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According to Wikipedia Texas Football has been "part" of the National Championship landscape 15 times.
4 times officially accepted by Texas and the NCAA (1963, 1969, 1970, 2005), 5 times recognized by the NCAA but not claimed by UT (1914, 1941, 1968, 1977, and 1981), and 6 times recognized as National Champion by some national rating services but not recognized by Texas or the NCAA ( 1918, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1950, and 2008).
National Championship teams require good recruiting, a competent coaching staff, players with faith in the system, trust in and respect for teammates, combined with talent, team chemistry, a strong work ethic, and a little luck.
The 1961, 1964, 1972, 2004, and 2009 teams were one lucky break away from a National Championship.
Texas key national football records and other accomplishments:
the 3rd most wins in NCAA history
2nd in the nation in NCAA sanctioned bowl appearances (53) as of 2014
the only team in NCAA history to post 10 wins a year for 9 consecutive years (2001-2009)
holds the record for 162 weeks in the top 25 (2000-2010)
First college to use the wing-T and Wishbone
129 All-Americans and 17 players and coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame
A condensed bullet point history of Texas Longhorn football from 1893-1936 follows. Please go to the "credit" section of this website to view books you can purchase from many fine book stores about Texas Longhorn football or please visit the official University of Texas Longhorn site Texassports.com.
After a decade of starts and stops, the University of Texas fielded its first "permanent" football team in 1893. The first recorded game was actually ten years earlier, during UT's very first fall term, though it was a rather embarrassing two-goals-to-none loss against a group of high school students at the Bickler School in downtown Austin. Football, the newfangled sport that could draw 50,000 spectators to a Princeton-Yale game in the 1880s, required a little more time to be accepted in the Lone Star State.
1893 - 1900 8 Coaches in 8 years -Lefevra, Wentworth,Crawford, Robinson, Kelly, Edwards, Clark, Thompson
The UT football team of 1893 played four games, a pair in the fall and two more in the spring. The first was against the Dallas Foot Ball Club that claimed to be the best in the state. Held at the Dallas Fair Grounds, the game attracted a record 1200 onlookers. It was a tough and spirited match, but when the dust had settled, the "University Eleven" had pulled off an 18 - 16 upset. "Our name is pants, and our glory has departed," growled the Dallas Daily News. The UT club would go on to a spotless record and earn the undisputed boast of "best in Texas."
The University team, though, didn't wear orange. Their striped uniforms were gold and white.
Of course, gold and white weren't official, either, and only lasted a couple of years. Members of the student-run UT Athletic Association wanted a more "masculine" color, and in 1895 orange was paired with white once more. White uniforms, though, were difficult to clean after a hard-fought victory on the football field. In 1897, to save cleaning costs, the Athletic Association opted for a darker color that wouldn't show dirt as easily: maroon.
For the next three years, UT football, baseball, and track uniforms, along with letter sweaters, were orange and maroon. This created more than a little controversy, especially among the alumni. Adding to the confusion was the Cactus Yearbook, at the time published by the Athletic Association, which listed the University colors as either gold or orange and white. The appearance of the 1899 Cactus made matters worse. It suddenly declared the University colors to be "Gold and Maroon," which just happened to be the same hues used for the yearbook's cover. And all the while, students the University's medical branch in Galveston wanted to throw out the double-colors in favor of a single one: royal blue. Attending a football game in 1899, a UT fan would have found his compatriots sporting all shades of yellows, oranges, whites, reds, maroons, and a few in blue.
After considerable discussion, the Board of Regents decided to hold an election to settle the matter. Students, faculty, staff and alumni were all invited to send in their ballots. Out of the 1,111 votes cast, 562 were for orange and white, a majority by just seven votes. Orange and maroon receive 310, royal blue 203, crimson 10, royal blue and crimson 11, and few other colors scattered among the remaining 15 votes.
From the beginning the Longhorn tradition demanded success. Texas first fight and spirit song said
In the 1900s, the term ” ‘VARSITY ” was derived from “UNIVERSITY.” In the state of Texas, students who attended ‘VARSITY went to THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, and those who attend “college” went to a&m College .
Texas went from 1893- 1932 with 40 consecutive winning seasons.
