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First Alamo Bowl kicks off after being delayed 3 days due to icy conditions in 1947

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The Alamo Bowl flyer from 1947. (Courtesy: San Antonio Public Library Archives)

SAN ANTONIO - Freezing temperatures blanketed the San Antonio area back in January of 1947, delaying the Alamo Bowl game three days.

The first New Year's Day college football game played in San Antonio featured Hardin Simmons Cowboys vs. the University of Denver Pioneers at Alamo Stadium. It was initially scheduled for Jan. 1, but freezing temperatures brought about icy conditions that forced the delay of the game.

That led to a less than expected attendance of 3,730 spectators, as the temperature never gets above 26 degrees. The expected attendance was to be 20,000, but according to the Telegraph-Herald in Dubuque, Iowa said that San Antonio was caught in a Texas cold wave and two inches of ice covered the turf at the 23,000-seat stadium.

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When the game was finally played on Jan. 4, 1947, Hardin Simmons beat Denver 20-0 with Rudy "Little Doc" Mobley scoring two touchdowns for the Cowboys.

The Alamo Bowl was a financial disaster and another regular bowl game in San Antonio would not resurface again until 1993 with the inception of the Valero Alamo Bowl.


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