1946 Gator Bowl

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1946 Gator Bowl
The First Gator Bowl
1234 Total
Wake Forest 60614 26
South Carolina 0707 14
Date January 1, 1946
Season 1945
Stadium Fairfield Stadium
Location Jacksonville, Florida
MVP Back Nick Sacrinty (Wake Forest)
Attendance 7,362
Gator Bowl
  1947

The 1946 Gator Bowl was the first inaugural game and it featured the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the South Carolina Gamecocks, both from the Southern Conference. It was one of only two bowl rematches of a regular season game that ended in a tie.

Background[edit]

This was the first bowl game appearance for either team. The two had played earlier in the season (November 22nd) in Charlotte, ending in a tie, 13–13. Wake Forest had finished 4–0–1 down the stretch, while South Carolina was 2–3–3, but were still invited to play.

Game summary[edit]

Nick Sacrinty scored for Wake Forest on a touchdown run to give them a 6–0 lead in the first quarter. South Carolina responded with a Bobby Giles touchdown run to have a 7–6 halftime lead. But Wake Forest would score three straight running touchdowns with two Dick Brinkley touchdowns and a Bob Smathers touchdown to have a 26–7 lead. South Carolina would have a touchdown late on an interception return, but Wake Forest held on to win with the run game being their strong suit, with 378 of their 396 yards being on the run, outgaining the Gamecocks.[1]

Aftermath[edit]

Wake Forest has not played in the Gator Bowl since this game, and they would have to wait until 1992 for their next bowl win. South Carolina would not win a bowl game until 1995, on their 9th bowl appearance, with four being in Jacksonville.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics Wake Forest South Carolina
First Downs 24 7
Yards Rushing 378 88
Yards Passing 18 69
Total Yards 396 157
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 3-1
Interceptions 2 1
Penalties-Yards 8-70 1-5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brittany Norris. "1st Gator Bowl" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2015-01-11.