1969 Texas Longhorns football team

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1969 Texas Longhorns football
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Consensus national champion
Southwest Conference champion
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1969 record 11–0 (7–0 SWC)
Head coach Darrell Royal (13th season)
Offensive coordinator Emory Bellard
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Defensive coordinator Mike Campbell
Base defense 4–4
Captain Ted Koy
Glen Halsell
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 66,397)
Seasons
← 1968
1970 →
1969 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Texas $ 7 0 0     11 0 0
No. 7 Arkansas 6 1 0     9 2 0
Texas Tech 4 3 0     5 5 0
TCU 4 3 0     4 6 0
SMU 3 4 0     3 7 0
Rice 2 5 0     3 7 0
Texas A&M 2 5 0     3 7 0
Baylor 0 7 0     0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

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;[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Season[edit]

Ranked fourth to start the year, the #2 Longhorns defeated rival Oklahoma by ten points on October 11,[4] and gained the top spot in the polls in late November. On December 6, #1 Texas traveled to Fayetteville to meet second-ranked Arkansas;[5][6] 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.[6][7][8] 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.[1][9] On their final drive, the Longhorns faced fourth down twice.[1][9] It was their twentieth consecutive victory, second straight Cotton Bowl Classic title, and third win that season in the stadium.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 20 3:00 PM at California* No. 4 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA ABC W 17–0   33,702
September 27 7:30 PM Texas Tech No. 4 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, 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 BowlDallas, 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 FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 49–12   51,160
December 6 12:00 PM at No. 2 Arkansas No. 1 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, 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. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Source:[10]

NFL Draft[edit]

Three seniors from the 1969 Longhorns were selected in the 1970 NFL Draft:[11]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Bob McKay T 1 21 Cleveland Browns
Leo Brooks DT 2 31 Houston Oilers
Ted Koy              RB 2 50 Oakland Raiders      

Nine juniors from the 1969 Longhorns were selected in the 1971 NFL Draft:[12]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
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

Two sophomores from the 1969 Longhorns were selected in the 1972 NFL Draft:[13]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Jim Bertelsen      RB 2 30 Los Angeles Rams    
Eddie Phillips QB 4 95 Los Angeles Rams

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jenkins, Dan (January 12, 1970). "Texas hangs on to its No. 1". Sports Illustrated. p. 26. 
  2. ^ Drape, Joe (December 23, 2005). "Changing the Face of Texas Football". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ https://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/2010/first-african-american-play-ut-football-lbj-school-alum-juli
  4. ^ "Texas comes alive to hold 27-17 win". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 12, 1969. p. 16. 
  5. ^ Darling, Ed (December 5, 1969). "The Eyes of Texas? They're all on Arkansas now". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). p. 6. 
  6. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (December 15, 1969). "Texas by an eyelash". Sports Illustrated. p. 20. 
  7. ^ "Gutty quarterback leads Texas to win". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). Associated Press. December 7, 1969. p. 13. 
  8. ^ "Longhorns decision Arkansas 15-14 with long bomb on fourth down". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 7, 1969. p. 1, sports. 
  9. ^ a b "Texans edge Irish on big fourth downs". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 2, 1970. p. 30. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  11. ^ Pro Football Reference.com - 1970 NFL Draft
  12. ^ Pro Football Reference.com - 1971 NFL Draft
  13. ^ Pro Football Reference.com - 1972 NFL Draft
  14. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/DI/2010/Awards.pdf