From 1998-2009, former head coach Mack Brown had the Longhorns an annual national title contender, winning at least nine games each season during that span. But everything went downhill after quarterback Colt McCoy went down with a shoulder injury in the 2010 BCS title game. Freshman Garrett Gilbert wasn't the answer everyone in Austin expected as Texas went 5-7 in 2010 -- the program's first losing season since 1997.
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Rare losing streaks against rivals
Texas has dominated its rivals throughout its rich history. But the Longhorns aren't just losing these days, they're getting blown out. TCU has won back-to-back games against Texas for the first time since 1958-59. Before 2009, Oklahoma State hadn't won in Austin since 1944. Texas has now lost at home to the Cowboys four straight times. Baylor can get its first-ever three-game winning streak against the Longhorns this season.
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Worst season-opening loss since 1988
Notre Dame and Texas is traditionally a classic between two of the winningest programs in college football. But in 2015, the Irish cruised to an easy 38-3 win -- the Longhorns' worst season-opening loss since a 47-6 defeat to BYU in 1988.
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Worst home loss since 1997
Texas was once unbeatable at home, but now everyone seems to get a win in Austin. After a 41-7 loss to BYU in 2014, the Longhorns capped the regular season with a 48-10 defeat to TCU. Both were the worst losses the Texas faithful saw at home since a 66-3 defeat to UCLA in 1997. TCU also nearly handed the Longhorns their second-worst shutout loss in a 50-7 rout this season.
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Worst offense in more than half a century
In 2014, Texas came close to doing something Longhorn fans had not seen since World War II. UT had just 25 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter of the Texas Bowl against Arkansas. Luckily, quarterback Tyrone Swoopes engineered a drive to get them to 59 total yards in the 31-7 loss. The lowest offensive output in Texas history was 50 yards against Southwestern in 1943.
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Worst defense against the run
As bad as the Texas offense has been in recent seasons, the defense might be worse. There have been many blowout losses since 2010, but a 40-21 defeat to BYU in 2013 might be the most humiliating. The Longhorns gave up a school-record 550 rushing yards to the Cougars, most to quarterback Taysom Hill, who pounded the Texas defense on the ground for 259 yards. Following the loss, Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was fired.
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Worst back-to-back losses to rival Oklahoma
Texas owns the overall series record (60-44-5) against its Red River rival, but Oklahoma has dominated in many of its wins. The Sooners beat the Longhorns by 35 points both in 1986 and 1987. But they topped that in 2011-12 with 55-17 and 63-21 routs, respectively, for the biggest back-to-back blowouts in series history.
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Worst home attendance since stadium expansion
Major renovations began at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in 2007 with capacity increased to 100,119. A record crowd of 101,851 saw No. 5 West Virginia beat the Longhorns in Austin in 2012. Ticket sales have declined since, and only 86,458 attended this season's game against Rice -- the lowest since the north end zone expansion.
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No Longhorns drafted for first time since 1937
Texas has always had some of the best recruiting classes in the nation, but no NFL front office was eager to pick any Longhorn players in 2014. It was the first time since 1937 that a Texas player wasn't selected in the NFL Draft.
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Worst record since 1956
Texas' 1-4 start to the 2015 season is the worst since going 1-9 in 1956 -- a season before legendary coach Darrell Royal's first year in Austin. It's unlikely the Longhorns will finish with only one win this season, but there are still many tough conference games left on the schedule that make a bowl game seem bleak.