Longhorns to wear special Nike uniforms for AT&T Red River Rivalry

Uniforms will honor the heritage of the annual game and the tradition of the Golden Hat Trophy.
Uniforms will honor the heritage of the annual game and the tradition of the Golden Hat Trophy.

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Longhorns will wear specially designed uniforms for Saturday’s AT&T Red River Rivalry.

Nike Football designed the uniforms to honor the heritage of the annual matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners, who will wear similarly designed uniforms.

The 2013 Nike Pro Combat Red River Rivalry uniforms feature gold and chrome accents in reference to the Golden Hat trophy, a golden replica of a 10-gallon cowboy hat that has been kept in possession by the winning school’s athletic department since 1929. Both team jerseys feature a gold Red River Rivalry patch and the numbers are outlined by “kiss-cut” gold twill.

The inside of the neckline of each team’s jerseys features custom embroidery – “Longhorns” for Texas and “Boomer Sooner” for Oklahoma. Custom tags reading "Texas Longhorns Red River Rivalry" and "Oklahoma Sooners Red River Rivalry" give each school a commemorative take on the traditional sizing label.

The Nike Pro Hypercool Baselayer Top features a directional chevron pattern which signals the travel each team takes to Dallas. In an additional twist, the chevron mirrors the hand gestures of the fans — Texas' upward "hook 'em horns" is one of the true icons of college athletics. The chevron is also featured on the insole of the Nike Alpha Pro Cleats each team will wear. School mascot imagery appears on the cleat tongues, and both school cleats showcase metallic gold plates to tie in the overall aesthetic of the uniform.

Both teams will wear a special gold edition of the Nike Vapor Jet II gloves. Texas' glove features a white team logo over the gold palm and embroidered "Longhorns" on the inside. Oklahoma's glove reads "Boomer Sooner" and features a crimson team logo atop the gold palm.

The AT&T Red River Rivalry has been waged for over 100 years. Passions escalated in 1931, when the two states became embroiled in conflict over the erection of a new bridge spanning Red River. Since then, bragging rights between the Longhorns and the Sooners have been won on the gridiron. Every year, both teams travel to Dallas to settle a score and play for control of the coveted Golden Hat trophy.

The Red River Rivalry kicks off at 11 a.m. CT Saturday in the Cotton Bowl. The game will be broadcast by ABC Sports with Brent Musburger, Todd Blackledge and Heather Cox calling the action.


James Schleicher

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.