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1947 Maryland Terrapins football team

Main article: Maryland Terrapins football under Jim Tatum (1947–1955)
Gator Bowl vs. Georgia, T, 20–20
Conference Southern Conference
1947 record 7–2–2 (4–2–1 SoCon)
Head coach Jim Tatum
Offensive scheme Split-T
Captain George Simler
Home stadium Byrd Stadium (original)

The 1947 Maryland Terrapins football team represented the University of Maryland in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college football in its 27th season as a member of the Southern Conference.

Jim Tatum served as the first-year head coach and replaced Clark Shaughnessy who had been asked to resign. Tatum replaced Shaughnessy's pass-oriented version of the T formation with the option-heavy split-T offense. During his nine-year tenure at College Park, Tatum would become the winningest coach in school history. In 1947, he got off to a good start and significantly improved from Shaughnessy's 3–6 record of the season prior.

The highlight of the season was a berth in the 1948 Gator Bowl, the first postseason game in school history. NCAA-scoring leader Lu Gambino ran for 165 yards and scored all three touchdowns for Maryland. The game ultimately ended in a stalemate.



The Maryland roster for the 1947 season consisted of the following players:[1][2]

Coaching staff

  • Jim Tatum, head coach
  • George Barclay, assistant coach
  • Flucie Stewart, assistant coach
  • Jim Meade, assistant coach
  • Houston Elder, assistant coach
  • Albert Woods, assistant coach
  • Bill Meek, assistant coach
  • Duke Wyre, trainer


Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
27 September 1947 at South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC W 19–13   N/A
3 October 1947 Delaware* Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD W 43–19   16,460
10 October 1947 Richmond Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 18–6   N/A
18 October 1947 at #17 Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC (Duke–Maryland rivalry) L 7–19   N/A
25 October 1947 at Virginia Tech Miles StadiumBlacksburg, VA W 21–19   12,500
1 November 1947 West Virginia* Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD (Maryland–West Virginia rivalry) W 27–0   16,500
8 November 1947 at Duquesne Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 32–0   N/A
15 November 1947 vs. #19 North Carolina Griffith StadiumWashington, D.C. L 0–19   22,000
22 November 1947 at Vanderbilt* Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 20–6   N/A
29 November 1947 N.C. State Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD T 0–0   14,000
1 January 1948 Georgia* Gator BowlJacksonville, FL (1948 Gator Bowl) T 20–20   16,666
*Non-conference game. Homecoming.

Game notes

South Carolina

Gambino scored three touchdowns and Maryland firmly held the momentum for the first three quarters. In the final period, South Carolina mounted a comeback attempt. Maryland player Gene Kinney intercepted a pass on the Terrapin 31-yard line to secure the victory, 19–13.[3]


Delaware entered the game atop a 32-game winning streak. Gambino again scored three touchdowns, with others added by Davis, Idzik, and Targarona. The Blue Hens responded to an 88-yard touchdown run by Gambino with a 90-yard score by Cole.[4]


Maryland avenged the previous season's loss to Richmond. Gambino scored twice and completed a pass to Simler for the third touchdown.[5]

Duke (#17)

Maryland fumbles and interceptions helped Duke snap the three-game winning streak. Vernon Seibert scored the Terrapins' only score of the day. It was also the first touchdown ever scored by Maryland against Duke.[6]

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech scored twice in the first quarter after Maryland penalties and a turnover. In the fourth quarter, Maryland mounted a two-touchdown rally to spoil Virginia Tech's homecoming, 21–19. The decisive scores were due to a long Vic Turyn pass to Simler and a 32-yard dash by Idzik. McHugh made all three point after touchdown kicks, which proved to be the margin of victory.[7]

West Virginia


North Carolina (#19)


North Carolina State

Georgia (Gator Bowl)

Main article: 1948 Gator Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 0 7 13 0 20
Georgia 0 0 7 13 20


Lu Gambino was selected as a first-team All-Southern Conference back.[8][9] Gambino and Eugene Kinney were named honorable mention All-Americans.[9]

See also

  • Maryland Terrapins football under Jim Tatum (1947–1955)


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