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1998 Texas Longhorns football team

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.

1998 Texas Longhorns football
Texas Longhorns logo.svg
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
APNo. 15
1998 record9–3 (6–2 Big 12)
Head coachMack Brown (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorGreg Davis (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorCarl Reese (1st season)
Home stadiumDarrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 79,471)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern Division
No. 10 Kansas State x   8 0         11 2  
No. 19 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
No. 21 Missouri   5 3         8 4  
Colorado   4 4         8 4  
Kansas   1 7         4 7  
Iowa State   1 7         3 8  
Southern Division
No. 11 Texas A&M x$   7 1         11 3  
No. 15 Texas   6 2         9 3  
Texas Tech   4 4         7 5  
Oklahoma State   3 5         5 6  
Oklahoma   3 5         5 6  
Baylor   1 7         2 9  
Championship: Texas A&M 36, Kansas State 33 
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Regular seasonEdit

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 Blackshirts 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."[1]

ScheduleEdit

The Longhorns finished the regular season with an 8–3 record and defeated #25 Mississippi State in the 1999 Cotton Bowl Classic, 38–11.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 56:00 p.m.New Mexico State*PPVW 66–3675,914
September 122:30 p.m.at No. 6 UCLA*No. 23ABCL 31–4973,070
September 192:30 p.m.at No. 5 Kansas StateABCL 7–4843,714
September 266:00 p.m.Rice*
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX (rivalry)
FSNW 59–2171,486
October 36:00 p.m.Iowa State
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
PPVW 54–3370,681
October 1011:30 a.m.vs. OklahomaFSNW 34–375,587
October 246:00 p.m.Baylor 
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
FXW 30–2081,437
October 312:30 p.m.at No. 7 NebraskaABCW 20–1676,434
November 72:30 p.m.Oklahoma StateNo. 20
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
ABCW 37–3481,437
November 146:00 p.m.at Texas TechNo. 18FSNL 35–4250,647
November 2710:00 a.m.No. 6 Texas A&M
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX (rivalry)
ABCW 26–2483,687
January 1, 199910:00 a.m.vs. No. 25 Mississippi State*No. 20
FOXW 38–1172,611
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

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1998 team players in the NFLEdit

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Ricky Williams Running back 1 5 New Orleans Saints
Wane McGarity Wide receiver 4 118 Dallas Cowboys
Jay Humphrey Tackle 4 125 Minnesota Vikings

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Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Richard, Dave (December 9, 2002). "Q & A: Williams makes it look easy". Miami Dolphins. Archived from the original on November 14, 2006. Retrieved January 26, 2007.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2012-03-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1964.htm
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2007-04-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://collegefootball.about.com/od/collegefootballawards/a/award-camp.htm
  6. ^ http://football.about.com/cs/history/a/maxwellaward.htm
  7. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/DI/2010/Awards.pdf