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Oklahoma 14, Colorado 3. With out of control gushers from the yet unlicensed wildcat oil fields on the nearby State Capitol grounds threatening to make a mockery of the game, the Sooners managed to slide their way to a splendid season-ending win over a fine Colorado team, handing the Buffaloes their only loss of the year.
Nebraska 44, Oklahoma 0. No further comment necessary.
Michigan 3, Illinios 0. This was the year after the "Grange game," and this time the Wolverines managed to pull out a tightly fought squeaker.
Missouri 20, Oklahoma 7. Face it, Sooner fans, this one doesn't have much to offer you beyond a peace offering to a friend from the Show Me state.
Georgia Tech 8, California 7. This game not only capped a perfect season for the Yellow Jackets, but it has been passed down in gridiron lore as the famous "Wrong Way Riegels" game. Roy Riegels was an unfortunate California player who in the second quarter scooped up a Georgia Tech fumble on the Tech 30-yard line and headed for the Tech end zone, only to be spun around and misoriented. He then streaked the length of the field in the wrong direction, and wound up being tackled on his own 1-yard line by the Cal player who had caused the fumble in the first place. Three plays later, a Cal punt was blocked in the end zone for a safety, which provided the winning margin in Tech's 8-7 win. It was Tech's only Rose Bowl appearance.
Indiana 10, Oklahoma 7. Football schedules were a bit less predictable back in 1928, and it wasn't so unusual for a team to go from Wabash one week to Oklahoma the next. But the Hoosiers handled the Sooner juggernaut every bit as smoothly as they had taken care of their in-state small college rival.
Oklahoma 33, Kansas State 21. For ten bucks back then your Dad could hop on the train from Oklahoma City, see you star in a football game, and then catch a musical while you were out with your girl testing the Prohibition laws. There were worse times to be alive.
Georgia 15, Yale 0. Talk about a perfect day in Athens. A shutout win over your archrival intersectional namesake, and a brand new stadium to boot. Bring out that bathtub Peach Brandy....
Vanderbilt 23, Georgia Tech 7. The Yellow Jackets were the defending Rose Bowl champions, but this was Vandy's year. The cover illustration appears to be a John Held Jr. knockoff.
Oklahoma 0, Missouri 0. Neither the Sooners nor the Tigers were going anywhere this year, and so it's just as well that they ended their schedules without denting the end zone the entire afternoon.
Tennessee 8, Kentucky 0. Only a narrow loss to unbeaten Rose Bowl champion Alabama kept General Neyland's Volunteers from perfection that year. Kentucky was a good team but not as good as their moonshining rivals.
Army 21, LSU 0. Boosted by their # 1 fan, Gov. Huey "The Kingfish" Long, the LSU Tigers were on their way to becoming a national power. But on this day they had to put up with a bit of martial law that didn't come with a Bayou accent.
Misouri 7, Oklahoma 0. Perhaps as a reward for this thoroughly miserable afternoon spent stuck in the Missouri mud, the Sooners were rewarded with football games played on Christmas and New Year's Day---in Honolulu, Hawaii. Man, there must have been at least ONE fired up alumnus who struck oil in that Depression year!
Georgia 32, North Carolina 7. Other than a nip-and-tuck 60-0 season ending setback at Southern Cal and another loss to once-beaten (by Southern Cal) Tulane, the Bulldogs were as good as it got in 1931, thumping Georgia Tech and the traditionally tough North Carolina Tarheels along the way. Great looking program cover, too.
Oklahoma 19, Rice 6. The Sooners warmed up for their big games against Nebraska and Texas by opening their season with a bit of sporting fun against Rice. The cover artwork you see was maybe the best example of the "Last Yard" series of programs that Oklahoma produced in that era.
Missouri 14, Oklahoma 6. And never mind about the game. It's only a game.
Tennessee 16, Duke 13. When Wallace Wade came to Duke in 1930, the Blue Devils immediately began a long run among the national football powers. But under General Bob Neyland, the Vols were building an even better tradition. This nail biter in Knoxville, which enabled Tennessee to go on to an unbeaten season, was typical of the sort of games that these two teams staged throughout the decade, as each of them held serve on their own home fields.
