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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1982 season

Posted July 30th, 2017

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The Texas football program dates back to 1893. Each day, we look at a little piece of Longhorn history. We’re starting by looking at each Longhorn football season. 

From 1976 to 1983, Fred Akers went 66-17-1 at Texas with two 11-win seasons and three nine-win seasons. The man had things on lockdown in Austin. In 1982, Texas followed a 10-1-1 season with a 9-3 year that included a 33-7 butt-kicking of No. 6 Arkansas and a 53-16 thrashing of Texas A&M. A bad October stretch that saw the Longhorns lose to Oklahoma 28-22 and followed that let down two weeks later with a 30-17 loss to No. 4 SMU. Eric Dickerson had 60 of his 118 yards on one carry.

Eric Dickerson, a senior at Southern Methodist University, takes time out with a book on the SMU campus. Dickerson has been named the Southwest Conference offensive player of the week by the Associated Press. Dickerson rushed for 183 yard on 19 carries, and scored twice during SMU’s win over Tulane at night on Saturday, Sept. 14, 1982 in Dallas. (AP Photo/DGB) For 1211footballdoc.

Texas bounced back with two shutout wins, including a 50-0 victory over Houston. Overall, Texas finished the regular season on a six-game winning streak and finished second in the Southwest Conference with a 7-1 record. SMU won the league and went to the Cotton Bowl, while No. 8 Texas played North Carolina in El Paso at the Sun Bowl.

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Favorites in that bowl game, Texas was stunned by the unranked Tarheels, who entered the bowl with a record of 7-4.

Texas led 10-3 starting the fourth quarter, but the Tarheels, coached by Dick Crum (not a fake name), scored 23 unanswered fourth quarter points with Brooks Barwick and Ethan Horton leading the way. Texas had just 48 yards of offense in the second half.

Texas would return to the Sun Bowl to face North Carolina again in 1994, a historic game for one Priest Holmes. Coaching North Carolina in that game was Mack Brown.

When North Carolina fired Crum, who had once recruited a dude named Lawrence Taylor to Tobacco Road, in 1987, the program hired then-Tulane coach Mack Brown before the 1988 season. Brown went 69-46-1 in Chapel Hill before leaving– SARCASTIC SPOILER ALERT– in 1998 for the 40 Acres.

Crum, by the way, bounced back by taking the Kent State coaching job in 1988. Guess who was on his first staff with the Golden Flashes? That’s right, Mack Brown’s greatest coaching rival: Bob Stoops. It was the Youngstown, Ohio native’s second job and he lasted there just one year before heading to Kansas State to coach under Mack Brown’s second greatest coaching rival (maybe we’re short-changing R.C. Slocum here), Bill Snyder.

Mack Brown and Bob Stoops are both retired now, but Bill Snyder is still grinding.

Before the 1982 season, Leon Fuller left Texas to become the head coach of Colorado State. The popular defensive coordinator who oversaw some of the best units in Texas history would be there until 1988.

Taking over for Fuller was David McWilliams, a member of the 1963 title team, who had been apart of the coaching staff since 1970.

What away to start his tenure: he had Kiki DeAyala playing for him in 1982. DeAyala broke and set a program record with 22.5 sacks in 1982. He graduated as the program’s all-time leader in sacks with 40.5 sacks at Texas. The second-best sack season at Texas came in 1977, 1978 and 1980 when three players each recorded 14 sacks.

DeAyala was drafted in the sixth round, and finished his career in 1987 with the Cincinnati Bengals.

On the field in 1982, Darryl Clark led the Longhorns with 1,049 yards rushing, but had only two touchdowns. It was Ervin Davis with 278 yards rushing but eight touchdowns who did the scoring.

Robert Brewer was the quarterback at Texas, passing for 1,415 yards and 12 touchdowns. Brewer’s back-up was Todd Dodge.

Dodge has gone on to become a historically good Texas high school football coach. Brewer spent some time working for the University of Texas in the athletic department, but has remained in the Austin area, specifically the Lake Travis area.

After winning state championships at Southlake Carroll, then becoming a college head coach North Texas, Dodge eventually became the head coach at Westlake High School in Austin. 

Westlake’s biggest rival when Dodge took over, the Lake Travis Cavaliers was led by quarterback… duh, duh, duh…  Charlie Brewer, son of Robert Brewer, grandson of former Texas quarterback Charles Brewer (he was the starter from 1953-1955). Charlie Brewer went 3-0 against Westlake and Dodge in two seasons as the starting quarterback. In his senior season, en route to winning the 2016 Texas Class 6A, Division I state championship, a year in which Charlie Brewer also won the Austin American-Statesman’s Central Texas Player of the Year honors, he beat Westlake and Dodge twice.

Robert Brewer had two kids who went on to be college quarterbacks, Michael and Charlie Brewer, and neither of them did not or are unlikely to play at Texas. Strangely enough, Charlie Brewer’s biggest rival in high school was four-star rated recruit, and  Westlake quarterback, Sam Ehlinger who is in the same recruiting class as Brewer.

Ehlinger is a Texas Longhorn in 2017. 

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