Orange Bowl

1944

LSU 19
Texas A&M 14

January 1, 1944 – Orange Bowl Stadium
 
Van Buren Steals Show in Win
Steve Van Buren ran and passed for two first-quarter touchdowns and then sewed up the victory with a 63-yard scoring run in the third quarter as Louisiana State University beat Texas A&M 19-14 in a war-time game.
 
Despite coming into the game with a sprained ankle, Van Buren ran for 172 yards, kicked off, punted, and kicked an extra point in the 10th annual Classic. Louisiana State had been beaten by the Aggies earlier in the season.
 
World War II was raging and virtually every able-bodied male was in the Armed Forces. Some schools brought in servicemen who had attended the school prior to being drafted and let them play on weekends. They were referred to as the “V-12” schools and the others were called “civilian” schools. The OBC’s policy was to select its team from the “civilian” schools.

 

  LSU TAMU
First Downs 7 9
Rushing Attempts 48 24
Rushing Yards 207 4
Passes Attempted 12 32
Passes Completed 4 32
Had Intercepted 0 5
Passing Yards 92 171
Total Offense 299 175
Punts/Avg. 10/40.3 9/41.8
Fumbles/Lost  3/3 5/2
Penalties/Yards 7/81 4/35

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
LSU 12 0 7 0 - 19
Texas A&M 7 0 7 0 - 14

                                             
SCORING SUMMARY
LSU: Van Buren 11-yard run reverse (kick failed); LSU: Goode 24-yard pass from Van Buren (kick failed); TAMU: Burditt 21-yard pass from Hallmark (Burditt kick); LSU: Van Buren 63-yard run (Van Buren kick); TAMU: Settegast 18-yard pass from Hallmark (Burditt kick)
 
LSU Head Coach: Bernie Moore
Texas A&M Head Coach: Homer Norton