A look back at UT’s five Big 12 Championship games

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns will play for their 4th Big 12 Championship in six Big 12 Championship game appearances.  The Longhorns have turned in some memorable moment in those five games.

It started with the first ever Big 12 Championship game back in 1996 at the TWA Dome in St. Louis.  Texas came in heavy underdogs against number one Nebraska. Texas quarterback James Brown was asked about being a 19 underdog and responded “maybe we’ll win by three touchdowns.”  While Brown missed out on the point spread, he didn’t miss on the shocking results. 

Texas beat the Cornhuskers 37-27 to win the first conference championship. The game was highlighted by a 4th and 1 deep in Texas territory with the Longhorns up 3 when Brown hit tight end Derek Lewis for a 61-yard gain. Priest Holmes scored a touchdown to put the game away.

Texas went back to the championship game in 1999, again against Nebraska, but a much different outcome. Texas won the regular season game, 24-20 in Austin.

At the Alamodome, Nebraska’s Blackshirts defense dominated, allowing Texas 178 total yards and just six rushing yards. The Longhorns only score came on a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Ahmad Brooks. Texas lost to the 3rd ranked Huskers 22-6.

Texas went into the 2001 Big 12 Championship game in old Texas Stadium in Irving ranked third in the nation. Earlier in the day, second ranked Florida lost in the SEC championship opening the door for Texas to get in the BCS Championship game at the Rose Bowl with a win.

Texas fell behind 29-10 to the same Colorado team they beat 41-7 during the regular season. Major Applewhite came off the bench for Chris Simms and led Texas on a furious comeback, but the Longhorns camp up short, losing 39-37.

In 2005, it was more of a coronation than a championship game. Number two in the national polls, Texas overwhelmed Colorado 70-3 at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Longhorns knew they were a win away from playing for the national championship game in the Rose Bowl. 

Texas jumped on the Buffaloes with 14 first quarter points and then blew the game open with a 28 point second quarter. By midway through the third quarter, the Longhorns had already scored all 70 of its points. Vince Young was 14-17 for 193 yards and three touchdown passes to go with a rushing touchdown. The Longhorns went on to win the national championship against USC

In 2009, Texas was in the same position, a Big 12 Championship game win would put them back in the BCS title game, and back at the Rose Bowl.  Texas and Nebraska played a slugfest at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Texas held Nebraska to 106 total yards, but Texas only could muster 202 yards and Colt McCoy was sacked nine times. Nebraska kicker Alex Henry kicked a 42 yard field goal with 1:44 to go in the game to give the Huskers a 12-10 lead. 

Texas got the ball at their own 40 and McCoy hit Jordan Shipley for 19 yards, adding 15 yards on a face mask penalty and Texas was all the way down to the Nebraska 26-yard line. 

On 3rd and 13, McCoy threw a pass out of bounds, initially the clock showed :00 and Nebraska briefly celebrated.  But after a review, one second was put back on the clock, allowing Hunter Lawrence to kick a 43 yard game winning field goal to send Texas to Pasadena.

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