1977 Texas Longhorns football team

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1977 Texas Longhorns football
Texas Longhorn logo.svg
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #4
1977 record 11–1 (8–0 SWC)
Head coach Fred Akers
Offensive coordinator Leon Manley
Defensive coordinator Leon Fuller
Home stadium Texas Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »
1977 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Texas 8 0 0     11 1 0
#3 Arkansas 7 1 0     11 1 0
Texas A&M 6 2 0     8 4 0
Houston 4 4 0     6 5 0
Texas Tech 4 4 0     7 5 0
Baylor 3 5 0     5 6 0
SMU 3 5 0     4 7 0
TCU 1 7 0     2 9 0
Rice 0 8 0     1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 1977 college football season.

Regular season[edit]

The Longhorns finished the regular season with an 11-0-0 record. As a collegiate football player at the University of Texas at Austin, Earl Campbell won the Heisman Trophy in 1977 and led the nation in rushing with 1,744 yards. In 1977, he became the first recipient of the Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy which was awarded to the most outstanding player in the now-defunct Southwest Conference. He was selected as the Southwest Conference running back of the year in each of his college seasons and finished with 4,444 career rushing yards.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 4:00 PM Boston College* #18 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 44-0   50,000
September 17 4:00 PM Virginia* #9 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 68-0   41,000
October 1 4:00 PM Rice #8 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 72-15   47,500
October 8 2:00 PM vs. #2 Oklahoma* #5 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) W 13-6   72,032
October 15 12:00 PM at #8 Arkansas #2 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR (Rivalry) ABC W 13-9   44,296
October 22 1:30 PM at SMU #2 Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 30-14   36,151
October 29 2:00 PM #14 Texas Tech #1 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) W 26-0   78,809
November 5 2:00 PM at Houston #1 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 35-21   72,124
November 12 2:00 PM TCU #1 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 44-14   50,150
November 19 3:00 PM Baylor #1 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX ABC W 29-7   60,000
November 26 1:30 PM at #12 Texas A&M #1 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 57-28   57,443
January 2 1:00 PM vs. #5 Notre Dame* #1 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS L 10-38   76,701
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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1977 team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Earl Campbell Running Back 1 1 Houston Oilers
Brad Shearer Defensive Tackle 3 74 Chicago Bears
Alfred Jackson Wide Receiver 7 167 Atlanta Falcons

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]