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Strong: 5 losses 'will never happen again' at Texas

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014, file photo, Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong, right, congratulates players as they walk off the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia in Austin, Texas. BOUND- Texas is bowl bound. That seemed such an unlikely scenario for first-year coach Charlie Strong when the Longhorns got shut out a month ago and were sinking fast. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014, file photo, Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong, right, congratulates players as they walk off the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia in Austin, Texas. BOUND- Texas is bowl bound. That seemed such an unlikely scenario for first-year coach Charlie Strong when the Longhorns got shut out a month ago and were sinking fast. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Texas Longhorns are going to a bowl game, something that looked like a long shot a month ago when they were 3-5 after a shutout loss at Kansas State.

Now a three-game surge has first-year coach Charlie Strong predicting the bad times are over at Texas (6-5) — not just this season, but for the long term.

He says another five-loss season "will never happen in this program again."

That's a strong statement from a coach whose team could still finish 6-7 if it can't upset No. 5 TCU on Thanksgiving night and loses the bowl game the players fought so hard to get to. And check out Texas' history over the last 29 years: 14 seasons of five or more losses, including four of the last five years.