11/12/03-Rodolfo Gonzalez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN: University of Texas career interception leader, Noble Doss, left, poses for a portrait with Texas' Nathan Vasher, right, following Longhorn practice on Thursday, November 12, 2003. Vasher is one interception away from matching Doss's 17 career interceptions set from 1939-1941.

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Texas countdown to football: 5 UT games played in Royal-Memorial Stadium to remember

Posted August 21st, 2016

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Sung park/AA-S 11/27/98 UT kicker Kris Stockton runs for a zillion open arms waiting to congratulate him on the game-winning kick against the Aggies in the final seconds of the game.
Sung park/AA-S 11/27/98 UT kicker Kris Stockton runs for a zillion open arms waiting to congratulate him on the game-winning kick against the Aggies in the final seconds of the game.

The football season is approaching fast, and Texas fans are getting excited. Counting today, there are 15 days until the start of the football season. To help celebrate, we’re counting down five things every day until the start of the season.

Royal-Memorial Stadium opened in 1924. It’s gone through multiple changes over the years and seen some huge crowds in its day. With a top-10 ranked Notre Dame team coming to DKR next month to start the season, we’re wondering: what are the best games ever played at the stadium?

Here are five Texas games played at Royal-Memorial Stadium to remember: 

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5. No. 14 Texas 45, No. 3 Houston 24, Nov. 10, 1990

Houston beat Texas 47-9 in 1989. A year later, with the Cougars rolling along and trying to win a title, Texas thumped Houston 45-24 and the Longhorn fans, after enduring two consecutive losing seasons, tore the goal post down after the game.

4. Texas 26, No. 6 Texas A&M 24, Nov. 27, 1998

Ralph Barrera/AA-S 11/27/98 Texas' Ricky Williams rambles over Texas A&M defender Aaron Webster for the final yard of his 60-yard rushing touchdown that broke the NCAA all-time Division I rushing record in the first quarter of his final home game and against longtime rival Texas A&M. Williams finished the day in grand style amassing 259 rushing yards leading Texas to a 26-24 victory. (game day story)
Ralph Barrera/AA-S 11/27/98 Texas’ Ricky Williams rambles over Texas A&M defender Aaron Webster for the final yard of his 60-yard rushing touchdown that broke the NCAA all-time Division I rushing record in the first quarter of his final home game and against longtime rival Texas A&M. Williams finished the day in grand style amassing 259 rushing yards leading Texas to a 26-24 victory. (game day story)

Ricky Williams broke the NCAA All-Time rushing record and Texas kept the Aggies out of the national championship picture with this game. Kris Stockton kicked the game-wining field goal with 5 seconds left and Texas won 26-24. It was Mack Brown’s first season and his first win over the Aggies. Read more here. 

3. Texas 14, Arkansas 13, Oct. 21, 1939

Trailing Arkansas 13-7 with less than a minute left in the game, Jack Crain caught a pass and turned it into a 67-yard touchdown. Fans rushed the field before the extra point was kicked and once the field was cleared Crain converted the extra point and Texas beat Arkansas. This has been dubbed “The Renaissance Game” as it’s credited with revitalizing the football program that had four straight losing seasons including a 1-8 year in 1938.

2. No. 1 Texas 7, No. 7 Arkansas 0, Oct. 20, 1962

The Longhorns were undefeated entering the game and hosting the Razorbacks. Johnny Treadwell and Pat Culpepper teamed-up for a game-saving tackle at the goal line that forced a fumble. Texas took over and drove 90 yards for the winning touchdowns. It’s known among Texas fans as “The Tackle.” Here is one of most famous photos in Texas football history:

UT photo of a 1962 game in which Texas linebackers Johnny Treadwell and Pat Culpepper make huge goal-line stand. Photo credit: The University of Texas at Austin. Pic received on 11/22/05. ORG XMIT:
UT photo of a 1962 game in which Texas linebackers Johnny Treadwell and Pat Culpepper make huge goal-line stand. Photo credit: The University of Texas at Austin. Pic received on 11/22/05. ORG XMIT:

1. Texas 7, No. 1 Texas A&M 0, Nov. 26, 1940

The Aggies entered the game as the defending national champions and were one win away from heading to the Rose Bowl. Texas coach Dana X. Bible handed players this poem by Edgar Guest and read it to them before the game:

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
      But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
      Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
      On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
      That couldn’t be done, and he did it!
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
      At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
      And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
      Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
      That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
      There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
      The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
      Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
      That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.
What followed was Noble Doss’ “impossible catch” that gave the Longhorns a 7-0 win.
11/12/03 UT photo of Noble Doss making the impossible catch. Photo courtesy of University of Texas. UT Pep Talks.
UT photo of Noble Doss making the impossible catch. Photo courtesy of University of Texas. UT Pep Talks.

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