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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1949 season

Posted June 27th, 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. 

Blair Cherry’s third season was his worst at Texas, but he still manged a winning season and a third-place showing in the Southwest Conference.

The Longhorns’ 1949 season was a 6-4 campaign. The squad lost to Oklahoma for the second-straight season, but improved its record against Texas A&M to to 9-0-1 since 1940. If you thought that was bad, Arkansas was now 0-11 against Texas since 1939 and most of those games were not pretty as Texas just ran over the Razorbacks.


Texas ran over the first three teams it played in 1949, beating Texas Tech 43-0, Temple 54-0 and Idaho 56-7. Oklahoma debut in the AP poll at No. 3, while Texas was No. 12. Texas was ranked as high as No. 10 in the country, but a 17-15 loss to Rice dropped them to No. 19. A 7-6 loss to SMU dropped them out of the polls.

For the first time since 1944, Texas finished out of the final AP rankings and missed a bowl game for the first time since 1946.

Texas would have a massive bounce back year the following season, as well as the most surprising coaching quandary in some time.

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