SMU 21, Oregon 13

Jan. 1, 1949
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 69,000

Oregon’s fourth-quarter rally fell short, despite quarterback Norm Van Brocklin completing six of 10 passes for 109 yards in the second half, as the Pacific Coast Conference co-champions were unable to defeat the winners of the Southwest Conference in the first meeting ever between the two schools.

The combined running, passing and kicking exploits of SMU’s Kyle Rote and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker were too much to overcome. Rote ran for 93 yards and caught four passes for 55 yards while Walker completed six of 10 aerials for 79 yards and rushed for another 66.

But it was the duo’s kicking exploits that inflicted the most first half damage. The two-time All-America Walker pulled off a 79-yard quick kick to the Ducks’ one-foot line and Rote successfully duplicated the effort with an 84-yard boot rolling dead at the 12 in the second quarter.

The Mustangs jumped on top from the outset, capping the game’s initial 73-yard drive with Walker’s one-yard run. George Bell’s interception later in the opening period and Dewayne Johnson’s second-quarter theft prevented further SMU damage.

By the time Oregon was able to regroup around its veteran signalcaller, who became the school’s first player to pass for more than 1,000 yards in a single season, the Ducks faced a 14-0 deficit.

Oregon scored its first touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard pass to Dick Wilkins before SMU countered with its third score with 8:45 remaining. Van Brocklin’s 41-yard pass to Darrell Robinson set up the game’s final score by Bob Sanders two minutes later.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Coach

SMU

7

0

7

7

31

Matty Bell

Oregon

0

0

0

13

13

Jim Aiken

SCORING
SMU......Doak Walker 1 run (Walker kick), 9:48, 1st
SMU......Kyle Rote 36 run (Walker kick), 9:44, 3rd
UO........Dick Wilkins 24 pass from N. Van Brocklin (kick failed), 12:23, 4th
SMU......Chicken Roberts 8 run (Joe Ethridge kick), 8:45, 4th
UO........Bob Sanders 1 run (Chet Daniels kick), 6:20, 4th


Individual Leaders

Rushing
Bell (UO) 17-93, Lewis (UO) 12-63, Sanders (UO) 12-63.
Rote (SMU) 16-93, Walker (SMU) 14-66,

Passing
Van Brocklin (UO) 19-8-0-145, 
Walker (SMU) 10-6-1-79, Johnson (SMU) 10-4-1-32.

Receiving
Wilkins (UO) 4-57, D. Robinson (UO) 3-56.
Rote (SMU) 4-55

 

Team Statistics

Oregon

SMU

First Downs

19

19

Rushes / Yards

48-242

36-187

Passes

8-19-0

10-20-2

Passing Yards

145

111

Total Offense

387

337

Punting

3-31.0

3-68.7

Fumbles / Lost

1-1

0-0

Penalties

6-30

1-5