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12/14/2013

The list: Mack Brown's best moments

Usatsi_7348432With news spreading that University of Texas football coach Mack Brown is resigning after the bowl game against Oregon, now is the perfect time to look back at some of those Red River blowout losses, the home defeat against Baylor, and the Thanksgiving embarrassment against TCU.

Just kidding.

Mack Brown's legacy is secure - the man did more for the University of Texas football than anybody not named Royal. He created the CEO head college coach.

In due time, we will look back at Mack's 16-year tenure in Austin with the type of respect it deserves. He didn't make Texas football what it is, but he did modernize it.

Here is a look, in no particular order, at some of his finer moments in Austin.

Mack-brown-top-blogOct. 11, 2008 - Defeating No. 1 Oklahoma
By this point in the Red River series, UT had been embarrassed a few times by Bob Stoops. In this game, Oklahoma was No. 1 in the nation and was upset by No. 5 Texas, 45-35. Sam Bradford was out-played by Colt McCoy.

Nov. 10, 2012 - Paying Tribute to DKR
A few days after Darrell Royal died, UT hosted Iowa State. In UT's first play from scrimmage, the Longhorns ran a play from the wishbone formation as a tribute to the man who introduced it to college football. QB David Ash pitched the ball to Jaxon Shipley, who tossed it back to Ash, who passed it to tight end Greg Daniels for 47 yards.

Nov. 24, 2011 - Ending the Series with a Win
Still hate that the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry is over, but Mack's final appearance against the Aggies was a win. UT rallied for a 27-25 win at Kyle Field.

55373999_display_imageSept. 10, 2005 - Winning in the Shoe
Props to both Mack and Ohio State for agreeing to a home-and-home series; UT rallied for an impressive 25-22 win at fourth-ranked Ohio State. This secured the Horns as one of the top two teams in the nation.

Dec. 5, 2009 - A Big 12 title by a Second
No. 3 UT needed to defeat No. 21 Nebraska in the Big 12 title game to make the BCS game. They did so despite one of the most dominating games ever by a college defensive lineman; Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh kept NU in the game.
Driving for the game-winning score with seconds remaining, UT QB Colt McCoy threw a ball out of bounds and the game was thought to be over. Replays showed the clock had run out incorrectly, allowing for UT to make the game-winning field goal.

Jan. 4, 2006 - A Title
Having handed the keys to quarterback Vince Young, the Longhorns finally became a national power. Despite being underdogs to the stacked USC Trojans in the BCS title game in Pasadena, UT rallied for a last-second TD to win the national title. 

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Comments

Jeffrey Desange

You can add this to the list....

2013 Mack Brown Retires
Had Mack stayed another year plus, it would have set the program back and been an embarrassment for the best program in the country. Mack did the right thing.

Bobke

Ya forgot about the season opener a few years ago when UT could not get a punt off against NC State. Or the year Mack refused to play Benson against OU because he was a freshman and not ready. How about the year the entire team and coaching staff showed up fat and out of shape in the Cotton Bowl game against Arkansas? Another defining moment was when Mack insisted on playing Simms in the Big 12 title game against Colorado.And of course the Cleve Bryant saga was a epic moment.There are many more defining moments but these are just a few that come to mind

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