The Texas football program dates back to 1893 each day, we look at a little piece of Longhorn history. We’re starting by looking at each Longhorn football season.
E. J. “Doc” Stewart followed up his 8-0-1 debut season with a 5-3-1 season in 1924. It was the most losses Texas had suffered since 1919 and the fewest wins the team had recorded since 1917, when the roster was altered because of World War I.
But Stewart’s losses came in the middle of the season. The Longhorns started the season 3-0, then lost or tied four straight games, losing by scores of 6-0, 10-6, 19-6 and 28-10.
Of course, 1924 is an extremely important year for Texas football. After years of advocating for a new stadium made of concrete, L. Theo Bellmont’s dream of a new venue for football and replacing Clark Field became a reality. Earlier that year, Texas had begun construction on a 28,000 seat stadium. It would go on to be called “Texas Memorial Stadium” in honor of the World War I veterans. It was later named Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and Joe Jamail Field and is now the eighth largest stadium in college football.
With a new stadium, Texas had officially become one of the gems of the college football world. Unfortunately for Texas, the Longhorns opened the stadium with a 18-point loss to Baylor, 28-10, on Nov. 8, 1924. The loss was the biggest defeat since a 20-0 loss to Vanderbilt in 1921.
Texas’ first win at Royal-Memorial Stadium came two weeks later when the Longhorns beat Texas A&M 7-0 at home on Thanksgiving.
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