The Bulldogs had finished 4th in the Southeastern Conference, compounded by losses to LSU and 6th ranked Alabama. This was their third ever bowl game. The Golden Hurricane had finished 2nd in the Missouri Valley Conference, but they were playing in their fifth bowl game of the decade.
Charles Smith gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead on his 3 yard touchdown run. Tulsa responded with a Camp Wilson touchdown run, but their extra point failed, keeping it 7-6. John
Donaldson caught a 64 yard pass from Charley Trippi to increase the lead. Trippi made the final score 20-6 on his 68 yard punt return, highlighted by him reversing his field and running over two Tulsa players near a sideline.