1944 Oklahoma A&M Cowboys football team

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1944 Oklahoma A&M Cowboys football
Missouri Valley champion
Cotton Bowl, W 34-0 vs. TCU
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
1944 record 8–1 (1–0 Missouri Valley)
Head coach Jim Lookabaugh (6th season)
Home stadium Lewis Field
Seasons
← 1943
1945 →
1944 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Oklahoma A&M $ 1 0 0     8 1 0
Tulsa 0 1 0     8 2 0
Drake 0 0 0     7 2 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1944 Oklahoma A&M Cowboys football team represented Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (later renamed Oklahoma State University–Stillwater) in the Missouri Valley Conference during the 1944 college football season. In their sixth year under head coach Jim Lookabaugh, the Cowboys compiled an 8–1 record (1–0 against conference opponents), won the Missouri Valley championship, defeated TCU in the 1945 Cotton Bowl Classic, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 228 to 103.[1][2] They played their home games at Lewis Field in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

On offense, the 1944 team averaged 25.3 points, 196.9 rushing yards, and 126.3 passing yards per game.[3] On defense, the team allowed an average of 11.4 points, 182.9 rushing yards and 66.0 passing yards per game.[4]

The team's statistical leaders included halfback Bob Fenimore with 897 rushing yards, 861 passing yards, and 53 points scored, and Cecil Hankins with 474 receiving yards.[5] Fenimore was selected by several selectors (Associated Press, Collier's Weekly, Football News, Football Writers Association of America, and Newspaper Enterprise Association) as a first-team halfback on the 1944 College Football All-America Team. He was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 23 West Texas State* Lewis FieldStillwater, Oklahoma W 41–6  
September 29 vs. Arkansas* Taft StadiumOklahoma City W 19–0  
October 7 at Texas Tech* Tech FieldLubbock, Texas (rivalry) W 14–7  
October 21 at Denver* DU StadiumDenver W 33–21  
October 28 at Tulsa Skelly FieldTulsa, Oklahoma W 46–40  
November 4 Norman NAS* No. 19 Lewis Field • Stillwater, Oklahoma L 0–15  
November 11 at Texas* Memorial StadiumAustin, Texas W 13–8  
November 25 vs. Oklahoma*dagger Taft Stadium • Oklahoma City (Bedlam Series) W 28–6  
January 1, 1945 vs. TCU* Cotton BowlDallas (Cotton Bowl Classic) W 34–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1944 Oklahoma State Cowboys Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Oklahoma State Cowboy Football 2016 Guide" (PDF). Oklahoma State University. p. 172. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ 2016 Football Guide, p. 138.
  4. ^ 2016 Football Guide, p. 140.
  5. ^ "Oklahoma State Cowboy Football 2016 Guide" (PDF). Oklahoma State University. pp. 168, 170. Retrieved September 24, 2017.