1952 Cotton Bowl Classic
16th Cotton Bowl Classic
1234 Total
Kentucky 7607 20
TCU 0070 7
DateJanuary 1, 1952
StadiumCotton Bowl
LocationDallas, Texas
MVPHB Emery Clark (Kentucky)
G Ray Correll (Kentucky)
QB Babe Parilli (Kentucky)
FB Keith Flowers (TCU)
RefereeCliff Shaw (SWC;
split crew: SWC, SEC)
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 1951  1953

The 1952 Cotton Bowl Classic was the sixteenth installment of the Cotton Bowl Classic.


The game featured the Kentucky Wildcats of the Southeastern Conference and the Texas Christian Horned Frogs of the Southwest Conference. Texas Christian (6-4 entering the game, 5-1 in the SWC) was ranked #11 in the AP poll prior to the game.[1] Kentucky (7-4, 3-3 SEC) had been ranked as high as #6 in the AP poll during the season[2] but was ranked #15 entering the game.[1]

Game summary

In the first quarter, Kentucky quarterback Babe Parilli threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Emery Clark; Harry Jones' point after gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead.[3] In the second quarter, a 57-yard Kentucky drive ended when Parilli completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Clark.[3] The point after was no good, resulting in a halftime score of Kentucky 13, Texas Christian 0, despite Texas Christian drives that got all the way to the Kentucky 4-, 24-, 5- and 2-yard lines during the half.[3]

Texas Christian scored first in the second half after a four-play, 80-yard drive as Bobby Jack Floyd ran for a 43-yard touchdown on a sweep.[3] Keith Flowers' point after made it Kentucky 13, Texas Christian 7 with 1:12 left in the third quarter.[3]

Kentucky's Ed Hamilton scored on a 3-yard run and the Jones' point with 3:33 left in the fourth quarter resulted in the final score of Kentucky 20, Texas Christian 7.[3]

Kentucky's Emery Clark, Babe Parilli and Ray Correll were named the MVPs of the game.[4] Kentucky's Tom Fillon had a game high 73 rushing yards (on 10 attempts); Kentucky's Steve Meilinger had 61 receiving yards on 3 catches.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Final 1952 AP poll at AP Poll Archive.com Archived 2009-10-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Kentucky in the 1952 AP polls at AP Poll Archive.com Archived 2012-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d e f 2002 University of Kentucky football media guide, p.176
  4. ^ 1996 University of Kentucky football media guide, p.177
  5. ^ 1996 University of Kentucky football media guide, p.179
  6. ^ "26-37.pmd" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2014.