When Central Florida decided to host a “national championship” celebration following the undefeated 2017 season, they were mocked by many.
One thing that shouldn’t be mocked is Central Florida’s 13-game winning streak, which is the longest in the FBS entering the fall. The Knights are exactly 34 games from matching the longest winning streak in college football history, which is Oklahoma’s 47-game streak from 1953 to 1957.
That streak included five wins over Texas and may have been a factor in the Longhorns moving on from Ed Price and hiring a former Oklahoma quarterback, Darrell K. Royal, in 1957. Royal snapped Texas’ losing streak to the Sooners in 1958 with a 15-14 win, and would go on to win seven more consecutive matchups against the Sooners.
In 1968 Royal began his own historic streak and one that encompasses some of his most famous moments as coach of the Longhorns. The Longhorns had already won a national championship under Royal and were one of the best programs in college football. But more success was coming.
The start of 1968 couldn’t have been worse. The Longhorns tied No. 11 Houston in Austin 20-20 and seven days later traveled to Lubbock and lost to unranked Texas Tech 31-22.
This set up a home game against Oklahoma State on Oct. 5, 1968.
James Street connected with Cotton Speyrer on a 60-yard touchdown pass with 2:45 left in the first quarter and the rout was on. Texas won 31-3 and it had most Texas fans thinking that the new offense brought to the 40 Acres by Emory Bellard was going to work.
That offense was the wishbone, and Texas utilized it as well as any program has used a system in college football history.
With the 31-3 win over the Cowboys, Texas began a 30-game winning streak that included back-to-back national championships in 1969 and 1970 and wins in the 1969 and 1970 Cotton Bowls against Tennessee and Notre Dame.
Texas’ 30-game winning streak is the 11th longest in FBS history.
Notre Dame ended the streak on Jan. 1, 1971 in the Cotton Bowl, 24-11. If counting only the regular season, Texas won 31 straight games, losing to, who else, Oklahoma, 48-27 on Oct. 9, 1971.
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