Vince Young scores a TD in 2005 Big 12 Championship game
The Horn continues its Top 10 series with the greatest blowouts in Longhorns history. Find out which games made the cut.
10. Vs. Oklahoma 2005: 45-12
This game didn’t have one of the largest margins of victory in Texas’ storied history (heck, there were six wins during the ‘Horns 2005 season that were bigger blowouts), but it’s here because of its context. Texas was currently in the middle of a 5-game losing streak against the Oklahoma Sooners in which they had been outscored by a combined 189-54 since the 2000 season. Even though OU wasn’t ranked, beating the Sooners was still an enormous mental obstacle for the Longhorns. The previous losses to Oklahoma were what ultimately stood between Texas and a shot at the Big 12 Championship, but 2005 was a bit different. Oklahoma was held to under 200 yards of offense and Vince Young steered the ‘Horns to their biggest win of the series in quite some time. The Golden Hat moved back to Austin with this blowout of the Sooners.
9. Vs. Texas Tech 1999: 58-7
Finally climbing back into the top-10, this Week 12 matchup at Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium was one that Texas hoped could give them momentum to finish up the latter part of their schedule and put them in the Cotton Bowl. Texas held the Tech passing offense to just 137 yards and zero touchdowns. In fact, it was a shutout until halfway into the fourth quarter, when Sammy Morris was able to find his way into the end zone on a 13-yard run. Other than that, it was a perfect game played by Texas. Unfortunately, the Longhorns finished the season with three straight losses to Texas A&M, Nebraska and Arkansas. But this win on November 13, 1999, was the largest margin of victory in the history of the Texas-Texas Tech football series.
8. Vs. Baylor 1999: 62-0
A year after the departure of Heisman-winner Ricky Williams, Major Applewhite and Hodges Mitchell were forced to pick up the slack. In this particular game, that was no problem. Mitchell rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Texas rushing attack against the Bears. Applewhite was no scrub either, passing for 333 yards and three scores. The Baylor side of the story was quite different. Their total yardage amounted to 184 yards, and they failed to even squeeze out a field goal in the 60-minute contest.
7. Vs. Kansas 2001: 59-0
This was a game dominated by former-Longhorn Cedric Benson. His 218 rushing yards and two touchdowns led the Longhorns to a romp of the Kansas Jayhawks. The usurped Major Applewhite watched Chris Simms pass for 284 yards (109 of which went to Roy Williams) and couple of scores as well. In other words, there wasn’t much to say for Kansas. They had just 100 total yards and seven first downs (four of which came via penalty).
6. Vs. SMU 1990: 52-3
Texas got out of the gates slowly against the 1-6 Mustangs, but they fixed things in a jiffy once the second quarter began. They scored 14, 14 and 21 points in each of the last three quarters, respectively, while keeping the SMU rushing attack at bay. The Mustangs managed a 1.8 YPC average for the game while Texas was busy accumulating 556 yards of total yardage. Quarterback Peter Gardere and tailback Butch Hadnot led the balanced Texas offensive attack, as they would all year en route to a Cotton Bowl Classic berth.
5. Vs. A&M 2008: 49-9
This game made for the second-largest margin of victory in the history of the Texas-Texas A&M series and took place in front of the largest home crowd of the 2008 season. The Longhorns were tied with both Texas Tech and Oklahoma for the Big 12 South lead at the time, and Texas needed a convincing win to place them above each of their conference foes. In an attempt to do so, Colt McCoy passed for 311 yards and two touchdowns, adding two more scores on the ground. It wasn’t enough to put Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game, but it was a sound beating of the Texas A&M Aggies that will be remembered for some time.
4. Vs. Colorado 1946: 76-0
Stats for this game are hard to come by for this contest, but the score should speak for itself. Dana Bible and his top-ranked Longhorns welcomed the unsuspecting Colorado Buffaloes (a non-conference opponent in those years) to a good ol’ fashioned shellacking at Texas Memorial Stadium. All-American tight-end Hub Bechtol helped the astounding offensive effort, as the Longhorns’ balanced schemed obliterated the Buffalo defense.
3. Vs. Arkansas 1970: 42-7
A year prior, Texas beat Arkansas 15-14 in what is now known as the “Game of the Century,” on their way to their second National Championship. In 1970, Texas was on a similar quest with a familiar opponent between them and a second-straight title. It was a much different outcome, though. In front of a record crowd of 68,000 fans, Texas put up 464 yards of rushing offense on a surprised Arkansas defense. This was an aberration in a rivalry that was used to seeing closely contested ball games. Darrel Royal and his team would have none of it that year, and Texas continued to roll their way to a back-to-back National Championship.
2. Vs. TCU 1974: 81-16
Earl Campbell was a mere freshman in this season, but he was still talented enough to net a 7.1 YPC average for this game. Although he didn’t find the endzone, this rest of his running mates had no such trouble. The Longhorns posted eight rushing touchdowns behind 267 yards on the ground. One score came through the air, another on a pick-six, and a kickoff return for a touchdown capped the versatile scoring ability of the Longhorns in this game. TCU managed two touchdowns through the air, but nothing more as Texas eclipsed the 80-point mark.
1. Vs. Colorado, 2005: 70-3 (Big 12 Championship Game)
This game was over about nine weeks prior, when Texas beat Ohio State in “The Horseshoe” by the score of 25-22—a game that catalyzed a Longhorn winning streak which saw the ‘Horns score no less than 42 points in each game. But it’s still an amazing feat when put into context. This was the 2005 Big 12 Conference Championship Game, which is supposed to pit the best team of either division against each other. Rather, it made for a blatant embarrassment of Colorado. Texas piled up 486 total yards to the Buffaloes’ 191. All of Texas’ scoring came in the first three quarters, as Mack Brown opted to take his foot off the gas in the fourth. Vince Young contributed four of the Longhorns’ 10 touchdowns and Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt was forced out of the game with a nasty concussion. We’ll just stop here.