1949 Cotton Bowl Classic

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1949 Cotton Bowl Classic
1234 Total
Oregon 00013 13
SMU 7077 21
Date January 1, 1949
Season 1948
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Dallas, Texas
MVP RB Kyle Rote (SMU)
RB Doak Walker (SMU)
C Brad Ecklund (Oregon)
QB Norm Van Brocklin (Oregon)
Attendance 69,000
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1948  1950

The 1949 Cotton Bowl Classic was a post-season game between the SMU Mustangs and the Oregon Webfoots. 20 points were scored in the final quarter.[1]


SMU, despite losing for the first time in 1946, had a banner year once again as Doak Walker won the Heisman Trophy and led SMU to their 2nd consecutive Southwest Conference championship and 2nd straight Cotton Bowl. Oregon had only played in two bowl games, the last being the 1920 Rose Bowl. They shared the Pacific Coast Conference championship with California, who they did not play that season. While the Bears got the Rose Bowl, the Webfoots (in a break of PCC tradition) were sent to the Cotton Bowl. They were coached by Jim Aiken and led by Norm Van Brocklin.

Game summary[edit]

For the second straight Cotton Bowl, Doak Walker started the scoring, this time with a 1-yard touchdown run. Most notable in the game was SMU's deep punts, one by Doak Walker for 79 and one by Kyle Rote for 84, which was crucial in pinning the Webfoots in their own territory. In the third quarter, Kyle Rote added to the lead with a 36-yard touchdown run. As the fourth quarter began, so did the scoring. Norm Van Brocklin threw a pass to Dick Williams to narrow the lead, but the kick failed, making it only 14–6. But SMU retaliated with their own score on a Chicken Roberts touchdown run. Oregon scored once more on a Bob Sanders touchdown run, but that was their last score as the game ended 21–13 in SMU's favor.[2]


Statistics SMU Oregon
First Downs 19 19
Yards Rushing 226 242
Yards Passing 111 145
Total Yards 337 387
Punts-Average 3-68.7 3-31.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Interceptions 0 2
Penalties-Yards 1-5 6-30


  1. ^ "SMUMUSTANGS.COM 1949 COTTON BOWL - SMU 21, OREGON 13 - Official Athletic Site Official Athletic Site - Football". Archived from the original on 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 
  2. ^ "26-37.pmd" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2014-12-28.