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Texas Longhorns Football
Texas Longhorns football
Texas Longhorns logo.svg
First season 1893
Athletic director Mike Perrin
Head coach Tom Herman
1st season, 5-5 (.500)
Stadium Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 100,119[1])
Field Joe Jamail Field
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Austin, Texas
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Big 12 Conference
All-time record 884-359-33 (.706)
Bowl record 27-24-2 (.528)
Claimed nat'l titles 4 (1963, 1969, 1970, 2005)
Unclaimed nat'l titles 11 (1914, 1918, 1930, 1941, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1968, 1977, 1981, 2008)
Conference titles 31
Rivalries Oklahoma Sooners (rivalry)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (rivalry)
Arkansas Razorbacks (rivalry; dormant)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (rivalry; dormant)
Texas A&M Aggies (rivalry; dormant)
Heisman winners 2
Consensus All-Americans 56[2]
Current uniform
Colors Burnt Orange and White[3]
Fight song Texas Fight
Mascot Bevo
Marching band The University of Texas Longhorn Band
Website texassports.com

The Texas Longhorns football program is the intercollegiate team representing the University of Texas at Austin (variously Texas or UT) in the sport of American football. The Longhorns compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) as a member of the Big 12 Conference. The team is coached by Tom Herman and home games are played at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Historical overview

Beginning in 1893, the Texas Longhorns football program is one of the most highly regarded and historic programs of all time. From 1937 to 1946 the team was led by Hall of Fame coach Dana X. Bible, and then from 1957 to 1976 the team was led by Hall of Fame coach Darrell K. Royal, who won three national championships. In 2012, the football program was valued at $805 million, more than the calculated value of several NFL teams. In 2008, ESPN ranked Texas as the seventh-most prestigious college football program since 1936. As of the end of the 2016 season, Texas' all-time record is 891-359-33 (.718), which ranks as the second-most wins in NCAA Division I FBS history. Texas is known for their post-season appearances, ranking second in number of bowl game appearances (53), fourth in bowl game victories (27), most Southwest Conference football championships (27), and most Cotton Bowl Classic appearances and victories. Other NCAA records include 108 winning seasons out of 122 total seasons, 23 seasons with 10 or more wins, 9 undefeated seasons, and 26 seasons with at most one loss or tie. From 1936 to 2012, the Longhorns football teams have been in the AP or coaches' rankings 66 out of 76 seasons (86.8% of the time), finishing those seasons ranked in the top twenty-five 48 times and the top ten 28 times. Texas claims four Division I-A national championships (1963, 1969, 1970 and 2005) and 32 conference championships (3 Big 12 Conference, 27 Southwest Conference, and 2 Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association).

A total of 129 (53 consensus and 22 unanimous) Texas players have been named to College Football All-America Teams, while two Longhorn players, Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1998), have won the Heisman Trophy, college football's most prestigious individual honor. Seventeen Longhorns have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, while four are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Home stadium

Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium with a view of the Godzillatron

The Longhorns have played their home games in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (formerly just "Memorial Stadium" and "Texas Memorial Stadium") on Joe Jamail Field since 1924. The stadium is located on the campus of The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The current official stadium capacity is 100,119,[4] making it the second largest football venue in the state of Texas,[5] the largest in the Big 12 Conference,[6] the fifth largest on-campus stadium in the NCAA, and the seventh largest non-racing stadium in the world.

The stadium has been expanded several times since its original opening, and now includes 100,119 permanent seats, the nation's first high definition video display in a collegiate facility nicknamed "Godzillatron,"[7] and a newly renovated Joe Jamail Field with FieldTurf. The current DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium and Big 12 attendance record was set on September 4, 2016 with 102,315 spectators.

The final planned phase of the stadium's expansion includes the construction of permanent seating and an upper deck in the south end zone, completely enclosing the playing field. The stadium's seating capacity is expected to reach 112,000 once the south end zone is fully enclosed, which would mean DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium would surpass Michigan Stadium as the largest football stadium in North America.[8] However, the date of the final construction phase to fully enclose the south end zone has not been set nor have any funds been raised. Varying sources claim this phase may not take place for upwards of 10 to 15 years, though on March 11, 2014 an announcement was made that an exploratory committee has been formed regarding the expansion of the stadium in conjunction with the construction of the Dell Medical School on campus.

