William & Mary Tribe football, 1940–49

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The William & Mary Indians football[a] teams represented the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Now known as the William & Mary Tribe, the program was established in 1893. Their long-time football rival is the University of Richmond. Their annual meeting is dubbed the I-64 Bowl (renamed the Capital Cup starting with the 2009 season), so named for the highway connecting the two nearby schools.

The 1940s was the most successful decade in William & Mary football history. The Indians amassed more wins than any other decade (and this includes a non-existent 1943 season due to World War II), had the largest positive-point differential, won two conference championships and qualified for back-to-back bowl games in 1947 and 1948. There were 24 National Football League (NFL) Draft selections, which is the most all-time for William & Mary in a single decade. Among the draftees were Garrard "Buster" Ramsey (1943), Ralph Sazio (1947) and Lou Creekmur (1948). These three players were later enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, Canadian Football Hall of Fame and NFL Hall of Fame, respectively.

Additionally, the 1940s was the only decade in which William & Mary was an Associated Press nationally ranked team as a member of Division I-A. In 1942 their peak ranking was #13 (Week 6); in 1946 it was #18 (Week 3); in 1947 it was #12 (Week 6); and in 1948 it was #17 (Final Poll). The three-year streak of 1946 to 1948 saw William & Mary ranked at least at some point during the regular season, and two of those years (1947–1948) they finished as a nationally ranked team in the final AP Polls.

Contents: 1940 - 1941 - 1942 - 1943 - 1944 - 1945 - 1946 - 1947 - 1948 - 1949 - Decade totals - NFL Draft selections - Notes - External links


1940[edit]

1940 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1940 record 6–2–1 (2–1–1 SoCon)
Head coach Carl M. Voyles (2nd year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1939 1941 »
1940 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Clemson 4 0 0     6 2 1
#18 Duke 4 1 0     7 2 0
Wake Forest 4 2 0     7 3 0
William & Mary 2 1 1     6 2 1
North Carolina 3 2 0     6 4 0
Richmond 3 2 0     7 3 0
VMI 3 2 1     7 2 1
Furman 4 3 0     5 4 0
Washington & Lee 1 1 1     2 7 1
Virginia Tech 2 3 0     5 5 0
NC State 3 5 0     3 6 0
Maryland 0 1 1     2 6 1
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 6 0
Davison 1 5 0     5 5 0
The Citadel 0 4 0     4 5 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 21 vs. NC State Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia L 0–16  
September 28 at Navy* Thompson StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 7–19  
October 5 The Apprentice School* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 42–0  
October 12 vs. Virginia Tech City StadiumRichmond, Virginia W 20–13  
October 19 Hapmden–Sydney* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 41–0  
October 26 Virginia* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 13–6  
November 2 VMI Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) T 0–0  
November 9 Randolph–Macon* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 46–6  
November 21 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 16–0  
*Non-conference game.

1941[edit]

1941 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1941 record 8–2 (4–1 SoCon)
Head coach Carl M. Voyles (3rd year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1940 1942 »
1941 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Duke 5 0 0     9 1 0
South Carolina 4 0 1     4 4 1
Clemson 5 1 0     7 2 0
William & Mary 4 1 0     8 2 0
VMI 4 2 0     4 6 0
Virginia Tech 4 2 0     6 4 1
Wake Forest 4 2 1     5 5 1
NC State 3 4 2     4 5 2
Furman 2 3 2     3 4 2
Washington & Lee 1 2 2     1 6 2
North Carolina 2 4 0     3 7 0
Maryland 1 2 0     3 5 1
Davidson 1 5 2     1 6 3
The Citadel 0 2 1     4 3 1
George Washington 0 4 1     1 7 1
Richmond 0 6 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 20 The Apprentice School* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 53–0  
September 27 at Navy* Thompson StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 0–34  
October 4 Randolph–Macon* Williamsburg, Virginia W 57–7  
October 11 vs. Virginia Tech City StadiumRichmond, Virginia W 16–7  
October 18 at Hampden–Sydney* Hampden Sydney, Virginia W 28–0  
October 25 vs. George Washington Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia W 48–0  
November 1 at Dartmouth* Memorial FieldHanover, New Hampshire W 3–0  
November 8 VMI Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 21–0  
November 20 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 33–13  
November 29 NC State Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 0–13  
*Non-conference game.