1893- 4-0 Coach Albert Lefevra
Colors were gold and white.
Jim Morrison (a tackle) makes the first touchdown.
No political correctness in 1893 . Newspaper headline after Texas beats a San Antonio team reads:
"The Varsity Team Wipes Up the Earth with the Tamale Eaters."
The team moves from Hyde Park to Waller Creek. Texas first uniforms are orange and maroon. Maroon is dropped because the word was associated with a body odor. Nov. 30, 1893 is the first official "Varsity" game against the Dallas football club.
A field goal is worth 5 points , a touchdown is worth 4 points, and a point after attempt is worth 2 points. Halves are 15 minutes.
1894- 6- 0 Coach Frank Wentworth
Texas plays Arkansas for the first time and wins 54-0. Arkansas does not beat Texas until 1933.
1895 - 5-0 Record - Coach Frank Crawford
Longhorns join the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association and leave this organization in 1906.
The 1895 team still holds the UT record as the only team to be undefeated and unscored on. They hold the season record for no PAT, fewest points allowed, and fewest touchdowns allowed
The UT History Corner discuss's the uniform.
"Recommended by Spalding’s Official Guide to Football, then the sport’s most trusted reference. Along with a long sleeved jersey, according to the Guide, “the ordinary player should wear a canvas jacket … home-made or purchased … and lace up in front so that it can be drawn quite closely.” Trousers were to made of some “stout material” and well-padded, “quilting in soft material over the knees and thighs.” Long woolen stockings were often covered with shin guards, and leather shoes – “kangaroo skin preferably” – which were provided with a replaceable leather spike to prevent slipping, completed the outfit. Naturally, Spalding’s sold the equipment for a nominal fee.
Giving my head with hair .. Long beautiful hair
A glaring omission from the uniform was something to shield the head. While a few players strapped nose guards over their faces, most went without any protection. Instead, they grew their hair longer, and at game time wrapped bandages around their heads and over the tops of ears (to prevent ears from being pulled and torn), which pushed the hair up into a mop. The mat of hair was supposed to be sufficient cushioning to prevent severe injuries."
Colors are orange and white
1896- 4-2-1 Record - Coach Harry Robinson
First game outside of Texas is against Tulane
Texas joins the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Texas-Missouri football program for game in Mexico
Team plays several games against Missouri in Mexico .
1897- 6-2 Record Coach W.F. Kelly
Colors were orange and maroon to save on cleaning cost.
Jame Hart is an end on the 1897 football team, a tackle on 1898 team and a captain on the 1899 team. He leads UT to a 23-5 mark during his four seasons including a 6-0 record in 1900. Hart also serves as secretary of the athletic association, and editor in chief of the 1899 Cactus. He returns as UT Coach in 1902 and leads the Longhorns to a 6-3-1 record. The image below comes from the fine folks at the Austin History Center.
Coach Harts writes a poem in 1903 called the "Psalm of Foot-ball.
1898 5-1- COACH D.F. Edwards
1899 6 - 2 - Coach M.G. Clarke
Colors are gold and maroon
1900-1910- Seven Coaches Thompson, Hart, Hutchinson, Schenker, Metzenthin, Draper, Wasmund
Band is organized .
1900 6-0- Coach S.H. Thompson
The colors are now "official" and the student body and administration vote for orange and white.
The Longhorn band is organized but no women are allowed.
the Texas-OU tradition begins. While Texas is a state, OU is still "Indian Territory". Texas wins first OU game 28-2 and according to The Die-hard Fan's guide to Longhorn football by Geoff Ketchum the Statesman newspaper called the meeting only a "practice game".
1901 - 8-2-1 - Coach S.H. Thompson
First Thanksgiving A & M game Texas 32 A & M 0
1902 - 6-3-1 - COACH J.B. Hart
1903 5 -1-2 - Coach Ralph Hutchinson
"Eyes of Texas" is composed by John Lang Sinclair in a couple of hours.
D.A. Frank a Daily Texan writer coins the phrase "The Longhorns."
D.A. Frank a Daily Texan writer coins the phrase "The Longhorns."
Longhorns travel to University of Chicago and lose 60-0.
