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Ed Price in the 30's won 8 letters with the Longhorns and played on championship teams in football, basketball, and baseball. He was head coach of the football team starting in 1951.

From The Early Years  Thru  1965  Rice,  Arkansas, SMU  And TCU Played The Spoiler for Many  Potentially Great Longhorn teams. 

A condensed bullet point history of Texas football from 1937-1956 follows. Please go to the "credit" section of this website to view books you can purchase from many fine book stores about Texas football history or please visit the official University of Texas Longhorn site   

1937-  2-6-1 -  COACH BIBLE

Not Only is The Country In A Depressions But So is UT Football.

Before joining the Longhorns, Dana Bible had a successful coaching career with the The Aggies and the Cornhuskers. The U.T. Administration was so convinced that Bible could turn the Texas program around they offered him a 10 Year Contract at $15,000 A Year And UT Paid His Income Taxes. During this period a Professor's Salary is Less Than $4000 And The UT President Makes $8000. 

However, With The Hiring Of Coach Bible Texas Football Enters One Of Its Finest Eras.  Coach Bible Executes "The Bible Plan" To Turn Texas Football Around. He Push's His Players To Succeed In Football, The Classroom, And Life.  


 Coach Bible

Coach Bible


                                                              Dana X. Bible 

The "Bible" Plan focuses on building a  relationship with the high school coaches. By 1939 Bible has turned the football program around.    

While he is the Athletic Director his expertise was in football.  He is known for executing small details as building blocks to develop good football teams.   A day in Coach Bible's life during football season includes: 

  • A discussion with  the publicity director:

  • personal recruiting of a boy who visit the campus ;

  • Planning the blocking assignments  and formations for the next game;

  •  followed up with watching the game film from the previous week and implementing corrections necessary to get better;

  • and finally running the plays at practice and again correcting mistakes to  prepare for the next game. 

He Ends His Coaching Career At Texas With 63 Wins, 31 Losses, 3 Ties, and Three Conference Titles. He Continues As AD For 10 More Years And is Instrumental In Hiring Coach Royal. 

However, Bible is never able to deliver A National Championship To Texas.  

The Building Of The Tower is  Completed.

1938- 1-8

An Awful Year For "Ali Bible And The 40 Sieves"  

But the freshman team is great and actually beats the varsity in a scrimmage. Bible with this great recruiting class sets the stage for the turn-around that starts in 1939.  




1939-  5-4     WWII STARTS --  COACH BIBLE A positive turning point in UT football

This Team holds the Longhorn Record For most safeties in a year (4);  fewest number of penalties on offense for a year (36);and  fewest returns allowed on kickoff for the season (19) . 

Jack Crain is the first Longhorn to make the top 10 Heisman list.

Jack Crain's unlikely touchdown against Arkansas in the final moments of the game changes Texas mindset from negative to positive. This game is still referred to as the "Renaissance Game" because this game provides positive momentum for the next 10 years. 

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front row Flanagan, Basey, Crain, Daniel, Grubbs, Dawson, Jackson, Williams, Gill, 2nd row- Bibble, jung michael, Sanders Garrett, Cohenour, Mauldin, Martin, Goodwin- 3rd row M.W. Kelley trainer, Pool manager, R.L. Harkins , Doss, Scott, Hawthorne, Thayer, Kutner, Layden, Park, Gilstrap.

Texas 14, Arkansas 13
October 21, 1939
Memorial Stadium (Austin, Texas)

Texas is behind 13-7 with just 30 seconds remaining in the game, and many fans are exiting the game. Then UT fullback R.B. Patrick throws a short pass to Jack Crain and Crain rambles 67 yards for a touchdown. The fans pour onto the field and after a few moments the field is cleared and Jack Crain kicks the extra point to cement the victory. This win helps invigorate the Texas program.

Jack Crain

The comment from Coach Bible In Long Live the Longhorns book by Maher and Bohls states "Things had been going pretty badly until that game (Arkansas) . The way was still long, but we had tasted the fruits of victory and we were on our way." Doss said "that play (Crain's run) and that victory changed our outlook-mine, the players'the student body's and the ex-students."


Hill Hall Was Built To House Athletes Of All Sports. Named After Dr. Homer Hill The Team Physician from 1893-1923. 


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Freshman had to work-out with the varsity

1940- 8-2  COACH BIBLE new era

Texas 7, Texas A&M 0

The only score is on the 3rd play of the game when Noble Doss' makes an "impossible catch" to set up a Texas' touchdown. This win ends Texas A&M's 20-game winning streak and ruins A & M’s chance to repeat as National Champions and and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Texas finished the season 8-2, its best record since 1932.