Before the Longhorns football team moved to DKR, they played their home games at Clark Field from 1894 to 1924. Clark Field was a wooden-structured stadium located on the University of Texas campus.[9] The Longhorns last game at Clark Field before moving to brand new Memorial Stadium occurred on October 25, 1924. The Longhorns battled the Florida Gators to a 7-7 tie that day.[10]


John Chiles on sidelines of KSU at UT 2007.jpg


The 1893 team did not always wear orange. They also wore gold and white uniforms. In 1895, the Texas Athletic Association moved to orange and white colors. In 1897, the Association moved to orange and maroon to save cleaning costs. The Cactus Yearbook at the time listed the University colors as either gold or orange and white until the 1899 Cactus declared the University colors to be gold and maroon. Students at the University's medical branch in Galveston (UTMB) were in favor of royal blue. By 1899, a UT fan could have worn any of yellow, orange, white, red, maroon, or even blue.[11]

The Board of Regents held an election in that year to decide the team colors. Students, faculty, staff and alumni were asked vote. 1,111 votes were cast, with 562 in favor of orange and white. Orange and maroon received 310, royal blue 203, crimson 10, and royal blue and crimson 11. For the next thirty years, Longhorn teams wore bright orange on their uniforms, which faded to yellow by the end of the season. By the 1920s, other teams sometimes called the Longhorn squads "yellow bellies," a term that didn't sit well with the athletic department. In 1928, UT football coach Clyde Littlefield ordered uniforms in a darker shade of orange that wouldn't fade, which would later become known as "burnt orange" or "Texas orange." The dark-orange color was used until the dye became too expensive during the Great Depression, and the uniforms reverted to the bright orange for another two decades, until coach Darrell K. Royal revived the burnt-orange color in the early 1960s.[11]

For the 2009 Lone Star Showdown, the Longhorns wore a Nike Pro Combat uniform.


Colt McCoy hands the ball to Jamaal Charles.

From 1961 to 1962, the Longhorns' helmets featured the individual player's number on the side in burnt orange above the "Bevo" logo, which was also in burnt orange, with a large burnt-orange stripe down the middle of the helmet. The burnt-orange stripe was removed in 1963 and the helmet featured only the burnt-orange Bevo logo below the player's number, which was also in burnt orange.In 1967, the team abandoned the individual player's number above the logo, and moved the burnt-orange Bevo logo to the center of the helmet's side. With the exception of the 1969 season, this remained the team's helmet design until 1977.In 1969, the helmet design commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first college football game. The player's number was replaced by a large burnt-orange football above the Bevo logo. Inside the football was a white number "100" that indicated the anniversary year.

Championships and bowl games

National championships (9)

The following list of national championships accounts for the four that are officially claimed by the University of Texas (in bold) and the five additional titles awarded by sources recognized by the NCAA, but not claimed by the University. Texas teams have also been selected as national champions in six other years (1918, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1950, 2008) by various nationally published ratings systems or voters which are not recognized by the University or the NCAA.

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl
1914 David Allerdice Billingsley Report 8-0 No Bowl
1941 Dana X. Bible Berryman, Williamson System 8-1-1 No Bowl
1963 Darrell Royal AP, Coaches 11-0 Won Cotton
1968 Darrell Royal Devold System, Matthews Grid Ratings, Sagarin Ratings 9-1-1 Won Cotton
1969 Darrell Royal AP, Coaches, POTUS 11-0 Won Cotton
1970 Darrell Royal Coaches 10-1 Lost Cotton
1977 Fred Akers Berryman, Foundation for the Analysis of Competitions and Tournaments (FACT), Sagarin Ratings 11-1 Lost Cotton
1981 Fred Akers National Championship Foundation 10-1-1 Won Cotton
2005 Mack Brown BCS, AP, Coaches 13-0 Won Rose
Total National Championships: 9


Conference championships (32)

Texas has won 2 Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles, 27 Southwest Conference titles (21 outright), and has won the Big 12 Conference title three times.

