AT&T Cotton Bowl Loses a Legend
The University of Texas, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and all of college football lost a legend on Tuesday night when former Longhorn head coach Darrell Royal passed away.
During the Darrell Royal era in the 1960s and 1970s, it was said that two things in life were certain...death and Texas. In 20 seasons, Coach Royal guided the Longhorns to 11 SWC titles, assembled a staggering 167-47-5 record, and produced 26 All-Americans. His Longhorns played in 10 Cotton Bowl Classics, including six consecutive appearances from 1969 through 1974. Royal won two national championships in the Cotton Bowl. The first came in 1964 when Texas scored a decisive 28-6 victory over Navy. Then, in 1970, in the most famous Cotton Bowl game ever played, the Horns came from behind in the closing minutes to defeat Notre Dame, 21-17. The Royal era at Texas truly was royal.
The winningest coach in Cotton Bowl history was inducted into the inaugural class of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 1998.
We all will miss and remember Coach Royal, a true Texas legend.
Royal’s Classic Appearances:
1960 Classic: Syracuse 23, Texas 14
1962 Classic: Texas 12, Mississippi 7
1963 Classic: LSU 13, Texas 0
1964 Classic: Texas 28, Navy 6
1969 Classic: Texas 36, Tennessee 13
1970 Classic: Texas 21, Notre Dame 17
1971 Classic: Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
1972 Classic: Penn State 30, Texas 6
1973 Classic: Texas 17, Alabama 13
1974 Classic: Nebraska 19, Texas 3
Classic Record: 5-5-0