1947 Gator Bowl
The 1947 Gator Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the NC State Wolfpack.
This was NC State's first bowl game appearance and Oklahoma's second. Oklahoma was co-champion of the Big Six Conference in Tatum's first season. It was their first since 1944. The Wolfpack finished 3rd in the Southern Conference, with a 6-1 record. This was the first Gator Bowl for either team.
In the first two minutes, the Sooners took the lead on a Eddie Eavis touchdown run. Howard Turner threw a 58 yard pass to Al Phillips to tie the score at 7 in the second period. But the Sooners went on a 20 point rampage from three rushing touchdowns (one each from Davis, Dave Wallace and Joe Golding) in the quarter to take a 27-7 lead at halftime. The Wolfpack narrowed the lead in the fourth with a 67-yard march that ended with an eight-yard touchdown run by Les Palmer to make it 27-13. Charlie Sarratt threw a touchdown pass to make it 34-13. Golding went for 91 yards on 12 rushes. This was the Sooners' first bowl win. 
Tatum left for Maryland after this game, but the Sooners went to 8 bowl games in 17 season, won 14 Big Six Conference titles, and 3 national championships under their next head coach, Bud Wilkinson. The Wolfpack would not reach another bowl game until 1963. Oklahoma would make two more appearances in the Gator Bowl while NC State made two more appearances, winning their first in 2003.
| Statistics || Oklahoma || NC State|
| First Downs || 12|| 13|
| Yards Rushing|| 195|| 136|
| Yards Passing ||75 || 103|
| Total Yards || 270 || 139|
|Punts-Average ||5-31.0 || 4-36.0|
|Fumbles-Lost ||4-3|| 2-1|
|Interceptions|| 2|| 3|
|Penalties-Yards ||7-34 ||3-13|