1944 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team

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1944 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 26–12 vs. Georgia Tech
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
1944 record 8–2 (0–1 MVC)
Head coach Henry Frnka (4th season)
Home stadium Skelly Field
Seasons
← 1943
1945 →
1944 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Oklahoma A&M $ 1 0 0     8 1 0
Tulsa 0 1 0     8 2 0
Drake 0 0 0     7 2 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1944 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team represented the University of Tulsa during the 1944 college football season. In their fourth year under head coach Henry Frnka, the Golden Hurricane compiled an 8–2 record (0–1 against Missouri Valley Conference opponents) and defeated Georgia Tech in the 1945 Orange Bowl.

Tulsa was ranked #7 in the AP Poll after defeating Texas Tech (34-7) and Ole Miss (47-0), but then lost back-to-back games against Oklahoma State and Iowa Pre-Flight. Later in the season, Tulsa also defeated Arkansas (33-2) and Miami (Florida) (48-2).[1]

Center Felto Prewitt was selected as a first-team All-American by Football News,[2] and guard Ellis Jones was selected as a first-team All-American by Look magazine.[3]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRank#SiteResult
September 23Texas–Arlington*NR
  • Skelly Field
  • Tulsa, OK
W 47–6
October 7Kansas*NR
  • Skelly Field
  • Tulsa, OK
W 27–0
October 14Texas Tech*No. 13
  • Skelly Field
  • Tulsa, OK
W 34–7
October 21vs. Ole Miss*No. 13Memphis, TNW 47–0[4]
October 28Oklahoma A&MNo. 7
  • Skelly Field
  • Tulsa, OK
L 40–46
November 4 No. 7 Iowa Pre-Flight*NR
  • Skelly Field
  • Tulsa, OK
L 27–47
November 11Southwestern*NR
  • Skelly Field
  • Tulsa, OK
W 51–6
November 23Arkansas*NR
  • Skelly Field
  • Tulsa, OK
W 33–2
December 1at Miami (FL)*NRW 48–2
January 1, 1945vs. No. 13 Georgia TechNR
W 26–12
  • *Non-conference game
  • #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1944 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1196. ISBN 1401337031. 
  3. ^ Hal Sayles (November 30, 1944). "Speaking of Sports". Abilene Reporter-News. 
  4. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/22080306/big_tulsa_bowl_veterans_smother_ole/