The 1957 Texas/OU Game Darrell Royal's First For the Horns

It's Texas/OU Week, and Tom Herman is prepping his team and himself to run out of that Cotton Bowl Tunnel to a see of burnt orange and crimson, not unlike Darrell Royal in 1957. Royal, Texas' newly minted head coach, took on his mentor Bud Wilkinson and the Oklahoma juggernaut. 

Let's get to the Bullets.

Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson's Sooners were in the midst of a 47 game winning streak as they came to Dallas in October of 1957. 

Oklahoma won back to back national titles in '55 and '56.

Wilkenson had a stranglehold on the Big Eight as well with thirteen straight conference titles. 

In that stretch, Oklahoma was 63-0-2 in conference play. 

Notre Dame would end Oklahoma's winning streak in November of 1957 with a 7-0 win over the Sooners in Norman. 

Royal came to Texas from the University of Washington where he was 5-5 in one season, before that he'd been 12-8 at Mississippi State. 

Dana X. Bible, Texas AD, saw something in Royal and hired him to take over the program in Austin. 

He was right, in 20 years as coach of the Longhorns Royal never suffered a losing season, won three national titles and eleven SWC crowns. 

Royal's '57 team qualified for the Sugar Bowl and finished the year 6-4-1. 

Walter Fondren was Royal's first quarterback at Texas. A street is named after his granddad in Houston. 

Fondren led Houston Lamar to a state title in 1953 and was voted to the Texas High School Hall of Fame. 

Fondren went both ways and still holds the record for most minutes played in a season. 

Enjoy a few minutes of the Texas-OU game from 1957. Thanks to soonerscott2007 from YouTube for keeping history alive. 

More Throwback Fun...