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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1933 season

Posted June 12th, 2017

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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 1933 season is the first official losing season in Texas football history. Up until this season, the worst season in Texas football history had been 4-4 after the outbreak of World War I.

At 4-5-2, Texas finished below .500, and some of the losses were ugly. Texas lost 9-0 to Oklahoma, 26-0 to Nebraska, 3-0 to Baylor, 20-6 to Arkansas and 30-0 to TCU. Texas snapped a three-game losing streak when the Longhorns tied Texas A&M 10-10 to end the season.

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Naturally, a fifth-place finish in the Southwest Conference and the first losing season ever didn’t sit well with the fan base. With powerful backers upset, Littlefield, a very successful track and field coach, decided to step down as the head coach — despite winning 44 games, to this day the fourth most wins in Texas football history.

Littlefield didn’t leave Texas, however. He focused on track and retired after 41 years as the coach. The track and field stadium is named after him. He was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1961.

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