The undefeated Western Maryland College, Green Terrors (now McDaniel College), was originally selected to play the 1935 Orange bowl; shutting out 8 schools including Bucknell and a 40 to nothing win over Boston College. In addition, the Green Terrors had national points leader running back Bill Shepherd, who started the East-West Shrine Game and the Chicago College All-Star Game. Legendary Hall of Fame Coach Dick Harlow, seeing it as not much of a challenge declined, so his players could play in the then more prestigious East–West Shrine Game, which had over 55,000 fans in attendance, compared to the about 5,000 of the Orange Bowl, which had been called the Palm Festival for the previous two years.
The Bison defense held Miami to just four first downs and 28 yards total offense en route to the inaugural 26-0 victory. The Bucknell offense gained 278 yards and earned its sixth shutout of the season.