Texas Is Back As A Powerhouse . The corner is turned. This is the best year since 1932. The team beat 5 state universities . Team finished 3rd in conference play but beat the SWC champs Texas A & M. The win against A & M only took 58 seconds, but defeating the Rose Bowl leading contender changed Longhorn football momentum for a decade.

SWC affiliates with the Cotton Bowl.  

This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Record For most pass interceptions in a year (34).  

Jack Crain holds the Longhorn season record for most return yards after an interception (160).

Texas Beat A & M On "The Catch".  A Pass From Pete Layden To Noble Doss.  This Longhorn Victory Knocked A & M Out Of The Rose Bowl And Ended Their 20 Game Win Streak . Noble Doss  Has Three Interceptions In The Game

Coach Bible's inspirational speech before playing the "great" A & M team follows:

The title of the speech is "It Couldn't Be Done"

 Bible's inspirational poem to his players before playing A & M

Bible's inspirational poem to his players before playing A & M



Final ranking 4th nationally

Texas is seconds away from beating both TCU and Baylor but the end result is one tie and one lost.  However, the NCAA still recognizes this team as a national champion. 

This is  One Of The Best Teams In The History Of Texas Football, And The Media Loves Them. There are 13 Players From This Team Who Play Professionally after graduating from Texas. 

This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Record For Fewest Yards Allowed In A Game (5 yards); most punt returns in a season (57);  most punt return yards for the season (799); and most punts blocked in a season (6).

The AP list Texas As A Preseason Number 1 And The  Players are on the cover of Life Magazine.  

 Time Magazine 1941

Time Magazine 1941


Texas is seconds away from beating both TCU and Baylor but the end result is one tie and one lost.  However, the NCAA still recognizes this team as a national champion. 



Chal Daniel an is killed in WWII two years after making receiving All American honors as a guard.   HORNS UP!!!  

A ten gallon hat starts the Golden Hat Trophy tradition that is awarded the winner of the Texas-OU game.  

The Red Candle tradition starts- Texas has not won in College Station since 1920. Some UT fans implore Mrs. Augusta Hipple a fortune teller to help break the jinxs.  Her solution is to burn red candles and the fans obey . Texas wins 23-0 at Kyle field.  The Red Candles tradition begins.  

Hub Bechtol is UT's first 3 time All-American. 



Image to the right compliments of Charles McBeth

Final ranking 11th nationally

Team Wins First SWC Championship  And Texas Goes To Its First Bowl Game.

This Team Holds The Texas Record For Best Total Defense Allowing Opponents An Average 117.3 Yards A Game; Has The Lowest  Defensive Average Against The Rush (1.88 Yards); Lowest Average Rush Allowed Per Game (57.5 Yards); Lowest Average Season Completion Record By An Opponent (.316); And Most Punts Forced In A Year (96). 

WWII and Texas Football

Get equal billing


Congress Lowers The Draft Age To 18 So Many Young Men Do Not attend College until 1946. Because Of The War 350 Universities remove football from the sports curriculum.  




Malcolm Kutner letters three years in football, and basketball and one year in track. His senior year in track he was a member of the winning Texas relay team in the 440 and 880.







Texas beats O.U. 7 - 0  .  The Stan Mauldin and Jack Freeman led defense help win this game.  


1943-   7-1-1  COACH BIBLE SWC Champions

Final ranking 14th nationally

This team's defense holds the game record for lowest average yards allowed in one game (.7 yards);fewest number of offensive plays allowed for the year (1,110); fewest plays allowed by the opposing teams for the  year (357)  most punt returns in a game (10);  most punt return yards in a game (143); most return yards in a game after an interception (182); most forced punts (15) in a game; fewest first downs allowed in a game(0); fewest first downs in a season allowed (50); fewest rushing net yards allowed  for a season (556); fewest number of pass completions by an opponent for a season (45); and most return yards after an interception for a season (580). 

In the Longhorns first Post Season Bowl Texas beats the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 14 - 7 in the Cotton Bowl Classic to claim the a trophy that will be eventually named the Field Scovell Trophy.  32,000 fans showed up even though the country was facing  gas and tire rationing because of the war effort. 

Jackie Field behind a great block from Jack Freeman returns the punt for a touchdown and Texas led 14-0.



