113.cite news | url=http://www.texassports.com/facilities/royal-memorial-stadium.html | title=Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium | publisher=MackBrownTexasFootball | accessdate=2006-09-22] 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 [Young, Meghan [http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2005/11/10/TopStories/Regents.Approve.Stadium.Upgrades-1052740.shtml Regents approve stadium upgrades] November 10, 2005 "The Daily Texan".] and the nation's first high definition video display in a collegiate facility nicknamed "Godzillatron." [ [http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=40&url_subchannel_id=&url_article_id=2078&change_well_id=2 Longhorns choose Daktronics for HD video display] ] With the new bleacher seating section added behind the south endzone, the stadium's stated capacity for the 2006 season was 85,123.cite web | url=http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=37&url_subchannel_id=&url_article_id=29&change_well_id=2 | title=Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium|accessdate=2006-09-07 ] This has already been surpassed, with 98,053 viewing the Florida Atlantic game on 9 August 2008.cite news | url=http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/000_stats/06/ut2.htm | title=Ohio State vs Texas | publisher=MackBrownTexasFootball | accessdate-2006-09-17New attendance record for the state of Texas] That attendance figure is the largest crowd ever to watch a football game in the state of Texas.cite news | url=http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/000_stats/06/ut2.htm | title=Ohio State vs Texas | publisher=MackBrownTexasFootball | accessdate-2006-09-17New attendance record for the state of Texas]

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

Texas Longhorns under Mack Brown

Mack Brown has been the head football coach for Texas since 1998. From 1998 through the 2006-2007 season, the Longhorns had a 93-22 (81%) win-loss record. In his first six years at Texas, Brown had a winning record but he 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 teams and the Longhorns' first trip to the Rose Bowl. 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 Bowl had ever been decided on the closing play, and it earned the Longhorns a top 5 finish in the polls. Three ex-Longhorns from the 2005 Rose Bowl team — Cedric Benson, Derrick Johnson, and Bo Scaife — were selected in the 2005 NFL Draft.

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). With the exception of Cedric Benson, Derrick Johnson, and Bo Scaife, 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.

Texas and USC ended up winning out their seasons and faced each other in the National Championship, which Texas won, 41-38. 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.cite web | url=http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=feldman_bruce#20060726 | title=September's intriguing matchups | publisher=ESPN | date=2006-07-26 | dateaccessed=2006-08-03 | format=HTML | language=English] cite news | url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14672526/ | title=Home field will lift Texas over Ohio St. Buckeyes vs. Longhorns on Saturday very well could be Game of the Year | author=Johnston, Joey | publisher=MSNBC | date=7 September 2006 | accessdate=2006-09-07] cite news | url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14684138/ | title=Texas now No. 2, preps for No. 1 Ohio St. - Saturday will be first 1-2 showdown in regular season since 1996 | publisher=MSNBC | date=6 September 2006|accessdate=2006-09-08] 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, in Texas' next game, against unranked Kansas State, Colt McCoy suffered a neck stinger injury while rushing for a touchdown, 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.