Texas ranks 6th in total conference championships won among all NCAA teams[13]

Year Conference Overall record Conference record
1913 TIAA 7-1 3-0
1914 TIAA 8-0 4-0
1916[14] Southwest 7-2 5-1
1918[15] Southwest 9-0 4-0
1920 Southwest 9-0 5-0
1928 Southwest 7-2 5-1
1930 Southwest 8-1-1 4-1
1942 Southwest 9-2 5-1
1943 Southwest 7-1-1 5-0
1945 Southwest 10-1 5-1
1950 Southwest 9-2 6-0
1952 Southwest 9-2 6-0
1953+ Southwest 7-3 5-1
1959+ Southwest 9-2 5-1
1961+ Southwest 10-1 6-1
1962 Southwest 9-1-1 6-0-1
1963 Southwest 11-0 7-0
1968+ Southwest 9-1-1 6-1
1969 Southwest 11-0 7-0
1970 Southwest 10-1 7-0
1971 Southwest 8-3 6-1
1972 Southwest 10-1 7-0
1973 Southwest 8-3 7-0
1975+ Southwest 10-2 6-1
1977 Southwest 11-1 8-0
1983 Southwest 11-1 8-0
1990 Southwest 10-2 8-0
1994+ Southwest 8-4 4-3
1995 Southwest 10-2-1 7-0
1996 Big 12 8-5 6-2
2005 Big 12 13-0 8-0
2009 Big 12 13-1 8-0

+ Denotes co-champions

Conference affiliations [16]

Divisional championships (7)

[17] Texas has won a share of 7 Big 12 South titles, 5 of which resulted in an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game. Texas is 3-2 in those appearances. As of 2011, the new ten team Big 12 Conference ceased to have divisions and conference championship games.

Year Division championship Big 12 CG result Opponent PF PA
1996 Big 12 South W Nebraska 37 27
1999 Big 12 South L Nebraska 6 22
2001 Big 12 South L Colorado 37 39
2002 Big 12 South NA* NA NA NA
2005 Big 12 South W Colorado 70 3
2008 Big 12 South NA+ NA NA NA
2009 Big 12 South W Nebraska 13 12

*Both Texas and Oklahoma tied in the Big 12 South Division with 6-2 conference records and due to a tie-breaking rule Oklahoma advanced to the Big 12 Championship Game.

+A three-way tie in the Big 12 South Division between Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech all with 7-1 conference records, due to a tie-breaking rule Oklahoma advanced to the Big 12 Championship Game.

Bowl Championship Series games (4)

Texas has played in 4 BCS games, including two BCS National Championships. Texas also played in two Bowl Alliance games (the precursor to the BCS), the 1995 Sugar Bowl and the 1997 Fiesta Bowl.

Season BCS game Result Opponent PF PA
2004 Rose Bowl W No. 12 Michigan 38 37
2005 Rose Bowl (BCS National Championship Game) W No. 1 USC 41 38
2008 Fiesta Bowl W No. 10 Ohio State 24 21
2009 BCS National Championship Game L No. 1 Alabama 21 37

Bowl game appearances (53)

At the end of the 2013 season, Texas is second in all time bowl appearances in the NCAA FBS at 52.[18] (Note: Some years Texas went to two bowls although they were in different seasons)

Bowl game No. of appearances First year Last year Bowl record
Cotton Bowl 22 1943 2003 11-10-1
Bluebonnet Bowl+ 6 1960 1987 3-2-1
Holiday Bowl 5 2000 2011 3-2-0
Sun Bowl 4 1978 1994 2-2-0
Sugar Bowl 3 1948 1995 1-2-0
Alamo Bowl 3 2006 2013 2-1-0
Orange Bowl 2 1949 1965 2-0-0
Fiesta Bowl 2 1997 2009 1-1-0
Rose Bowl 2* 2005 2006* 2-0-0*
BCS National Championship 2* 2006* 2010 1-1-0*
Gator Bowl 1 1974 1974 0-1-0
Freedom Bowl? 1 1984 1984 0-1-0
Texas Bowl+ 1 2014 2014 0-1-0
Total bowl appearances 53 Total bowl record 27-24-2

*The 2006 Rose Bowl was both the Rose Bowl Game and the sanctioned BCS National Championship Game, after that season the BCS NCG became a separate game unaffiliated with the major bowl games.