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During The War Years And With The Help Of LBJ political clout Texas receives  "Lend-Lease Players"  From The Navy, Marines, And Coast Guard.  Aggie Coach Ask Texas To Not Play With These Military Recruits But His Appeal is Unheeded.   Hub Bechtol is UT's First 3 Time All-American.  J.R. Calahan,  A "little All American from Texas Tech, was given permission to play for the Longhorns while he was attending Navy Flight Preparatory School. 

1944-  Coach Bible


Joe Parker is an All American. 

Rooster Andrews , the water boy, kicks the point after attempt in the TCU and Texas A & M game.

Because of the war it was the first and only time that a military team not part of the major military branch of the service played in the Cotton Bowl.  

Many players had to quit mid-season to help the war effort. 

Randolph Field and Texas tie in the Cotton Bowl.



This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Record For most interceptions in a game (7). 

Y.A. Tittle signs with Texas but LSU coaches convince him that he will never play at Texas because Bobby Layne is  better.  10 days later Tittle leaves Austin for Baton Rouge. 

1945 - 10-1   WWII ENDS  -  COACH BIBLE

Final ranking 10th nationally

Recognized as National Champion by some national rating services but not recognized by Texa or the NCAA.



This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn game Record For lowest pass completion  percentage allowed against an opponent (.10). 

Freshman are Eligible To Play Varsity Football.   

Frank Medina Is Hired And Rooster Andrews Develops From Waterboy To Kicker and baseball star.


Bobby Layne Has A Great Year. 

Doak Walker Plans To Attend Texas With Bobby Layne, But Doak's Parents Convince Him To Stop In Dallas On His Way To Austin To Discuss His Decision.  Doak Walker Attends SMU And Wins The Heisman Trophy. 

Joe Mitchell (No Picture) Is A Texas Lineman With Only One Hand Who is One Of The Strongest Men On The Team.




1946 -   8-2-   COACH BIBLE

Team starts year with convincing wins and is ranked # 1 until running into Rice and TCU. A good record but no SWC championship. After 23 years A & M still had not beaten the Longhorns in Austin in 1946.

Final ranking 15th nationally

This Team's offense Holds The Longhorn game Record For highest average yards per play (11.);and the defense holds the record for Fewest rushing Yards Allowed In A Game (-76).

Bible coaches his 10th and last year at Texas but remains as Athletic Director.

DKR is a freshman at OU and 11 years later Bible plays a part in hiring DKR.

Tom Landry (Dallas Cowboy coach)  is a freshman

Layne leads the team in rushing, passing, and scoring.



Frank Guess is leading punt returner in the SWC and Jimmy Canady leads the conference in pass receptions. 

Team starts year with convincing wins and is ranked # 1 until running into Rice and TCU. A good record but no SWC championship. After 23 years A & M still had not beaten the Longhorns in Austin in 1946.


# 1 song

Tom Landry Said that  Coach Bible "Was The Greatest Recruiter I Ever Saw".



1947- 1956  Coach Blair Cherry And Coach Ed Price Lead The Postwar Era




Only loss in 1947 was to SMU.  Layne, Bumgardner, and Dick Harris are unanimous  All SWC.  This team won all of their games convincingly but Texas was not able to recover from two early strikes for touchdowns by SMU. 

 Coach Blair Cherry

Coach Blair Cherry



most popular song 1947



Final ranking 5th nationally

This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Record For Fewest plays allowed by the opposing team (26).

1947 team is recognized as national champion by some national rating services but not recognized by Texas or the NCAA. 


1947 team is recognized as national champion by some national rating services but not recognized by Texas or the NCAA. 

Texas travels by air for the first time to play Oregon.

Layne becomes Texas first 4 time all SWC player.

Ed Kelly literally loses his pants in the Arkansas game.






Texas forced Alabama into  three critical errors -  a punt blocked, an interception, and a fumble near its end zone.  All three resulted in Texas touchdowns.

The combination of Texas’ alert defense and the swashbuckling Layne served Alabama its worst defeat in 10 bowl appearances.


The only loss is to to SMU on a misfired play between Tom Landry ( Cowboy Coach)  and Bobby Layne. On 4th and 1 on the SMU 35 Tom Landry slips and falls and cannot get up.  Tommy Landry said " I could not get up ... was such a helpless feeling.... there went the drive...there went the ball game ...", "and there went the undefeated season". 

Most of Bobby Layne's records have been broken, but he still is second in all time quarterback wins with 28.

Cherry uses a 5-3 defense and changes the offense to a wing-T formation so he can move move Bobby Layne from tailback to the under center quarter back.

