American Football Database
1937 Cotton Bowl Classic
1 2 3 4 Total
Marquette University 6 0 0 0 6
Texas Christian University 10 6 0 0 16
Date January 1, 1937
Season 1936
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Dallas, Texas
MVP C Ki Aldrich (TCU)[1]
QB Sammy Baugh (TCU)[1]
E L. D. Meyer (TCU)[1]
Attendance 17,000[2]
Cotton Bowl Classic

The 1937 Cotton Bowl Classic, part of the 1936–37 bowl game season, took place on January 1, 1937, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. The competing teams were the Marquette Golden Avalanche, competing as a football independent, and the TCU Horned Frogs, representing the Southwest Conference (SWC) as conference champions. TCU won the inaugural contest 16–6.[3][4]



The 1936 Marquette squad finished the regular season with a 7–1 record after losing to Duquesne in their regular season finale.[5] On December 9, Marquette accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Cotton Bowl Classic on New Years Day.[6] The appearance marked the first all-time bowl appearance for the Golden Avalanche.[6] Marquette accepted the bid also in part to expand their brand into the Southern United States and make contacts with other southern football teams to schedule future contests.[6]


TCU finished the regular season with a 8–2–2 record with ties against Mississippi State and SMU and losses against Texas Tech and Texas A&M. After they defeated Santa Clara in their regular season finale, the Cotton Bowl extended TCU an invitation to the game over Arkansas.[6] On December 16, the Horned Frogs were granted permission from the Southwest Conference to compete against the Golden Avalanche in the Cotton Bowl Classic.[7] The appearance marked the third all-time bowl appearance for TCU.

Game summary

L. D. Meyer scored the first points of the game when he successfully connected on a 33-yard field goal to give the Horned Frogs an early 3–0 lead.[3] Marquette responded with their only points of the game later in the quarter when Arthur Guepe had a punt return of 60 yards for a touchdown.[8] After a failed extra point attempt by Ward Cuff, the Golden Avalanche led 6–3.[3] The Horned Frogs retook the lead for good at the end of the first quarter when Meyer caught a 55-yard Sammy Baugh touchdown pass, and with the extra point led 10–6.[3] Meyer then scored his second touchdown of the game when the second quarter when Vic Montgomery threw him an 18-yard touchdown strike.[3] Leading 16–6 entering the second half, neither team would score again giving TCU the victory.[3] For their performances, Ki Aldrich, Baugh and Meyer were named the Most Valuable Players of the game.[1]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP Marquette TCU
1 7 40 TCU 33-yard field goal by L. D. Meyer 0 3
1 1 60 Marquette Arthur Guepe 60-yard punt return for a touchdown, Ward Cuff no kick good 6 3
1 7 78 TCU L. D. Meyer 55-yard touchdown reception from Sammy Baugh, L. D. Meyer kick good 6 10
2 8 62 TCU L. D. Meyer 18-yard touchdown reception from Vic Montgomery, L. D. Meyer kick no good 6 16
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 6 16


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records: Most Valuable Players in Major Bowls" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. p. 95. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  2. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records: Major Bowl Game Attendance" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. p. 33. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "1937 Cotton Bowl Classic Game Summary" (PDF). AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  4. Burch, Jimmy (January 6, 2011). "Cotton Bowl always a prime-time show". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  5. Walfroot, Cleon (November 22, 1936). "Duquesne ends Marquette streak, 13–0". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Marquette to play Cotton Bowl contest". The Milwaukee Journal. December 10, 1936. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  7. "Marquette-Texas Christian game all set for Cotton Bowl Jan. 1". The Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. December 16, 1936. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  8. Walfroot, Cleon (January 2, 1937). "TCU passes give Hilltop 16–6 beating". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved October 12, 2011.