1952 Sun Bowl

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1952 Sun Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Pacific 7 7 0 0 14
Texas Tech 13 6 6 0 25
Date January 1, 1952
Season 1951
Stadium Kidd Field
Location Sun Bowl
MVP QB Junior Arteburn (Texas Tech)
Sun Bowl
 < 1951  1953

The 1952 Sun Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game that featured the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Pacific Tigers.


In Coach Weaver's first season, the Red Raiders had won the Border Conference title, their fourth in five seasons. This was their first bowl appearance since 1949 and first Sun Bowl since 1948. The Tigers had been ranked three times during the season (as high as 16th at on point), but a loss to Denver started a four-game losing streak that derailed a 6-1 start. This was their first bowl appearance since 1948.

Game summary[edit]

Jim Turner scored on a 39-yard touchdown run to give Tech an early 7-0 lead. Pacific responded with a touchdown of their onw to tie it at 7. Lewis Crossley culminated a six-play drive on his touchdown pass to Jerry Johnson from 19 yards out to make it 13-7. Junior Arterburn made it 19-7 on a five-yard touchdown run on Tech's next drive. Pacific scored on a Johnny Cobb touchdown run that culminated a nine-play drive to make it 19-14 at halftime. Charles Welton scored from 11 yards out to make it 25-14 midway through the third. From that point, neither team reached the red zone again. Eddie Macon became the first African American to play in the Sun Bowl, contributing with 60 yards on 6 carries.[1][2]


Statistics Texas Tech Pacific
First Downs 12 18
Rushing Yards 274 278
Passing Yards 79 38
Total Offense 353 316
Passing 5-9-0 4-14-3
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 5-4
Penalties-Yards 12-90 3-25
Punts-Average 5-41.0 3-32.0


This remains the only Sun Bowl victory for Texas Tech and this was their only bowl victory inside the state of Texas until 2003. Pacific returned to the Sun Bowl the following year and won.