Tuesday, September 11, 2007

From: Joseph Burgess
Sent: Fri 9/7/2007 11:15 AM
Subject: With Its Defeat By Appalachian State, Michigan Finally Realizes Its
Many, Many Decades Old Desire To Be The Harvard Of The West.

don't know much -- just have good sources.

The quarterback for UK in the 1951 Sugar Bowl was Blanda's successor, Vito "Babe" Parilli, who was a consensus all-American, along with UK tackle Bob Gain. Blanda started as a junior and senior the 1947 and 1948 seasons. He was quarterback for UK for its first bowl appearance, in the one and only 1947 Great Lakes Bowl in Cleveland, played in early December. Kentucky beat Villanova 24-14.

Parilli started in 1949, 1950, and 1951. He was quarterback for UK in its 1950 Orange Bowl (loss to Santa Clara), 1951 Sugar Bowl (win over Oklahoma), and 1952 Cotton Bowl (win over TCU) appearances.

Incidentally, the Sagarin Ratings place UK no. 1 for 1950, although Oklahoma finished the regular season ranked #1, UK #7. There were three top teams that finished the year (including bowl games) with one loss -- UK (11-1), Oklahoma (10-1) , and Tennessee (11-1). Clemson was undefeated but had one tie and won the Orange Bowl. Army had one loss -- to Navy -- but did not go bowling. Miami (Fla.) and California had one loss and one tie -- each loss in a bowl game. Wyoming was undefeated and won the Gator Bowl. Princeton was undefeated but did not go bowling.

That C6H0 page on the Centre website is really interesting, isn't it?

Re posting my e-mail, please post ahead. I have no objections. My list of upsets might elicit some interesting argument.

Cheers to you.

Joe B.

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