Sixteen years ago, the Texas National Championship season began exactly the same as this season. An opener against the Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana. Almost on the exact date as well, September 3, 2005.
Instead of having a new coach and quarterback, Mack Brown and Vince Young hoped to get a Rose Bowl victory over Michigan and turn it into a possible national championship boost. Texas dominated from start to finish, 60-3.
As for the similarities, a young, returning running subclassist was willing to take the country. In 2005, he was a former four-star player and true freshman Jamaal Charles. He finished with 135 yards and a touchdown against Louisiana in 14 runs. Charles led the team to rush against both Selvin and Vince Young.
The Texas defense got to play as well. After a Louisiana field goal with 5:32 left for the first quarter, the Longhorns kept them out of the end zone for the rest of the night. Texas DB Aaron Ross got an interception in front of quarterback Michael Desormeaux.
Below you can see Longhorn Network’s Throwback Thursday ode to Charles ’performance:
– Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) September 2, 2021
If watching the highlights of the match depends on your speed, you can catch it here:
Something tells me that Saturday’s game between Texas and Louisiana will be closer to a margin of 57 points in 2005. Ragin Cajuns’ number 23 program has come a long way under the direction of Billy Napier and will enter Darrell Memorial Stadium K Royal-Texas Memorial with the mentality of marching with a victory.
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