+ The Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston, TX was discontinued in 1988, but was replaced by the Houston Bowl (2000-2001) and the Texas Bowl (2006-current).

? The Freedom Bowl merged with the Holiday Bowl in 1995.

Record book

National records

  • Texas has the third most wins (886) in NCAA college football with an 886-346-33 all-time win/loss record.[19]
  • Texas ranks 2nd in the NCAA post-season bowl game appearances with 53 appearances as of 2014 with a 27-24-2 record.[20]
  • Texas is the only football program to post at least 10 wins from 2001-2009 seasons.

Conference records

  • Texas ranks 1st in the Big 12 conference for most bowl game appearances and victories.
  • Texas ranks 1st with a Big 12 conference record of 109-45 (.707) since conference began in 1996.
  • Texas ranks 2nd with 5 Big 12 conference championships game appearances with a 3-2 record.
  • Texas holds the Big 12 Conference record for 21 consecutive conference wins from 2004-2006.
  • Texas holds the Big 12 Conference record for 13 consecutive conference road wins from 2002-2006
  • Texas holds the record for the most Southwest Conference Championships won with 27.
  • Texas won a record 6 straight Southwest Conference Championships from 1968-1973.
  • Texas is 6th with 32 total conference championships won among all NCAA teams.

All-time records against other conferences

  • Texas holds an 83-30-7 all-time record against the American Athletic Conference.
  • Texas holds an 18-12-1 all-time record against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • Texas holds a 304-130-10 all-time record against the Big 12 Conference.
  • Texas holds a 27-11-0 all-time record against the Big 10 Conference.
  • Texas holds an 87-21-1 all-time record against the Conference USA.
  • Texas holds a 6-12-0 all-time record against the Division 1A Independents.
  • Texas holds a 13-1-0 all-time record against the Mountain West Conference.
  • Texas holds a 37-21-0 all-time record against the Pac-12 Conference.
  • Texas holds a 189-94-10 all-time record against the Southeastern Conference.
  • Texas holds an 11-0-0 all-time record against the Sun Belt Conference.

Poll records

  • Texas ranks 6th in total appearances in the AP Poll with 703 weekly appearances since the poll began in 1936.
  • Texas ranks 1st in total appearances in the BCS Standings with 105 weekly appearances since the rankings began in 1998.
  • Texas holds the NCAA record of most consecutive weeks ranked at 162 from the 2000-2010 seasons.
  • Texas has been ranked in 69 of the 81 seasons (1936-2016) the AP has conducted polls.
  • Texas has appeared in 53 out of the 71 AP pre-season polls (1950-2016).
  • Texas has been ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll a total of 45 weeks
  • Texas has been ranked in the top 5 of the AP Poll a total of 267 weeks.
  • Texas has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll a total of 443 weeks.
  • Texas has been ranked in the top 25 of the AP Poll a total of 703 weeks.
  • Texas has finished the season in the top 25 overall in 48 out of 76 possible polls.
  • Texas has a 30-7-3 record when ranked the No. 1 team in the AP Poll
  • Texas has played in six No. 1 vs No. 2 matchups and has posted victories in 4 of the six contests
  • Texas has played in 164 Top 25 AP poll games since 1936 and has posted victories in 95 of those contests

Bowl records

  • Texas is 2nd in the NCAA post-season bowl game appearances with 53 appearances as of 2014 with a 27-24-2 record.
  • Texas had 6 consecutive bowl streaks from 1959-1964, 8 from 1968-1975, 9 from 1977-1985, and 12 from 1998-2009.
  • Texas is tied for 3rd place for most all-time bowl victories.
  • Texas has 4 BCS Bowl appearances with 3-1 record in BCS Bowl games (.750) 2nd most successful.
  • Texas holds the record for the most Cotton Bowl Classic appearances and victories (22).
  • Texas is one of four teams to have won all original New Year's Day bowl games (Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange, and Cotton Bowls).

