The Texas Longhorns found many ways to honor the late, great Darrell Royal on Saturday. The team played “DKR” logos on the Longhorn helmet decal and at the fifty yard line but that was nothing compared to the brilliant tribute Mack Brown drew up to open the game.
The Longhorns offense lined up for their first offensive play of the game against Iowa State out of the wishbone offense as a tribute to legendary former head coach who passed away earlier this week. While the wishbone was primarily used for a heavy rushing attack which Royal loved, but the Longhorns ran a trick play and threw the ball downfield for a major gain.
Texas put a new school spin on the wishbone by pitching the ball to Jaxon Shipley, who threw it back to quarterback David Ash, who end up throwing it downfield to tight end Greg Daniels for 47 yards. It was a nice new wrinkle to the old school formation.
Here is video of the impressive tribute that had to make Royal proud. Wherever he is, you can guarantee he raised up his hand and let out the proudest “Hook ‘em” you can imagine:
Here are a few images of the tributes from Texas throughout the day: