1949 Orange Bowl

The 1949 Orange Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Texas Longhorns and the Georgia Bulldogs.

1949 Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Texas 137714 41
Georgia 7777 28
DateJanuary 1, 1949
Season1948
StadiumBurdine Stadium
LocationMiami, Florida
Attendance60,523
Orange Bowl
 < 1948  1950

BackgroundEdit

After a loss early in the season to North Carolina, the Bulldogs won eight straight games en route to a Southeastern Conference championship (fifth overall) and their first Orange Bowl bid since 1942. The Longhorns finished 2nd in the Southwest Conference to SMU (who went to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic), but were invited to play in the Orange Bowl for the first time in school history.

Game summaryEdit

  • Georgia: Al Bodine 71-yard interception return (Geri kick)
  • Texas: Ray Borneman 4-yard run (Clay kick)
  • Texas: Tom Landry 14-yard run (kick failed)
  • Georgia: Joe Geri 1-yard run (Geri kick)
  • Texas: Perry Samuels 21-yard run (Clay kick)
  • Texas: Ben Proctor 24-yard pass from Campbell (Clay kick)
  • Georgia: Geri 6-yard run (Geri kick)
  • Georgia: Bob Walston 37-yard pass from Rauch (Geri kick)
  • Texas: Randall Clay 2-yard run (Clay kick)
  • Texas: Clay 4-yard run (Clay kick)

Tom Landry rushed for 117 yards in his final game before departing for the AAFC. Johnny Rauch threw 11-of-17 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort. [1]

AftermathEdit

The Bulldogs returned to the Orange Bowl in 1960 while the Longhorns returned in 1965.

StatisticsEdit

Statistics Texas Georgia
First Downs 19 9
Rushing Yards 332 56
Passing Yards 70 161
Total Yards 402 217
Interceptions 2 2
Punts-Average 5-40.0 5-41.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 5-55 6-50

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