Other accomplishments

  • First college team to implement the famous Wing-T and Wishbone Offenses.
  • Texas has 108 winning seasons out of 122 total seasons of football.
  • Texas is 103-18-3 (.843) all-time in season opening games.
  • Texas is 69-15-3 (.810) in openers at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Texas has had 9 undefeated seasons and 26 additional seasons with at most one loss and/or tie.
  • 23 seasons with 10 or more wins.
  • 10 seasons with 11 or more wins.
  • 71 seasons with 8 or more wins.

Appearances in the final Associated Press and Coaches polls

Texas has made 707 appearances in the Associated Press poll over 81 seasons (1936-2016). Texas has spent 443 weeks in the Top 10, 267 weeks in the Top 5, and 45 weeks at #1. Texas has finished the year ranked in the final Associated Press and/or Coaches polls of the season 48 times with 28 finishes in the Top 10 and 20 finishes in the Top 5:

Individual accomplishments

National awards and honors

The University of Texas has had 129 Longhorns selected to the College Football All-America Team including 53 Consensus and 22 Unanimous; Texas also has 17 players and coaches that have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[21]

Conference awards

As of 2009 the Texas Longhorns have had 492 All-Conference Players since 1915, including 292 in the Southwest Conference and 200 in the Big 12 where the Longhorn player have had 63 first team and 43 second team all conference players.[22]

Longhorns in the NFL

317 Longhorns have been drafted into the NFL, including 43 in the 1st round.[23]
As of March 11, 2017, The Longhorns currently have 22 players active on NFL rosters.

Culture & Rivalries


Texas has several long-standing rivalries with several schools throughout the duration of the Southwest Conference and the Big 12 Conference. The University's biggest rival historically is their instate rival, Texas A&M University [24][25] which began in 1894 and ran through the 2011 season. Currently, Texas leads the series 76-5-37. Their most significant and most fierce rivalry however is with the University of Oklahoma which began in 1900 and is played annually at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. Texas leads 61-5-45.[26][27] Texas once had a major rivalry with Southwest Conference foe Arkansas where several meetings between the two schools would decide the winner of the Southwest Conference. The rivalry with Arkansas has become less important since Arkansas joined the SEC and because the schools no longer play each other regularly. Texas holds winning records over all four of their main rivals in football.[28][29][30][31]

Oklahoma Sooners

2006 Red River Rivalry with yellow arrow indicating the crowd split at the 50-yard line

Texas has a long-standing rivalry with the University of Oklahoma. The football game between the University of Texas and Oklahoma is commonly known as the "Red River Rivalry" and is held annually in Dallas, Texas at the Cotton Bowl. Dallas is used as a "neutral site" since it is approximately midway between the two campuses. The stadium is split, with each team having an equal number of supporters on each side of the 50 yard line. Texas state flags fly around the Longhorn end of the stadium and Oklahoma state flags fly around the Sooner end. This border rivalry is often considered to be one of the top five current rivalries in the NCAA. The Red River Shootout originated in 1900, while Oklahoma was still a territory of the United States, and it is the longest-running college-football rivalry played on a neutral field.[32] Since 2005, the football game has received sponsorship dollars in return for being referred to as the "SBC Red River Rivalry"[33] (changed to AT&T Red River Rivalry in 2006 after SBC merged with AT&T), a move which has been criticized both for its commercialism[34] and its political correctness.[35] The University of Texas holds its annual Torchlight Parade during the week of the Red River Rivalry.[36] In recent years, this rivalry has taken on added significance, since both football programs have been highly ranked and compete in the same division of the Big 12 conference. In 2005, the Dallas Morning News did an opinion poll of the 119 Division 1A football coaches as to the nations top rivalry game in college football. The Texas-OU game was ranked third.[26] The game typically has conference or even national significance. Since 1945, one or both of the two teams has been ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation coming into 60 out of 65 games. Twice Texas has defeated the Sooners a record eight straight times from 1940-1947 and 1958-1965. One of the most significant meetings was in 1963 with Oklahoma ranked No. 1 and Texas ranked No. 2, the game won by Texas 28-7 en route to their first officially recognized national championship. The series has also had its share of games that came down to the wire and comebacks most recently in 2009 when Texas cemented a 16-13 victory in the fourth quarter over OU. The game has also been the result of controversy. The meeting in 1976 was a heated affair as the Oklahoma staff was accused of spying on Texas' practices, a move later confirmed by former OU head coach Barry Switzer. In the 2008 season Texas scored 45 points over then No. 1 Oklahoma for the win, but even with the victory Texas would not go on to the Big 12 Championship game due to BCS rankings. Six of the last ten showings featured one of the participants in the BCS National Championship Game (2000, 2003-2005, 2008, 2009), including national titles won by Oklahoma in 2000 and by Texas in 2005. Texas leads the all-time series 61-44-5, with a 49-39-4 edge in Dallas. Texas also holds a 35-32-3 advantage over Oklahoma in the post-modern era.

