University of Texas fans cheer on the Longhorns as they play the Rice Owls on September 3, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. This was the debut game for the new Longhorn Network, a partnership between the University of Texas at Austin and ESPN. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

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50 in 50: Texas football on TV

Posted March 25th, 2017


The Texas Football Spring Game will air live at 1 p.m. on the Longhorn Network on April 15, 2017. Mark it down. Ya’ll don’t even have to leave the man cave to watch the new version of the Longhorns scrimmage.

But how is Texas’ TV game? The Longhorns can’t really lose the Spring Game, so a win on Longhorn Network is assured. What about other networks?

As part of our 50 facts for 50 days, here are some Texas TV facts to know.


Total television appearances

Texas has made 481 television appearances and is 305-171-5 all-time.

The first  time came in…

The year was 1948 and Texas appeared on local Fort Worth television against Oklahoma. Texas lost the game to the Sooners 20-14 and finished the season 7-3-1. Later that year, once again on Fort Worth television sets, Texas beat the local team TCU 14-7.

The first national game

With an NCAA television plan installed in the 1950s, Texas began getting on the tubes a lot more. The Longhorns’ first nationally televised game came in 1952 in the Cotton Bowl against the “other UT” The University of Tennessee. Texas won the Cotton Bowl 16-0. Texas would appear on television twice over the next two seasons, both national games and both losses to Oklahoma in 1953 and Baylor in 1954. Texas has now appeared on national television 273 times.

The championships

In 1963, Texas won the National Championship and had just three games played on television. The win over Oklahoma was a national game, while the win over Texas A&M was a regional, Austin-Houston CBS broadcast. Texas played Navy in the Cotton Bowl on national television.

In 1969, Texas’ four broadcasts were all national games, beating California on NBC, then Oklahoma and Arkansas on ABC. Texas’ Cotton Bowl win over Notre Dame was a national game, as was the 1970 Cotton Bowl.

In 1970, outside of the Cotton Bowl, Texas went 2-1 on televised games.

Every game Texas played in 2005 was on TV. Somehow one of the games was on the Super Station between Seinfield re-runs (we’re guessing) on TBS, this was the Oklahoma State game. Fox Sports Net also had a game, against lowly Baylor, while Fox carried the regional broadcast of the Louisiana-Lafayette game and the national broadcast of the Rice tilt. Obviously the star of this season was ABC, where Texas played eight games, one regional broadcast, and seven national games including the BCS National Championship Game, which was called by Kieth Jackson and Dan Fouts.

The intro:

The bowl games

Texas is 24-23-1 in televised bowl games. The last bowl game was in 2014, a loss to Arkansas on ESPN, while the last televised bowl win is 2012 against Oregon State on ESPN.

Should note that in 2006 ABC Sports was no more and ESPN on ABC became a thing, so while the Texas game was on ESPN, it could have been aired on your ABC channel.

The Longhorn Network

The much talked about LHN has broadcast 14 games since 2011. Texas is 13-1 on LHN. The loss is against Ole Miss in 2013. The first win was in 2011 against Rice.

Brent Musburger

From Ricky Williams’ recording breaking call, to “you are looking live” Musburger has voiced some of Texas’ biggest moments. Here’s a few highlights:

Hello record books

Roll left

Wait, did the game end?

Musburger on Texas:

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