American Football Database
1948 Gator Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Maryland 0 7 13 0 20
University of Georgia 0 0 7 13 20
Date January 1, 1948
Season 1947
Stadium Gator Bowl
Location Jacksonville, Florida
MVP Lu Gambino
Attendance 16,666[1]
Gator Bowl
 < 1947  1949

The 1948 Gator Bowl was the third edition of the Gator Bowl and featured the Georgia Bulldogs representing the University of Georgia and the Maryland Terrapins representing the University of Maryland. It was the first-ever meeting of the two teams.[2]

In the second quarter, Maryland scored first with a 35-yard touchdown run by running back Lu Gambino. On the first possession of the second half, Georgia quarterback John Rauch engineered an 87-yard drive culminating in a one-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown. Maryland responded with an 80-yard drive of their own and another Gambino touchdown. Georgia fumbled on their own 40-yard line and Maryland recovered. The Terrapins capitalized with a 24-yard John Barone pass to Gambino for a third touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Georgia running back Joe Geri ran it from the one-yard line for a score. Rauch threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to John Donaldson, but Georgia missed the extra point. The final result was a 20–20 stalemate.[3][4]

Lu Gambino was named the 1948 Gator Bowl Most Valuable Player.[1][3] He rushed for 165 yards and recorded all three of Maryland's touchdowns.[3] His rushing yardage would stand as a school bowl game record for 60 years, until broken in 2008.[5]

John Rauch's 58-yard pass to Billy Henderson remains a Gator Bowl record.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bowl Results (PDF), 2004 Maryland Gator Bowl Guide, p. 56, 2004, retrieved January 29, 2009.
  2. Maryland vs Georgia, 1869-2007, Stassen College Football Information, retrieved 18 January 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The 3rd Annual Gator Bowl - Historical Box Scores, The Gator Bowl Association, retrieved 18 January 2009.
  4. Georgia's Bowl History (PDF), 2006 Georgia Bulldogs Football Media Guide, University of Georgia, 2006, retrieved 14 January 2009.
  5. Patrick Stevens, Scott finally gets chance, The Washington Times, 31 December 2008, retrieved 14 January 2009.
  6. Magill: Rauch's dedication to game never waned, Athens Banner-Herald, 17 June 2008, retrieved 18 January 2009.