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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1938 season

Posted June 16th, 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. 

One of the longest streaks of losing seasons in Texas football history continued in 1938 when Texas had second worst season in Teas football history in 1938. Texas made it four straight seasons below .500 this year.

Texas went 1-8 in 1938 under second-year coach Dana X. Bible. This is tied with the 1956 season for fewest wins (one) but had one fewer losses (the 1956 team went 1-9).


Texas fans knew the transition from the disastrous Jack Chevigny era would be tough. Recruiting took a hit and Bible had his work cutout for him. Perhaps it’s why fans tolerated back-to-back losing seasons without firing Bible, who came to Texas as one of the best coaches in the sport. But it’s probably likely that some fans wanted to pull the plug on Bible after this season (I mean, we’re talking about Texas fans here).

Starting at the end of the 1937 season and carrying over to 1938, Texas lost 10 straight games. Back-to-back shutouts to end 1937 gave way to a (Charlie Strong and Texas fans look away!) 19-18 loss at Kansas that started a string of eight straight losses to open the season. Texas was shutout by LSU in week two, then shutout in Dallas by Oklahomathe following week. A 42-6 loss to Arkansas followed.

The final loss of the season came against No. 1 TCU. It’s the first time ever Texas faced a No. 1-ranked team in the Associated Press poll that debuted in 1936. It wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t as bad as the 50-7 loss in 2015 (few losses are). Texas fell 28-6 that day in Fort Worth.

Entering the Thanksgiving Day game against Texas A&M, the Longhorns hadn’t won in more than a year and were hosting the Aggies. Texas picked up its first win of the season 7-6.

Spoiler alert: Texas wouldn’t have another losing season until 1954 under coach Ed Price. Bible would never lose more than four games in a season.

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