1969 Texas Longhorns football team
|1969 Texas Longhorns football|
Consensus national champion
Southwest Conference champion
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
|1969 record||11–0 (7–0 SWC)|
|Head coach||Darrell Royal (13th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Emory Bellard|
|Defensive coordinator||Mike Campbell|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium
|1969 Southwest Conference football standings|
|No. 1 Texas $||7||–||0||–||0||11||–||0||–||0|
|No. 7 Arkansas||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
The 1969 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 1969 college football season. The Longhorns won all eleven games to win their second consensus national championship; the first was six seasons earlier in 1963.
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 was not eligible to play; NCAA rules of the time barred freshmen from playing varsity football and basketball.
Ranked fourth to start the year, the #2 Longhorns defeated rival Oklahoma by ten points on October 11, and gained the top spot in the polls in late November. On December 6, #1 Texas traveled to Fayetteville to meet second-ranked Arkansas; down by fourteen points in the fourth quarter, UT rallied to win 15–14 in the season's "Game of the Century," attended by President Richard Nixon. With a wishbone option offense, the Longhorns won all ten games in the regular season, and returned to the Cotton Bowl Classic in Fair Park in Dallas.
On New Year's Day 1970, the Longhorns met ninth-ranked Notre Dame, in its first bowl game in 45 years and second overall; their only previous postseason appearance was a win in the Rose Bowl in January 1925. Trailing for most of the game, Texas scored with 68 seconds remaining and won 21–17. On their final drive, the Longhorns faced fourth down twice. It was their twentieth consecutive victory, second straight Cotton Bowl Classic title, and third win that season in the stadium.
|September 20||3:00 PM||at California*||No. 4||California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA||ABC||W 17–0||33,702|
|September 27||7:30 PM||Texas Tech||No. 4||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry)||W 49–7||65,200|
|October 4||7:00 PM||Navy*||No. 2||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||W 56–17||63,500|
|October 11||1:00 PM||vs. No. 8 Oklahoma*||No. 2||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Red River Shootout)||ABC||W 27–17||71,938|
|October 25||1:30 PM||Rice||No. 2||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||W 31–0||61,500|
|November 1||1:00 PM||at SMU||No. 2||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX||W 45–14||55,287|
|November 8||2:00 PM||Baylor||No. 2||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||W 56–14||55,000|
|November 15||2:00 PM||TCU||No. 2||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||W 69–7||51,000|
|November 27||1:00 PM||at Texas A&M||No. 1||Kyle Field • College Station, TX (Rivalry)||W 49–12||51,160|
|December 6||12:00 PM||at No. 2 Arkansas||No. 1||Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Game of The Century)||ABC||W 15–14||47,500|
|January 1, 1970||1:00 PM||vs. No. 9 Notre Dame*||No. 1||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic)||CBS||W 21–17||71,938|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
|Bob McKay||T||1||21||Cleveland Browns|
|Leo Brooks||DT||2||31||Houston Oilers|
|Ted Koy||RB||2||50||Oakland Raiders|
|Cotton Speyrer||WR||2||38||Washington Redskins|
|Bill Atessis||DE||2||52||Baltimore Colts|
|Happy Feller||K||4||83||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Bill Zapalac||LB||4||84||New York Jets|
|Steve Worster||RB||4||90||Los Angeles Rams|
|Scott Palmer||DT||7||162||New York Jets|
|Bobby Wuensch||T||12||294||Baltimore Colts|
|Danny Lester||DB||13||317||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Deryl Comer||TE||14||345||Atlanta Falcons|
|Jim Bertelsen||RB||2||30||Los Angeles Rams|
|Eddie Phillips||QB||4||95||Los Angeles Rams|
Awards and honors
- Jenkins, Dan (January 12, 1970). "Texas hangs on to its No. 1". Sports Illustrated. p. 26.
- Drape, Joe (December 23, 2005). "Changing the Face of Texas Football". The New York Times.
- "Texas comes alive to hold 27-17 win". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 12, 1969. p. 16.
- Darling, Ed (December 5, 1969). "The Eyes of Texas? They're all on Arkansas now". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). p. 6.
- Jenkins, Dan (December 15, 1969). "Texas by an eyelash". Sports Illustrated. p. 20.
- "Gutty quarterback leads Texas to win". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). Associated Press. December 7, 1969. p. 13.
- "Longhorns decision Arkansas 15-14 with long bomb on fourth down". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 7, 1969. p. 1, sports.
- "Texans edge Irish on big fourth downs". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 2, 1970. p. 30.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- Pro Football Reference.com - 1970 NFL Draft
- Pro Football Reference.com - 1971 NFL Draft
- Pro Football Reference.com - 1972 NFL Draft
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