1978 --- Johnny (Lam) Jones, UT football player and Texas Olympic hero. Photo by Kurt Wallace / The Dallas Morning News.

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Texas goes bowling on this date: 12/23/78 Sun Bowl

Posted December 23rd, 2015


On Dec. 23, 1978, The Longhorns faced Maryland in the Sun Bowl. The annual game in El Paso featured the No. 14 Texas versus No. 13 Maryland. Both teams rolled into west Texas with 9-3 records, Texas finishing tied for second with Arkansas in the Southwest Conference behind Houston with a 6-2 conference record.

Texas’ offense featured The Jones brothers – wide receiver Johnny “Lam” Jones and running backs A.J. “Jam” Jones and Johnny “Ham” Jones. The trio accounted for 2,065 all-purpose yards in the regular season. The Longhorns used three quarterbacks that year – Donnie Little, Randy McEachern and Mark McBath. The latter one playing the bulk of the snaps in the Sun Bowl.

In the Sun Bowl, Texas routed the Terrapins 42-0, forcing five Maryland turnovers and limiting  its offense to 34 yards on the ground. “Ham” Jones had 104 yards on 14 totes, and “Jam” hit 100 yards on 19 carries. The Horns only completed two passes, but one was a McBath-to-“Lam” Jones 29-yarder for paydirt.


YouTube provides us with some clips of the game (below) – if you want to watch the entire contest (871 have), click here.

The Jones Boys previewed (Color commentator Tom Brookshier thinks UT will throw the ball a bunch):


“Lam” Jones 7-yard TD in first quarter:


“Lam” Jones’ 29-yard receiving TD in first quarter:


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