Previewing The Texas Game….

Date: Sept. 21
At: Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX, 11:00 CDT

Texas General Information
Location: Austin, TX
Conference: Big 12
Enrollment: 47,957
Stadium: Memorial Stadium (75, 512)
Colors: Burnt Orange and White
Turf: Natural Grass
Nickname: Longhorns
Coaching Staff

Head Coach:< john=”” mackovic=”” (wake=”” forest=””>
Record at Texas: 29-16-2 (Four years)
Career Record: 73-52-3 (11 years)

Assistant Coaches: Bobby Jack Wright (Southwest Texas State ’73, asst. head coach/wide receivers/special teams); Gary Darnell (Oklahoma State ’70, defensive coordinator/inside linebackers); Gene Dahlquist (Arizona ’65, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks); Nelson Barnes (North Texas ’82, defensive line); Steve Bernstein (Occidental ’67, defensive backs); Mike Deal (Indiana ’70, offensive line); Bucky Godbolt (Boston College ’78, running backs); Danny Rocco (Wake Forest ’84, outside linebackers); Randy Rodgers (Illinois ’69, kickers/recruiting).

Longhorn Outlook

Offensive Set: Pro-Style Defensive Set: 3-4
Lettermen Lost: 16 Lettermen Returning: 46
Starters Lost: 8 Starters Returning: 16

Top Graduation Losses: DE Tony Brackens, OG Corby Brooks, OT John Elmore, WR Justin McLemore, LB Jason Reeves, LB Robert Reed.

All-Star Returnees: QB James Brown, RB Shon Mitchell, RB Ricky Williams, WR Mike Adams, TE Pat Fitzgerald, CB Bryant Westbrook, OG Dan Neil, FS Chris Carter.

Top Newcomers: DL Will Goodloe, DL Casey Hampton, LB Aaron Humphrey, OL Roger Roesler, DL Cedric Woodard.

Top Returning Rusher      Att.  Yds.  Avg.  TD  LG
Shon Mitchell 176 1099 6.2 10 69

Top Returning Passer Att. Comp. Int. Pct. Yds. TD
James Brown 322 163 12 .506 2,447 19

Top Returning Receiver PC Yds. Avg. TD LG
Mike Adams 53 876 16.5 3 49

Top Returning Tackler UT AT Tot. TL-Yds. FR
Tyson King 74 63 137 7-30 2

Schedule and Scores

’96 Schedule
Sept. 28 at Virginia
Oct. 12 vs. Oklahoma (Dallas)
Oct. 26 at Colorado
Nov. 9 at Texas Tech
Nov. 16 at Kansas
Nov. 29 TEXAS A&M

’95 Results (10-2-1, 7-0 SWC)at Hawaii 38-17 W
Pittsburgh 38-27 W
at Notre Dame 27-55 L
at SMU 35-10 W
Rice 37-13 W
vs. Oklahoma 24-24 T
Virginia 17-16 W
Texas Tech 48-7 W
at Houston 52-20 W
TCU 27-19 W
Baylor 21-13 W
at Texas A&M 16-6 W
Sugar Bowl
vs. Virg. Tech 10-28 L

Series Notes

Notre Dame 7, Texas 2
All Games at ND: ND leads 2-1
Games at ND Stadium: ND leads 2-1
Lou Holtz vs. Texas: 3-5 (0-3 at Memorial Stadium)
All Games in Texas: ND leads 5-1
Games in Austin: ND leads 3-0
John Mackovic vs. ND: 0-1 (0-0 at Memorial Stadium)
Holtz vs. Mackovic: 1-0 (0-0 at Memorial Stadium)
Last ND Win: 55-27 in 1995 at Notre Dame
Last Texas Win: 21-17 in 1969 at Cotton Bowl
Current Series Streak: 3 by ND (1970, 1977, 1995)
Longest ND Win Streak: 3 (1970, 1977, 1995)
Longest Texas Streak: 1 (1934, 1969)


Texas is now a member of the Big 12 Conference, a league which features the members of the former Big Eight Conference along with former Southwest Conference members Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech…the league promises to be a competitive one as seven of its members were ranked in the final Associated Press poll last season…Texas was one of five teams last season to be ranked in the top 40 in each of these offensive categories: scoring (31.7 points per game/18th in country), rushing offense (207.0 ypg/22nd), passing offense (226.3 ypg/36th) and total offense (433.3 ypg/17th)…Longhorn flanker Mike Adams begins the year second in school history in receptions with 121 and needs five to break the school record…he already owns the receiving yards record and is eighth in touchdown receptions…Memorial Stadium in Austin will have a grass field, as opposed to artificial turf, for the first time this year since 1968…the Irish defeated Texas last season by a 55-27 count at Notre Dame…before that game, each of the last three meetings between the two schools had national championship implications with the Longhorns entering all three as the nation’s top-ranked team…the last meeting before last season between the two schools was in the 1978 Cotton Bowl and saw #5 Notre Dame throttle #1 Texas 38-10 to claim a national championship…the last time the Irish played in Austin was in 1952, a 14-3 Notre Dame win…Notre Dame also posted wins in Austin in 1913 and 1915…the last time Notre Dame played in the state of Texas was the 1994 Cotton Bowl, a 24-21 win over Texas A&M…the last time Notre Dame played a regular season game in the state of Texas was in 1973 at Rice, a 28-0 Notre Dame win.