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Throwback Thursday: The 1949 Delta Bowl

We’re looking back at Oklahoma State’s last bowl appearance in Memphis

NCAA Football: Texas at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State will head to Memphis on New Years to face Missouri in the Liberty Bowl. While it’s the Cowboys’ first appearance in the bowl game, it’s not their first postseason appearance in the City of Blues.

Back in 1949, Oklahoma A&M took part in the second, and final, Delta Bowl against then No. 17 William & Mary. Led by head coach Jim Lookbaugh, the 6-4 Missouri Valley Champion Cowboys went into halftime tied 0-0 with the 7-2-2 Indians. However, two touchdown passes by Indian quarterback Tommy Korschcowski and a 70-yard interception return later, the Cowboys lost the match-up 20-0.

This was just the Cowboys’ third bowl game ever and third Missouri Valley Championship season in five years.

The funny thing about the game though, was the Cowboys weren’t supposed to be playing William and Mary. Before the season, bowl officials signed a deal with Tulsa, expecting them to have a good season. However, Tulsa started 0-8 and finished 0-9-1 had to be replaced by William & Mary.

Make sure and check out the highlights of the game below.