This is the last year coke bottles are sold at a OU game. According to DKR after a  poor call against OU " half the field was covered with bottles". " Idiots were throwing them from up high. .. I went right straight out to the 50.  I was going to make 'em throw their best to get me."

Don Menasco was also an All American on the 1947 team but I have no image.  


1948-   7-3-1 RECORD -  COACH CHERRY


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Coach Curtis, Jungmichel, Gray, Price, Cherry, Gilstrap


2nd year for Coach Cherry with and enlarged stadium .  Texas is projected to win the SWC but does  not .  SMU wins there 2nd SWC championship.  Oklahoma beats Texas for the first time in 8 years.  





Texas still receives an Orange Bowl bid but many players are married and do not want to accept the invitation.  A.D. Bible resolves the problem by flying all the wives to the Orange Bowl and offering all of them a side trip to Cuba to tour Havana. The offer is accepted.

60,,523 fans watched Texas destroy Georgia 41-28. Ed Kelley opened huge holes for the Longhorn backs.  Texas was the most successful bowl team in the nation in the 40's.  Many in the nation thought that Texas did not deserve an Orange Bowl invitation in 1948. The team was deemed "Third rate" by the media.









Tom Landry and Dick Harris are presented the Orange Bowl trophy by Governor Jester 

UT football stadium is re-dedicated to honor the men and women who died in WWII.




The Highlights Of The Texas And TCU Game Start A 4:10 On The Newsreel Below

Darrel K Royal's OU team beats Texas for the first time since 1939.

Memorial stadium is enlarged to 66,000








1949 -  6-4 record  Coach Cherry














1950 -  9-2 RECORD   -  COACH CHERRY



Final ranking 3rd nationally






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Bob Dillon loses his left eye when he is 10 but that did not stop him from having a great college and professional career.

Bob Dillon holds the Texas season record for yards gained per punt return of 22.3 yards and career record of 17.7 yards per return.



According To Frank Medina's, Harley Sewell is The Toughest Man Who Ever Played For The Longhorns. 

Harley Sewell is All-Southwest Twice And All-America In 1952. He is Named Outstanding Lineman Of The 1953 Cotton Bowl As Texas holds  Tennessee To A Record 32 Yards of Total Offense With Minus 14 Yards Rushing.  He is Inducted Into The Texas Sports Hall Of Fame In 1984.

Lewis "Bud" McFadin is a two-way lineman at the University of Texas. He earns All-American and All-Southwest Conference honors in 1949 and 1950. Bud McFaddin receives the Most Valuable player award from the Chicago Tribune. 

Texas loses to Tennessee in the Cotton Bowl



Cherry said worrisome letters he receives like the one from some Texas-ex's that states "Boy you're on the spot.  If you don't win you'd better not come home." Comments like this and calls all hours of the day convince him to quit. In his exit statement he says " While much is made of the fact that most coaches are paid more than college presidents, the financial rewards are an insufficient attraction when the hazards are all considered." "I'm going into the oil business which is simpler than football coaching. You dig a hole , and oil comes out or it doesn't.  Even the President of UT said "there are two jobs at the University which will kill a man- president and head football coach.


1951  - 7-3 RECORD  COACH PRICE pending


Ed Price Is Hired As Head Coach (1951- 1956).  Ed Was  Assistant Head Coach Under Three Texas Head Coaches From 1936-1950

Coach Ed Price as head coach.  In the early 30's Coach Price won 8 letters with the Longhorns and played on championship teams in football, basketball, and baseball .  The 50's were tough for head coaches and play calling. Coaches could not shuttle in plays or signal from the sideline. During the game only the quarterback called the plays and no one else. 





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This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Record For Fewest passing Yards Allowed In A Game (-1).

Gib Dawson holds the Texas game record for highest average yard per rush (16).

Dan Page holds the Texas game record for highest gain per passing attempt (25).





Team went to a split "T".  It was moderately successful.  Gib Dawson and Don Barton had plenty of running room and the team had many long runs.   Passing was the primary weakness of the team. There were two games that no yards were gained thru the air.  In fact, by mid-season the Longhorn defense had more interceptions than the offense had completed.   The Defense composed of Cillon, Davis, Raley, Cunningham and Menasco  earned the name "anti-aircraft platoon" .  







Top of the charts








1952 9-2 Coach Price

T- Jones lead the way to a great season with only two setbacks to Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

4 pictures below compliments of Marcy Johnson (Bull Johnson’s daughter) .