1905- Somethings never change AN aRTICLE From the "Cactus" IN THE 1900'S
1906- 9-1 Coach H.R. SCHENKER
Winston McMahon Throws The First Touchdown Pass In Texas Football History To Bowie Duncan
The UT administration hires Schenker as football coach and later discovers he does not know the rules of the the game or how to Coach football.
Nationally there are 18 deaths, and 159 serious injuries related to football.
NCAA is formed to regulate college sports teams that chose "to win no matter what" .
President Roosevelt states he will banish the game if "brutality, foul play, and inefficient officials" are not eliminated from the game.
John Mahrer & Kirk Bohls say in their book Long Live the Longhorns that many rule changes occur during this period. To reduce the number of injuries and to make the game more exciting, 23 professors ask for modifications in the rules to eliminate some of the brutality. Here are some of the new rules:
Helmets are required
Rules make It more difficult for lineman to carry the ball. The delineation between the role of a running back and lineman is established.
Team only has three plays to make a first down and a first down is increased from 5 yards to 10 yards
Downfield coverage on punts is allowed.
Forward pass is allowed, but if a pass does not touch a player on either side, the ball is turned over to the defense.
WILLIAM ROBINSON WAS KiIled in WWI- HORNS UP!!
Football teams from 1900 thru 1909
James Clark was the University’s proctor, librarian, registrar, bursar, academic counselor, and groundskeeper. He was adored by the whole student body for his compassionate nature. In 1906, at the students’ asked Athletics Council to name the field after James Clark.
1908 5-4 COACH W.E. METZENTHIN
1909-4-3-1 - Coach Dexter Draper
Arnold Kirkpatrick HOH - Bevo is unveiled in 1909
1910- 6-2 - Coach W.S. Wasmund
Coach falls from the second floor and dies. (see lost to soon)
More rule changes
15 Minute Quarters Are Added
Flying Tackles Are Banned
Passes Have To Originate 5 Yards Behind The Line Of Scrimmage And Completions Have To Be Less Than 20 Yards.
Interlocking Hands Are Outlawed
7 Players Are Required To Be On The Line Of Scrimmage Which Is Needed To Get The Lineman Out Of The Backfield.
Three Longhorns suffer broken bones in the UT-A&M game. A & M coached is accused of dirty play so Texas Chooses Not To Play Texas A & M Until A & M Releases Coach Moran. To replace A & M UT reaches out to OU for a possible series to replace A & M game.
The letter from the Texas administration to the OU administration is below.
Sports writers are moved from the sideline to a press box on the top row of the stadium
1911- 1920 three Coaches -Allerdice, Juneau, Whitaker
1911- 5-2 Coach Dave Allerdice
A Training camp prior to season is allowed
1912- 7 -1 - Coach Dave Allerdice
More rule changes
10 yard end zone is created
20 yard limit to pass reception is abolished
4 plays instead of 3 are allowed to make the 10 yards
Field is shortened from 110 to 100 yards
On side kick is banned
Touchdown is changed from 5 to 6 points.
Eugene Berry HOH
Clark Field is remodeled. The west stands were covered in 1912, a “press box” built on the roof, and north and south seats were added. More than 18,000 fans attended the 1920 Texas vs. A & M football game, at the time a record crowd for the South.
1913- 7-1 - Coach Dave Allerdice
Theo Bellmont is hired as the first Athletic Director. He is instrumental in building Memorial Stadium, starting the Texas Relays , scheduling the first "official" game with OU, creating the "T-association" , establishing the SWC,and reorganizing the Athletic council.
Knute Rockne plays opposite Pete Edmond during the Notre Dame-Texas game in 1913. Knute says he has played against teams all over the USA, "but never did I go up against a better wing." "He was a terror when his team was completely overwhelmed."
Paul Simmons is a gymnast turned running back who holds the ball with one hand and somersault's over the tackler. When this technique works it was breath taking and when his technique fails it is well.....breath taking.
1914- 8-0 record WWI starts- Coach Dave Allerdice
Billingsley Report- A football rating service- names Texas as National Champions. The NCAA also recognizes this team as National Champions.
Until Ricky Williams years at Texas Len Barrell held the record for most points scored in a season (121). He was also the First Longhorn To Gain More Than 100 Yards In A Game.
