1946 Raisin Bowl
1st Raisin Bowl
1234 Total
Drake 6007 13
Fresno State 0606 12
DateJanuary 1, 1946
StadiumRatcliffe Stadium
LocationFresno, California
MVPJack Coupe (Drake)
National anthemMarching Bands
Halftime showMarching Bands
Raisin Bowl

The 1946 Raisin Bowl was a college football bowl game played between Drake Bulldogs and Fresno State Bulldogs at Ratcliffe Stadium in Fresno, California. The game marked the first bowl game for Drake and the third for Fresno State. It was sponsored by the Fresno Chambers of Commerce, in the first Raisin Bowl.

Game summary

The Drake took the early 6-0 first quarter lead on a Wallace Rooker 1-yard run, but missed the PAT. Fresno State would score a second-quarter touchdown courtesy of a Jack Kelly 19-yard run, tying the game 6-6. The ensuing PAT was blocked by Drake, leading to a 6-6 halftime score. The third quarter would see Fresno State take their only lead of the game on a Mel Gustafson 1-yard run. Fresno State again missed the PAT. The lead would last only a quarter as a fourth quarter Drake touchdown pass from Jack Coupe to Charles McDowell set up the game winning extra point by Jim Baer. Fresno State set a bowl record of nine turnovers. The Drake defense intercepted six passes and recovered three fumbles in the 13-12 victory the game ended with a very close score.[1]


The victory would improve Drake's bowl record to 1-0. Fresno State fell to 2-1 in bowl games. Drake became the first Iowa team to participate in a college football bowl game.

Scoring summary

First Quarter

Drake – Rooker 1-yard run (PAT failed)

Second Quarter

Fresno State – Kelley 19 yard (PAT blocked)

Third Quarter

Fresno State – Gustafson 1-yard run (PAT failed)

Fourth Quarter

Drake – Coupe 24-yard pass to McDowell (Baer Kick)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-01-02.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)