1947 SMU Mustangs football
Southwest Conference champion
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
APNo. 3
1947 record9–0–2 (5–0–1 SWC)
Head coachMatty Bell (10th season)
CaptainSid Halliday
Home stadiumOwnby Stadium (c. 23,783, grass)
Cotton Bowl (c. 45,504, grass)
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The 1947 SMU Mustangs football team was an American football team that represented Southern Methodist University (SMU) as a member of the Southwest Conference (SWC) during the 1947 college football season. In its tenth season under head coach Matty Bell, the team compiled a 9–0–2 record (5–0–1 against SWC opponents), won the SWC championship, outscored opponents by a total of 182 to 90, and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll.[1] The team played its home games at Ownby Stadium on the SMU campus and at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

The Mustangs won their first nine games before tying with rival TCU and Penn State, the latter in the 1948 Cotton Bowl Classic on New Year's Day.[1]

SMU's sophomore halfback, Doak Walker, led the country with 387 yards on 10 kickoff returns, an average of 38.7 yards per return.[2] He won the Maxwell Award for 1947, was a consensus selection to the 1947 College Football All-America Team,[3] and finished third in the 1947 voting for the Heisman Trophy.[4] He finished second in the SWC (behind Bobby Layne) with 1,026 yards of total offense, including 684 rushing yards.[5]

Four SMU players received first-team honors on the Associated Press 1947 All-Southwest Conference football team: Walker; end Sid Halliday; tackle Jim Winkler; and guard Earl Cook.[6]


September 27at Santa Clara*W 22–65,000[7]
October 4Missouri*
W 35–1926,000[8]
October 11at Oklahoma A&M*W 21–1418,000[9]
October 18No. 15 RiceW 14–023,000[10]
October 25at No. 16 UCLA*No. 12W 7–064,197[11]
November 1No. 3 TexasNo. 8
  • Cotton Bowl
  • Dallas, TX
W 14–1346,500[12]
November 8at Texas A&MNo. 3W 13–038,000[13]
November 15ArkansasNo. 4
  • Ownby Stadium
  • University Park, TX
W 14–623,000[14]
November 22at BaylorNo. 3W 10–012,000[15]
November 29at TCUNo. 3T 19–1931,000[16]
January 1vs. No. 4 Penn StateNo. 3
T 13–1347,000[17]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Players selected in the 1948 NFL DraftEdit

The following SMU players were selected in the 1947 NFL Draft:[18]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Earl Cook Guard317 Boston Yanks
Gil Johnson Quarterback11 93 Philadelphia Eagles
Bob Ramsey Back26244 Pittsburgh Steelers


  1. 1.0 1.1 "1947 SMU Mustangs Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  2. Gail Fowler (December 18, 1947). "Statistics Error Found, Walker Leads Returners". The Austin American: p. 17.
  3. "Football Award Winners". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 8. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  4. "1947 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  5. "Layne Tops SWC In Grid Offense, Shading Walker". The Shreveport Times: p. 15. December 2, 1947.
  6. "Clyde Scott Only Porker to Make All-Southwest". Hope Star (Arkansas): p. 5. December 1, 1947.
  7. Don Selby (September 28, 1947). "One Man Gang Corrals Broncs, 22-6: Walker Has Great Day". The San Francisco Examiner: pp. 22, 25.
  8. "Doak Walker Bright Star as SMU Whips Missouri, 35-19". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times: p. D1. October 5, 1947.
  9. "SMU Slides By Oklahoma A&M". Sunday American-Statesman (Austin, TX): p. 17. October 12, 1947.
  10. Jimmy Banks (October 19, 1947). "Walker Leads SMU to 14-0 Triumph Over Favored Rice". Sunday American-Statesman (Austin, TX): pp. 17-18.
  11. Al Wolf (October 26, 1947). "Bruins Bow to Mustangs, 7 to 0". Los Angeles Times: pp. 12-13.
  12. Weldon Hart (November 2, 1947). "SMU Rips Steers, 14-13: Walker Kicks Extra Point To Drop UT". Sunday American-Statesman (Austin, TX): pp. 1, 17.
  13. "Gil Johnson Throws Mustangs to 13-0 Victory Over Aggies". Waco Sunday Tribune-Herald: p. 18. November 9, 1947.
  14. Harold V. Ratliff (November 16, 1947). "Referee Battles as SMU Edges Porkers, 14 to 6". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times: p. 37.
  15. "SMU Scores in Last Minutes to Shade Stubborn Baylor, 10-0". Waco Sunday Tribune-Herald: p. Sports 1, 2. November 23, 1947.
  16. Jinx Tucker (November 30, 1947). "Mustangs Rush Back In Final Seconds to Tie Frogs, 19-19". Waco Sunday Tribune-Herald: pp. 16-17.
  17. Tex Maule (January 2, 1948). "SMU, Penn State Deadlock, 13 to 13 in Cotton Bowl". The Austin American: p. 14.
  18. "1948 NFL Draft". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 15, 2019.

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