1947 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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1947 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Dixie Bowl, W 21–19 vs. William & Mary
Conference Southwest Conference
1947 record 6–4–1 (1–4–1 SWC)
Head coach John Barnhill (2nd year)
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
Seasons
« 1946 1948 »
1947 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 SMU $ 5 0 1     9 0 2
#5 Texas 5 1 0     10 1 0
#18 Rice 4 2 0     6 3 1
TCU 2 3 1     4 5 2
Arkansas 1 4 1     6 4 1
Texas A&M 1 4 1     3 6 1
Baylor 1 5 0     5 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1947 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas in the Southwest Conference (SWC) during the 1947 college football season. In their second year under head coach John Barnhill, the Razorbacks compiled a 6–4–1 record (1–4–1 against SWC opponents), finished in a tie for fifth place in the SWC, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 191 to 145.[1][2]

Clyde Scott led the Razorbacks in rushing in 1947 with 659 rushing yards on 152 carries (4.3 yard average). Quarterback Kenny Holland was the leading passer, completing 25 of 46 passes for 360 yards. Ross Pritchard was the teams leading receiver with 15 catches for 266 yards.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 20, 1947 at Northwestern St.* Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 64–0  
September 27, 1947 North Texas* Little Rock, AR W 12–0  
October 4, 1947 TCU Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 6–0  
October 11, 1947 at Baylor Waco, TX L 9–17  
October 18, 1947 vs. No. 3 Texas Crump StadiumMemphis, TN L 6–21  
October 25, 1947 vs. Ole Miss* Crump Stadium • Memphis, TN W 19–14  
November 1, 1947 Texas A&M Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR T 21–21  
November 8, 1947 at Rice Rice FieldHouston, TX L 0–26  
November 15, 1947 at No. 4 SMU Ownby StadiumDallas, TX L 6–14  
November 27, 1947 at Tulsa* Skelly FieldTulsa, OK W 27–13  
January 1, 1948 vs. No. 14 William & Mary* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Dixie Bowl) W 21–19  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Dixie Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0 14 0 7 21
Indians 7 6 6 0 19

Arkansas was set to play in the inaugural Dixie Bowl, which would be the first of only two ever played, against a 9–1 William & Mary team. The Indians got on top early, recovering a Razorback fumbled quick-kick on the Arkansas six yard line, after which Jack Cloud scored from the one to give fourteenth-ranked William & Mary a 7–0 lead. The Indians drove another 78 yards, with Cloud again hitting pay dirt, but QB Stan Magdziak could not convert the extra point, leaving the score 13–0.

The Razorbacks answered with a 59-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Holland to Ross Pritchard. Moments later, defensive halfback Melvin McGaha would intercept an errant Indian pass and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown. Aubrey Fowler's extra point was true, and the Razorbacks had a one point lead. After halftime, William & Mary took back the lead with a six yard strike from Magdziak to Henry Bland, but the extra point was again no good. A 97 yard Razorback drive was capped by Leon Campbell sprinting in from seven yards out with five minutes to play to give Arkansas a 21–19 lead, one that would not be relinquished. The crowd of 21,000 watched Arkansas push their record in bowl games to 1–0–2, which could have been 0–0–3 had the Indians converted two extra points.

Arkansas rushed for 103 yards against a William & Mary team that was allowing 61.5 yards per contest, second behind only Penn State's 17 ypg.

Source: Razorback Bowl History – 1948 Dixie Bowl

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arkansas Yearly Results (1945-1949)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1947 Arkansas Razorbacks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 4, 2015.