1947 Wisconsin Badgers football team

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1947 Wisconsin Badgers football
Conference Big Nine Conference
1947 record 5–3–1 (3–2–1 Big Nine)
Head coach Harry Stuhldreher (12th season)
MVP Red Wilson
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
Seasons
← 1946
1948 →
1947 Big Nine football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Michigan $ 6 0 0     10 0 0
Wisconsin 3 2 1     5 3 1
Minnesota 3 3 0     6 3 0
Illinois 3 3 0     5 3 1
Purdue 3 3 0     5 4 0
Indiana 2 3 1     5 3 1
Iowa 2 3 1     3 5 1
Northwestern 2 4 0     3 6 0
Ohio State 1 4 1     2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1947 Wisconsin Badgers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Wisconsin in the 1947 Big Nine Conference football season. The team compiled a 5–3–1 record (3–2–1 against conference opponents) and finished in second place in the Big Nine Conference. Harry Stuhldreher was in his 12th year as Wisconsin's head coach.[1][2] The team was ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll before losing to Michigan on November 15, 1947.[1] The team averaged 280.1 yards per game of total offense, 205.9 yards per game by rushing, and 74.2 by passing.[3]

The team's statistical leaders included Clarence Self with 526 rushing yards, Jug Girard with 322 passing yards, Tom Bennett with 95 receiving yards, and Lisle Blackbourn, Jr., with 39 points scored.[4] Center Red Wilson received the team's most valuable player award;[5] Wilson also received first-team honors from the Associated Press, United Press, and International News Service on the 1947 All-Big Nine Conference football team.[6][7][8] Jack Wink was the team captain.[9]

Several Wisconsin records were set during the 1947 season, including the following:

  • In a game against Iowa on November 8, 1947, Jug Girard set four Iowa single game records: 158 punt return yards; two punt returns for touchdowns, an 85-yard return; and an average of 52.7 yards per return. Three of those record still stand (the record for longest punt return was broken in 1970).[10]
  • In a game against Purdue on September 27, 1947, Clarence Self set Iowa's single game record with an average of 12.7 yards per carry (10 carries for 127 yards). That record stood for 26 years.[11]
  • In a game against Michigan on November 15, 1947, Clarence Self set Iowa's single game record with 178 kickoff return yards. That record stood for 60 years.[12]

The team played its home games at Camp Randall Stadium, during the 1947 season, the average attendance at home games was 44,200.[13]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 27 Purdue Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin W 32–14   41,000
October 4 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, Indiana T 7–7   30,000
October 11 No. 8 California* Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, Wisconsin L 7–48   45,000
October 18 at No. 12 Yale* Yale BowlNew Haven, Connecticut W 9–0   65,000
October 25 Marquette* Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, Wisconsin W 35–12   45,000
November 1 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 29–0   43,000
November 8 Iowadagger No. 19 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, Wisconsin W 46–14   45,000
November 15 No. 2 Michigan No. 9 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, Wisconsin L 6–40   45,000
November 22 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis L 0–21   63,862
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1947 Wisconsin Badgers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. March 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book" (PDF). University of Wisconsin. 2016. pp. 212, 220. 
  3. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book, p. 146.
  4. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book, pp. 134-136.
  5. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book, p. 181.
  6. ^ "Michigan Lands Four Players on All-Big Nine". The Daily News, Ludington, Mich. (AP story). November 24, 1947. p. 6. (AP)
  7. ^ "'M' Awarded Five Positions on UP Team". The Michigan Daily. November 26, 1947. p. 3. (UP)
  8. ^ Charles Einstein. "Wilson of Wisconsin On INS All-Big Nine Team". The Milwaukee Sentinel (INS story). (INS)
  9. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book, p. 185.
  10. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book, pp. 96, 130.
  11. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Record Book, pp. 100, 103.
  12. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Record Book, p. 130.
  13. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book, p. 258.