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1950 Cotton Bowl Classic

1950 Cotton Bowl Classic
1 2 3 4 Total
North Carolina 0 0 0 13 13
Rice 0 14 7 6 27
Date January 2, 1950
Season 1949
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Dallas, Texas
MVP HB Billy Burkhalter (Rice)
C Joe Watson (Rice)
End James Williams (Rice)
Attendance 75,000

The 1950 Cotton Bowl Classic featured the Rice Owls and the North Carolina Tar Heels.


  • Background 1
  • Game summary 2
  • Aftermath 3
  • Statistics 4
  • References 5


The Owls won the Southwest Conference for the fourth time in 15 years. This was their second appearance in the Cotton Bowl Classic, and their first since 1938. The Tar Heels were playing in their first ever Cotton Bowl Classic and their third bowl game in Coach Snavely's fifth season with the team. They were champions of the Southern Conference for the 2nd time in three years. They were looking for their first ever bowl win.

Game summary

The Owls would score 27 straight points before the Tar Heels got on the board, and the Heels never recovered, despite scoring two touchdowns late. The Owls scored early in the second quarter on a Billy Burkhalter touchdown catch from Tobin Rote and Bobby Lantrip scored before the half ended to make it 14-0. James "Froggy" Williams scored in the third quarter on a catch from Rote to make it 21-0, and Burkhalter ended Rice's scoring with his touchdown run to make it 27-0. Not deterred, Paul Rizzo caught a touchdown pass from Charlie Justice to make it 27-7. But the Heels only scored again on a Rizzo run with only :47 seconds left, as the Owls won their second ever Cotton Bowl Classic.[1]


Snavely would not appear in another bowl game, and he left in 1953. Ten years later, the Tar Heels returned to a bowl game, which they won. The Owls would play in two more Cotton Bowl Classics after winning two more SWC titles before the decade ended, splitting the two.


Statistics Rice North Carolina
First Downs 18 16
Yards Rushing 226 174
Yards Passing 152 80
Total Yards 378 254
Punts-Average 6-38.0 4-42.8
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1
Interceptions 1 1
Penalties-Yards 3-26 4-30


  1. ^ "26-37.pmd" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 
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