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The TCU Football Collection - TCU at Texas (1961)

Texas Christian University

Silent | 1961

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  •  Representatives from both teams meet at the center of the field for the coin toss 
  •  Texas halfback Jimmy Saxton darts for 45 yards to the TCU 10-yard line, but the tackle knocks him unconscious 
  •  TCU stops the Texas offense on fourth and goal at the 1-yard line 
  •  TCU Athletic Director and Head Coach Abe Martin 
  •  The Horned Frogs sack Texas quarterback Mike Cotten on third and goal, forcing a field goal attempt 
  •  Start of the second quarter 
  •  TCU quarterback Sonny Gibbs scores a touchdown on a trick pass out of Texas’ playbook 
  •  Start of the third quarter 
  •  Texas intercepts the ball on a tipped pass 
  •  Start of the fourth quarter 
  •  Texas recovers its own fumble in the red zone, but fails to convert on fourth and goal 
  •  Another sack by TCU puts Texas deep into their own territory 
  •  Final minute 
  •  TCU intercepts the ball on Texas’ final drive, effectively ending the game 
  •  TCU fans rush the field after the team’s upset win 
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This film captures a football game between the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs and the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns. (TCU players are wearing white jerseys.) The Southwest Conference match-up was played on November 18, 1961, at Texas Memorial Stadium (now known as Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium) in Austin. Although the top-ranked Longhorns make several trips to the red zone, they fail to score, ultimately losing to 24-point underdog TCU in a 0-6 upset. The shocking defeat spoiled not only the Longhorns’ hopes of winning its first national title but also the Heisman dreams of star players such as halfback Jimmy Saxton. Texas Head Coach Darrell K Royal, so upset about the loss, later compared the Horned Frogs to cockroaches. “It’s not what they eat and tote off,” he said, “it’s what they fall into and mess up that hurts.” TCU ended the season with a 3-5-2 record, while Texas finished 11-1 with a win over Mississippi in the 1962 Cotton Bowl Classic.