1940 Cotton Bowl Classic

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1940 Cotton Bowl Classic
1 2 3 4 Total
Clemson 0 6 0 0 6
Boston College 0 3 0 0 3
Date January 1, 1940
Season 1939
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Dallas, Texas
MVP Back Banks McFadden (Clemson)
Attendance 15,000
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1939  1941

The 1939 Cotton Bowl Classic was a postseason college football bowl game between the Clemson Tigers and the Boston College Eagles.


Texas A&M, the 1939 SWC Champion, declined to be in this game, instead playing in the Sugar Bowl. Tennessee of the SEC and Oklahoma of the Big Six also declined this game. Fearing for the longevity of the game, J. Curtis Sanford strove to keep the bowl game alive, extending invites to Clemson and BC, who accepted. This was both teams' first Cotton Bowl Classic and first bowl games for both schools.

Game summary[edit]

Boston College took the lead on a 30 yard field goal by Alex Lukachik early in the 2nd quarter after four failed plays following a punt return to the Clemson 13. After both teams exchanged punts throughout most of the quarter, Clemson got it back at their 43. They drove 57 yards and it culminated with a Charlie Timmons touchdown. The scoring ended from that point on as Clemson won their first bowl game.[1]


It is to date Clemson's only Cotton Bowl Classic. BC would have to wait 45 years for another chance at the Cotton Bowl Classic, returning in 1985 and winning.


  1. ^ "14-25.pmd" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2014-12-28.