Open main menu

1969 Texas Longhorns football team

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.

1969 Texas Longhorns football
UT&T text logo.svg
Consensus national champion
Southwest Conference champion
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
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)
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 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]

Contents

SeasonEdit

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.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
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

Source:[10]

RosterEdit

1969 Texas Longhorns football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 35 Jim Bertelsen So
G 66 Mike Dean Jr
RB 24 Ted Koy Sr
T 62 Bob McKay Sr
G 64 Bobby Mitchell Jr
TE 40 Randy Peschel Sr
QB 14 Eddie Phillips So
WR 88 Cotton Speyrer Jr
G 74 Randy Stout So
QB 16 James Street Sr
QB 18 Donnie Wigginton So
T 50 Bobby Wuensch Jr
RB 30 Steve Worster Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 89 David Arledge So
DE 77 Bill Atessis Jr
DT 71 Leo Brooks Sr
ROV 86 Mike Campbell Sr
CB 84 Tom Campbell Sr
ILB 61 Scott Henderson Jr
ILB 67 Glen Halsell Sr
CB 23 Danny Lester Jr
DT 65 Scott Palmer Jr
DT 31 Greg Ploetz Jr
S 28 Freddie Steinmark Jr
DT 70 Carl White So
OLB 80 Bill Zapalac Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 5 Happy Feller Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

RankingsEdit

Game summariesEdit

at CaliforniaEdit

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

at ArkansasEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
37–13 1968 W 39–29

vs. Notre Dame (Cotton Bowl)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 1954 W 21–0

NFL DraftEdit

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 honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 2015-03-20.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 2009-12-11.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