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Longhorn history: Texas and Alabama, a long and rich history

Posted May 16th, 2018

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The University of Texas announced Wednesday that the Tide will roll in Austin during the 2022 season and Alabama fans will get hooked in 2023.

Yes, Texas and Alabama will play a home-and-home series starting in 2022. It’s unclear what both of those programs will look like in four years — Will Texas be dominating the way coach Tom Herman wants? Will Nick Saban still be coaching? All valid notes. But one thing that is clear is Texas and Alabama have a long rich history dating back to 1902.

Texas is 7-1-1 against the Crimson Tide all-time. The first win was a 10-0 shutout on the road in 1902.

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The next game came 13 years later when Alabama came to Austin in 1915 and lost 20-0.

The last regular season game came in 1922 when the Tide scored its first points against Texas, but lost 19-10 in Austin.

The rest of the six games have all been bowls.

The first was the 1947 Sugar Bowl, which Texas won 27-7. 

In 1960 at the Bluebonnet Bowl, Alabama avoided a fourth loss to Texas by playing to a 3-3 tie.

Texas then capped a two-year run that saw the Horns go 21-1 and win the 1963 National Championship with a 21-17 win over Alabama, quarterbacked by Joe Namath, in the 1964 Orange Bowl to finish the 1963 season. 

Texas went the rest of the 1960s without playing Alabama and didn’t meet again until 1972 season . Texas’ only loss in 1972 was to Oklahoma. If Texas hadn’t lost that game, a 27-0 defeat, the Longhorns would have won their third national title in four seasons. And they would have done it by capping the year with a dramatic 17-13 win over Alabama in the 1973 Cotton Bowl.

Both programs avoided one another the rest of the 1970s and didn’t meet again until the 1982 Cotton Bowl, where 9-1-1 Texas beat Alabama (8-2-1) 14-12 to cap off a 10-win season.

The longest gap between the two schools came next, as Texas didn’t play Alabama for the next 22 years, and of course that came in the 2010 BCS National Championship when the Tide scored their first win over Texas, 37-21. However, many Longhorn fans will note that legendary quarterback Colt McCoy’s injury changed the outcome of the game, but that’s another blog.

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