1952 Tangerine Bowl
1234 Total
Stetson 07217 35
Arkansas State 7607 20
DateJanuary 1, 1952
StadiumTangerine Bowl
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPBill Johnson, Stetson[1] Dave Laude, Stetson[2]
Tangerine Bowl
 < 1951  1953

The 1952 Tangerine Bowl was an American college football bowl game played after the 1951 season, on January 1, 1952, at the Tangerine Bowl stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Stetson Hatters with a record of 7–1–2 played the Arkansas State Indians (now the Arkansas State Red Wolves) with a record of 10–1. Stetson won by a score of 35–20.[4]

Game summary

The first quarter of the game saw only one score; a 5-yard rush for an Arkansas State touchdown. The quarter ended 7–0, Indians.

The second quarter featured minimal scoring as well; Stetson tied the game after a 2–yard pass to make it 7–7, though the Indians quickly recovered and scored their second touchdown to give them back the lead. The extra point was missed, however, and the game went to halftime 13–7 with Arkansas State in the lead.

Stetson's offense took off in the third quarter, finding the end zone on three occasions: two passes (23 and 30 yards) and a 5–yard rush. All extra points were converted, and the Hatters took a 28–13 lead into the final quarter after their defense pitched a shutout in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw both teams score one final time, both touchdowns, and the game finished 35–20 in favor of Stetson.[5]

This was the Hatters' first bowl victory in their first bowl appearance (and the only appearance to date), making them 1–0 overall in bowl games.


Statistics[6] Arkansas State Stetson
First downs 21 15
Rushing yards 261 193
Passes attempted 15 20
Passes completed 7 9
Passes intercepted by 2 3
Passing yards 77 110
Yards penalized 31 65
Punts–average 2–32.5 5–33.6
Fumbles lost 2 0


  1. ^ "JOHNSON MOST VALUABLE". Orlando Sentinel. January 2, 1952. Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Citrus Bowl".
  3. ^ "Record Crowd At Stadium For Tangerine Bowl Game". Orlando Sentinel. January 2, 1952. Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "1951 Bowl Games | College Football". www.sports-reference.com.
  5. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. New York: Hyperion. 6 January 2017. p. 1511. ISBN 978-1-4013-3703-2.
  6. ^ Wadsworth, Charlie (January 2, 1952). "Stetson Tops Arkansas State, 35-20". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via newspapers.com.