1947 Orange Bowl
13th Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Rice 8000 8
Tennessee 0000 0
DateJanuary 1, 1947
StadiumBurdine Stadium
LocationMiami, Florida
FavoriteRice by 6[1]
RefereeJohn J. Lynch (SEC;
split crew: SEC, SWC)
Orange Bowl
 < 1946  1948

The 1947 Orange Bowl was a postseason football game featuring the Tennessee Volunteers and the Rice Owls. It was won by Rice on the strength of a first-quarter touchdown and a safety on a bad snap during a Tennessee quick kick. Rice outgained Tennessee 246–145 and both teams combined for 9 turnovers.[3]

The pageantry surrounding the game consisted of a halftime show in which over 10,000 balloons were released and an appearance by Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Howard McCrum Snyder. Eisenhower's group also consisted of his former Aide-de-camp Charles Craig Cannon and Coral Gables Mayor Tom Mayes. Eisenhower claimed publicly to be taking no sides, but was close friends with Tennessee coach General Robert R. Neyland.[2]


  1. ^ Rice, Grantland (January 1, 1947). "'Orange and Rose Too Toughest to Pick' Says Rice". The Miami News: 4B. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Cavendish, Henry (January 2, 1947). "36,152 Thrilled Here By Orange Bowl Show". The Miami News: 33. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "Rice Turns Back Tennessee in Orange Bowl Game 8-0". The Palm Beach Post: 9. January 2, 1947.