1947 New Hampshire Wildcats football team

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1947 New Hampshire Wildcats football
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Yankee Conference champion
Glass Bowl, L 14–20 vs. Toledo
ConferenceYankee Conference
Record8–1 (4–0 Yankee)
Head coach
Offensive schemeT formation
CaptainClayton Lane & Ernie Rainey[1]
Home stadiumLewis Field
Seasons
← 1946
1948 →
1947 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
New Hampshire $ 4 0 0 8 1 0
Maine 2 1 0 6 1 0
Connecticut 1 2 0 2 4 0
Rhode Island State 1 3 0 3 4 0
Massachusetts 0 1 1 3 4 1
Vermont 0 1 1 3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1947 New Hampshire Wildcats football team was an American football team that represented the University of New Hampshire as a member of the Yankee Conference during the 1947 college football season. In its second year under head coach Bill Glassford, the team compiled an 8–1 record (4–0 against conference opponents), won the Yankee Conference championship, and outscored opponents by a total of 255 to 59. The team's only loss was to the Toledo Rockets in the second annual Glass Bowl game.[2] The team played its home games at Lewis Field (also known as Lewis Stadium) in Durham, New Hampshire.

This was the inaugural season of competition in the Yankee Conference, which had been formed in December 1946.[3] Quarterback Bruce Mather led the team on offense, which used a T formation scheme.[4] Mather, back Carmen Ragonese, and tackle Clayton Lane were each selected in the 1948 NFL Draft.[5] Ragonese, Mather, co-captain Ernest Rainey, and co-captain Lane were each inducted to the university's athletic hall of fame in 1982, 1984, 1986, and 1988, respectively; the 1947 team was inducted as a whole in 2001.[6]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 27Colby*
W 28–06,500[7]
October 4at Rhode Island StateW 33–73,000[8]
October 11Mainedagger
W 28–77,500[9]
October 18at Springfield*
W 21–7[10]
October 25Vermont
  • Lewis Stadium
  • Durham, NH
W 28–65,000[11][1]
November 1at Northeastern*W 55–63,000[12]
November 8Tufts*
  • Lewis Stadium
  • Durham, NH
W 34–08,000[13]
November 15at Connecticut
W 14–65,500[14]
December 6at Toledo*L 14–2013,500[15]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Source: [16]

Wildcat co-captain Clayton Lane went on to play in one professional football game, with the New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference in 1948.[17] He later was a civil engineer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers for 32 years;[18][19] he died in January 2000 at age 77.[20] Co-captain Ernie Rainey became a salesman and later vice president of sales for Stihl chainsaws;[21] he died in November 2011 at age 89.[22]

References

  1. ^ a b The Granite. Durham, New Hampshire: University of New Hampshire. 1948. pp. 236–240. Archived from the original on December 16, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019 – via library.unh.edu.
  2. ^ "2017 New Hampshire Media Guide". University of New Hampshire. 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "N.E. Conference Formed Among Six Colleges". The Berkshire Eagle. Pittsfield, Massachusetts. AP. December 18, 1946. p. 20. Retrieved December 1, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Northeastern to Take to Air, Hope for Best Against N. H." The Boston Globe. November 1, 1947. p. 4. Retrieved December 2, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Colleges Beginning With N". DraftHistory.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame". unhwildcats.com. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "Mather Sparks New Hampshire to 28-0 Triumph Over Colby". The Boston Globe. September 28, 1947. p. 31 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Mather Sparks New Hampshire Over Rams, 33-7". The Boston Globe. October 5, 1947. p. 31 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Mather's Aerials Pace N.H. to 28-7 Win Over Maine". The Boston Globe. October 12, 1947. p. 28 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Vic Wall (October 19, 1947). "N.H. Air Attack Overhauls Springfield, 21-17". The Boston Globe. p. 28 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "New Hampshire 28-6 Winner; Stays Unbeaten". The Boston Globe. October 26, 1947. p. 28 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Clif Keane (November 2, 1947). "Unbeaten New Hampshire Eleven Crushes Northeastern, 55 to 6". The Boston Globe. pp. 29–30 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Ed Shea (November 9, 1947). "N.H. Cruises, 34-0, at Tufts' Expense". The Boston Globe. p. 30 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ Frank Keyes (November 16, 1947). "Wildcats Down Huskies For Undefeated Season". The Hartford Courant. pp. C1, C5 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "Toledo U Scores Early To Win Glass Bowl Game, 20-14". Akron Beacon Journal. December 7, 1947. p. 3C – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "New Hampshire Game by Game Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on October 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2019 – via Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Bailey, David (December 10, 2014). "UNH Wildcats (1947-48)". Gridiron Garb. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  18. ^ Harrington, Gary (November 4, 1988). "Clayton Lane to be inducted into UNH Hall of Fame tonight". Brattleboro Reformer. Brattleboro, Vermont. p. 15. Retrieved February 1, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  19. ^ Harrington, Gary (November 4, 1988). "Lane". Brattleboro Reformer. Brattleboro, Vermont. p. 16. Retrieved February 1, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  20. ^ "Clayton Lane". profootballarchives.com. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  21. ^ Crader, Stan (June 20, 2016). "The First Man of Stihl – Sort of". stancrader.com. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  22. ^ "Ernest A. Rainey Jr". seacoastonline.com. November 30, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2020.

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