Texas and Alabama are two of the most tradition-rich programs in college football.
The two schools announced an upcoming series in 2022 and 2023, resulting in the first regular-season game between them since 1922.
It will produce the first game since the two programs met in the Bowl Championship Series title game at the end of the 2009 season in the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Texas has a memorable rivalry with the Crimson Tide, even though the two schools have played only nine times. Texas holds a 7-1-1 lead with the series marred only by 37-23 loss in that national championship game.
Here are the most memorable Texas moments in the rivalry with the Crimson Tide.
1. Tommy Nobis stops Joe Namath to preserve 1965 Orange Bowl
The game had everything. A magical battle between Hall of Fame coaches Darrell Royal and Paul “Bear” Bryant playing in the first night Orange Bowl game in history.
Alabama brought Joe Namath off the bench after the Crimson Tide fell into an early 14-0 hole. With the Crimson Tide’s national title hopes hanging in the balance, Tommy Nobis made a game-saving tackle at the goal line to preserve the 21-17 victory.
It was one of the biggest defensive plays in Texas history and still brings cheers when it’s shown on the Longhorns’ Godzillatron scoreboard.
2. Would Texas have beaten Alabama with a healthy Colt McCoy?
It’s one of the most repeated questions in Texas history. Would Texas have beaten Alabama for Mack Brown’s second national championship if Colt McCoy hadn’t gotten hurt in the first quarter of the 2010 Bowl Championship Series national title game at the Rose Bowl.
Texas’ defense had Alabama on the run. They had forced Nick Saban into a failed fake punt after Alabama’s first drive. And then Texas drove to the Alabama 11 on the ensuing drive.
But on first down, McDoy was slammed by Marcell Dareus, pinching a nerve in McCoy’s throwing shoulder and knocking him out of the game.
The Crimson Tide took advantage of McCoy’s injury as they charged to a 37-23 triumph. In the process they forced freshman backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert to throw four interceptions.
3. Robert Brewer’s comeback leads to Texas’ 1982 Cotton Bowl win
Both teams were knocked out of the national title race, but there still was much emotion in the 1982 Cotton Bowl — the final time that Royal and Bryant matched coaching wits.
Alabama jumped ahead early, but the Longhorns responded with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Terry Orr’s 8-yard TD run with 2:05 gave them a 14-10 lead.
After Joey Jones returned the ensuing kickoff to the Texas 38, the Crimson Tide had one more shot. But William Graham’s interception at the Texas 1 preserved the 14-12 triumph.
4. George Petrovich’s blocked punt boosts Texas win in 1948 Sugar Bowl
In Blaine Cherry’s first season as coach of the Longhorns in 1947, legendary quarterback Bobby Layne led them to a 10-1 record in a season marred only by a one-point loss to SMU.
Layne saved his best for last, orchestrating a 27-7 victory over Alabama in the 1948 Sugar Bowl.
The game was tied at 7 early in the third quarter before George Petrovich’s blocked punt turned the game around.
Petrovich beat the Alabama blocking scheme to reject Alabama’s Norman “Monk” Mosley’s kick. Petrovich’s roomate Victor Vasicek beat several Longhorns to the ball in the Alabama end zone. It gave the Longhorns a lead they never relinquished.
Layne accounted for a game-high 51 rushing yards and 234 total yards. Alabama’s defense was limited to 103 yards of total offense, including 25 yards for the second half.
5. A day for field goals at the 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl
In a bitter defensive battle at the second Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston, field goals were all the scoring in a bitter 3-3 tie.
Tommy Brooker accounted for a 33-yard field goal for Alabama’s points in the first half.
Texas matched that with a 20-yard field goal by Dan Petty late in the fourth quarter on a drive extended by an earlier successful conversion of a fake field goal.
The Longhorns caught another break late in the game. With the ball on their 48-yard line and only 28 seconds left, Texas quarterback Johnny flung a desperation pass that was broken up in the Alabama secondary on the final snap from scrimmage. But game officials ruled that Leon Fuller interfered with Texas receiver Bob Moses.
It left time for one untimed play. Moses attempted a 35-yard kick to win the game. But his attempt sailed wide left, finishing a 3-3 tie.
Royal was realistic after the loss.
“Naturally, we were all hoping that last kick by Petty would go through but it would have been a shame to win that way,” he told reporters after the game in remarks later printed by rollbamaroll.com “I think the score was indicative of the competitive nature of the two teams.”
But then, it’s always that way when Texas and Alabama hook up.