Sugar Bowl

1948

 

Texas 27

Alabama 7

Texas Fight Song

By Dick Peebles

San Antonio Express

 

NEW ORLEANS, La., Jan. 1.- Steers fell on a Alabama this cool, crisp New Year's Day afternoon just as University of Texas followers predicted they would and with Bobby Layne winding up a brilliant four-year career in a blaze of glory, the Longhorns wiped up the sunbathed Sugar Bowl with Bama's Crimson Tide, 27-7.

 

A sellout throng of 72,000 saw the Longhorns, completely throttled on the ground by a savage charging Alabama line, punch across single touchdowns in the first and third periods and then cement their first bowl victory with two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

 

Layne stood out In the Longhorn victory like a searchlight in a fog. The Blond Bomber pitched to Peppy Blount for the first Texas touchdown and he sneaked across the fourth himself.

 

In between he gave the Crimson Shirts fits as he passed the Steers deep into Bama territory time and time again.

 

With but one exception in the second quarter when the Tide flowed to its only score, the Texas defense rose up and smacked down the Harry Gilmer-powered Crimsons. So tight was the Steers defense they held Bama to 41 yards rushing and 62 via the air lanes.

 

Meanwhile, the Steers were putting together 59 yards on the ground and piling up 183 via the air lanes. Texas out first-downed Alabama, 14-7.

 

Layne passed to Blount for four yards and Texas first touchdown in the opening minutes of the second period, driving 85 yards the first time they got their hands on the ball. And after Bama bounced back on a 10-yard pass, Gilmer to End Ed White, to knot the score in the second quarter, Texas took the field in the second half and completely dominated the 14th renewal of this Jan. 1st classic, that has grown to be the No. 1 bowl game in the nation.

 

Tackle George Petrovich struck the bowl that put the Longhorns out in front for keeps when he broke through the line midway in the third quarter and smeared Norman Mosley's punt on the Bama seven-yard line. The ball bounced back into the end zone with Petrovich in hot pursuit. Players of both teams piled high, but when they were untangled Vic Vasicek held the pigskin.

 

From then on the Longhorns breezed home. In the early moments of the fourth quarter, End Lewis Holder intercepted a Gilmer pass and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. A few seconds later Holder pounced on a Gilmer fumble to give Texas the ball on the Bama five. An offside penalty put the Steers back on the 10, but Layne ran it around right end to the half foot line before being shoved out of bounds and then sneaked it across for the final score.

 

Frank Guess place-kicked the extra points after each touchdown except the third, where his try was wide.

 

In addition to the times they reached the promised land, the Longhorns, in writing brilliant finale to the Blair Cherry's first season as head coach, missed the boat on several other occasions.

 

In the second quarter Texas went from the Bama 46 to the 12 where Rebel Steiner knocked down Layne's fourth down pass intended for Billy Pyle, who was a great back all afternoon.

 

Again in the third quarter, Texas went from the Alabama 45 to the 27 where another passing attack died. But the Steers came back knocking and went to the seven before bogging down. Layne finally attempted a field goal from the 15, but it was partially blocked.

 

Texas also missed a third score in the fourth period when a 65-yard drive carried all the way to the Bama one foot line. But there the center of the Crimson forward wall rose up and smacked down Jimmy Canady on a try through the middle.

 

Layne charges toward the endzone on a bootleg play.

 

Alabama's Harry Gilmer fires a long pass down field. Texas' Red Noonan (left) and Lewis Holder struggle for ball.

 

Jimmy Canady tries to fight through the Tide.

 

The final score.

 

Attendance- 73,000

 

Scoring Summary

 

First Quarter

UT- Blount 5 yard pass from Layne (Guess kick)

 

Second Quarter

UA- White 8 yard pass from Gilmer (Morrow kick)

 

Third Quarter

UT- Vasicek fumble recovery in end zone (Guess kick)

UT- Holder 18 yard interception return (Guess kick)

 

Fourth Quarter

UT- Layne 1 run (Kick failed)

 

Individual Statistics

 

Rushing

UA- Noonan 5-20, Tew 7-17

UT- Layne 12-51, Canady 14-24, Pyle 10-22

 

Passing

UA- Gilmer 3-11-45

UT- Layne 10-24-183

 

Receiving

UA- Davis 1-27, White 1-19

UT- Pyle 2-79, Bumgardner 2-52

 

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