Miami (Ohio) 13
Texas Tech 12
Game Day: January 1, 1948
A point-after attempt decided the 14th Annual Sun Bowl between Miami University and Texas Tech University.
Miami opened the scoring in the first quarter with a six-play, 70-yard scoring drive, culminating in a one-yard touchdown run by Ara Parseghian.
The Red Raiders responded with a 45-yard scoring drive in the second quarter, ending in a 3-yard touchdown run by Tech’s Jim Conley.
After a scoreless third quarter, Miami went ahead for good early in the fourth quarter. Co-captain Bill Hoover blocked a Red Raider kick to set up Paul Shoults for a 2-yard touchdown run. Jake Speelman nailed the conversion kick to make the score 13-6.
Texas Tech bounced back when defensive tackle Bernie Winkler intercepted a Mel Olix pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. The Red Raiders failed to tie the game when Miami’s Ernie Plank blocked the extra point attempt.
The win marked the second straight year that the Mid-American Conference had pulled out a Sun Bowl victory.
The Miami reputation as a “Cradle of Coaches” was enhanced by this team, whose members included Parseghian (Northwestern and Notre Dame), Sid Gillman (who would become the Miami coach), Paul Deitzel (LSU), Hugh Hindman (Ohio State), and Wayne Gibson (Miami). Miami finished the season unranked despite a 9-0-1 record.