1978 Texas Longhorns football team

The 1978 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Longhorns finished the regular season with an 8-3 record and defeated Maryland in the Sun Bowl.

1978 Texas Longhorns football
Texas Longhorns logo.svg
Sun Bowl champion
Sun Bowl, W 42–0 vs. Maryland
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 9
1978 record9–3 (6–2 SWC)
Head coachFred Akers (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorLeon Manley (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorLeon Fuller (2nd season)
Home stadiumTexas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 77,809)
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Houston $ 7 1 0     9 3 0
No. 11 Arkansas 6 2 0     9 2 1
No. 9 Texas 6 2 0     9 3 0
Texas Tech 5 3 0     7 4 0
No. 19 Texas A&M 4 4 0     8 4 0
SMU 3 5 0     4 6 1
Baylor 3 5 0     3 8 0
Rice 2 6 0     2 9 0
TCU 0 8 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 167:30 p.m.at RiceNo. 7W 34–062,000
September 237:00 p.m.Wyoming*No. 6W 17–360,000
September 307:30 p.m.at Texas TechNo. 6W 24–754,012
October 711:50 a.m.vs. No. 1 Oklahoma*No. 6ABCL 10–3172,032
October 147:00 p.m.North Texas State*No. 12
  • Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
W 26–1663,000
October 2111:50 a.m.No. 3 ArkansasNo. 8
  • Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX (rivalry)
ABCW 28–2178,000
October 282:00 p.m.SMUNo. 7
  • Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
W 22–365,289
November 112:15 p.m.No. 8 HoustonNo. 6
  • Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX (rivalry)
L 7–1083,053
November 182:00 p.m.at TCUNo. 9W 41–020,014
November 252:00 p.m.at BaylorNo. 9ABCL 14-3831,500
December 28:00 p.m.Texas A&MNo. 14
  • Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX (rivalry)
ABCW 22–778,413
December 2312:30 p.m.vs. No. 13 Maryland*No. 14CBSW 42–032,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

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RosterEdit

1978 Texas Longhorns football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 6 Randy McEachern Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB   Glenn Blackwood Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 15 Russell Erxleben Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summariesEdit

North Texas StateEdit

North Texas State at Texas
1 234Total
Mean Green 7 270 16
No. 12 Longhorns 0 1673 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1976 W 17–14

1978 team players in the NFLEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Russell Erxleben Kicker/Punter 1 11 New Orleans Saints
Glenn Blackwood Defensive back 8 215 Miami Dolphins

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 1, 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1979.htm