1947: A Season Of Bad Luck & Bad Offense

UH QB Boyd Tingle lets it fly.

The 1947 Cougar team was, perhaps, the worst the program has ever fielded. In its second year of existence, the team took a big step back from 1946.

In Jewell Wallace’s second season, UH’s 1947 team was held to 96 points for the year and just 28 in the last 8 games. The year ended with three-straight shutouts and five overall. Almost hard to imagine today as UH has a 222-game scoring streak heading into the 2020 season (last time shutout: 2000 vs. Texas).

But the 1947 team ran into a lot of trouble, the biggest issue being a non-existent passing game. In several games where stats are available, UH did not complete a pass. There are no season stats from 1947 but, through our research, we know that UH had two completions in the McMurry, Texas A&I, Trinity, Hardin-Simmons, and North Texas State games combined.

How bad was it? Boyd Tingle led the team with 116 yards passing. For the season.

The shoulder-striped Coogs took it in the gut in 1947. Quite literally for team captain Bill Cook.

Game conditions were also a problem all season with several game stories describing “a heavy downpour,” “a driving rain,” and “a field of mud.” It was a blinding rainstorm that produced UH’s lowest-scoring game ever: a 2-0 loss to Southwest Texas.

At the end of the season, Coach Wallace was replaced by Clyde Lee.

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