Orange Bowl

1946

Miami 13
Holy Cross 6

January 1, 1946 – Orange Bowl Stadium
 
Hurricanes Feeling Right at Home
While the rest of the state celebrated its centennial anniversary, a capacity crowd saw what was probably the most exciting finish in Orange Bowl history, as Miami's Al Hudson intercepted a pass and returned it 89 yards for the winning touchdown with no time remaining on the clock to defeat a shocked Holy Cross squad 13-6.
 
The home crowd held its breath as the Crusaders had a last-second chance to break a 6-6 tie. Only 10 seconds remained when Holy Cross quarterback Gene DeFilippo's pass was released toward intended receiver Bob Conway.
 
Downfield, the ball was batted into the air by Hurricanes’ linebacker Bill Krasnai at the Miami 11 yard line and into the hands of Hudson. The former state high school track champion had only one man to beat and he crossed the 35 when the game's ending gun sounded. Moments later he crossed the goal line. It was the first bowl game to be decided after time had expired.
 

  MIAMI HC
First Downs 7 13
Rushing Attempts 47 37
Rushing Yards 193 181
Passes Attempted 10 24
Passes Completed 0 8
Had Intercepted 3 4
Passing Yards 0 59
Total Offense 193 181
Punts/Avg. 10/36.4 9/38.5
Fumbles/Lost  0/0 1/1
Penalties/Yards 7/41 1/5

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Miami 0 6 0 7 - 13
Holy Cross 6 0 0 0 - 6

          
SCORING SUMMARY
MIAMI: Krull 1-yard run (kick failed); HC: Brennan 16-yard pass from Koslowski (kick failed); MIAMI: Hudson 89-yard pass interception return (Ghaul kick)
 
Miami Head Coach: Jack Harding
Holy Cross Head Coach: John DaGrosa