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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1940 season

Posted June 18th, 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. 

Coming off his first winning season, Dana X. Bible’s 1940 season was the first true dominant season and started a stretch in which the coach would win 55 games from 1940 to 1946.

The 1940 season saw Texas enter the Associated Press top 25 for the first time in program history, when in October they debut at No. 14 in the nation. Texas began the season with a 39-7 victory over Colorado. Two weeks later, Texas moved to 3-0 by snapping a two-game losing streak to Oklahoma with a 19-16 win in Dallas.

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Texas earned its ranking after that 3-0 start and played its first game as a ranked team against Arkansas, winning 21-0 on the road. But that road win wasn’t impressive enough for the voters, who dropped Texas from No. 14 to No. 21 in the poll.

I guess they saw something, cause the Longhorns would lose 13-0 to Rice the following week. Texas lost again to SMU a week later, but ended the season with four more wins, including a shutout of Texas A&M 7-0 and a 26-0 win on the road against Florida.

Texas finished third in the Southwest Conference, it’s best finish in league play since 1934.

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