1963 Texas Longhorns football team
|1963 Texas Longhorns football|
Consensus National Champions
Cotton Bowl Classic Champions
Southwest Conference Champions
|1963 record||11–0 (7–0 SWC)|
|Head coach||Darrell Royal|
|Home stadium||Texas Memorial Stadium
The 1963 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 1963 college football season. The Longhorns won their first national championship. Tommy Nobis was the only sophomore starter, and was an important participant on the Longhorns’ 1963 team, which defeated #2 Navy led by Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach in the 1964 Cotton Bowl Classic, 28–6.
After defeating Baylor in their eighth game, the Longhorns became the only major team with no losses and no ties in college football. After defeating their first nine opponents, the Longhorns clinched the Southwestern Conference title and a spot in the Cotton Bowl. The Longhorns ended up finishing the regular season with a 10–0 record and defeated #2 Navy in the 1964 Cotton Bowl Classic, 28–6. Texas was the consensus national champion before the game with #2 Navy, regardless of the outcome because the AP Poll and UPI Poll did not release polls after bowl games until years later. However, the win ensured that there would be no dispute as had happened in other years when #1 teams lost their bowl games.
|September 20||8:00 PM||at Tulane*||#5||Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA||W 21–0||18,000|
|September 28||7:30 PM||Texas Tech||#4||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry)||W 49–7||54,000|
|October 5||7:30 PM||Oklahoma State*||#3||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||W 34–7||48,000|
|October 12||2:00 PM||vs. #1 Oklahoma*||#2||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Red River Shootout)||CBS||W 28–7||75,504|
|October 19||7:30 PM||at Arkansas||#1||War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Rivalry)||W 17–13||41,000|
|October 23||7:30 PM||Rice||#1||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||W 10–6||64,130|
|November 2||2:00 PM||at SMU||#1||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX||W 17–12||59,000|
|November 9||2:00 PM||Baylor||#1||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||W 7–0||64,530|
|November 16||2:00 PM||TCU||#1||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||W 17–0||58,000|
|November 28||2:00 PM||at Texas A&M||#1||Kyle Field • College Station, TX (Rivalry)||CBS||W 15–13||41,820|
|January 1, 1964||1:00 PM||vs. #2 Navy*||#1||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic)||CBS||W 28–6||75,300|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
1963 team players in the NFL
The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.
|Scott Appleton||Defensive Tackle||1||4||Dallas Cowboys[note 1]|||
|Duke Carlisle||Back||5||60||Green Bay Packers|||
|Walter (Sandy) Sands||End||12||159||Minnesota Vikings|||
Ernie Koy, Jr. and Olen Underwood would be selected in the 1964 NFL Draft, while Tommy Nobis would be selected in the 1965 NFL Draft.
Awards and honors
- Appleton was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas traded their rights to Appleton to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Buddy Dial. The Houston Oilers ended up signing Appleton.
- "Longhorns Top Both Grid Polls". The Milwaukee Sentinel, via Google News (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Sentinel Wire Services. December 3, 1963.
- "Texas Conquers Baylor, 7 to 0". Star-News, via Google News (Wilmington, North Carolina). United Press International. November 9, 1963.
- "Texas Blanks TCU, 17–0: Longhorns Clinch Bowl Spot". Youngstown Vindicator, via Google News (Youngstown, Ohio). United Press International. November 17, 1963.
- "Texas Must Beat Navy to Prove No. 1 Ranking". The Morning Record, via Google News (Meriden, Connecticut). Associated Press. December 11, 1963.
- All-Time Results 12/29/2012
- "Steelers Working Hard for Appleton's Signature". The Victoria Advocate, via Google News (Victoria, Texas). Associated Press. January 7, 1964.
- "Houston Oilers Sign Appleton". Star-News, via Google News (Wilmington, North Carolina). United Press International. February 2, 1964.
- "Packers Sign Duke Carlisle". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, via Google News (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Associated Press. January 14, 1964.
- "Minnesota Signs End from Texas". The Miami News, via Google News (Miami, Florida). Associated Press. January 2, 1965.
- "NCAA Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2010. p. 7.