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.
No one would have blamed Texas for having a rebuilding season 1948 following the graduation of Bobby Layne, who was drafted No. 3 overall in the spring of 1948.
Texas would be switching gears after losing a four-time All-Southwest Conference player and All-American.
Texas went 7-3-1 in 1948. Oklahoma snapped an eight-game losing streak to Texas, winning 20-14, while Texas A&M did the same, but they didn’t beat the Longhorns, tying Texas 14-14. Arkansas, however lost for the 10th straight season to Texas.
The Longhorns finished second in Southwest Conference play, but was invited to its second-straight New Year’s Day bowl game, this time it was the Orange Bowl.
Like the year before, when Texas won its Sugar Bowl debut, Texas was victorious in its first Orange Bowl showing, beating Georgia 41-28.
Following the season, and after a two-year record of 17-4-1, Cherry was offered the Washington Redskins and the Chicago Cardinals head coaching position in the NFL, but Cherry turned them both down and re-upped with Texas on a five-year contract (spoiler alert, he didn’t see the end of that contract).
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