The 2007 Texas Longhorn football team began play on September 1 2007. Texas entered the 2007 season ranked third in the all-time list of both total wins and winning percentage. [cite news | url=http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/football/football_records_book/2007/2007_d1_football_records_book.pdf | title=All-Time Team Won-Lost Records | work=2007 Football Division I records book | publisher=NCAA | format=PDF | date=2007 Fall | accessdate=2007-10-05] cite news | url=http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/doc_lib/fb_notes_082806.pdf | title=Texas - Game 1 | publisher=MackBrownTexasFootball | accessdate=2006-10-22] 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; [cite news | last =Schlabach | first =Mark | title =Booty could return Trojans to No. 1 ranking | language =English | publisher =ESPN | date =2007-01-11 | url=http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=2725188| accessdate =2007-01-23] Rivals.com had them at ninth. [cite news | last =McClellan | first =Mark | title =Rivals.com 2007 Preseason Top 25 | language =English | publisher =ESPN | date =2007-01-09 | url =http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=627579| accessdate =2007-01-18] College Football News [cite web | url=http://cfn.scout.com/2/609740.html | title=CFN 2007 Pre-Preseason Rankings - Top 25 | publisher=College Football News | date=January 14 2007 | accessdate=2007-01-23] and Real Football 365 [cite web | title=2007 Preseason Rankings, National Title Contenders - No. 1 to No. 25 | url=http://cfn.scout.com/2/609740.html| publisher=Scout.com | accessdate=2007-01-16 | language=English | format=HTML] both had Texas ranked third. Texas started out 4–0, but with sloppy playing, edging out 4 unranked teams. Texas came particularly close to being upset when the beat unranked UCF, 38–35. Texas then suffered losses to Kansas State (41–21) and Oklahoma (28–21). Texas then surged back into form, winning 5 games in a row. At 9−2, they were poised to gain a BCS bowl berth. However, a 30–38 loss to Texas A&M dashed these hopes. The Longhorns finished the season 10–3 with a victory in the 2007 Holiday Bowl. [cite news | url=http://media.www.dailytexanonline.com/media/storage/paper410/news/2007/12/12/BreakingNews/Texas.Wins.Holiday.Bowl-3145548.shtml | title=Texas wins Holiday Bowl - Longhorns blow out Sun Devils in San Diego | author=Treon, Ricky | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-31] cite news | url=http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/college_football/20071228-9999-1s28hbnotes.html | title=McCoy and Orakpo take MVP trophies | author=Center, Bill | work=SignOnSanDiego.com | publisher=Copley Press | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url=http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/college_football/20071228-9999-7s28holiday.html | title=Horns have a ball - Texas rides record-breaking first quarter to high-scoring rout of Arizona State | author=Schrotenboer, Brent | work=SignOnSanDiego.com | publisher=Copley Press | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url= http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/college_football/20071228-9999-1s28quarters.html | title= Highlights by quarter | author=Carter, Bill Brent | work=SignOnSanDiego.com | publisher=Copley Press | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url= http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/playbyplay?gameId=273610251&period=0 | title=(11) Arizona State 34, (19) Texas 52 – Complete Play-by-Play | work=ESPN.com | publisher=The Disney Company | date=December 272007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url=http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/sullivan/20071228-9999-1s28sullivan.html | title=Blooper of Year: Brown's stepson makes colossal goof | author=Sullivan, Tim Brent | work=SignOnSanDiego.com | publisher=Copley Press | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url=http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=273610251 | title=(11) Arizona State 34, (19) Texas 52 – McCoy fumbles four times, but Texas still routs Arizona State in Holiday Bowl | work=ESPN.com | publisher=The Disney Company | date=December 272007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] [cite news | title=Holiday Bowl broadcast| author= Musburger, Brent | work=ESPN | publisher=The Disney Company | date=December 272007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] [cite news | url= http://www.azcentral.com/sports/asu/articles/1227asufoot1228.html | title= Texas dominates ASU | work=AZCentral.com | publisher=The Arizona Republic | author=Metcaffe, Jeff | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-30] cite news | url=http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/canepa/20071228-9999-1s28canepa.html | title=Un-Holiday Bowl end as 'Horns hook, line, sink 'em | author=Canepa, Nick | work=SignOnSanDiego.com | publisher=Copley Press | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url= http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/college_football/20071228-9999-1s28hbrail.html | title= Holiday Bowl highlights | work=SignOnSanDiego.com | publisher=Copley Press | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url=http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/longhorns/12/28/1228texthird.html | title=Longhorns report - The (sometimes warped) view from the press box | work=Austin American-Statesman | publisher=Cox Enterprises | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url=http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/longhorns/12/28/1228texscoring.html | title=Longhorns Report – Texas 52, Arizona State 34 – Scoring Summary | work=Austin American-Statesman | publisher=Cox Enterprises | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url=http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/longhorns/12/28/1228texside2.html | title=Brown's stepson made bizarre appearance - Sideline incident momentarily changed game's momentum | author=Cantu, Rick | work=Austin American-Statesman | publisher=Cox Enterprises | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] [cite news | url=http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/longhorns/12/28/1228texfoot.html | title=Texas wins wild Holiday Bowl - Weird play involving Brown's stepson doesn't stop Longhorns | work=Austin American-Statesman | publisher=Cox Enterprises | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url=http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/longhorns/12/28/1228bohls.html | title=Better late than never - Solid win shows what Longhorns could've been | author=Bohls, Kirk | work=Austin American-Statesman | publisher=Cox Enterprises | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url= http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/drivechart?gameId=273610251 | title=(11) Arizona State 34, (19) Texas 52 – Drive summaries | work=ESPN.com | publisher=The Disney Company | date=December 272007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] cite news | url=http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/sports/5407950.html | title=One Holiday to remember - Texas overcomes bizarre interference by Brown's stepson in 52-34 victory | author=Duarte, Josheph | work=Chron.com | publisher=Hearst Corporation | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29] [cite news | url=http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/college_football/20071228-9999-1s28hbhist.html | title=Holiday Bowl game history | work=SignOnSanDiego.com | publisher=Copley Press | date=December 282007 | accessdate=2007-12-29]

In January 2008 NBC Sports listed the Longhorns among the seven top candidates for best team of the decade. [cite news | url=http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/22382241/site/21683474/ | title=Team of the Decade | work=NBCSports.com | date=January 2008 | accessdate=2008-03-11] The 2008 team will begin their season against Florida Atlantic University, who won the 2007 New Orleans Bowl and set a record for the shortest amount of time between starting a football program and securing a bowl victory.

