1948 Oregon Webfoots football team

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1948 Oregon Webfoots football
PCC co-champion
Cotton Bowl, L 13–21 vs. SMU
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
Ranking
APNo. 9
1948 record9–2 (7–0 PCC)
Head coachJim Aiken (2nd season)
CaptainNorm Van Brocklin
Home stadiumHayward Field
Seasons
← 1947
1949 →
1948 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 California ^ + 6 0 0     10 1 0
No. 9 Oregon + 7 0 0     9 2 0
USC 4 2 0     6 3 1
Washington State 4 3 1     4 5 1
Stanford 3 4 0     4 6 0
Oregon State 2 3 2     5 4 3
Washington 2 5 1     2 7 1
UCLA 2 6 0     3 7 0
Idaho 1 5 0     3 6 0
Montana 0 3 0     3 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1948 Oregon Webfoots football team represented the University of Oregon in the 1948 college football season. The Webfoots competed as a member of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC). The team was led by head coach Jim Aiken, in his second year, and played their home games at Hayward Field in Eugene and at Multnomah Field in Portland. Oregon finished the regular season ranked ninth, with nine wins and one loss, and won all seven conference games in the PCC.[1] They did not play Montana or #4 California; the Golden Bears won all ten games during the regular season.[1]

Denied a Rose Bowl berth by a conference vote,[2][3][4] the PCC allowed a second bowl bid this season;[5] Oregon played SMU in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on New Year's Day.[6][7][8]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 18Santa Barbara*W 55–710,000
September 25at StanfordW 20–1232,000
October 2at No. 7 Michigan*L 0–1465,800
October 9at IdahoW 15–812,000
October 16USCW 8–733,000
October 23Washington Statedagger
  • Hayward Field
  • Eugene, Oregon [16]
W 33–719,500
October 30St. Mary's*No. 14
  • Hayward Field
  • Eugene, Oregon [17]
W 14–1310,000
November 6at WashingtonNo. 16W 13–733,000
November 12at UCLANo. 15W 26–742,700
November 20at Oregon StateNo. 13W 10–022,000
January 1, 1949vs. No. 10 SMUNo. 9L 13–2169,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll
  • UCLA game was on Friday night (Rose Bowl was on Saturday)

Personnel[edit]

Notable players included quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, center Brad Ecklund, and halfback John McKay.[6][22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Strite, Dick (November 21, 1948). "Rose Bowl choice still undecided". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1.
  2. ^ "California Bears get Rose Bowl bid". Eugene Register-Guard. United Press. November 22, 1948. p. 1.
  3. ^ "California, Northwestern to meet in Rose Bowl". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 22, 1948. p. 14.
  4. ^ "Northwestern, California get nominations to Rose Bowl". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. November 23, 1948. p. 4, part 2.
  5. ^ "Oregon to play in Cotton Bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. November 27, 1948. p. 1.
  6. ^ a b c "SMU beats Ducks, 21-13". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). United Press. January 1, 1949. p. 1.
  7. ^ a b Strite, Dick (January 2, 1949). "Oregon, Cal both drop bowl games". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1.
  8. ^ a b Smits, Ted (January 2, 1949). "Oregon handed 21 to 13 defeat by Southern Methodist in Cotton Bowl". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. 3, sports.
  9. ^ "Webfoots open 1948 grid campaign Saturday afternoon". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). September 17, 1948. p. 14.
  10. ^ Strite, Dick (September 19, 1948). "Is this Rose Bowl stuff at U.O., 55-7?". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1.
  11. ^ Strite, Dick (September 26, 1948). "Webfoots look 'not very good,' but win, 20-12". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1.
  12. ^ Strite, Dick (October 3, 1948). "Oregon suffers 14-0 loss, but team shows real class". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1.
  13. ^ "Oregon edges Idaho 15-8 in close homecoming tussle". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). October 10, 1948. p. 9.
  14. ^ Lichtman, Art (October 10, 1948). "A bad Oregon day, despite 15-8 win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1.
  15. ^ Strite, Dick (October 17, 1948). "Score is close, but Troy falls to U.O." Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1.
  16. ^ Strite, Dick (October 24, 1948). "Webfoots show real stuff in topping Cougars, 33-7". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1.
  17. ^ Strite, Dick (October 31, 1948). "Close Call As Webfoots Win, 14-13". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). pp. 1, 16.
  18. ^ Strite, Dick (November 7, 1948). "Oregon still on top by slim 13-7 win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1.
  19. ^ "Webfoots humble Huskies, 13 to 7". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 7, 1948. p. 1, sports.
  20. ^ Strite, Dick (November 13, 1948). "Bruins knuckle under to bowl bound Oregon". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1.
  21. ^ "Oregon crushes UCLAns, 26 to 7". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 13, 1948. p. 8.
  22. ^ "Probable starting lineups". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). September 17, 1948. p. 14.
  23. ^ "Starting lineups for Cotton Bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). December 31, 1948. p. 8.
  • McCann, Michael C. (1995). Oregon Ducks Football: 100 Years of Glory. Eugene, Oregon: McCann Communications Corp. ISBN 0-9648244-7-7.