counting the days until the 2002 North Texas game against Texas.
I will always remember the time we played Texas in 1988. I heard
an estimate that there were 15,000 North Texas fans at that game
in Austin, spurred by the season-opening road victory over Texas
Tech. We were in Division I-AA at the time and ranked No. 1 in that
As I walked
into the stadium, a news team was covering the game from the north
end zone, in front of the 10-foot-high University of Texas seal
mounted on the wrought-iron gate that surrounds the stadium. The
reporter was pointing to the seal, painted green by some North Texas
had 426 yards of total offense in the game, throwing to Marcus Camper
for 224 yards, as North Texas yes, North Texas led
21-14 going into the fourth quarter.
Texas would not win that game, despite scoring three more points,
as Texas scored twice in the fourth. Replays showed neither touchdown
should have counted. One touchdown pass was caught completely out
of bounds, and the receiver never actually caught the other touchdown.
It went right through his hands!
rowdy Texas fans knew they had witnessed a crime. Post-game taunting
was minimal, as no one was proud of this game. News accounts in
Austin and Dallas agreed.
the rest of the semester, my rear windshield said, in white shoe
polish: North Texas 24, Texas 14, Refs 13.
UT Longhorns will be ranked in the top five Aug. 31 when UNT plays
them. But I like our chances. Another Scott (Hall) will be starting
at QB. See you in Austin!
Campbell (82), who attended UT
before graduating from North Texas