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 1960 season

Posted July 8th, 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. 

Following a breakthrough 1959 campaign that saw the Longhorns go 9-2, win a share of Darrell Royal’s first Southwest Conference title and finish the season ranked No. 4 in the country, Texas took a slight step back in 1960.

However, the 1960s would be one of the best decades in the history of the program, probably the best.

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Texas lost its first game of the 1960 season 14-13 to Nebraska at home, Texas won its next three games, including a 24-0 shutout win over Oklahoma. Texas fell below .500 after a 7-0 loss to Rice in Houston, but Texas turned the season around with four straight wins, including an incredible 3-2 victory in Fort Worth against TCU.

Back in the national rankings in time for bowl season, Texas accepted an invite to the Bluebonnet Bowl to play No. 9 Alabama. Having gone 0-2 in bowl games at Texas, Royal was seeking his first win, but that didn’t happen. Texas avoided the loss with a field goal with 7:06 to go in the game to tie the Crimson Tide, and that proved to be the final score.

Texas finished out of the final AP poll.

More big things were coming for Texas in the 1960s.

 

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