1942[edit]

1942 William & Mary Indians football
Southern Conference Champions
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
AP #14
1942 record 9–1–1 (4–0 SoCon)
Head coach Carl M. Voyles (4th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1941 1943 »
1942 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#14 William & Mary 4 0 0     9 1 1
Virginia Tech 5 1 0     7 2 1
Wake Forest 6 1 1     6 2 1
North Carolina 3 1 1     5 2 2
Duke 3 1 1     5 4 1
NC State 3 1 2     4 4 2
Furman 3 3 0     3 6 0
The Citadel 2 2 0     5 2 0
Clemson 2 3 1     3 6 1
Davidson 2 4 1     2 6 1
VMI 2 4 1     3 5 1
George Washington 2 4 0     3 6 0
Maryland 1 2 0     7 2 0
South Carolina 1 4 0     1 7 1
Richmond 1 5 0     3 6 1
Washington & Lee 0 4 0     1 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 19 vs. Hampden–Sydney* Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia W 27–0  
September 26 at Navy* Thompson StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland W 3–0  
October 3 at Virginia Tech Miles StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia W 21–7  
October 10 at Harvard* Cambridge, Massachusetts T 7–7  
October 24 George Washington Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 61–0  
October 31 Dartmouth* #18 Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 35–14  
November 7 Randolph–Macon* #17 Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 40–0  
November 14 vs. VMI #15 Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia (Rivalry) W 27–6  
November 21 North Carolina Navy Pre-Flight* #13 Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 0–14  
November 26 at Richmond #19 City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 10–0  
November 28 at Oklahoma* #14 Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma W 14–7  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1943[edit]

No team was fielded due to World War II.

1944[edit]

1944 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1944 record 5–2–1 (3–1–1 SoCon)
Head coach Rube McCray (1st year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1943 1945 »
1944 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Duke 4 0 0     6 4 0
Wake Forest 6 1 0     8 1 0
Clemson 3 1 0     4 5 0
NC State 3 1 0     7 2 0
William & Mary 2 1 1     5 2 1
Maryland 1 1 0     1 7 1
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 4 2
VMI 1 5 0     1 8 0
North Carolina 0 3 1     1 7 1
Richmond 0 4 0     2 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 30 Fort Monroe* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 46–0  
October 7 vs. Hampden–Sydney City StadiumRichmond, Virginia W 38–0  
October 14 at #9 Penn* Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania L 0–46  
October 21 Richmond AB* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 39–0  
October 28 vs. NC State Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia L 2–19  
November 11 at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina T 0–0  
November 18 vs. VMI Portsmouth, Virginia (Rivalry) W 26–0  
November 30 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 40–0  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1945[edit]

1945 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1945 record 6–3 (4–2 SoCon)
Head coach Rube McCray (2nd year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1944 1946 »
1945 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Duke 4 0 0     6 2 0
#19 Wake Forest 4 1 1     5 3 1
William & Mary 4 2 0     6 3 0
Clemson 2 1 1     6 3 1
Maryland 3 2 0     6 2 1
VMI 3 2 0     5 4 0
North Carolina 2 2 0     5 4 0
NC State 2 4 0     3 5 0
Virginia Tech 2 5 0     2 6 0
South Carolina 0 3 2     2 4 3
Richmond 0 4 0     2 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 29 Catawba* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 19–6  
October 6 at Tennessee* Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee L 13–48  
October 13 vs. Virginia Tech City StadiumRichmond, Virginia W 38–0  
October 20 vs. VMI City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (Rivalry) W 13–9  
October 27 vs. NC State Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia L 6–20  
November 3 at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland W 33–14  
November 10 vs. North Carolina Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia L 0–6  
November 17 Merchant Marine* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 25–7  
November 22 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 33–0  
*Non-conference game.

