1949 Dixie Bowl

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1949 Dixie Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Baylor 6 14 0 0 20
Wake Forest 0 0 7 0 7
Date January 1, 1949
Season 1948
Stadium Legion Field
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Attendance 20,000
Dixie Bowl
 < 1948   

The 1949 Dixie Bowl, part of the 1948 bowl game season, took place on January 1, 1949, at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The competing teams were the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, representing the Southern Conference (SoCon), and the Baylor Bears, representing the Southwest Conference (SWC). Baylor was victorious in by a final score of 20–7.

Teams[edit]

Baylor[edit]

The 1948 Baylor squad finished the regular season 5–3–2 with losses against Texas, Tulane and SMU and ties against Mississippi State and Rice.[1] Following their tie against Rice, Dixie Bowl officials extended the Bears an invitation to play in the 1949 edition of the game, which Baylor accepted.[2] The Dixie Bowl appearance marked the first ever postseason bowl game for Baylor.[3]

Wake Forest[edit]

The 1948 Wake Forest squad finished the regular season 6–3 with losses against Boston College, North Carolina and Clemson.[4] Following their victory over Duke, Dixie Bowl officials extended the Demon Deacons an invitation to play in the 1949 edition of the game, which Wake accepted.[5] The appearance marked the first for Wake in the Dixie Bowl and their second overall bowl appearance.[6]

Game summary[edit]

Baylor opened the scoring in the first quarter after George Sims intercepted a Wake pass and returned it 52 yards to the Demon Deacons eight-yard line.[7] Sammie Pierce scored from one yard out a few plays later and after Hank Dickerson missed the extra point, the Bears took a 6–0 lead.[3][7] Baylor extended their lead to 20–0 at halftime after Jerry Mangrum scored from one-yard out and Harold Riley connected with Ray Painter for a 12-yard touchdown reception.[3][7] Early in the third, Wake scored their only points of the game on a three-yard Mike Sprock run to make the final score 20–7.[6][7]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Baylor Wake Forest
1 8 yards Baylor Sammie Pierce 1-yard touchdown run, Hank Dickerson kick no good 6 0
2 58 yards Baylor Jerry Mangrum 1-yard touchdown run, Hank Dickerson kick good 13 0
2 68 yards Baylor Harold Riley 12-yard touchdown reception from Ray Painter, Hank Dickerson kick good 20 0
3 3 plays, 13 yards Wake Forest Mike Sprock 3-yard touchdown run, kick good 20 7
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 20 7


References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-time Results" (PDF). 2010 Baylor Football Media Almanac. Waco, TX: Baylor University Department of Athletics. 2010. p. 85. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Baylor to face Demon Deacons in Dixie Bowl". The News & Courier. Associated Press. November 28, 1948. p. 2D. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bowl Recaps: 1949 Dixie Bowl" (PDF). 2010 Baylor Football Media Almanac. Waco, TX: Baylor University Department of Athletics. 2010. p. 117. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2010 Wake Forest Football Media Guide. Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest Athletic Media Relations. 2010. p. 195. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Wake Forest accepts Dixie Bowl invitation". The Tuscaloosa News. United Press. November 9, 1948. p. 10. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Postseason Games: 1949 Dixie Bowl" (PDF). 2010 Wake Forest Football Media Guide. Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest Athletic Media Relations. 2010. p. 172. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d Simms, Leroy (January 2, 1949). "Baylor whips Wake Forest in Dixie Bowl". The News & Courier. p. 2B. Retrieved February 5, 2011.