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NCAA Football – 1984 – Special – Highlights – Texas Longhorns Season In Review


The 1984 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season…..as the Longhorns finished the regular season with a 7–3–1 record…..after going 6 – 0 – 1 through the first 7 games of the season…..while being ranked # 1 in the country through the 3rd game of the season after disposing of # 11 ranked Auburn University by a score of 35 – 27 in their first game….then beating # 4 rated Penn State Nittany Lions by a score of 28 – 3….which was followed by a beat-down of Rice University by a score of 38 – 13….before facing annual their arch rival Oklahoma Sooners in the annual Red River Shootout…..when the game ended in a 15 – 15 tie….so, the Horns then were ranked # 2 after beating the Arkansas Razorbacks 24 – 18….the # 14 ranked SMU Mustangs by a score of 13 – 7…..followed by a win over rival Texas Tech Red Raiders by 13 – 10….as the Longhorns were on a roll until they faced off against the Houston Cougars in their 8th game of the season….and that is when the wheels came off for the Texas Longhorns in 1984. 

In the final four games of the 1984 season…..the Horns would lose to the Cougars of Houston 29 – 15….. then beat the TCU Horned Frogs by 44 – 23…..then lose to the Baylor Bears 24 – 10…..which was followed by a resounding defeat at the hands of their other arch rival Texas A&M Aggies by a score of 37 – 12.  The Longhorns would then stumble into the Freedom Bowl against Iowa….and get trounced 55 – 17. 

So, what started out as a very promising year that started 6 – 0 – 1….turned out to be a very disappointing after losing 4 of their next 5 games to end the season at 7 – 4 – 1…..which would turn into the demise of Coach Fred Akers at Texas after just two more seasons…..cuz when you are heading up the Texas Longhorn football program….you simply cannot lose 3 seasons in a row to the Texas Aggies. 

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