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.
One of the best seasons in Texas football history is 1941.
The Longhorns went 8-1-1 under coach Dana X. Bible. Texas opened the season with six straight wins and earned its highest ranking ever, No. 2 in the nation in October. Texas beat Colorado 34-6, LSU 34-0 and Oklahoma 40-7 to open the season. They entered the Arkansas game No. 2 in the country after that dominating stretch.
In early November, days before traveling to Waco to play Baylor, Texas earned its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the polls.
They followed that by going 0-1-1 the next two weeks.
A 7-7 tie to Baylor and a 14-7 loss to TCU dashed the Texas’s hopes of its first-ever national championship, which was awarded to Minnesota after they finished the season No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.
Texas didn’t go to a bowl game that year, but there was only five bowl games. Texas A&M, which went 9-1 in the regular season and won the Southwest Conference, did go to a bowl game. This happened despite the fact Texas thoroughly dominated the Aggies on Thanksgiving Day, winning 23-0 in College Station. However, Texas tying Baylor swung the conference to the Aggies, who went 5-1 that season to Texas’ 4-1-1 SWC record.
Who knows if Texas would have even accepted a bowl invite, as many teams didn’t back in those days.
Texas ended the season in December by playing the Oregon Ducks at home. Texas won by a ridiculous 71-7 score, one of the biggest margin of victories in program history.
Texas finished the season ranked No. 4 in the final AP poll behind the Gophers, Duke and Notre Dame. Duke lost in the Rose Bowl to Oregon State 20-16, while Minnesota and Notre Dame didn’t play in a bowl.