Texas football coach Mack Brown talks about Texas' recruiting class at Bellmont Hall in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005. (AP Photo/American-Statesman, Matt Rourke)

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50 in 50: When Texas football’s offense dominated

Posted March 16th, 2017

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The other day we looked at the worst offenses Texas has trotted out on the field. Today, we’re on the other side of the spectrum as we buckle up and gain one day closer to the Texas Football Spring Game.

Here are some stats to know about the best offenses in school history.

Vince Young celebrates winning the National Championship game at the Rose Bowl in 2006. (Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)

The most points scored in a season

There’s a case to be made that the 2005 season is the greatest in program history, but our guess is the discussion opens a bag of worms from older Texas fans who remember the 1969 team fondly.

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But the offensive numbers love the 2005 team. This is the highest scoring team in school history with 652 points scored in 13 games.

How insane is that? Texas averaged 50.2 points per game. Wait, what? Yeah, that’s eight more points than the 2008 team, which is the second highest-scoring team in Texas history with 42.4 points  a game and 551 points in 13 games.

The 10 highest scoring teams in program history came during the Mack Brown era. The four highest-scoring teams in program history had Vince Young and Colt McCoy playing quarterback. In fact, each of McCoy’s years as the starting quarterback (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009) are in the top 10.

No one should be surprised by this.

The most total plays in a season

Texas played 14 games in 2009 and had 1,053 plays. However, they’re the best Texas team to play 14 games, so looking at the teams that played in just 13 games, the 2013 squad with 1,005 plays is tops, and No. 2 on the official list.

Most total yards in a season

When you score 50 points a game, you’re probably moving those chains at an alarming rate. When your quarterback can do everything (Young), you’re probably moving those chains. So yes, the 2005 team produced the most yards of any Texas team with 6,657 yards.

Interesting though is that the 2016 team is fifth all-time on this list with 5,895 yards. Of course that helps when one running back rushes for 2,028 yards.

Most average yards per game in a season

The 2005 team averaged 512 yards per game. So that’s impressive.

The team second on this list is 2016, which averaged 491.2 yards per game. What the number suggest is had Texas made a bowl game and played 13 games instead of 12, they would have had a good shot at being No.2 all-time in yards gained, an honor that goes to the 2008 team, which gained 6, 185 yards and averaged 475.8 yards per game.

For those old school fans out there, the 1969 team is fourth all-time in yards averaged per game with 472.1.

Most yards per play in a season

The 1993 team, a squad that went 5-5-1 under John Mackovic, holds the top spot for most yards-per-play average a 7.44 yards. That’s .37 yards more than 2005, which was 7.07.

Longhorn Football Coach John Mackovic talks to his team following a scrimmage March 27, 1994 in Memorial Stadium. (Ted S. Warren/American-Statesman)

Most passing yards in a season (and passing touchdowns)

The 2008 team is the second highest-scoring team in program history and they passed for 4,008 yards in 13 games. The second most is 2009, when Texas passed for 3,831 yards in 14 games. The 2008 season also produced the most passing touchdowns with 36, five more than the 2006 team that threw 36.

Most net rushing yards in a season

The 1970 team that kind of, sort of, won the national championship rushed for 3,745 yards, surpassing the previous record set in 1969, a team that definitely won the national championship. The 1969 team rushed for 3,630 yards. Those numbers came in 10 games, but yet are still tops over the 2004 team and 2005 team that played in 12 and 13 games.

Of course the 1969 and 1970 teams also hold the record for the most rushing attempts in program history. The Longhorns had 715 attempts in 1970, which is 5.2 yards per carry, which is seventh all-time.

Most rushing touchdowns in a season

The 2005 team scored 55 rushing touchdowns, most all-time. The 1969 team and the 1970 team both rushed for 51 touchdowns.

Most rushing yards per carry in a season

The 2005 team rushed 605 times for 3,574 yards, an average of 5.91 yards per carry. They broke a record that was set the previous season when Young was handing the ball off to Cedric Benson in 2004 (an average of 5.84 yards per carry).

Most first downs

The 2008 team had 352 first downs, 22 more than the 2009 team that is second.

 

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