The Texas Longhorns flag flies in the end zone prior to kickoff against West Virginia at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1920 season

Posted June 1st, 2017


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. 

The 1920s were definitely roaring for the Longhorns. It’s one of the most successful decades for Texas football.

After Bill Juneau left Texas following the 1919 season, where he went 6-3 overall and 3-2 in Southwest Conference play, Texas turned to Berry M. Whitaker as head coach.


Whitaker came to Texas from Indiana and established the intramural department at Texas and assisted the coaching staff. When Juneau left, then athletic director L. Theo Bellmont turned to Whitaker for the football job. At the time of the hiring, Whitaker wasn’t even aware he was one Bellmont’s radar. After all, Juneau, Eugene Van Gent , Dave Allerdice and W.S. Wasmund had all be out-of-state hires.

Whitaker was the right choice. He took over the Longhorns and went 9-0  overall and 5-0 in the SWC. Texas beat Texas A&M 7-3, SMU 21-3 and pitched six shutouts in 1920. Shutouts were kind of Whitaker’s thing. Just wait till 1921.

Texas shutout two opponents, Simmons and Southwestern, to start the season. After Howard Payne scored a touchdown on Oct. 9, Texas didn’t allow another point until Nov. 13.


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