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The 1948 Orange Bowl featured the Kansas Jayhawks and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

1948 Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Kansas 0707 14
Georgia Tech 07130 20
DateJanuary 1, 1948
StadiumBurdine Stadium
LocationMiami, Florida
Orange Bowl
 < 1947  1949



Kansas had completed their second straight Big Six Conference title in their final year under Sauer, and were appearing in their first ever bowl game. The Yellow Jackets had finished 2nd in the Southeastern Conference, appearing in their second straight bowl game under Dodd, and their first Orange Bowl since 1945.

Game summaryEdit

The Jayhawks were a team not favored by many, with some favoring the Jackets as a 13 point favorite, and Georgia Tech took the lead first on a James Patton touchdown catch from Jim Stil. Ray Evans would respond with a touchdown run to make it 7-7 at halftime. Still would throw two touchdowns in the third quarter, one each to Billy Queen and Still to make it a 20-7 lead heading into the final quarter. But the Jayhawkers would not back down as Evans caught a touchdown pass and narrowed the lead to 20-14, as Kansas was in position to drive for the win. But with :37 seconds left, quarterback Lynne McNutt fumbled on a quarterback sneak and in the ensuing pile, it was determined that Rollo Phillips of Georgia Tech recovered the ball, clinching the victory for GT.[1][2][3][4][5]


Sauer would leave Kansas after the game, and the Jayhawks would not return to a bowl game until 1961 nor return to the Orange Bowl until 1969. Georgia Tech would go to two more Orange Bowls under Dodd's tenure before his retirement in 1966.


Statistics GT KU
First Downs 9 14
Yards Rushing 75 77
Yards Passing 129 158
Total Yards 204 235
Punts-Average 9-40.0 7/34.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-1
Interceptions 0 1
Penalties-Yards 10-70 5-37


  1. ^ "1948 Orange Bowl". Georgia Tech Football Media Guide. Georgia Tech Athletics. p. 272. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
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