Texas football coach Jack Chevigny (right), shown speaking to some of his Longhorns players, is the only UT coach to have a losing record during his tenure. But he did lead the Longhorns to a big win over Notre Dame in 1934, a game that was played in South Bend.

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Top 5 Texas coaches against Oklahoma by win percentage

Posted October 5th, 2016

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Texas coaches are judged by three things: winning national championships, claiming conference titles and beating Oklahoma.

Which Longhorns head men were the best at doing the latter? The answer may surprise you.

(Note: The only requirement to be on this list was to coach three games against the Sooners. Several coaches from the early days were 1-0 or 2-0.)

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1. Jack Chevigny 3-0 (1.000)

Texas football coach Jack Chevigny (right), shown speaking to some of his Longhorns players, is the only UT coach to have a losing record during his tenure. But he did lead the Longhorns to a big win over Notre Dame in 1934, a game that was played in South Bend.
Texas football coach Jack Chevigny (right), shown speaking to some of his Longhorns players, is the only UT coach to have a losing record during his tenure. But he did lead the Longhorns to a big win over Notre Dame in 1934, a game that was played in South Bend.

Chevigny (1934-36) is the only Texas coach finish his career with a sub-.500 record. He’s also the only one to face Oklahoma at least three times and never lose. The Longhorns dominated the Sooners in the mid-’30s, beating them by a combined score of 37-7. Oklahoma was shut out in 1934 (19-0) and 1936 (6-0). Texas won 12-7 in 1935.

2. Clyde Littlefield 4-1 (.800)

Members of the 1915 Texas football team, which went 6-3 under head coach Dave Allerdice. On the roster was Clyde Littlefield (middle row, center), Texas' future track coach and namesake for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ATHLETICS
Members of the 1915 Texas football team, which went 6-3 under head coach Dave Allerdice. On the roster was Clyde Littlefield (middle row, center), Texas’ future track coach and namesake for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ATHLETICS

Mostly known for his 41-year career as the Longhorns’ track and field coach, Littlefield also had a tremendous track record against Oklahoma when he coached the Texas football team from 1927-33.

The teams didn’t play during his first two seasons, but Littlefield ensured that 87 straight years and counting in Dallas got off to the right start. The Longhorns defeated the Sooners four straight times before losing in his final season as coach.

3. Dana X. Bible 7-2-1 (.750)

Bible (1937-46) got off to a rocky start at the Texas State Fair, with a tie and two losses in his first three seasons. After that, he went a perfect 7-0 against the Longhorns’ bitter rival, bringing the program to national prominence. He went 5-0 against Oklahoma coach Snorter Luster, and beat a pair of Big Six Conference champions in 1943 and 1944.

4. Darrell Royal 12-7-1 (.625)

Texas had its most success under Royal (1957-76), but it also went through a fair amount of heartbreak in Dallas. After losing to Oklahoma in his first season, Royal’s Longhorns reeled off eight straight against the hated Sooners — including signature wins when Oklahoma was ranked No. 2 (1958) and No. 1 (1963).

Coach Darrell Royal, center, of the University of Texas, chats with two of the team's captains, David McWilliams, left, and Scott Appleton, tackle, Dec. 27, 1963, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Ted Powers)
Coach Darrell Royal, center, of the University of Texas, chats with two of the team’s captains, David McWilliams, left, and Scott Appleton, tackle, Dec. 27, 1963, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Ted Powers)

After back-to-back national championships in ’69 and ’70, Royal never beat Oklahoma again. In fact, the Longhorns got blown out three consecutive times before close losses in ’74 and ’75.

In the fourth and final meeting between Royal and Sooners legend Barry Switzer, Texas earned a 6-6 tie against the No. 3-ranked Sooners.

5. David McWilliams 3-2 (.600)

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - SEPTEMBER 1: David McWilliams, head coach of the Texas Longhorns, before a college football game against the Penn. State Nittany Lions on September 1, 1990 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 1: David McWilliams, head coach of the Texas Longhorns, before a college football game against the Penn. State Nittany Lions on September 1, 1990 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

McWilliams (1987-91) coached some of the most memorable games in the historic Texas-Oklahoma rivalry. The first two were rather forgettable, as the Longhorns lost by double digits in each.

Then came the arrival of freshman quarterback Peter Gardere, who changed McWilliams’ fortunes against the Sooners and provided some of the most thrilling finishes in the rivalry’s history.

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