Aspects of the rivalry include:

  • Series began in 1900 and has been played annually at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas since 1929.
  • The winner of the game is presented the Golden Hat Trophy, a tradition since 1941.
  • One or both teams has come into the game ranked in the AP Poll 67 of these last 79 years, including every time in the last 16.
  • Game has had instances of controversy, including Oklahoma coaches spying on practices.
  • Texas leads the all-time series 61-44-5.
  • Texas leads the series in Dallas 49-39-4.
  • Texas leads 35-32-3 in the post-modern era.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Texas A&M Aggies

The first meeting between the football squads of the University of Texas and Texas A&M was in 1894, a 38-0 win for Texas. In fact, Texas won its first seven games against the Aggies, all of them by shutout. By 1915 Texas held a 15-4-2 advantage against the Aggies. The game was a back and forth affair for the next twenty years as the home team usually took the victory in the game, however Texas still maintained the series lead. In 1940, Texas shutout the Aggies 7-0 and kept them from receiving the Rose Bowl bid that year. From that year forward Texas would go on to win thirty-three of the next thirty-eight games over A&M. It was not until the mid-1980s that A&M developed a win streak over Texas and in the late 1990s and 2000s the rivalry would again go back to Longhorns.[37] The Texas/Texas A&M rivalry has given rise to several stereotypes on both sides: Texas A&M is generally portrayed as the rural smaller school while Texas is portrayed as the urban-wealthy larger school. With the exception of the 1994 game, when A&M's probation restricted the Aggies from being televised, the annual football game with Texas A&M traditionally takes place on Thanksgiving Day or the day after each year. This iconic in-state rivalry is often considered one of the top college rivalries of all time. In July 2011, Texas A&M elected to join the Southeastern Conference beginning in 2012. The move to switch conferences resulted in the ending of the 118-year rivalry game between the two schools. On November 24, 2011, Texas faced Texas A&M in College Station in the final scheduled meeting of the rivalry as of January 2012. Texas defeated Texas A&M 27-25 on a last second field goal to win the final meeting. In an attempt to generate more attention for the rivalry in sports other than football, the two schools created the Lone Star Showdown[38] in 2004. Essentially, each time the two schools meet in a sport, the winner of the matchup gets a point. At the end of the year, the school with the most points wins the series and receives the Lone Star Trophy.

Aspects of the rivalry include:

  • Each school mentions the other in its fight song ("and it's goodbye to A&M" in Texas Fight,[39] and the entire second verse of the Aggie War Hymn is about Texas[40]).
  • The football series is the third longest running rivalry in all of college football. Next to Baseball and Basketball.[41] Since 1900, the last regular season football game is usually reserved for their matchup.[42]
  • Each school has elaborate pre-game preparations for the annual football clash, including the Aggie Bonfire[43] and the Hex Rally[44]
  • Texas has a unique lighting scheme for the UT Tower after wins over Texas A&M.[45]
  • In the past, mischief has preceded the annual game, such as "kidnapping" Bevo.[46][47]
  • Texas is 76-37-5 all-time against Texas A&M, including 46-20-3 on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Texas is 46-13-1 all-time against Texas A&M in Austin.
  • Texas is 25-22-2 at Kyle Field in College Station.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Chancellor's Spurs is the traveling trophy between the Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders

The first meeting between the Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Matadors (as the team was known until 1937) was in 1928, a 12-0 win for Texas. The teams only faced each other nine times before 1960 with Texas holding an 8-1 record over Tech at the time.[48] From 1960 to 1995, both schools played annually as members of the Southwest Conference. Since 1996, both schools have played as members of the Big 12 Conference.[49] In 1996, the Texas Tech University System was established and the system's first chancellor, John T. Montford, a former member of the Texas State Senate, started the exchange of a traveling trophy between the two universities called the Chancellor's Spurs.[50][51] The spurs are gold and silver and engraved with Texas Tech's Double T and Texas' interlocking UT logo and were first awarded to Texas after a 38-32 victory over the Red Raiders in Lubbock.[51] Texas leads the all-time series 50-15-0 as of the 2016 season.