Texas 17, Oklahoma 10. The text under that cover photo (which may be too small to read on your screen) notes that this was the 1908 Sooner team that smashed the Longhorns by a score of 50 to 0. Ah, you can't win em all.
Georgia 7, Yale 0. Yawn...another year, another win over the Dawgs' New Haven patsies. This was to the the penultimate matchup between the two Bulldogs, however, since after one more year the Elis gave up the ghost and stuck to biting the Harvards.
Santa Clara 6, LSU 0. This score would rank with Appalachian State over Michigan today, but in 1937 Santa Clara was a national powerhouse, unbeaten and ranked 9th in the country along with Notre Dame. The year before they'd been #5 and had beaten LSU in the same bowl game. So whatever this game was, it was no upset. The Tigers had had a great season themselves, losing only to Vandy by a point and beating every other team with ease. But on this day they were up against one of the best, and there were no excuses.
Tennessee 20, LSU 0. Mike the Tiger's claws were clipped on this Baton Rouge afternoon, as the Vols made LSU their eleventh straight shutout victim.
Minnesota 20, Michigan 7. While Michigan has thoroughly dominated the Little Brown Jug contest since its inception in 1903, the nine year stretch between 1934 and 1942 was another matter altogether, as the Golden Gophers ran nine and out. And even though 1939 was a rare down year for the Minnesotans, they still managed to come out of Ann Arbor with yet another win.
Nebraska 13, Oklahoma 7. The Sooners fired on all cylinders coming out of the gate, but after going unbeaten through the first seven games, a pair of narrow setbacks to Missouri and the Huskers knocked them out of a return trip to the Orange Bowl.
Tennessee 17, Oklahoma 0. Next year (i.e. in the 1939 regular season) Tennessee didn't allow a point until Southern Cal beat them in the 1940 Rose Bowl. But in 1938 it was the Sooners who ran into their own New Year's hex, as an unbeaten team which had only allowed 12 points in the regular season bowed to the best Volunteer team in its history.
The Rambling Wreck lost a three point heartbreaker at Notre Dame to open the 1939 season, but after that only a missed extra point against Duke prevented a clean sweep. And in the Orange Bowl, the Missouri Tigers were just one more blip in the road.
Southern Cal 14, Tennessee 0. The Vols were shooting for their second straight perfect season and their 24th win in a row, and going into the game they hadn't even allowed a point to be scored against them all year. But all good things have to end sometime, and the Trojans had done exactly the same thing in the 1939 Rose Bowl against an unscored-upon Duke team.
Army 19, Citadel 6. This was Earl "Red" Blaik's inaugural game on the banks of the Hudson, where in an illustrious 18-year career he would compile a 121-32-10 record, one which included a 32-game winning streak, a Coach of the Year award, two national championships and a de facto piece of a third. And this win over another team of Cadets is where it rather fittingly all began.
Boston College 19, Tennessee 13. For the second straight year, the Vols had a perfect season marred by a loss on New Year's Day. But it took Boston College's greatest team to do it, in a matchup of perfect records.
Georgia 40, Texas Christian University 26. This 1942 New Year's Day was a momentous one for the Bulldogs, as they not only played in their first bowl game, but they celebrated the occasion in grand style with an easy win over the powerful Horned Frogs of Texas Christian. The Dawgs enjoyed themselves so much that the next year they made it all the way out to Pasadena, where they capped an 11-1 season by beating UCLA in the Rose Bowl.
Army 14, Harvard 0. The Black Knights had been floundering a bit with the Crimson, but with Uncle Sam beaming his approval, this year was another story altogether, as the Cadets began the advance to their greatest years of gridiron glory.
Navy 14, Army 0. For the first time since 1893, and never again thereafter, the great service rivalry was staged at the Naval Academy's Thompson Stadium. With only 11,700 in attendance, by far the smallest crowd for the game since the last time it had been played in Annapolis, programs from this game are relatively scarce---a shame, since it's such a great Lon Keller image.