1946[edit]

1946 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1946 record 8–2 (7–1 SoCon)
Head coach Rube McCray (3rd year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1945 1947 »
1946 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9 North Carolina 4 0 1     8 2 1
William & Mary 7 1 0     8 2 0
#18 NC State 6 1 0     8 3 0
South Carolina 4 2 0     5 3 0
Duke 3 2 0     4 5 0
Richmond 3 2 2     6 2 2
Virginia Tech 3 3 3     3 4 3
VMI 2 3 1     4 5 1
George Washington 1 1 0     4 3 0
Clemson 2 3 0     4 5 0
Wake Forest 2 3 0     6 3 0
Maryland 2 5 0     3 6 0
Furman 1 4 0     2 8 0
Washington & Lee 1 4 0     2 6 0
The Citadel 1 5 0     3 5 0
Davidson 1 5 0     4 5 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 21 Fort McClellan* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 61–0  
September 27 at Miami (FL)* Miami Orange BowlMiami, Florida L 3–13  
October 5 at The Citadel Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, South Carolina W 51–12  
October 12 Virginia Tech Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 49–0  
October 19 vs. Washington and Lee #19 Roanoke, Virginia W 34–18  
October 26 VMI #18 Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 41–0  
November 2 Maryland Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 41–7  
November 9 vs. #17 North Carolina City StadiumRichmond, Virginia L 7–21  
November 16 at George Washington Washington, D.C. W 20–0  
November 28 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 40–0  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1947[edit]

The William & Mary Indians finished the regular season ranked #14 in the AP Poll after their 35–0 win over Richmond.

1947 William & Mary Indians football
Southern Conference Champions
Dixie Bowl, L 19–21, vs. Arkansas
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
AP #14
1947 record 9–2 (7–1 SoCon)
Head coach Rube McCray (4th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
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
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 27 vs. Davidson Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia W 21–0  
October 4 The Citadel Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 56–7  
October 11 vs. Virginia Tech City StadiumRichmond, Virginia W 21–7  
October 18 North Carolina Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 7–13  
October 25 at Boston University* Fenway ParkBoston, Massachusetts W 47–13  
November 1 Wake Forest Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 21–0  
November 8 VMI #15 Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 28–20  
November 15 vs. Washington and Lee #12 Roanoke, Virginia W 45–6  
November 22 Bowling Green* #14 Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 20–0  
November 27 at Richmond #14 City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 35–0  
January 1, 1948 vs. Arkansas* #14 Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama (Dixie Bowl) L 19–21  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1948[edit]

The William & Mary Indians finished the regular season ranked #17 in the AP Poll after their 9–0 win over Arkansas.

1948 William & Mary Indians football
Delta Bowl, W 20–0, vs. Oklahoma A&M
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
AP #17
1948 record 7–2–2 (5–1–1 SoCon)
Head coach Rube McCray (5th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1947 1949 »
1948 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Clemson 5 0 0     11 0 0
#3 North Carolina 4 0 1     9 1 1
VMI 5 1 0     6 3 0
#17 William & Mary 5 1 1     7 2 2
#20 Wake Forest 5 2 0     6 4 0
Maryland 4 2 0     6 4 0
Duke 3 2 1     4 3 2
Richmond 3 3 1     5 3 2
Washington & Lee 2 2 0     4 6 0
Furman 2 4 0     2 6 1
George Washington 2 4 0     4 6 0
Davidson 2 5 0     3 5 1
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 5 0
NC State 1 4 1     3 6 1
Virginia Tech 0 6 1     0 8 1
The Citadel 0 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 25 at Davidson Richardson StadiumDavidson, North Carolina W 14–6  
October 2 Wake Forest Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 12–21  
October 9 vs. VMI Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia (Oyster Bowl) W 31–0  
October 16 at Virginia Tech Miles StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia W 30–0  
October 23 at St. Bonaventure* Allegany, New York L 6–7  
October 30 Richmond Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 14–6  
November 6 at #3 North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina T 7–7  
November 13 at Boston College* Braves FieldBoston, Massachusetts T 14–14  
November 20 NC State Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 26–6  
November 27 at Arkansas* #20 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, Arkansas W 9–0  
January 1, 1949 vs. Oklahoma A&M* #17 Crump StadiumMemphis, Tennessee (Delta Bowl) W 20–0  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1949[edit]

