1939 Cotton Bowl Classic

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1939 Cotton Bowl Classic
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Saint Mary's 7 7 6 0 20
Texas Tech 0 0 0 13 13
Date January 2, 1939
Season 1938
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Dallas, Texas
Attendance 40,000
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1938  1940

The 1939 Cotton Bowl Classic was a postseason college football bowl game between the St. Mary's Gaels and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. St. Mary's won the game 20–13.

1939 Cotton Bowl Game Program

Texas Tech[edit]

Texas Tech was undefeated (10-0) and ranked #11 coming into the game. 1939 was the first Cotton Bowl appearance for Texas Tech. Texas Tech committed 8 total turnovers in the game, including 5 interceptions and 3 fumbles.[1] Texas Tech nearly took the lead in the 4th quarter on a 60 yard pass play, but was stopped at the 15 yard-line.

Saint Mary's[edit]

Sportswriters had tagged the Gaels as a "Cinderella" team,[2] and the Gaels entered with a 5-2-0 record. The Gales led the game 20-0 before Texas Tech stormed back in the 4th quarter.