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1947 Football Highlights


Season Highlights

Michigan halfback Chalmers Elliott takes a pass for a first down in the first quarter of the Michigan-Minnesota game, October 25. Michigan won its homecoming game 13-6.
Chalmers Elliott

After losing to Yale and Penn, Columbia University, under the direction of Lou Little, entered their home game against Army (on October 25) as 13-point underdogs. Trailing the Cadets 20-7 at halftime, the Lions rallied to win the game 21-20, thanks in large part to Bill Swiacki's pass catching skills. Columbia's win ended Army's streak of 32 games without a loss (30 wins, 2 ties).

The Columbia Lions celebrate their victory over Army.
Columbia celebrates victory

Notre Dame, under the direction of Frank Leahy, defeated Army 27-7 on November 8. The game was memorable because it was the first time Army had ever played on Notre Dame's home field, and because the two teams announced that they had mutually agreed to end the "rivalry" that had existed between them since 1913.

Conference Champions

Western (Big 10) Michigan (10-0-0)
Eastern Penn State
Southwestern Southern Methodist (9-0-2)
Ivy League Pennsylvania
Pacific Coast Southern California (7-2-1)
Big 6 tie, Kansas and Oklahoma (8-1-2)
Lone Star North Texas State (10-2-0)
Southeastern Ole Miss (9-2-0)
Southern William & Mary (9-2-0)
Yankee New Hampshire (8-1-0)
Big 7 Utah
Missouri Valley Tulsa

Final National Rankings
(AP Poll)

1--Notre Dame (9-0)

Post-Season Games

Rose Bowl Michigan (49) Southern California (0)
Sugar Bowl Texas (27) Alabama (7)
Cotton Bowl Penn State (13) Southern Methodist (13)
Orange Bowl Georgia Tech (20) Kansas (14)

Individual Honors

A New York World-Telegram poll named Michigan's Fritz Crisler Football Coach of the Year. Matty Bell of Southern Methodist came in second, Lynn Waldorf of California was third, and Notre Dame's Frank Leahy was fourth.

Notre Dame quarterback Johnny Lujack (below) was chosen as All-American quarterback and won the Heisman Trophy. After a two-year hiatus from Notre Dame due to service in the Navy, Lujack led the Fighting Irish to a 9-0 record for his senior year, during which he completed 61 of 109 passes for 777 yards and 9 touchdowns and ran 139 yards on 12 carries.

Johnny Lujack


Marion Motley of the Cleveland Browns, carries the ball in the All-American Conference Championship Game against the New York Yankees, December 14. The Browns won the game, which was played at Yankee Stadium, 14-3.
Marion Motley carries the football

A high-block foul is called, spoiling a pass in the first quarter of the National League Championship Game at Comiskey Park on December 28. The game between the Chicago Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles ended in a 28-21 victory for the Cardinals.
National League Championship Game

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