1947 Maryland Terrapins football team

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1947 Maryland Terrapins football
Gator Bowl vs. Georgia, T, 20–20
Conference Southern Conference
1947 record 7–2–2 (4–2–1 SoCon)
Head coach Jim Tatum
Offensive scheme Split-T
Captain George Simler
Home stadium Byrd Stadium (original)
Seasons
« 1946 1948 »
1947 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#14 William & Mary 7 1 0     9 2 0
#9 North Carolina 4 1 0     8 2 0
South Carolina 4 1 1     6 2 1
#19 Duke 3 1 1     4 3 2
Washington & Lee 3 2 0     5 5 0
Maryland 3 2 1     7 2 2
#17 NC State 3 2 1     5 3 1
Virginia Tech 4 3 0     4 5 0
Davidson 3 3 1     6 3 1
Wake Forest 3 4 0     6 4 0
VMI 2 3 1     3 5 1
Clemson 1 3 0     4 5 0
The Citadel 1 4 0     3 5 0
Furman 1 4 0     2 7 0
Richmond 1 5 0     3 7 0
George Washington 0 4 9     1 7 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1947 Maryland Terrapins football team represented the University of Maryland in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college football in its 27th season as a member of the Southern Conference.

Jim Tatum served as the first-year head coach and replaced Clark Shaughnessy who had been asked to resign. Tatum replaced Shaughnessy's pass-oriented version of the T formation with the option-heavy split-T offense. During his nine-year tenure at College Park, Tatum would become the winningest coach in school history. In 1947, he got off to a good start and significantly improved from Shaughnessy's 3–6 record of the season prior.

The highlight of the season was a berth in the 1948 Gator Bowl, the first postseason game in school history. NCAA-scoring leader Lu Gambino ran for 165 yards and scored all three touchdowns for Maryland. The game ultimately ended in a stalemate.

Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

The Maryland roster for the 1947 season consisted of the following players:[1][2]

Coaching staff[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
27 September 1947 at South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC W 19–13   N/A
3 October 1947 Delaware* Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD W 43–19   16,460
10 October 1947 Richmond Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 18–6   N/A
18 October 1947 at #17 Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC (Duke–Maryland rivalry) L 7–19   N/A
25 October 1947 at Virginia Tech Miles StadiumBlacksburg, VA W 21–19   12,500
1 November 1947 West Virginia*dagger Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD (Maryland–West Virginia rivalry) W 27–0   16,500
8 November 1947 at Duquesne Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 32–0   N/A
15 November 1947 vs. #19 North Carolina Griffith StadiumWashington, D.C. L 0–19   22,000
22 November 1947 at Vanderbilt* Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 20–6   N/A
29 November 1947 N.C. State Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD T 0–0   14,000
1 January 1948 Georgia* Gator BowlJacksonville, FL (1948 Gator Bowl) T 20–20   16,666
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Game notes[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

Gambino scored three touchdowns and Maryland firmly held the momentum for the first three quarters. In the final period, South Carolina mounted a comeback attempt. Maryland player Gene Kinney intercepted a pass on the Terrapin 31-yard line to secure the victory, 19–13.[3]

Delaware[edit]

Delaware entered the game atop a 32-game winning streak. Gambino again scored three touchdowns, with others added by Davis, Idzik, and Targarona. The Blue Hens responded to an 88-yard touchdown run by Gambino with a 90-yard score by Cole.[4]

Richmond[edit]

Maryland avenged the previous season's loss to Richmond. Gambino scored twice and completed a pass to Simler for the third touchdown.[5]

Duke (#17)[edit]

Maryland fumbles and interceptions helped Duke snap the three-game winning streak. Vernon Seibert scored the Terrapins' only score of the day. It was also the first touchdown ever scored by Maryland against Duke.[6]

Virginia Tech[edit]

Virginia Tech scored twice in the first quarter after Maryland penalties and a turnover. In the fourth quarter, Maryland mounted a two-touchdown rally to spoil Virginia Tech's homecoming, 21–19. The decisive scores were due to a long Vic Turyn pass to Simler and a 32-yard dash by Idzik. McHugh made all three point after touchdown kicks, which proved to be the margin of victory.[7]

West Virginia[edit]

Duquesne[edit]

North Carolina (#19)[edit]

Vanderbilt[edit]

North Carolina State[edit]

Georgia (Gator Bowl)[edit]

Main article: 1948 Gator Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 0 7 13 0 20
Georgia 0 0 7 13 20


Awards[edit]

Lu Gambino was selected as a first-team All-Southern Conference back.[8][9] Gambino and Eugene Kinney were named honorable mention All-Americans.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terrapin, University of Maryland Yearbook, Class of 1948, p. 237.
  2. ^ Year-By-Year Results, 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, University of Maryland, p. 17–22, 2007, retrieved February 4, 2009.
  3. ^ Terrapin, University of Maryland yearbook, Class of 1948, p. 240.
  4. ^ Terrapin, University of Maryland yearbook, Class of 1948, p. 241.
  5. ^ Terrapin, University of Maryland yearbook, Class of 1948, p. 242.
  6. ^ Terrapin, University of Maryland yearbook, Class of 1948, p. 243.
  7. ^ Terrapin, University of Maryland yearbook, Class of 1948, p. 244.
  8. ^ Records (PDF), 2007 Southern Conference Football Media Guide, Southern Conference, p. 141–147, 2007, retrieved 6 October 2008.
  9. ^ a b All-Time Honors (PDF), 2001 Maryland Terrapins Football Media Guide, CBS Sports, retrieved 8 December 2008.