Texas Longhorns vs. Alabama Crimson Tide-NCAA College Football-ESPN-2009 BCS National Championship Game-AT&T Stadium, Dallas, Texas - January 9, 2009. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Texas Longhorns 17-14 to claim their third national title in nine years.
Alabama entered the 2008 season as one of the favorites to win the college football championship. They were ranked #1 for most of the year before being upset by unranked Florida State. They regrouped and beat Virginia Tech in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Orange Bowl to finish the season at 11-2.
The 2008 Texas Longhorns finished with a 10-3 record including a 7-1 mark in conference play. They were ranked #4 at the end of the regular season but lost their only playoff game to Oklahoma.
This is the first time that both Alabama and Texas have been ranked No. 1 simultaneously in the country. The last time this happened was 1981 when Alabama was ranked #1 while Texas was #2.
In addition to its NCAA team championships, Alabama has also won the NFL World Championship game three times: 1950, 1958, and 1959.
On the first day of the season, the Longhorns of 2008 take the field. The 2008 Texas Longhorn football team (also known as "Texas" or the "Horns") competed in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season for the University of Texas at Austin.
Texas was a 24-point favorite. The Longhorns began the 2011 season against the Conference USA Rice Owls. Texas won the last match, which was also the first game against which the 2010 Texas Longhorns football team competed, 34-17.
The BCS National Championship would pit No. 1 Alabama against No. 2 Texas. The Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns 37–21 in the BCS National Championship Game to win their first BCS title. With a 14-0 record, they became only the second team in college football history to do it, trailing only the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes.
Alabama dominated the game from start to finish. They opened up with a strong offensive performance that resulted in a touchdown on their opening drive. On the first play of the second quarter, Trent Richardson ran for a 75-yard touchdown to give Alabama a 7-0 lead. After trading punts, Texas got on the board with a 41-yard field goal by Sam Hammig. Just before the end of the half, A.J. McCarron threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Marquis Maze giving Alabama a 35-3 lead at the break.
In the third quarter, both teams scored touchdowns but it was Alabama who came out on top. On their first drive after the Texan score, Richardson ran for two more touchdowns, this time one yard and one yard respectively. With just over 10 minutes left in the game, Texas tried to come back with a touchdown of their own. However, a fumbled snap on 4th down attempt led to another Alabama touchdown with just under 5 minutes remaining.
The 2005 Texas Longhorns football team won the Big 12 Conference championship and the national championship while representing the University of Texas in Austin in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season.
The Longhorns' September matchup versus Ohio State University was one of the most anticipated college football games of the regular season in 2006. Texas lost at Ohio State and finished the regular season with an overall record of 9 wins-3 losses and a 6-2 conference record.
October 9, 2010-ESPN-Alabama vs. South Carolina-Game Summary-October 9, 2010.
In one of the most famous upsets in college football history, #3 Alabama defeated #1 South Carolina 26-23 in Columbia, South Carolina. The victory for the Crimson Tide over the Gamecocks is also considered by many to be the best game ever played in the state of South Carolina. The win not only gave Alabama its first National Championship but it also launched the career of legendary coach Bear Bryant.
Before the season started, some people may have said that Alabama would be a tough out for any team to play against. After all, they came into the season with NFL players at every position except quarterback. However, no one could have predicted what would happen next. On September 7th, 2009, South Carolina traveled to Tuscaloosa to face #3 Alabama. Just three weeks before this game, the Gamecocks had beaten Florida State in Tallahassee 51-14 and they were expected to be one of the top teams in the country. Instead, they got beat by a team that was supposed to be playing in its third straight championship game.