American Football Database
1947 Orange Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Rice University 8 0 0 0 8
University of Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0
Date January 1, 1947
Season 1946
Stadium Orange Bowl
Location Miami, Florida
Favorite Rice by 6[1]
Attendance 36,152[2]
Orange Bowl
 < 1946  1948

The 1947 Orange Bowl was a postseason football game featuring the Tennessee Volunteers and the Rice Owls. It was won by Rice on the strength of a first quarter touchdown and a safety on a bad snap during a Tennessee quick kick. Rice outgained Tennessee 246-145 and both teams combined for 9 turnovers.[3]

The pageantry surrounding the game consisted of a halftime show in which over 10,000 balloons were released and an appearance by Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Howard McCrum Snyder. Eisenhower's group also consisted of his former Aide-de-camp Charles Craig Cannon and Coral Gables Mayor Tom Mayes. Eisenhower claimed publicly to be taking no sides, but was close friends with Tennessee coach General Robert R. Neyland.[2]