1951 Sun Bowl

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1951 Sun Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
West Texas State 0 7 7 0 14
Cincinnati 0 6 7 0 13
Date January 1, 1951
Season 1950
Stadium Sun Bowl
Location El Paso, Texas
Attendance 16,000[1]
Sun Bowl
 < 1950  1952

The 1951 Sun Bowl was a college football bowl game that took place in El Paso, Texas on January 1, 1951 between the West Texas State Buffaloes and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.[1] This was the 16th Sun Bowl that had been played in El Paso, the second oldest bowl game, the only older being the Rose Bowl.

Scoring summary[edit]

Gene Rossi threw 14-of-29 for 170 yards. The winning touchdown occurred on a fourth down punt. Punter Frank Wise moved under center and took the snap, lateraling to the right to quarterback Gene Mayfield. Mayfield completed a pass to Bill Cross at the Cincinnati 40 and Cross broke several tackles to finish the 62-yard touchdown dash. With the game running out, the Bearcats managed to get to the West Texas A&M 27, but two straight sacks doomed Cincinnati.[2]

Second Quarter[edit]

  • West Texas A&M - Bill Cross 4-yard run (Roy Lee Dunn Kick)
  • Cincinnati - Tom McKeever 3-yard run (kick failed)

Third Quarter[edit]

  • Cincinnati - Bob Stratton 17-yard pass from Gene Rossi (Bill Shalonsky kick)
  • West Texas A&M - Cross 62-yard pass from Gene Mayfield (Dunn kick)


Statistics Cincinnati West Texas A&M
First Downs 12 19
Rushing Yards 106 238
Passing yards 170 123
Passing A-C-I 30-14-3 15-6-3
Punts-Average 5-30.4 4-39.5
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 3-0
Penalties-Yards 8-70 8-80