Texas Longhorns schedule & tickets

Texas is the second ranked NCAA Division I FBS program in college football history, in terms of total wins, having passed Notre Dame with win 831 on November 27, 2008. As of the end of the 2009 season, the Longhorns’ all-time record is 845–318–33 (.720). Only the University of Michigan has won more games and a greater percentage of games played than Texas, which recorded its 800th victory with the Longhorns’ 41–38 win over the USC Trojans in the 2006 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the program was somewhat less successful, but the Longhorns have since returned to prominence in college football, finishing in the top six of the AP and coaches’ polls in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009.

The University of Texas team plays home games in Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium which has a seating capacity of 100,119. Renovations began on the stadium November 14, 2005, two days following the last home football game of the 2005 season. The improvements were completed before the 2008 football season, and included additional seating and the nation’s first high definition video display in a collegiate facility nicknamed “Godzillatron.” The University completed a $27 million expansion and renovation to the south end zone facilities in August 2009 which added 4,525 permanent bleacher seats and changed the playing surface to FieldTurf. With the new permanent bleacher seating section added behind the south end zone and the total remodeling of the north end zone completed in 2008, the stadium’s official capacity now stands at 100,119. This was surpassed when 101,357 saw #3-ranked Texas beat Kansas 51–20 on November 21, 2009.

The Longhorns are currently coached by Mack Brown, who came to Texas Longhorns after being head coach at North Carolina.

Texas Longhorns vs A&M Aggies tickets

The annual football game with Texas A&M usually takes place on the weekend of Thanksgiving each year, though it was moved to the first weekend in December in 1994 due to A&M’s TV restriction during probation. In either case, the Texas-Texas A&M game was the last regular season contest for each team. The Longhorns lead the series 76–37–5.

In an attempt to generate more attention for the rivalry in sports other than football, in 2004 the two schools started the Lone Star Showdown, which began as a two-year trial program and has continued ever since. Essentially, each time the two schools meet in a sport, the winner of the matchup gets a point. In sports wherein the teams meet twice one half point is awarded for a victory. If more contests than two occur, such as in baseball, the series winner gets one point. At the end of the year, the school with the most points wins the series and receives a trophy. In the event of a tie the current holder retains the trophy as did A&M after the ’08–’09 season. Texas leads the series 6-2.

Aspects of the Longhorns vs A&M Aggies rivalry include:

  • Each school mentions the other in their fight song (Texas with “and it’s goodbye to A&M” in Texas Fight, and the Aggies singing about Texas for essentially the entire second verse of the Aggie War Hymn, which is the only verse typically sung)
  • The football series between the two universities is the third longest running rivalry in all of college football. Since 1900, the last regular season football game is usually reserved for their matchup.
  • Each school has elaborate pre-game preparations for the annual football clash, including the Aggie Bonfire and the Hex Rally
  • Texas has a unique lighting scheme for the Tower after wins over Texas A&M.
  • In the past, mischief has preceded the annual game, such as “kidnapping” each other’s mascots.

With Texas A&M’s move to the Southeastern Conference, the Lone Star Showdown’s final game was played on November 24, 2011 at Kyle Field. The Longhorns won a thriller, 27–25, on a last second field goal. Another game between Texas and Texas A&M will not happen until at least 2018, according to Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds. The 2011 game marked the end of the 118-year Thanksgiving Day tradition.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Longhorns

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