Aspects of the rivalry include:

  • Both schools have met during the regular season since 1960.
  • Texas leads the all-time series over Texas Tech 50-15-0 as of the 2016 season.
  • Texas holds the largest win streak over Texas Tech with 8 straight wins from 1958-1966.
  • Texas currently holds the win streak over Texas Tech with 1 straight win since 2016.
  • Texas holds the largest win margin over Texas Tech with a 58-7 victory in 1999.
  • The winner of the game is awarded the Chancellors Spurs, a tradition since 1996.

Arkansas Razorbacks

Old Southwest Conference rivals, Texas and Arkansas first met in 1894, a 54-0 blowout by Texas. In the days of the Southwest Conference, the game between the two schools usually decided which team would win the conference championship. Overall, Texas won the game about 71% of the time, which led to an incredibly fierce and intense rivalry. The two programs have met 78 times, with Texas holding a decisive 56-22-0 advantage, and have had many big games. The meeting in 1969 is the true Game of the Century commemorating the 100th year of college football, which led to the Longhorns' 1969 national championship. This game still does not sit well with Razorback fans to this day.[52] The game saw Arkansas lead throughout only to have Texas come from behind and win in the final minutes, 15-14. The game also saw former President Richard Nixon attend the game and crown the Longhorns the National Champion in the locker room. Although the 1969 Texas-Arkansas game is also commonly known as The Big Shootout, it has not been played annually since Arkansas's departure from the Southwest Conference to the Southeastern Conference in 1991. However, many Longhorn and Razorback fans still consider this matchup an important rivalry. Texas and Arkansas played in September 2008, with Texas winning, 52-10. Texas and Arkansas also played in the 2014 Texas Bowl, which was won by Arkansas, 31-7. Texas and Arkansas have a scheduled regular season meeting in the 2021 season.

All-time records versus rivals

Team Rivalry name Trophy Active? Games played First meeting Last meeting Texas wins Texas losses Ties Win %
Arkansas Razorbacks none none No 78 1894 2014 lost 31-7 56 22 0 .718
Oklahoma Sooners Red River Rivalry Golden Hat
Governors' trophy
Yes 110 1900 2015 Lost 40-45 61 45 5 .579
Texas A&M Aggies Lone Star Showdown Lone Star Trophy No 118 1894 2011 won 27-25 76 37 5 .644
Texas Tech Red Raiders none Chancellor's Spurs Yes 65 1928 2016 Won 45-37 50 16 0 .758


All-time records versus current Big 12 teams

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Meeting
Baylor 76 26 4 .736 Won 2 1901
Iowa State 13 2 0 .867 Won 2 1979
Kansas 13 3 0 .813 Lost 1 1901
Kansas State 8 10 0 .444 Won 1 1913
Oklahoma 61 45 5 .577 Lost 1 1900
Oklahoma State 24 7 0 .774 Lost 2 1916
TCU 62 24 1 .718 Lost 3 1897
Texas Tech 50 16 0 .758 Won 1 1928
West Virginia 2 4 0 .333 Lost 2 1956
Totals 307 136 10 .689


The University of Texas is a tradition-rich school, and many of those traditions are associated with athletics events, especially football. Some Longhorn traditions include:

