Texas fans cheer during a timeout against West Virginia at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Nov. 12, 2016 in Austin Texas. West Virginia won the game 24-20. (Photo by James Gregg/American-Statesman.)

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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1955 season

Posted July 3rd, 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 Longhorns hadn’t suffered back-to-back losing seasons since the early days of the Dana X. Bible tenure, and Ed Price avoided it in 1955, but it still wasn’t great.

Texas went 5-5 overall and 4-2 in Southwest Conference play.


Price began noting that rule changes during the 1955 and 1956 seasons were big reasons for the program’s drop off, but others began questioning his ability to recruit the best players.

With Texas beginning to struggle for the first time since the mid-1930s, Texas A&M capitalized and started  finding success on the field.

A big part of the Aggies’ success in the mid-1950s was because of their hiring of one of the greatest football coaches ever, Bear Bryant, who took over in College Station in 1954, a team dubbed the “Junction Boys.”

However, Bryant went 0-2 against Texas in his first two years. Despite the Aggies terrific turn around from a 1-9 season under Bryant in 1954 to a 7-2-1 record in 1955, Texas A&M couldn’t beat the Longhorns.

Ranked No. 8 in the country, the Aggies hosted the Longhorns on Thanksgiving, but Texas stunned the ranked team, winning 21-6. The win prevented Texas A&M from claiming a share of the SWC title.

It was about to get worse for Ed Price entering the 1956 season, a year in which many things changed for Texas athletics.

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