The 1969 team is the last all-white team to be named consensus national champions with the onset of racial integration. Julius Whittier, the first African-American player in Texas football history, was enrolled at UT as a Freshman, but not eligible to play due to NCAA rules barring freshmen from playing varsity sports. 
The Longhorns finished the 1969 regular season with a 10–0 record, and defeated ninth-ranked Notre Dame 21–17 in the 1970 Cotton Bowl Classic. It was the Longhorns 20th consecutive victory and second straight Cotton Bowl Classic title. Notre Dame played in its first bowl game in 45 years and second overall; the only other bowl appearance was in the 1925 Rose Bowl.