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.
After three of the best seasons in Texas history to that point, the 1944 season saw a big drop off. Texas went 7-1-1 in 1943, but fell to 5-4 the following season. Maybe this was expected since World War II was going on and at some point recruiting and available talent was going to take a hit as brave young men went to fight in the most important war in human history.
Or maybe it was just normal football reasons and Texas was in a building year.
The Longhorns beat Southwestern 20-0 to start the season, but the Week 2 showed how different the 1943 team was from the 1943 team. Texas tied Randolph Field 7-7 in the 1944 Cotton Bowl, but 10 months later lost to the same program 42-6.
Texas still beat Oklahoma for the fifth straight season. And beat Texas A&M for the fifth straight season. In fact, Texas three big historic rivals, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Arkansas, had gone 0-15 against the Longhorns since the start of the 1940 season.
The 1944 season was the first that saw Texas go unranked the entire season since 1939. And despite what looks like a poor season, Texas still managed to finish second in the SWC at 3-2.
Knowing what happened in 1945, it’s very clear that this was just a rebuilding season, as one of the best seasons in Texas football history was about to happen.
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