|1977 Texas Longhorns football|
Southwest Conference champion
|1977 record||11–1 (8–0 SWC)|
|Head coach||Fred Akers (1st season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Leon Manley (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Leon Fuller (1st season)|
LB Morgan Copeland
OT George James
DT Brad Shearer
|Home stadium||Texas Memorial Stadium|
|1977 Southwest Conference football standings|
|No. 4 Texas $||8||–||0||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|No. 3 Arkansas||7||–||1||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1977 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. The Longhorns finished the regular season with an 11–0 record. Earl Campbell won the Heisman Trophy in 1977 and led the nation in rushing with 1,744 yards. In 1977, he became the first recipient of the Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy, which was awarded to the most outstanding player in the now-defunct Southwest Conference. He was selected as the Southwest Conference running back of the year in each of his college seasons and finished with 4,444 career rushing yards.
|September 10||4:00 p.m.||Boston College*||No. 18||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||W 44–0||50,000|
|September 17||4:00 p.m.||Virginia*||No. 9||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||W 68–0||41,000|
|October 1||4:00 p.m.||Rice||No. 8||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (rivalry)||W 72–15||47,500|
|October 8||2:00 p.m.||vs. No. 2 Oklahoma*||No. 5||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Red River Shootout)||W 13–6||72,032|
|October 15||12:00 p.m.||at No. 8 Arkansas||No. 2||Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (rivalry)||ABC||W 13–9||44,296|
|October 22||1:30 p.m.||at SMU||No. 2||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX||W 30–14||36,151|
|October 29||2:00 p.m.||No. 14 Texas Tech||No. 1||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (rivalry)||W 26–0||78,809|
|November 5||2:00 p.m.||at Houston||No. 1||Rice Stadium • Houston, TX (rivalry)||W 35–21||72,124|
|November 12||2:00 p.m.||TCU||No. 1||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (rivalry)||W 44–14||50,150|
|November 19||3:00 p.m.||Baylor||No. 1||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||ABC||W 29–7||60,000|
|November 26||1:30 p.m.||at No. 12 Texas A&M||No. 1||Kyle Field • College Station, TX (rivalry)||W 57–28||57,443|
|January 2, 1978||1:00 p.m.||vs. No. 5 Notre Dame*||No. 1||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic)||CBS||L 10-38||76,701|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
- Earl Campbell 27 Rush, 222 Yds (career-high)
1977 team players in the NFL
The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.
|Earl Campbell||Running back||1||1||Houston Oilers|
|Brad Shearer||Defensive tackle||3||74||Chicago Bears|
|Alfred Jackson||Wide receiver||7||167||Atlanta Falcons|
Awards and honors
- Earl Campbell, Heisman Trophy
- Earl Campbell, Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy
- Earl Campbell, Consensus All-American
- Brad Shearer, Outland Trophy
- Brad Shearer, Consensus All-American
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 1, 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
- "Texas Knocks Off Oklahoma." Palm Beach Post. 1977 Oct 8. Retrieved 2014-Nov-27.
- "Campbell, Texas Overpowering." Palm Beach Post. 1977 Nov 27. Retrieved 2014-Dec-04.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-04-16.