  • Bevo - the school mascot, a live Texas longhorn steer present for football games and other special events. It is a common misconception that the mascot's name came from Texas students altering a 13-0 branding a group of Aggies gave the steer. In actuality, Bevo received his name several months before the Aggies could vandalize the steer in a Texas alumni magazine. His name came from the slang term for a steer that is destined to become food, beeve, and in a common practice for the 00's and 10's, an "O" was added at the end, similar to Groucho or Harpo Marx.[54]
  • Big Bertha - Claimed by the University to be the world's largest drum, however Purdue University makes a similar claim about their drum.
  • "The Eyes of Texas" - the school song, traditionally led by the Orange Jackets on the football field, sung to the tune of I've Been Working on the Railroad
  • Hook 'em Horns - the school hand signal, was introduced at a pep rally in 1955.[55]Sports Illustrated featured the Hook 'em Horns symbol in front of a Texas pennant on the cover of their September 10, 1973 issue (pictured).[56]
  • "Texas Fight" - the school fight song
  • Texas - Fight! cheer - one side of the stadium yells "Texas!" and then the other side yells "Fight" - this is usually repeated several times
  • Script Texas - half-time routine by the Longhorn Band
  • Smokey the Cannon - fired in celebration on game day at the moment of kickoff and after Texas scores
  • The University of Texas Longhorn Band, nicknamed The Showband of the Southwest
  • The World's Largest Texas Flag is run on the field prior to home football games, bowl games, and other sporting events. It is also dropped from the President's Balcony during pep rallies. It is owned by the UT Alpha Rho chapter of Alpha Phi Omega.
  • Lighting the Tower (also known as the Main Building) in orange for various types of sporting victories. After National Championship victories, windows are lighted in the main building to display a large number "1".[57]

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of December 22, 2016. [58]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
vs Maryland at Maryland (Landover, MD) vs Louisiana Tech vs USF at Arkansas vs Ohio State vs Rice at Michigan vs USF vs Michigan
vs San Jose State vs USC vs LSU at LSU vs Rice at USF vs UCF vs USF
at USC vs Tulsa at Rice (NRG Stadium) at Ohio State



Current coaching staff

as of 10/25/2017

Texas Longhorns football current coaching staff
Name Position Alma Mater
Tom Herman Head coach California Lutheran University
Tim Beck Offensive coordinator University of Central Florida
Drew Mehringer Wide receivers coach Rice University
Corby Meekins Tight ends/fullbacks coach Sam Houston State University
Derek Warehime Offensive line coach University of Tulsa
Todd Orlando Defensive coordinator University of Wisconsin-Madison
Craig Naivar Safeties coach Hardin-Simmons University
Oscar Giles Defensive Assistant Coach University of Texas at Austin
Jason Washington Defensive Assistant Coach Texas State University
Michael Huff Defensive Assistant Coach University of Texas at Austin
vacant Recruiting Coordinator
Craig Naivar Special Teams Coordinator
Yancy McKnight Head Coach for Strength & Conditioning Football Operations
Tory Tekyl Director of Football Operations Football Operations
Fernando Lovo Assistant AD for Football Operations [American football|Football]] Operations
Derek Chang Director of Player Personnel Football Operations
Bob Shipley Director of HS Relations and Player Development Football Operations


Head coaches

The team has had 28 head coaches since it started playing organized football in 1893; however, they played without a head coach in their first season. Texas was an original member of the Southwest Conference, joining in 1915. The Longhorns became a charter member of the Big 12 in 1996 when the Southwest Conference disbanded.[61] The Longhorns have played in 1,208 games during their 118 seasons. In those seasons, nine coaches have led Texas to postseason bowl games: Dana X. Bible, Blair Cherry, Ed Price, Darrell Royal, Fred Akers, David McWilliams, John Mackovic, Mack Brown and Charlie Strong. Ten coaches have won conference championships with the Longhorns: Berry Whitaker, Clyde Littlefield, Bible, Cherry, Price, Royal, Akers, McWilliams, Mackovic, and Brown. Royal and Brown have also won national championships with Texas.

Royal is the all-time leader in games coached (219), years coached (20) and total wins (167). Frank Crawford has the highest winning percentage of any Longhorn coach after going 5-0 his only year. Of coaches who served more than one season, Whitaker leads with a .865 winning percentage. Jack Chevigny is, in terms of winning percentage, the worst coach the Longhorns have had (.483). Of the 28 Longhorns coaches, Bible and Royal have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Royal and Brown have each received National Coach of the Year honors from at least one organization. The current coach is Tom Herman, who was hired in November 2016.[62]


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