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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1949 season

Posted June 27th, 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. 

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.

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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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