1969 Texas Longhorns Football Team
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1969 Texas Longhorns Football Team
1969 Texas Longhorns football
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Consensus national champion
Southwest Conference champion
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1969 record11-0 (7-0 SWC)
Head coachDarrell Royal (13th season)
Offensive coordinatorEmory Bellard
Offensive schemeWishbone
Defensive coordinatorMike Campbell
Base defense4-4
CaptainTed Koy
Glen Halsell
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 66,397)
← 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 NCAA University Division 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 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


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 in the season's "Game of the Century," attended by President 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 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.


September 203:00 p.m.at California*No. 4ABCW 17-033,702
September 277:30 p.m.Texas TechNo. 4W 49-765,200
October 47:00 p.m.Navy*No. 2
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
W 56-1763,500
October 111:00 p.m.vs. No. 8 Oklahoma*No. 2ABCW 27-1771,938
October 251:30 p.m.RiceNo. 2
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
W 31-061,500
November 11:00 p.m.at SMUNo. 2
  • Cotton Bowl
  • Dallas, TX
W 45-1455,287
November 82:00 p.m.BaylorNo. 2
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
W 56-1455,000
November 152:00 p.m.TCUNo. 2
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX (rivalry)
W 69-751,000
November 271:00 p.m.at Texas A&MNo. 1W 49-1251,160
December 612:00 p.m.at No. 2 ArkansasNo. 1ABCW 15-1447,500
January 1, 19701:00 p.m.vs. No. 9 Notre Dame*No. 1
CBSW 21-1771,938
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time




Game summaries

at California

Overall record Last meeting Result
2-0 1961 W 28-3

at Arkansas

"The Big Shootout"
#1 Texas at #2 Arkansas
1 234Total
Longhorns 0 0015 15
Razorbacks 7 070 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
37-13 1968 W 39-29

With two legendary coaches (Broyles and Royal), two neighboring states, two football powerhouses (8 of last 10 SWC Championships), and two recent National Championships (Arkansas in 1964 and Texas in 1963), Arkansas and Texas had developed a rivalry. The game was moved from the usual third week in October to the first week in December so it could be televised nationally on ABC. President Richard Nixon attended the game, and AstroTurf was even installed in Razorback Stadium in preparation for the game.

Arkansas' top-rated defense was going up against the #1-rated Texas offense, but the Hogs got on top early, with a 1-yard TD run by Bill Burnett. After halftime, Chuck Dicus hauled in a 29-yard touchdown pass, giving the Razorbacks a 14-0 lead heading into the game's final quarter. Longhorn QB James Street then led his squad to its first touchdown, and as coach Darrell Royal had planned, Texas attempted and completed the two-point conversion, which would in all likelihood prevent a tie.

Arkansas then had the ball and the lead, and a 73-yard drive later, the Hogs were in good position to tack on a field goal that would put the game out of reach, but Razorback QB Bill Montgomery was intercepted in the end zone, giving the Longhorns new life. The Texas drive appeared stalled at the Longhorns' own 43, on a 4th and 3, when Royal gambled again. A 44-yard pass to Randy Peschel, who caught the ball in double coverage, put Texas at the Arkansas 13. Longhorn RB Jim Bertelsen would run in for the tying six points. The extra-point snap was high, but was snared by third-string QB Donnie Wigginton and the kick was converted by Longhorn kicker Happy Feller, giving Texas a 15-14 lead with 3:58 to play.

Arkansas drove to the Texas 40, looking for a field goal from All-American kicker Bill McClard, but the turnover bug struck again as Montgomery was again picked off.

vs. Notre Dame (Cotton Bowl)

#9 Notre Dame vs. #1 Texas
1 234Total
Fighting Irish 3 707 17
Longhorns 0 7014 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-4 1954 W 21-0

NFL Draft

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


  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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-24. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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 .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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

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