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1970 Texas Longhorns football
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ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1 - December 8th
APNo. 3
1970 record10–1 (7–0 SWC)
Head coachDarrell Royal
Offensive coordinatorEmory Bellard
Offensive schemeWishbone
Defensive coordinatorMike Campbell
Home stadiumTexas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 66,397)
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →

The 1970 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 1970 college football season. The Longhorns shared the National Championship with Nebraska. Their third National Championship overall, the previous titles were won in 1963 and 1969.

ScheduleEdit

The 1970 Longhorns finished the regular season with an unblemished 10–0 record to run their winning streak to 30 games, and met Notre Dame once again in the Cotton Bowl Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. This time the #6 Fighting Irish won, 24–11, denying #1 Texas a third straight Cotton Bowl Classic victory and second straight consensus national championship. However, Texas still won the 1970 UPI (Coaches) National Championship.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 19* 4:00 PM California #2 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 56–15   61,000
September 26 7:30 PM at Texas Tech #2 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX (Rivalry) W 35–13   50,000
October 3* 4:00 PM #13 UCLA #2 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 20–17   65,500
October 10* 3:00 PM vs. Oklahoma #2 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) ABC W 41–9   71,938
October 24 7:30 PM at Rice #2 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 45–21   70,500
October 31 2:00 PM SMU #1 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 42–15   61,170
November 7 2:00 PM at Baylor #1 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 21–14   35,000
November 14 2:00 PM at TCU #2 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 58–0   40,179
November 26 2:00 PM Texas A&M #1 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) W 52–14   66,400
December 5 2:00 PM #4 Arkansas #1 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) ABC W 42–7   68,510
January 1* 1:00 PM vs. #6 Notre Dame #1 Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS L 11–24   73,000
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.
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Later that New Year's Day, #2 Ohio State lost 27–17 to #12 Stanford in the Rose Bowl. That night, third-ranked Nebraska defeated #5 LSU 17–12 in the Orange Bowl to give the 11–0–1 Huskers the post-bowl AP national championship. Through the 1973 season, the final UPI coaches poll was released in early December, after the regular season but before the bowl games.

1970 team players in the NFLEdit

The following 1970 Texas Longhorns were selected in the 1971 NFL Draft:[2]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Cotton Speyrer WR 2 38 Washington Redskins
Bill Atessis DE 2 52 Baltimore Colts
Happy Feller K 4 83 Philadelphia Eagles
Bill Zapalac LB 4 84 New York Jets
Steve Worster RB 4 90 Los Angeles Rams
Scott Palmer DT 7 162 New York Jets
Bobby Wuensch T 12 294 Baltimore Colts
Danny Lester DB 13 317 Philadelphia Eagles
Deryl Comer TE 14 345 Atlanta Falcons

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Bobby Wuensch, Tackle, Consensus All-American[3]
  • Steve Worster, Back, Consensus All-American[4]
  • Bill Atessis, Defensive End, Consensus All-American[5]

ReferencesEdit

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