American Football Database
1965 Texas Longhorns football
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ConferenceSouthwest Conference
1965 record6-4 (3-4 SWC)
Head coachDarrell Royal
Home stadiumTexas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,130)
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The 1965 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 1965 college football season.

Regular season

Tommy Nobis was in his final year at Texas[1] and was known an iron man, playing (and starting) on both defense and offense for his entire college career. Aside from being an All-American linebacker, he also played guard on the offensive side of the ball[1] and was often the primary blocker on touchdown runs. Famed Texas coach Darrell K. Royal called him "the finest two-way player I have ever seen." A knee injury slowed him during the latter part of his senior season,[2] but he still was able to perform at a high level and won a number of major individual awards including the Knute Rockne Award, best lineman, the Outland Trophy, best interior lineman, and the Maxwell Award for college football’s best player. Nobis also finished seventh in the Heisman voting to USC’s Mike Garrett. He appeared on the covers of LIFE, Sports Illustrated and TIME magazines.


The Longhorns finished the regular season with a 6-4-0 record.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 18* 8:00 PM Tulane #2 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 31-0   40,000
September 25 7:30 PM Texas Tech #3 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) W 33-7   65,310
October 2* 7:30 PM Indiana #1 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 27-12   57,000
October 9* 2:00 PM vs. Oklahoma #1 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) NBC W 19-0   75,504
October 16 2:30 PM at #3 Arkansas #1 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR (Rivalry) NBC L 24-27   42,000
October 23 7:00 PM Rice #5 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX L 17-20   63,000
October 30 2:00 PM at SMU #9 Cotton BowlDallas, TX L 14-31   48,000
November 6 1:30 PM Baylor Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX NBC W 35-14   57,500
November 13 2:00 PM TCU Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX L 10-25   51,500
November 25 1:00 PM at Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 21-17   40,000
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


Game notes


by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0
Texas 0 9 0 10 19

Texas' eight straight win in the Red River series.[4]

1965 team players in the NFL

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.[5]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Tommy Nobis Linebacker 1 1 Atlanta Falcons
Diron Talbert Defensive Tackle 5 66 Los Angeles Rams
Phil Harris Back 7 104 New York Giants
Pete Lammons End 14 213 Cleveland Browns
  • Tommy Nobis was also drafted by the Houston Oilers in the first round of the 1966 American Football League draft.[6]

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