To celebrate the 150th anniversary of college football, Orange Bowl is promoting a campaign on social media highlighting each decade of Orange Bowl history. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite Orange Bowl game of each decade for a chance to win two (2) tickets to the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL on Monday, December 30, 2019.
Check back each week to see which decade is highlighted, and to vote for your favorite Orange Bowl game from each decade!
Bucknell, champion of the smaller Eastern collegees, was the first team invited to the Orange Bowl Classic, which had been called the Palm Festival for the previous two years. Bison head coach Hook Mylin and his staff took several days to decide on accepting the invitation to bring his team to Miami. They finally said yes, but not without precautions - 280 gallons of their own water supply from Pennsylvania to combat the heat.
Bucknell back Bill Wilkinson scored the first touchdown and the Bison defense held Miami to just four first downs and 28 yards of total offense en route to a 26-0 victory in the inaugural Orange Bowl.
Another famous sidelight from the 1935 Classic was the transmission of the fire wire photo across the United States by the Associated Press.
FINAL SCORE: Bucknell 26, Miami 0
The 1936 Orange Bowl featured out-of-state schools Catholic University and the University of Mississippi, with Catholic prevailing 20-19.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 13-0 lead before Ole Miss' Ned Peters broke free on a 67-yard touchdown run, the first long touchdown in the Orange Bowl. Catholic safety Paul Rydewski scampered 24 yards with a blocked pun to give the Cardinals a 20-6 lead going into the final quarter. The Rebels recorded two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but a missed extra point kept them one point shy.
With Bill Munday of CBS handling the play-by-play, the game was the first Orange Bowl to be broadcast on radio. Legendary sports writer Grantland Rice was also in the press box.
FINAL SCORE: Catholic 20, Ole Miss 19
In the lowest scoring game in Orange Bowl history, Auburn won 6-0 while Michigan State's offense sputtered the entire day. Not until the fourth quarter did the Spartans make a first down and they totaled only two for the game - to go along iwth 57 yards of total offense. Although the Auburn offense seemed to move at will, it could score only once - and then missed the extra point.
Ralph O'Gwynne set up his 2-yard touchdown run with a 45-yard pass from George Kenmore in the second quarter. He was run out of bounds at the Spartan five. After three attempts which netted two yards, O'Gwtnne's fourth-down skirt over the leftside proved the different.
The Tigers participated in the Orange Bowl after the Southeastern Conference officialled voted, 7-6, lifting a ban which forbade SEC teams from playing in postseason games in bowls other than the Rose and Suger Bowls. A sellout crowd of nearly 19,000 attended the game at Miami's brand-new $360,000 Orange Bowl Stadium.
FINAL SCORE: Auburn 6, Michigan State 0
A Match-up of undefeated Tennessee and Oklahoma propelled the Orange Bowl into the "major bowl" arena in 1939. It took some marketing and public relations by the OBC's Ernie Seiler to bring the Sooners to South Florida. Seiler went to Norman and covered the campus with posters of palm trees, beaches, and Miami's young women. AFter a stirring pep talk to the OU squad, the Sooners voted to accept the Orange Bowl offer over more lucrative ones from the Cotton, Rose, and Sugar Bowls.
Seiler then asked Oklahoma head coach Tom Stidham to call his friend, head coach Bob Neyland at Tennessee, to set up the match-up. When Neyland accepted, the Orange Bowl had the game of the year. Oklahoma had recorded eight shutouts in its 10-0 season, while the Volunteers had seven in their 10-0 campaign.
Tennessee dominated the game, racking up 268 yards of offense and limited the Sooneres to 81. Play was rough in this contest as the teams racked up a total of 242 yards in penalties, and several players were ejected from the game.
FINAL SCORE: Tennessee 17, Oklahoma 0
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