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The Rock bottom: Dwayne Johnson reminds Texas fans of one terrible bowl game

Posted September 2nd, 2018


Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?  To most Longhorn fans it smells of rotten memories of one of the truly low moment of Texas football.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson played for the University of Miami Hurricane football team in the early 1990s, including the 1990 season. Johnson was a defensive lineman for the Hurricanes. A son of a professional wrestler, Johnson gave up football soon after college, raised his eyebrow, created catchphrases, won the WWE Championship a few times and is now one of the biggest movie stars on the planet.

That season was the best under then Texas coach David McWilliams. The “Shock The Nation Tour” saw Texas go 10-1 with wins over Penn State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and No. 3-ranked Houston. The Longhorns won the Southwest Conference title. Texas was ranked third in the nation when the played No.4-Miami in the 1991 Cotton Bowl.

It did not end well. Texas lost 46-3 to the Hurricanes, who won the 1991 National Championship the following season.

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