Optimist Bowl

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The Optimist Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game played in 1946.[1] It was held at Public School Stadium (later known as Robertson Stadium), in Houston.[2]

The game was sponsored by the Houston Optimist Club, through agreement reached with the Lone Star Conference in April 1946; the game was to be contested annually for five years, matching the conference champion against a nationally-rated team.[3] Proceeds from the game would be used to benefit homeless boys in Texas.[3] The 1946 conference champion was North Texas State (now the University of North Texas) coached by Odus Mitchell, and organizers extended an invitation to coach Amos Alonzo Stagg and his College of the Pacific team (now the University of the Pacific), who accepted.[4]

Like some other postseason match-ups of the era, such as the Grape Bowl and the Glass Bowl, results are listed in NCAA records, but the games were not considered NCAA-sanctioned bowls.[1]

Game results[edit]

Season Date Winner Loser Attendance (est.)[1]
1946 December 21, 1946 North Texas 14 Pacific 13 5,000

1946: North Texas 14, Pacific 13[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP COP NTS
2 NTS Interception returned 58 yards for touchdown by Ned McNeil, Billy Dinkle kick good 0 7
3 24 COP John Rohde 5-yard touchdown reception from Bruce Orvis, Ed Waits kick good 7 7
4 2:40 28 COP Bob Heck 22-yard touchdown reception from Bud Klein, Ed Waits kick no good 13 7
4 0:09 10 67 NTS Louis Rienzi 9-yard touchdown reception from Billy Dinkle, Billy Dinkle kick good 13 14
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 13 14


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  1. ^ a b c "BOWL/ALL STAR GAME RECORDS" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Stagg to Houston Tilt". Waco Tribune-Herald. AP. December 8, 1946. Retrieved January 14, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b "Optimists to Sponsor Lone Star Star Bowl Game at Houston". Denton Record-Chronicle. Denton, Texas. April 23, 1946. Retrieved January 14, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Stagg's Team Plays In Optimist Contest". Waco Tribune-Herald. November 24, 1946. Retrieved January 14, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "A Look Back At NT Football History: 1946 Optimist Bowl". meangreensports.com. November 7, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  6. ^ Coffey, Bill (December 22, 1946). "NT Wins Optimist Bowl From Pacific, 14-13, In Last Seconds". Denton Record-Chronicle. Denton, Texas. Retrieved January 14, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Stagg's Eleven Loses 14-13 in Optimist Bowl". The Times. Shreveport, Louisiana. AP. December 22, 1946. Retrieved January 14, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Texas Teachers Win Bowl Game". Pittsburgh Press. UP. December 22, 1946. Retrieved January 14, 2017 – via newspapers.com.