The Texas Longhorns flag flies proud following a touchdown in the second half of the AT&T Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RICARDO BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1954 season

Posted July 2nd, 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. 

The beginning of the end for coach Ed Price was the 1954 season.

Texas went nearly 50 years before its first losing season in 1935 under coach Jack Chevigny. Nearly 20 years later, Texas suffered another terrible year. It was the first losing season in 15 years as Texas went 4-5-1 overall and finished fifth in the Southwest Conference.

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This can also be considered the first season in which Texas fell flat on its face following a high preseason ranking. Texas entered the year ranked No. 4 in the nation, but finished the season unranked and searching for answers. Not even the famed letdown season of 2010 was as bad. Texas began that season ranked No. 5 before going 5-7. At least that team was 3-0 to start the season and was never shutout.

The 1954 team lost 21-0 to No. 2-ranked Notre Dame on the road. After beating Washington State 40-14, Texas didn’t win again until Nov. 13, when they beat TCU in Fort Worth.

At least the season wasn’t a total wash. Texas managed to beat Texas A&M 22-13 in Austin to end the year. The Aggies had just one victory over the Longhorns since 1939.

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