Championships

National championships (4)

Conference affiliations
*1893-1895: Independent
*1896-1904: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
*1905-1912: Independent
*1913-1917: Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association
*1915-1995: Southwest Conference
*1996-present: Big 12 Conference

Divisional championships (4)

Texas has made 4 appearances in the Big 12 Championship Game as winner of the Big 12 South Division. Texas is 2-2 in those appearances.

Others

Many other schools consider UT among their biggest rivals. This list includes most other colleges in Texas, but especially Baylor [ cite news | url=http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=cbase/news/BMN3951590.htm | title=Texas sinks rival Baylor in CWS | work=TheSportsNetwork.com | date=2005-06-18 | accessdate=2006-07-11] (located just up Interstate 35 from UT), Texas Tech, [cite news | url=http://www.dailytoreador.com/media/storage/paper870/news/2003/03/25/Sports/Womens.Tennis.Finds.Positives.In.Loss.To.Rival.Longhorns-1276329.shtml?norewrite200607111513&sourcedomain=www.dailytoreador.com | title=Women's tennis finds positives in loss to rival Longhorns | publisher=The Daily Toreador | author=Clark, Kyle| date=2003-03-25 | accessdate=2006-07-11] and Houston. [cite web | title=The Cougars and the Lonhorns : History and Hatred | work=Midspring | url=http://www.mindspring.com/~tbgray/texas.htm | accessdate=2006-07-11] Texas is also the biggest rival of the University of Arkansas [cite news | url=http://www.dailytexanonline.com/media/storage/paper410/news/2003/09/03/Sports/Offense.Using.Bye.Week.To.Prepare.For.Arkansas-456327.shtml?norewrite200607111540&sourcedomain=www.dailytexanonline.com | title=Offense using bye week to prepare for Arkansas | publisher=The Daily Texan | author=Hale, Clint | date=2003-09-03|accessdate=2006-07-11] which may be attributed to their long tenure as the two eponymous state schools of the former Southwest Conference, or to the 1969 game between the two, which decided the national championship in favor of the Longhorns. [cite news | title=Texas 1969 Champions a Left a Lasting Legacy | url=http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/stories/010406abh.html | author=Associated Press | publisher=CollegeSportsTV.com | accessdate=2006-07-11] [cite book | last = Frei | first = Terry | title = Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming: Texas vs. Arkansas in Dixie's Last Stand | publisher = Simon & Schuster | date =2002 | location = USA | id =ISBN 0-7432-2447-7 ]

Texas maintains a somewhat one-sided series with the Rice Owls. The series, which began in 1914, is the fourth oldest (by number of games) in Texas history.cite web | url=http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/doc_lib/fb_notes_091106.pdf | title=Texas at Rice - Game Day Notes | accessdate=2006-09-16] The two schools were once conference foes in the Southwest Conferencecite web | url=http://www.texasalmanac.com/history/highlights/swc/ | title=Texas History Highlights - A Look Back at the Southwest Conference | work=Texas Almanac | accessdate=2006-07-30] cite web | url=http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/SS/xns2.html | title=Southwest Conference | work=Handbook of Texas Online | accessdate=2006-09-16] and the rivalry has continued despite the usual mismatch in ability on the field. The Longhorns' 28 consecutive victories from 1966–1993 represent the sixth longest single-opponent winning streak in college football. The disparity was alluded to by President John F. Kennedy when he compared the challenge of going to the moon to the challenge faced when Rice played Texas.cite web | url=http://webcast.rice.edu/speeches/19620912kennedy.html | title=President John F. Kennedy - The Space Effort | work=Rice Webcast Archive | accessdate=2006-09-16] Since the formation of the Big 12 the two teams have met intermittently. Texas won the most recent match-up, in the 2008 game, 52–10.cite news | url=http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=282640251 | title=Rice 10, (7) Texas 52 - Recap | work=ESN.com | publisher=The Disney Company | date=September 20 2008 | accessdate=2008-10-01]

Traditions

ee also

*2004 Texas Longhorns football team
*2005 Texas Longhorns football team
*2006 Texas Longhorns football team
*2007 Texas Longhorns football team
*2008 Texas Longhorns football team

References

External links

* [http://www.texassports.com/ TexasSports.com] , official athletics site for Texas
* [http://www.utexas.edu/ The University of Texas] , homepage


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