1998 Texas Longhorns football team
|1998 Texas Longhorns football|
Cotton Bowl Classic Champions
|Conference||Big 12 Conference|
|1998 record||9–3 (6–2 Big 12)|
|Head coach||Mack Brown|
|Offensive coordinator||Greg Davis|
|Defensive coordinator||Carl Reese|
|Home stadium||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 79,471)|
|1998 Big 12 football standings|
|#10 Kansas State x||8||–||0||11||–||2|
|#11 Texas A&M x$||7||–||1||11||–||3|
|Championship: Texas A&M 36, Kansas State 33|
The 1998 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin during the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. They were represented in the Big 12 Conference in the South Division. They played their home games at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The team was coached by head coach Mack Brown.
Ricky Williams had a sensational senior season, highlighted by rushing for nine touchdowns and 385 yards in the season's first two games; rushing for 318 yards and six touchdowns against Rice; rushing for 350 yards and five touchdowns against Iowa State; and rushing for 150 yards against Nebraska's legendary Black Shirt defense. He also helped beat longtime rival Oklahoma rushing for 166 rushing yards and two scores.
Williams broke the career rushing record during the annual rivalry game held the day after Thanksgiving (this particular year fell on November 27, 1998) between Texas and Texas A&M. Needing only 63 yards to break Tony Dorsett's 22-year-old NCAA Division 1-A all-time rushing record (6,082), Ricky Williams approached the line of scrimmage with 1:45 seconds left in the first quarter having already rushed for 54 yards. At first and ten on the Texas forty yard line, quarterback Major Applewhite handed off to Williams who broke two tackles, sprinted into open field and received a down field block from receiver Wane McGarity for a 60-yard touchdown run and the record. Williams' record-breaking run gave Texas a 10-0 lead in its eventual 26-24 upset of sixth-ranked Texas A&M. He finished the game racking up 295 yards. He also broke the NCAA Division I-A career rushing touchdowns and career scoring records in 1998 with 73 and 452 respectively (topped one year later by Miami University's Travis Prentice), and rushed for 200 or more yards in twelve different games (an NCAA record he shares with Dayne and USC's Marcus Allen). Williams won the 64th Heisman Trophy, becoming the second Texas Longhorn to win this honor, joining Earl Campbell. Williams was sometimes known as the "Texas Tornado."
|September 5||6:00 PM||New Mexico State*||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||PPV||W 66–36||75,914|
|September 12||2:30 PM||at No. 6 UCLA*||No. 23||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA||ABC||L 31–49||73,070|
|September 19||2:30 PM||at No. 5 Kansas State||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, KS||ABC||L 7–48||43,714|
|September 26||6:00 PM||Rice*||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||FSN||W 59–21||71,486|
|October 3||6:00 PM||Iowa State||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||PPV||W 54–33||70,681|
|October 10||11:30 AM||vs. Oklahoma||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Red River Shootout)||FSN||W 34–3||75,587|
|October 24||6:00 PM||Baylor||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||FX||W 30–20||81,437|
|October 31||2:30 PM||at No. 7 Nebraska||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||ABC||W 20–16||76,434|
|November 7||2:30 PM||Oklahoma State||No. 20||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||ABC||W 37–34||81,437|
|November 14||6:00 PM||at Texas Tech||No. 18||Jones Stadium • Lubbock, TX (Battle for the Chancellor's Spurs)||FSN||L 35–42||50,647|
|November 27||10:00 AM||No. 6 Texas A&M||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry)||ABC||W 26–24||83,687|
|January 1||10:00 AM||vs. No. 25 Mississippi State*||No. 20||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic)||FOX||W 38–11||72,611|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
1998 team players in the NFL
The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.
|Ricky Williams||Running Back||1||5||New Orleans Saints|
|Wane McGarity||Wide Receiver||4||118||Dallas Cowboys|
|Jay Humphrey||Tackle||4||125||Minnesota Vikings|
Awards and honors
- Ricky Williams, Heisman Trophy
- Ricky Williams, Walter Camp Award
- Ricky Williams, Maxwell Award
- Ricky Williams, Doak Walker Award
- Ricky Williams, Consensus All-American
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