Glass Bowl (game)

The Glass Bowl was an annual post-season college footballbowl game played from 1946 to 1949.[1] It was held at the University of Toledo‘s Glass Bowl.

This article is about the 1940’s postseason bowl game. For the stadium, see Glass Bowl.
Cover of 1946 official program

Toledo had been a manufacturing center for glass objects, including automotive glass for nearby Detroit factories. Wayne Kohn, a shipyard worker at a Toledo glass company suggested to municipal leaders a “Glass Bowl” would be a way to build the city’s and industry’s prestige.[2] The University of Toledo made the announcement of the new bowl game at a press conference in New York City on October 25, 1946.[3]

The University of Toledo operated the Glass Bowl Game as part of its regular schedule. In the four seasons of 1946 through 1949, Toledo had winning records going into the December date. Toledo won the first three contests but their perfect Glass Bowl record was shattered by the University of Cincinnati in the fourth bowl.

In 1950, the game was to be played on December 2, however in early November the University of Toledo’s athletic board voted to postpone the game until December 1951 – at the time, Toledo’s record was 2–4.[4][5] In 1951, the University of Toledo called off the game scheduled for December 1, as no schools contacted had indicated they would take part in it;[6] the uncertainty of December weather was also cited.[7]

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

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Date Winner Loser Attendance (est.) MVP
December 7, 1946 Toledo 21 Bates 12 12,000[1] Art Blanchard, HB, Bates[8]
December 6, 1947 Toledo 20 New Hampshire 14 13,500[1] Dick Huston, HB, Toledo[9]
December 4, 1948 Toledo 27 Oklahoma City 14  8,500[1] Lee Pete, QB, Toledo[10]
December 3, 1949 Cincinnati 33 Toledo 13  8,000[11] Gene Gibson, HB, Cincinnati[10]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP BAT TOL
1 2 82 BAT Al Howlett 66-yard touchdown run, Art Blanchard kick no good 6 0
2 TOL Tony Wolodzko 5-yard touchdown run, John Shutt kick good 6 7
3 11 69 TOL Dick Ehrhardt 5-yard touchdown run, John Shutt kick good 6 14
4 51 BAT Art Blanchard 5-yard touchdown run, 2-point attempt failed 12 14
4 TOL Chuck Hardy 54-yard touchdown reception from Lee Pete, John Shutt kick good 12 21
“TOP” = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 12 21

 [12][13]Newspaper accounts lack detail of the 4th quarter missed conversion.

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