1948 Gator Bowl



Gator Bowl -- Jacksonville, Fla.

Missouri headed to the fourth annual Gator Bowl in 1948 expecting to get its first post-season victory over a Clemson team which had won just one bowl game in its history. Instead what the Tigers got was a surprising 24-23 defeat and another empty-handed trip home.

The game was every bit as close as the scoreboard suggested. Each team had 298 yards total offense and three touchdowns. It was Jack Miller's 32-yard FG for Clemson, offsetting a 3rd quarter safety by Mizzou, which gave Clemson the margin of victory.

In a match-up where even the teams' mascots were the same (the Tigers), they also copied each other's manner of scoring. Both teams had two first-half touchdowns. Clemson's Fred Cone had two scoring runs in the first quarter and Mizzou's Bus Entsminger tied it with two touchdown scampers of his own in the second. Each team scored its final touchdown on a halfback option touchdown pass with Missouri's safety and Clemson's field goal sandwiched in between.

Despite all the build-up of Entsminger and Clemson tailback Bobby Gage, both of whom performed well, and the razzle-dazzle of two halfback passes, it was nothing but the ordinary which decided the outcome. Miller's 32-yard kick from a difficult angle proved to be just enough for the Clemson victory.

MISSOURI 0 14 2 7 -- 23
CLEMSON 14 0 7 3 -- 24

C -- Cone 1 run (Miller kick)
C -- Cone 1 run (Miller kick)
M -- Entsminger 23 run (Dawson kick)
M -- Entsminger 1 run (Dawson kick)
C -- Poulos 9 pass from Gage (Miller kick)
M -- Safety, Gage pass grounded in end zone
C -- FG Miller 32
M -- Bounds 20 pass from Braznell (Dawson kick)
Att. -- 35,273

MU Clemson
First Downs 16 19
Rushing Yards 52-225 42-186
Passing Yards 73 112
Passes 4-8-0 10-23-1
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-0
Punts-Avg. 3-31 1-35
Penalties-Yards 4-42 2-10

RUSHING -- MU: Entsminger 17-77, Carras 12-73, Braznell 13-57. CU: Mathews 11-74, Cone 14-72, Gage 15-25.
PASSING -- MU: Braznell 2-2-0-57, Entsminger 2- 6-0-16. Clemson, Gage 10-23-1-112.
RECEIVING -- MU: Bounds 2-57, Wren 1-8, Sheehan 1-8. CU: Thompson 4-48, Poulos 3-28, Martin 1-19