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1947 Cotton Bowl Classic
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Date January 1, 1947
Season 1946
Stadium Cotton Bowl
Location Dallas, Texas
Attendance 38,000
Cotton Bowl Classic
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The 1947 Cotton Bowl Classic was a post-season college football bowl game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the LSU Tigers. Arkansas and LSU tied the game, later referred to as the Ice Bowl, 0-0. The two teams would meet again in the Cotton Bowl Classic in 1966.[1]


Arkansas and LSU had enjoyed a neighboring-state rivalry beginning in 1901. The two teams had not met since 1936, the end of a 23-year run of meetings in Shreveport. The 9-1 Tigers, led by quarterback Y. A. Tittle, were not invited to play in the 1947 Sugar Bowl, and instead matched up with the rival Razorbacks.[2] Arkansas entered at 6-3-1, losing at Texas and Tulsa, versus Ole Miss, and tying Oklahoma A&M. The rain, sleet, snow, and ice from a winter storm would keep many members of the sellout crowd home, but 38,000 still showed up to watch the icy skirmish.[3]

LSU was 1-3 in bowl games previous to the Ice Bowl, and Arkansas was 0-0-1, with their tie in the 1934 Dixie Classic.

Game summary

The Razorbacks were statistically beaten by the Tigers, who held a 15-1 advantage in first downs. LSU also held a yardage advantage of 271-54. The Razorback defense stiffened in the red zone, however, holding the Tigers off the board from 1, 6, 7, and 8 yards out. Despite the cold and bad conditions, the final two plays were very dramatic. Tittle threw a pass to Jeff Adams, who was running to the end zone, but Clyde Scott of Arkansas tackled him at the one. LSU was in position for a game winning field goal, but there was a bad snap, and the game ended with a tie.

Tittle was named the game's Most Valuable Player.[2]


  1. "2009 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic." Cotton Bowl History. The official site of the 2009 Cotton Bowl Classic. Retrieved on December 30, 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "1947 Cotton Bowl, LSU 0 Arkansas 0." LSU Bowl History. The official website of LSU Tigers Athletics. Retrieved on December 30, 2008.
  3. "Cotton Bowl Tickets." Cotton Bowl History. Retrieved on December 30, 2008.