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The link below is from the Stark Center archives and discuss's the 1914 team
Six members of this team are inducted into the Hall of Honor.
Louis Jordan was KIA in WWI - HORNS UP!
Louis Jordan said about playing a football game " Nobody Leaves The Field Until We Beat The Hell Out Of Them." Fortunately for the opposing teams he practices anger management by participating and winning the conference in the hammer throw.
Louis Jordan was Texas first All American and was killed in WWI.
A & M is added back to the schedule when the A & M coach accused of dirty play is fired.
1915- 6-3 - COACH DAVID ALLERDICE
Clyde Littlefield Holds The Record For inclusion on 7 touchdowns in a game.
The SWC is formed to replace "town" play with college teams. Arkansas, Baylor, Oklohoma Sooners, Oklahoma State, Rice Owls, Southwestern Pirates, Texas Longhorns, and Texas A & M form the SWC to play "town" teams instead of "clubs". Southwestern Pirates leave SWC 2 years later.
Training camps are banned
Questionable and potentially offensive Yells at games are addressed
Coach Allerdice resigns because of the "super critical nature of the Texas fans."
1916- 7-2 Coach Eugene Van Gent
First Bevo did not like crowds or his title, and he only last until half. It would take 20 years before UT tried again to try using a Longhorn as a mascot
1917- 1919 Coach Bill Juneau
Clyde Littlefield holds the record for most touchdowns in a game (7)
Clark Field 1917
1917- 4-4 COACH Bill Juneau
1918- 9-0 - Coach Bill Juneau
The Cliff Morgan Rating service selects Texas as National Champions
SMU joins the SWC
1919- 6-3 - Coach Bill Juneau
WWI is over and football grows in popularity.
OU leaves the SWC and OU and Texas do not compete against each other until 1922.
Phillip Haymakers join the SWC.
1920-1930 THREE COACHES- BERRY WHITAKER, "DOC" STEWART, AND CLYDE LITTLEFIELD,
This was a decade of great growth in Texas football.
Oil is discovered on UT lands in West Texas.
Two strong willed administrators- Theo Bellmont and Lutcher Stark- lead the charge to make Texas Sports great.
1920- 1922 COACH BERRY WHITAKER
Before becoming head coach at Texas in 1920, Berry Whitaker was hired by UT in 1916 as Instructor of Physical Training. His mission was to set up an intramural Sports program. This program would be 3rd such program in the nation following Ohio State and Michigan. In 2016 the intramural program celebrates it's centennial celebration.
The intramural fields north of campus were named after him- The Whitaker Sports Complex .
1920- 9-0 -Coach Berry Whitaker
Universities understood that sports could enhance the brand of the university more than the classroom so there was a building boom for sports facilites.
First SWC Championship for Texas
Largest crowd ever in the history of the state watch Texas beat A & M
This was a decade of great growth in Texas football.
Oil is discovered on UT lands in West Texas.
Two strong willed administrators in Theo Bellmont and Lutcher Stark lead the charge.
Longhorn Sports Leaders in the 20's- Berry Whitaker, Billy Disch, Theo Bellmont, Doc Stewart, and Clyde Littlefield.
1921- 6-1-1 - Coach Berry Whitaker
The A & M game is transmitted using a wireless account. It is the first game transmission in the SWC.
1922- 7-2 - Coach Berry Whitaker
Games with OU are renewed
Baylor game is cancelled on a 6-2 vote because the game is too close to final exams.
1923- 1926 Coach "Doc" Stewart
1923- 8-0-1 - Coach "Doc" Stewart
TCU Horn Frogs join the SWC
A form of the hurry up offense with a unbalanced line is implemented by Coach Steward.
Series record against OU is 14-8-1 in favor of the Longhorns
1924- 5-3-1 - Coach "Doc" Stewart
Excavation for Memorial stadium begins April 1924. The stadium will hold 27,000 fans.
Texas and OU did not play each other from 1924 - 1929
Oklahoma State leaves the SWC
1925- 6-2-1 Coach Doc Stewart
Texas - Baylor game is the first game in the SWC to be broadcast over the radio.
Curtis Alderson HOH
Buddy Sprague is an All American and also wins the SWC in the shot put.
