The 1986 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season…..as te Longhorns finished the regular season with an 5–6 record….when after their 16–3 loss to rival Texas A&M….head coach Fred Akers was fired…..after posting the 1st losing record at the University of Texas since 1957 in coach Darrell K. Royal’s 1st year at the helm.
The Longhorns posted a 4 – 4 record for 6th place in the SWC….while scoring 229 points for the season at a 20.8 points per game clip….after giving up a total of 245 points for the season….at a clip of 22.3 points per game. They were led on offense by QB Bret Stafford….who passed for 2256 yards with 15 TDs and 12 interceptions…..along with leading rushers Narron Norris with 496 yards, Eric Metcalf with 310 yards, Stafford with 239 yards, Charles Hunter with 163 yards and Edwin Simmons with 151 yards. The Horns were led in receiving by Eric Metcalf with 42 catches for 556 yards, Everett Gay with 26 catches for 341 yards, Gabriel Johnson with 30 catches for 526 yards, Tim McCray with 20 catches for 229 yards and Steven Clark with 16 catches for 105.
All in all, this 1986 Texas Longhorn football team was mediocre at best….but it was a time for change around The Forty Acres…..as it was time to move on from Fred Akers..