Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown definitely understands the rich history and tradition of Texas Football. Throughout his tenure in Austin, he has shown various ways to pay his respects to some of the most beloved coaches, players, and teams throughout the university’s storied history, including his close friendship with the late Darrell K Royal. This 2013 season marks the 50th anniversary of the Longhorns’ first official national championship title and throughout this year, Texas Football has planned various ways to honor the team that first catapulted the program into the national spotlight.
This season, players will wear number decals on their helmets atop the Longhorn silhouette to replicate the helmets worn during the 1963 season.
That team, led by Coach Darrell Royal, stormed their way to the top of the college football world, capturing national prominence along the way.
Two of the highlights of that historic season included a 28-7 victory over the No. 1 team in the nation, the Oklahoma Sooners and a last-quarter come-from-behind victory against in-state rivals, the Texas A&M Aggies. After trailing 13-3 in the final minutes of the game, Longhorn quarterback Duke Carlisle threw the winning touchdown with a little over a minute remaining, leading the team to a 15-13 victory.
After going undefeated through the Southwest Conference, all that stood in the Longhorns’ way after the final regular season game against the Aggies was a Cotton Bowl match-up against the Navy Midshipmen, with the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams squaring off on New Year’s Day. Navy was led by the Heisman Trophy winner and Hall of Famer, Roger Staubach, and leading up to the game all eyes were on him. However, it was Carlisle again that stole the show. With him leading the offense and fellow Longhorn legend Tommy Nobis leading the defense, Texas defeated Navy 28-6, finishing the season a perfect 11-0 and capturing the school’s first claimed national title.
Texas definitely has a tradition-rich history, and after three sub-par years, the Longhorns are hoping that this will be the season they can capture some of the same magic of the historic 1963 team and find their way back to the top once again.