Former Texas quarterback James Street, who led the Longhorns
to a national championship in 1969, died Monday morning. He was 65.
Street went 20-0 as a starter, helping the Texas win its
final nine games in 1968 before going 11-0 and earning the program’s second
national title the following season.
One of the most memorable among his 20 victories with the
Longhorns was a 15-14 comeback win over Arkansas in 1969. Dubbed the “Game of the Century”, Street hit Randy Peschel for 43 yards on a 4th-and-3
in the fourth quarter that put Texas in position to score the game-winning
The Longhorns finished their perfect season with a 21-17 win over Notre Dame in their following game in the Cotton Bowl, marking the second straight year Street led them to a Cotton Bowl triumph.
“Very sad day as we lost college FB great, good friend &
wonderful man w/passing of James Street,” Texas head coach Mack Brown tweeted.
“Our thoughts & prayers are w/Janie & family.”
Street also played on the Texas baseball team, winning two
Southwest Conference championships, throwing two no-hitters and helping the
Longhorns reach the College World Series three times. He has five sons,
including Huston, the current San Diego Padres closer who earned 2002 College
World Series MVP honors while helping Texas capture a baseball national title.