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