Oil Bowl

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This article is about the college football game. For the high school game, see Oil Bowl (high school).

The Oil Bowl was a college football bowl game played three times at Rice Field in Houston, Texas in the 1940s.[1] Muddy conditions for the first and freezing temperatures for the third game doomed future contests. In 1949, a junior college bowl game of the same name was played.

Some consider the New Year's Day bowl game of 1944 (after the 1943 season) to have been a college division/minor bowl game. Both rosters were made up of varsity players from ranked teams in the 1942 season. This was possible because both schools were participants in the WWII V-12 program. The Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana-Lafayette) team, for example, was composed of over 175 varsity players from other colleges. These numbers included 18 players from 19th-ranked Rice, nine players from 13th-ranked LSU, and eight players from the eighth-ranked Tulsa teams of 1942. These players were not all starters for the team; varsity players from other schools made up the majority of the team.

Game results[edit]

Date Winning Team Losing Team Location Notes
January 1, 1944 Louisiana-Lafayette 24 Arkansas–Monticello 7 Rice Field, Houston, Texas
January 1, 1946 Georgia 20 Tulsa 6 Rice Field, Houston, Texas notes
January 1, 1947 Georgia Tech 41 Saint Mary's 19 Rice Field, Houston, Texas notes

Game Summaries[edit]

1946 Oil Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 0 0 13 20
Golden Hurricane 0 6 0 0 6

A three yard touchdown rush was the opening score in the first ever Oil Bowl, held in Houston on January 1, 1946. Georgia took a 7-0 lead after this touchdown rush and the first quarter ended as such. Tulsa countered with a touchdown rush of their own, though it was only from one yard out. The PAT failed, making the score 7-6 Georgia at halftime. No scoring happened in the third quarter, and Georgia lengthened their lead in the fourth, scoring twice: a 54-yard pass and a 69-yard punt return. The PAT on the punt return was no good, and the game finished 20-6. Georgia finished with 288 total yards, and Tulsa finished with only 148. [2]

1947 Oil Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Yellow Jackets 7 20 7 7 41
Gaels 0 7 6 6 19

The second and last Oil Bowl saw #11 Georgia Tech take on St. Mary's in front of 23,000 spectators in Houston. The Yellow Jackets scored the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter and held a 7-0 lead. The second quarter saw Georgia Tech turn the offense on, outscoring St. Mary's 20-7 and taking a 27-7 lead into halftime. The third and fourth quarters were identical in score, with Georgia Tech outscoring St. Mary's 7-6 in both, making the second half score 14-12. The Yellow Jackets became the 1947 Oil Bowl champions, defeating St. Mary's 41-19.


  1. ^ Foldesy, Jody. "Bowls burgeon as big business", The Washington Times. December 21, 1997. Page A1.
  2. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/geo/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2015-16/misc_non_event/15fb-history-bowl-recaps.pdf

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