1947 Texas Longhorns football team

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1947 Texas Longhorns football
Southwest Conference champion
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl, W 27–7 vs. Alabama
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
APNo. 5
1947 record10–1 (5–1 SWC)
Head coachBlair Cherry (1st season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 40,500)
Seasons
← 1946
1948 →
1947 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 SMU $ 5 0 1     9 0 2
No. 5 Texas 5 1 0     10 1 0
No. 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 Texas Longhorns football team was an American football team that represented the University of Texas as a member of the Southwest Conference (SWC) during the 1947 college football season. In its first season under head coach Blair Cherry, the team compiled a 10–1 record (5–1 against SWC opponents), won the SWC championship, and outscored opponents by a total of 292 to 74. The team lost to SMU and defeated Alabama in the 1948 Sugar Bowl.[1]

Bobby Layne was a consensus selection as the quarterback for the 1947 College Football All-America Team.[2] He also finished sixth in the 1947 voting for the Heisman Trophy.[3] Tackle Richard Harris was also selected as a first-team All-American by the Associated Press (AP).[4]

Three Texas players were selected by the AP as first-team honorees on the 1947 All-Southwest Conference football team: Layne at quarterback; Harris at tackle; and Max Bumgardner at end.[5]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 20Texas Tech*W 33–030,000[6]
September 27at Oregon*W 38–13> 30,000[7]
October 4No. 19 North Carolina*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
W 34–047,000[8]
October 11vs. No. 15 Oklahoma*No. 3W 34–1446,000[9]
October 18vs. ArkansasNo. 3W 21–628,000[10]
October 25RiceNo. 3
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX (rivalry)
W 12–048,000[11]
November 1at No. 8 SMUNo. 3
  • Cotton Bowl
  • Dallas, TX
L 13–1446,500[12]
November 8BaylorNo. 8
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
W 28–739,000[13]
November 15TCUNo. 7
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX (rivalry)
W 20–043,000[14]
November 27at Texas A&MNo. 7W 32–1341,000[15]
January 1, 1948vs. No. 6 Alabama*No. 5W 27–773,000[16][17]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[18]

Roster[edit]

Awards/honors[edit]

Bobby Layne

  • Consensus All-American[19]
  • Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1947 Texas Longhorns Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 8. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "1947 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Midwest Places Three Backs On AP All-American Squad: Lujack, Evans and Chappuis On First Team". Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. December 3, 1947.
  5. ^ "Clyde Scott Only Porker to Make All-Southwest". Hope Star, Arkansas. December 1, 1947. p. 5.
  6. ^ Weldon Hart (September 21, 1947). "Terrific Cherry T Squashes Raiders". The Austin American. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Oregon Loses, But Gallantly, 38 to 13". Eugene Register-Guard. September 28, 1947. pp. 1, 22 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Weldon Hart (October 5, 1947). "Choo Choo Fails As Steers Blast Tar Heels, 34-0". Sunday American-Statesman (Austin, TX). pp. 1, 17 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Weldon Hart (October 12, 1947). "Texas Wins As Pop Bottles Fly: Layne Hurls Longhorns To 34-to-14 Win". Sunday American-Statesman. pp. 1, 17 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Weldon Hart (October 19, 1947). "Steers Blast Hogs: UT Club Rolls Through Rain To 21-6 Win". Sunday American-Statesman (Austin, TX). pp. 1, 17 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Weldon Hart (October 26, 1947). "Steers Rip Owls, 12-0: Fierce Line Play Finds UT Superior". Sunday American-Statesman. pp. 1, 17 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Weldon Hart (November 2, 1947). "SMU Rips Steers, 14-13: Walker Kicks Extra Point To Drop UT". Sunday American-Statesman (Austin, TX). pp. 1, 17 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Weldon Hart. "Longhorns Crush Bears". The Austin American. pp. 1, 17 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ Weldon Hart (November 16, 1947). "Steers Blast Noted TCU Defense, 20-0". Sunday American-Statesman. pp. 1, 17 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ Weldon Hart (November 28, 1947). "Bowl-Bound Steers Smash Aggies, 32-13: UT Secures 8th Win In Row in Series". The Austin American. pp. 1, 13 – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ Weldon Hart (January 2, 1947). "UT Romps Over Alabama, 27 to 7". The Austin American. pp. 1, 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ Mullins, Jim (January 2, 1948). "Alert Texas baffles Tide, 27 to 7". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News Archives. p. 7. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2009-12-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/DI/2010/Awards.pdf