American Football Database
1963 Texas Longhorns football
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Consensus National Champions
Cotton Bowl Classic Champions
Southwest Conference Champions
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
CoachesNo. 1[1]
APNo. 1[1]
1963 record11–0 (7–0 SWC)
Head coachDarrell Royal
Home stadiumTexas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,130)
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The 1963 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 1963 college football season. The Longhorns won their first national championship. Tommy Nobis was the only sophomore starter, and was an important participant on the Longhorns’ 1963 team, which defeated Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach in the Cotton Bowl Classic, 28–6.


After defeating Baylor in their eighth game, the Longhorns became the only major team with no losses and no ties in college football.[2] After defeating their first nine opponents, the Longhorns clinched the Southwestern Conference title and a spot in the Cotton Bowl.[3] The Longhorns ended up finishing the regular season with a 10–0 record and defeated #2 Navy (led by Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach) in the 1964 Cotton Bowl Classic, 28–6. Texas was the consensus national champion before the game with #2 Navy,[4] regardless of the outcome because the AP Poll and UPI Poll did not release polls after bowl games until years later. However, the win assured that there would be no dispute as had happened in other years when #1 teams lost their bowl games.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 20* 8:00 PM at Tulane #5 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA W 21–0   18,000
September 28 7:30 PM Texas Tech #4 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX (Rivalry) W 49–7   54,000
October 5* 7:30 PM Oklahoma State #3 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 34–7   48,000
October 12* 2:00 PM vs. #1 Oklahoma #2 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) CBS W 28–7   75,504
October 19 7:30 PM at Arkansas #1 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 17–13   41,000
October 23 7:30 PM Rice #1 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 10–6   64,130
November 2 2:00 PM at SMU #1 Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 17–12   59,000
November 9 2:00 PM Baylor #1 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 7–0   64,530
November 16 2:00 PM TCU #1 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 17–0   58,000
November 28 2:00 PM at Texas A&M #1 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) CBS W 15–13   41,820
January 1* 1:00 PM vs. #2 Navy #1 Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS W 28–6   75,300
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


1963 team players in the NFL

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise Source
Scott Appleton Defensive Tackle 1 4 Dallas Cowboys[note 1] [6][7]
Duke Carlisle Back 5 60 Green Bay Packers [8]
Walter (Sandy) Sands End 12 159 Minnesota Vikings [9]

Ernie Koy, Jr. and Olen Underwood would be selected in the 1964 NFL Draft, while Tommy Nobis would be selected in the 1965 NFL Draft.

Awards and honors


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Longhorns Top Both Grid Polls". The Milwaukee Sentinel, via Google News. Sentinel Wire Services (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). December 3, 1963.,213602&dq=texas+longhorns+coaches+ranked&hl=en.
  2. "Texas Conquers Baylor, 7 to 0". Star-News, via Google News. United Press International (Wilmington, North Carolina). November 9, 1963.,1502892&dq=texas+longhorns+baylor+7+0&hl=en.
  3. "Texas Blanks TCU, 17–0: Longhorns Clinch Bowl Spot". Youngstown Vindicator, via Google News. United Press International (Youngstown, Ohio). November 17, 1963.,587166&dq=texas+longhorns+12-7&hl=en.
  4. "Texas Must Beat Navy to Prove No. 1 Ranking". The Morning Record, via Google News. Associated Press (Meriden, Connecticut). December 11, 1963.,5105775&dq=texas+longhorns+navy&hl=en.
  5. All-Time Results 12/29/2012
  6. "Steelers Working Hard for Appleton's Signature". The Victoria Advocate, via Google News. Associated Press (Victoria, Texas). January 7, 1964.,660543&dq=appleton+pittsburgh&hl=en.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Houston Oilers Sign Appleton". Star-News, via Google News. United Press International (Wilmington, North Carolina). February 2, 1964.,167827&dq=appleton+dallas&hl=en.
  8. "Packers Sign Duke Carlisle". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, via Google News. Associated Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). January 14, 1964.,1856761&dq=carlisle+texas&hl=en.
  9. "Minnesota Signs End from Texas". The Miami News, via Google News. Associated Press (Miami, Florida). January 2, 1965.,469339&dq=vikings+sands+texas&hl=en.
  10. "NCAA Football Award Winners" (pdf). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2010. p. 7.


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