1949 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1949 record 6–4 (4–2 SoCon)
Head coach Rube McCray (6th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1948 1950 »
1949 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#16 North Carolina 5 0 0     7 4 0
#14 Maryland 4 0 0     9 1 0
Washington & Lee 3 1 1     3 5 1
Duke 4 2 0     6 3 0
William & Mary 4 2 0     6 4 0
VMI 3 2 1     3 5 1
The Citadel 2 2 0     4 5 0
Clemson 2 2 0     4 4 2
Furman 3 3 0     3 6 0
South Carolina 3 3 0     4 6 0
Wake Forest 3 3 0     4 6 0
George Washington 2 3 0     4 5 0
NC State 3 6 0     3 7 0
Virginia Tech 1 5 2     1 7 2
Richmond 2 6 0     3 7 0
Davidson 1 5 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 17 at Houston* Houston Public School StadiumHouston, Texas W 14–13  
September 24 at Pittsburgh* Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, Pennsylvania L 7–13  
October 1 Virginia Tech Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 39–13  
October 8 VMI Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 54–6  
October 15 at #19 Michigan State* Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan L 13–42  
October 22 at Wake Forest Groves StadiumWake Forest, North Carolina L 28–55  
October 29 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 34–0  
November 5 North Carolina Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 14–20  
November 19 at Arkansas* War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, Arkansas W 20–0  
November 26 NC State Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 33–7  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

Decade totals[edit]

  • Final record: 64–20–5
  • Points scored: 2,146
  • Points against: 748
  • +/- point differential: +1,398

NFL Draft selections[edit]

= NFL Hall of Fame = Canadian Football Hall of Fame = College Football Hall of Fame
24 NFL Draft Selections 
# Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1 1943 6 3 43 Johnson, HarveyHarvey Johnson Brooklyn Dodgers Back
2 1943 11 6 96 Glenn Knox New York Giants End
3 1943 14 4 124 Ramsey, Garrard "Buster"Garrard "Buster" Ramsey Chicago Cardinals Guard
4 1943 16 1 141 Bass, MarvinMarvin Bass Detroit Lions Tackle
5 1943 22 6 206 John Korczowski New York Giants Back
6 1944 13 9 129 Bob Longacre Pittsburgh Steelers Back
7 1944 17 4 168 Freeman, JackJack Freeman Philadelphia Eagles Back
8 1945 25 4 256 Bill Iancelli Boston Yanks End
9 1945 29 8 304 Forkovitch, NickNick Forkovitch Chicago Bears Back
10 1946 10 8 88 Vandeweghe, AlAl Vandeweghe Philadelphia Eagles End
11 1946 11 3 93 Doc Holloway Pittsburgh Steelers Guard
12 1946 16 8 148 Buddy Hubbard Philadelphia Eagles Back
13 1946 20 8 188 Dave Butcher Philadelphia Eagles Back
14 1947 13 2 108 Bob Steckroth Washington Redskins End
15 1947 28 3 258 Sazio, RalphRalph Sazio Pittsburgh Steelers Tackle
16 1948 3 3 16 Thompson, TommyTommy Thompson Washington Redskins Center
17 1948 5 7 32 Ramsey, KnoxKnox Ramsey Chicago Bears Guard
18 1948 10 1 76 Stan Magdziak New York Giants Back
19 1948 11 7 92 Jim McDowell Chicago Bears Guard
20 1948 18 10 165 Harry Caughron Chicago Cardinals Tackle
21 1948 23 3 208 Lou Hoitsma Washington Redskins End
22 1948 26 8 243 Creekmur, LouLou Creekmur Philadelphia Eagles Tackle
23 1949 14 7 138 Pat Haggerty Washington Redskins End
24 1949 16 2 153 Jack Bruce Boston Yanks Back

Notes[edit]

  • a Between 1896 and 1909 their nickname was "Orange and White," deriving that name from the school's former colors (William & Mary now uses green and gold).[1] Since white uniforms dirtied too quickly, they became known as the "Orange and Black" from 1910 through 1916.[1] Between 1917 and 1977 they were known as the Indians, and throughout this period a man dressing up as a Native American would ride around on a pony along the sidelines during games.[1] This practice was discontinued when the outcry of stereotyping Native Americans as well as the use of a live animal became controversial.[1] Since the 1978 season William & Mary has adopted the nickname "Tribe."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "A History of W&M Mascots and Nicknames". wm.edu. The College of William & Mary. 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 

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