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Marquette Golden Avalanche football

The Marquette Golden Avalanche football program, commonly known as the Marquette Hilltoppers from approximately 1940 to 1953 and as the Marquette Warriors from 1954 to 1960, was the intercollegiate American football team for Marquette University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The first team was fielded in 1892.[2]

Marquette Golden Avalanche football
First season1892
Last season1960, 59 years ago
StadiumMarquette Stadium
(Capacity: 24,000)
Field surfaceGrass
LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin
All-time record349–280–39 (.552)
Bowl record0–1 (.000)
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]
         
For information on all Marquette University sports, see Marquette Golden Eagles

In December 1960, Marquette discontinued intercollegiate football, citing the financial hardships imposed by a program that lost $50,000 in the preceding year.[3][4][5][6]

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HistoryEdit

The 1936 Golden Avalanche had a 7–1 regular season record with a top 20 ranking. They were invited to the first Cotton Bowl Classic in January 1937 in Dallas, against Texas Christian University of nearby Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs were led by quarterback Sammy Baugh and TCU won by ten points, 16–6,[7] in Marquette's only bowl appearance.

After a winless season in 1956, most of the home games (7 of 9) in 1957 and 1958 were moved from Marquette Stadium to the larger County Stadium,[8] and attendance fell.[9][10][11] The 1957 game against Penn State at County Stadium drew less than 4,800 to the final home game on November 9, as the losing streak reached 18 games.[11][12]

Notable former playersEdit

Bowl game appearancesEdit

Season Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA Coach Notes
1936 January 1, 1937 Cotton Bowl L TCU 6 16 Frank Murray notes
Total 1 bowl game 0–1 6 16

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marquette Athletics Identity Standards" (PDF). Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "Marquette Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  3. ^ "Marquette Drops Football, Track". Chicago Tribune. December 10, 1960. p. 41 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Save football, alumni aim". Milwaukee Journal. December 10, 1960. p. 14.
  5. ^ Bolchat, Rel (December 10, 1960). "MU drops football, basketball survives". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 3, part 2.
  6. ^ Riordon, Robert J (December 10, 1960). "'We want football!' MUers yell". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 1.
  7. ^ Walfroot, Cleon (January 2, 1937). "TCU passes give Hilltop 16–6 beating". Milwaukee Journal. p. 8.
  8. ^ "MU '11' will use stadium". Milwaukee Sentinel. April 25, 1957. p. 9, part 3.
  9. ^ Tharinger, Dick (January 21, 1962). "Moon Mullins, leaving Marquette, recounts failures and successes". Milwaukee Journal. p. 3.
  10. ^ Wolfley, Bob (December 8, 2010). "Marquette whistled football dead 50 years ago". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Bochat, Rel (March 25, 1959). "MU returns to own stadium". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 6, part 2.
  12. ^ "Marquette undecided on games at stadium". Milwaukee Journal. March 25, 1959. p. 14, part 2.