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Football Captains with the Cotton Bowl Trophy- Jack Barton , Tom Stolhandske, Dick Ochoa


Final ranking 10th nationally. SWC champions and set new offensive records at UT.

Texas plays Tennessee in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 1953.  All of Texas points were made off of Tennessee errors.  Tennessee had the best defense in the nation going into the Texas game.  Dick Ochoa was the MVP of the Cotton Bowl.  Harley Sewell was declared best lineman.  Texas ran 90 plays to Tennessee's 41

This team's defense holds the Longhorn game record for fewest rushing yards allowed (-76).





A ticket sales solicitation from 1952 -  The document is as true in 2018 as it was in 1952. Some problems never change.

October 4, 1952  Pictures of Memorial Stadium during the N.D. and Texas game.   Nationally Notre Dame is number 19 and Texas is #5. Because of the heat in Texas stadium, Notre Dame request a bench on the West side of Memorial stadium with the Longhorns. Texas agrees. We lose the game 14-3. OU beats Texas the next week. Pictures of stadium compliments of Harris Argo. Because of the heat in Texas stadium, Notre Dame request a bench on the West side of Memorial stadium with the Longhorns. Texas agrees. We lose the game 14-3.




Top rated single in 1952














A record that will never be duplicated - All 4 backs made the  SWC team- Richard Ochoa, T Jones, Gib Dawson, and Billy Quinn.



J.T. King Plays Offensive Guard For Dana Bible And Later is Bible's Assistant Coach. He Also is  Assistant Under Ed Price In The 50'S , and Eventually Takes Over The Texas Tech Program In The 60'S. 

In 1981 King is inducted to the University of Texas Men's Athletics Hall of Honor. 




Because of the heat in Texas stadium, Notre Dame request a bench on the West side of Memorial stadium with the Longhorns. Texas agrees. We lose the game 14-3.

1953  7-3 -   COACH PRICE

Final ranking 11th nationally

"Smokey" arrives to celebrate all scores. 

Carlton Masser  receives the Most Valuable player award from the Chicago Tribune. 

The one-platoon system returns to college football. This decision hanged the dynamics of who started.  The best player at both positions made the starting squad. In the case of one player who is  on offense but lousy on defense may not start because another player is good on offense and good on defense, but not great at either.  

A fan complains to assistant coach J.T. King that the night before the Cotton Bowl game Harley Sewell was dipping snuff.   King said to the fan " If you'll find out what brand Harley is dipping, I'll recommend it to the whole damn team."





Gib Dawson receives the Most Valuable player award from the Chicago Tribune. 


This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn season Record For Fewest touchdowns allowed by the pass (2).  

Plexiglass wrap around ace mask debut in college football. 

There were no limits on scholarships .  Some schools brought in as many as a 100 freshman a year to prepare for the injuries that were inevitable. 

NCAA implemented strict rules that required mouth pieces.  There was no option available.

From the book Junction Boys the author  Jim Dent says until the advent of T.V. "many in the general public considered football one step above pro wrestling. It was a time when coaches believed that games were won in the trenches with hard nose blocking, tackling , and a lot of bleeding."  Jim also states that the Longhorns had 120 varsity players and 150 players trying out for the freshman team.

1955-   5-5 RECORD   COACH PRICE

First night game: Texas Tech 20, Texas 14 (9/17/1955) Attendance: 47,000

Arlis Parkhurst


Because there is no "National Letter of Intent" ,  players could change their minds on a college  up to the day football practice began.

According to the book Junction Boys  the Aggies are put on probation due to testimony from Yoakum quarterback Bob Manning who signed with Texas and Tom Sestak who went to Baylor.  Both players signed affidavits stated they were offered money to play at A & M.  Aggies are put on probation and could not play in a Bowl game for two years .  


The Beginning Of Big Bertha And The "Hook'em Horns Sign"

Most popular song Tutti Frutti

Lights Were Added To The Stadium 


Texas Tech And Texas Play the First Night Game in the SWC At Memorial Stadium.





1956 - 1- 9 RECORD  - COACH PRICE

Worst record in Longhorn football history. 


This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Game Record For Fewest Pass Receptions Allowed (0).

For the first time , live T.V. captured the action of a SWC game and Bear Bryant's Aggies finally beat the Horns.  In the defeat Walter Fondren code name "TNT" by the Aggies because he "sputters" to  the line then explodes with a burst of speed to the open field. 


This year is the Worst Won Loss Record In UT football History.

Ed Price Resigns In Mid Season Effective January 1,  1957 

Texas Tech joins the SWC