The University of Texas football season begins with the Oklahoma game. All before it is so much throat-clearing. Last Saturday Texas trooped into Dallas' steaming Cotton Bowl (packed so solid that one desperate housewife offered all her Green Stamps, "anything, just for two tickets") and emerged some 4½ hours later as the nation's No. 1 team. The Long-horns beat previously undefeated Oklahoma with the simplest offense Coach Darrell Royal could dream up: the hoary split T option that had been Oklahoma's bread and butter for more than a decade. When Quarterback Duke Carlisle (see cover), a cool operator all afternoon, caught the Sooner ends backing off, he ran them to death. Crisp and perfect in execution, what may be Texas' best team ever could do no wrong on offense, and on defense it had Tackle Scott Appleton ("Isn't he phenomenal?" Royal enthused after the game), dedicated to the proposition that Oklahoma would not make a yard. He almost succeeded as the favored Sooners went down, 28 to 7.
'The Texas players just love Duke Carlisle,' said Coach Royal after the game. The seemingly nerveless quarterback finessed Oklahoma's defenses for 62 yards on keeps, ran for one touchdown, passed for another and once, when trapped (above), pitched back to trailing halfbacks like the runty Tommy Ford. Ford got 77 yards, including a 12-yard burst off tackle (right) for Texas' second touchdown.
Pleased to be clock watchers, Texas' sideline contingent—including sub Marv Kristynik (12), who threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass—mirror the game's outcome. "We're No. 1!" roared Texas fans, forgetting that previous first-ranked Texas teams have always been beaten.
Oklahoma's backs raised dust (left), but not much else. Sophomore Quarterback John Hammond (12) experiences the kind of Texas charge that turned power runners Jim Grisham and Joe Don Looney inside, devoured them there and limited Oklahoma to eight first downs.
October 20, 1963
Disconsolate Coach Bud Wilkinson (right) faces the defeat that Fullback David Voiles cannot bear to see, as the score mounts to 21-0. Before the game, Wilkinson fretted over a team morale problem and the dulling effect of a week's layoff after Oklahoma's victory over USC.