1948 Tangerine Bowl
1234 Total
Marshall 0000 0
Catawba 0007 7
DateJanuary 1, 1948
StadiumTangerine Bowl
LocationOrlando, Florida
FavoriteCatawba by 13[1]
Tangerine Bowl
 < 1947  1949

The 1948 Tangerine Bowl was an American college football bowl game played after the 1947 season, on January 1, 1948, at the Tangerine Bowl stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game was the second annual Tangerine Bowl, now known as the Citrus Bowl, and featured the Catawba Indians against the Marshall Thundering Herd.[2][3]


Catawba had appeared in the first Tangerine Bowl and beat Maryville College 31–6. This season, they were invited back to the bowl with a 10–1 record after having only one loss (to VMI) early in the season, and entered the game with an 8-game winning streak. They participated in the North State Intercollegiate Conference. Marshall was an Independent who was 9–2 on the year in Cam Henderson's tenth season as coach.

Game summary

Indians’ fullback Lee Spears scored on a one-yard carry late in the fourth quarter to win the game. Despite outgaining Catawba in yards, 109–54, Marshall turned the ball over three times, which cost them the game. End Don Gibson for Marshall was named MVP of the game.[4]

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP MC CC
4 4:30 12 45 CC Lee Spears 1-yard touchdown run, Lamar Dorton kick good 0 7
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 0 7



Marshall joined the Ohio Valley Conference the following year, and would not win a bowl game until the 1998 Motor City Bowl. Catawba was the first Tangerine Bowl participant to have a shutout win, and the first to win consecutive bowls. Their head coach Gordon Kirkland retired after the game; Catawba has not yet played in another bowl game.


  1. ^ "Nevada is Rated 13-Point Favorite". Reno Gazette-Journal. Reno, Nevada. December 25, 1947. Retrieved March 8, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/c/catawba/1945-1949_yearly_results.php
  3. ^ http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/m/marshall/1945-1949_yearly_results.php
  4. ^ http://www.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/mars/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/fballmediaguide
  5. ^ "Catawba Captures 7-0 Tangerine Bowl Win". The Times. Shreveport, Louisiana. AP. January 2, 1948. Retrieved March 8, 2017 – via newspapers.com.