Allen on the Longhorn baseball team catch's a deflected pass for a 52 yard touchdown to beat A & M.
1926- 5-4 Coach Doc Stewart
First year for Memorial stadium
1927- 1933 Coach Clyde Littlefield
A link from the Stark Center about Clyde Littlefield is below.
1927- 6-2-1 Clyde Littlefield
From 1928- 1930 Clyde Littlefield's Teams Have 14 Shutouts In 16 Games. UT's 10 Shutouts In A Row Remains The Longest Consecutive Shutout Streak In UT History.
Clyde Littlefield becomes Head Coach
He is the most prolific athlete in Texas Sports history.
In four years he earned 12 letters in football, basketball, and track. In 1914 he was the leading scorer in football and basketball. In track he only lost 1 race in four years and tied the world record in the 120- yard hurdles.
1928- 7-2 Coach CLYDE LITTLEFIELD
After dealing with orange and white jerseys fading to yellow for many years after washing, Littlefield changes the colors to burnt orange. It appears that Coach got tired of the competitors calling Texas "yellow bellies". Burnt Orange is used until WWII causes shortages in the dyes needed to make "burnt orange."
Bellmont is demoted from Athletic Director to Chairman of the physical education department.
The link below will take you to the The UT History Corner and the first captured audio of the Eyes of Texas and Texas Fight. Please peruse this site for more historical information to UT.
The 1928 and 1929 teams hold the record for consecutive shut-outs. (10)
1929- 5-2-2 - coach Clyde Littlefield
The Texas State Fair donates a trophy to the Texas-OU game: the Golden Hat.
Stock market crashes
1930 - 8-1-1- Coach Clyde Littlefield
1930 football team
Not acknowledged by the NCAA or Texas but recognized as a national champion by some national rating services.
Clyde Littlefield's best team is the 1930 SWC champs with Ernie Koy a great baseball player, Bull Elkins who is a three sport star and the only UT football player ever offered a Rhode Scholarship, and Harrison Stafford who is is also a member of the track team are the leaders of the team. Harrison Stafford at the conference championship is part of the winning relay, places 3rd in the broad jump, and 4th in the javelin and 3rd in the low hurdles.
In the 45th year of Texas football UT is searching for its 21st coach.
America is in a depression
1931- 6-4 COACH CLYDE LITTLEFIELD
Texas travels to play Harvard
1932- 8-2 COACH CLYDE LITTLEFIELD
Bohn Hillard Holds The Record For Longest Punt Return (95 Yards).
A Daily Texas advertisement uses "Hook'em Horns" for the first time
There is an attempt by the faculty to have a post season game to raise money during the depression.
SWC officials ban broadcasting of games. They fear that people will not attend the games if they can listen to the game on the radio.
1933- 4-5-2 - COACH CLYDE LITTLEFIELD
40th anniversary of Texas football and first losing season
1934- 1936 Coach Jack Chevigny
1934- 7-2-1 New Head Coach Jack Chevigny
Jack Chevigny who played for Notre Dame and scored the winning touchdown after Knute Rockne's "win one for the Gipper" speech is the Texas new Head Coach.
As of 2013 Chevigny is the only head coach at Texas with a losing record.
The first Orange White scrimmage is played before 4000 fans on Round Up Week-end.
Texas beats Notre Dame 7-6. The game is considered one of the biggest upsets of all time in college football and After game the Coach gets a new car.
Bohn Hillard is also a great baseball player. All SWC in baseball. He bats .356 and is 3-2 as a pitcher.
Humble Oil sponsors SWC football on the Radio
1935- 4-6 and 1936 2-6-1
Jack Collins holds the record for most return yards in a game (95).
Chevigny chose to recruit outside of Texas which offended the Texas high school Coaches. He starts using films to study games.
Texas has it's first 'training table" and athletic dorm with a "dorm mother" by the name of "Ma Griff".
Coach starts tradition of the players staying together before a game. -not in a hotel- but on a Pullman Coach car.
Coach Chevigny loses his job for three reasons
His decision to recruit Outside Of Texas Offended The Texas High School Coaches,
his losing record , and
his decision in 1936 to pull his starters when Texas was beating Baylor 18-0. Texas lost 21-18.