1940 Orange Bowl
6th Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Missouri 7000 7
Georgia Tech 7770 21
DateJanuary 1, 1940
StadiumBurdine Stadium
LocationMiami, Florida
RefereeT. G. Kain (SEC;
split crew: SEC, Big Six)
Orange Bowl
 < 1939  1941

The 1940 Orange Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Missouri Tigers.


The Yellow Jackets tied for first in the Southeastern Conference, their first conference title since winning the Southern Conference in 1928, which was also their last bowl appearance. Missouri won the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association title for the first time since 1927. This was Missouri's first bowl game since 1924.

Game summary

Paul Christman gave the Tigers a 7–0 lead on his touchdown plunge, but Howard Ector responded with a touchdown run of his own to culminate a 63-yard drive and tie the score at 7 at the end of one quarter. Rob Ison dashed for the second Jacket touchdown to make it 14–7. Earl Wheby made it 21–7 on his touchdown gallop of 34 yards as Georgia Tech won their first Orange Bowl.[1]


The Yellow Jackets have made six subsequent appearances in the over 70-year span since this game, including three in the next 12 years. The Tigers returned to the Orange Bowl 20 years later.


Statistics Georgia Tech Missouri
First downs 12 14
Rushing yards 210 151
Passing yards 91 60
Total offense 301 211
Interceptions 1 1
Punt average 35.0 33.0
Fumbles lost 3 1
Penalty yards 36 15


  1. ^ "The 1940s | Orange Bowl".