1948 COTTON BOWL - SMU 13, PENN STATE 13

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Go smu!

The 1948 Cotton Bowl featured a matchup between two unbeaten teams in SMU and Penn State. Led by All-America Doak Walker, the Mustangs jumped ahead early. Walker tossed a 53-yard scoring pass to Paul Page and later scored on a two-yard touchdown carry.

The Nittany Lions struck back when, just before halftime, Elwood Petchel connected on a 38-yard touchdown pass to Larry Cooney which cut the SMU lead to 13-7. Penn State scored the only points of the second half when Petchel threw his second scoring pass of the game on a six-yard toss to Wallace Triplett in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions, however, missed the extra point, and the game ended in a 13-13 tie.

SMU7600 - 13
Penn State 0 760-13

GAME STATISTICS
Scoring Summary
SMU - Paul Page 53 pass from Doak Walker (Walker kick)
SMU - Walker 2 run (kick failed)
Penn State - Larry Cooney 38 pass from Elwood Petchel (Czekaj kick)
Penn State - Wallace Triplett 6 pass from Petchel (kick failed)

Team Statistics SMU Penn State
First Downs 12 12
Yards Rushing 92 165
Yards Passing 114 93
Total Yards 206 258
Passes 11-25 7-15
Punts-Average 7-33.1 4-33.4
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Interceptions 1 1
Penalties-Yards 1-5 3-15
Attendance

  43,000

Individual Statistics
Rushing: SMU - Walker 18-66; Penn State - Petchel 9-25
Passing: SMU - Johnson 6-16, Walker 5-9;
Penn State - Petchel 7-15-93