The Longhorns flag waves as the team runs onto the field during the first half of the Texas A&M vs Texas Longhorns rivalry game at Kyle Field on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Patrick T. Fallon/The Dallas Morning News)

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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1952 season

Posted June 30th, 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. 

The best season under coach Ed Price came in his second season in 1952. The Longhorns went 9-2, finished 6-0 in the Southwest Conference and beat Texas A&M 32-12.

Texas was ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation but back-to-back loses to Notre Dame and Oklahoma dropped the Longhorns out of the rankings. Then Texas began a seven game winning streak to end the season. Texas picked up wins over Arkansas, Rice, SMU, Bayor and TCU before finishing the regular season against Texas A&M.


Texas received a Cotton Bowl invite and faced Tennessee, the team that handed Texas its first bowl loss in 1950 in the same bowl. This time Texas had its first ever shutout bowl game win, beating the Vols 16-0.

Carlton Massey tackled Dave Griffith in the endzone for a safety, Gib Dawson scored a touchdown, and Texas led 9-0 at halftime. The Longhorns added another touchdown following a fourth quarter fumble when Billy Quinn scored a touchdown.

The 1952 season would be the high-water mark for Price as Texas’ head coach. The season would set up for one of Texas’ highest preseason rankings up till that point, when Texas was the preseason No, 4 entering the 1953 season.

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