2013: 8-5 (6-2 Big 12); lost Valero Alamo Bowl to Oregon
It was a third straight down season in Austin that of course came with its up-and-downs. Texas came into the year ranked #15 but lost to BYU and #25 Ole Miss, a 1-2 start that had Longhorn fans dreading another underachieving season. But then six straight wins, including a Cotton Bowl win in Dallas over #12 Oklahoma, and then two of three losses to finish the season. They they got flattened 30-7 by Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. QB David Ash’s health is crucial to this team’s performance as the embattled career of Case McCoy as starting Longhorns quarterback is over. Despite having a few good receivers like Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis Texas never got the passing game going. A rushing attack platooned by Malcolm Brown (904 rush yards, 9 TDs) and Johnathan Gray (780 rush yards) led the offense. Texas’ recruiting prowess has provided surprisingly little firepower on offense. The team was just okay in all phases of the game, offensively and defensively. The lack of star power for a program like Texas is alarming; for the first time since 1938, there were no Longhorns taken in the NFL Draft. Luckily that means the talent they do have remains on the team for at least another year. They get another crack at BYU in Week 2 before a big time non-conference game when UCLA comes to Austin. Then Baylor and Oklahoma loom on the schedule. They’ve got road games at K-State and OK-State, but otherwise it’s a fairly light schedule for them to deal with.
UT-Austin is known for priding itself in their football program. They have the second most wins in college football history behind the University of Michigan, and boast four national titles and 52 bowl appearances. They’re under new leadership in former Louisville coach Charlie Strong, a fierce competitor who brings new life to a disappointed program. Mack Brown’s Longhorns made three straight bowl appearances, but they were a far cry from the 12 straight from 1998 to 2009 that included a national title in 2005, another national title game in 2009, many BCS bowls, a top 10 ranking at some point in every year between 1999 and 2010. They had an unbelievable 101-16 record between 2001 and 2009, including 50-4 in Austin. Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium plays home to the Longhorns as the stadium sits over 100,000 people comfortably, having college football’s first high definition video display for the fans to enjoy replays and in-game action. There are many Longhorns in the NFL, including Earl Thomas, Jamaal Charles, Jermichael Finley, Colt McCoy, Justin Tucker, and Vince Young. Don’t forget, Gold Coast Tickets has the best seats for all your Longhorn and college football sporting events. Gold Coast Tickets is your place for this year’s college football madness! Texas Fight!