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1948 Football Team - Under head coach Jim Wilson, who was inducted into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, the 1948 team began their season with a 61-0 shutout win over St. Francis (Pa.) in the first collegiate football game in Western New York to be broadcast on television. The team's only loss that season came in the following game against Youngstown, where the Griffs lost 21-33. In the following games, the Golden Griffins shut out St. Vincent's (19-0) and Niagara (19-0), and won against Fordham (30-21) and Scranton (32-7) before hosting undefeated St. Bonaventure.  In one of the season's most memorable moments on Nov. 11, the 5-1 Griffs took on an undefeated St. Bonaventure team at Civic Stadium in a 14-6 triumph. The win was witnessed by 32,541 fans, and wiped out St. Bonaventure's prospect of a post-season bid and moved the Griffs to 6-1. The Griffs then beat Toledo 26-21 before ending the season against Marshall in their only tie (7-7). The 7-1-1 Blue and Gold team received three bowl bids, and on December 5, 1948, the Canisius College football team made its first and only post-season appearance by playing in the second annual Great Lakes Bowl. The contest, sponsored by the Cleveland Council Knights of Columbus, pitted coach Jim Wilson's 7-1-1 Griffins against 6-2-1 John Carroll University at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Trailing 7-0 after the first half, Canisius rallied to grab a 13-7 advantage as Don MacKinnon scored on a 28-yard interception return and Simon Palumbo added six points on a 22-yard scoring run, much to the delight of the estimated 3,500 Griffin fans who were among the crowd of 17,964 at the stadium. The Griffin faithful would not have long to celebrate, however. On the Blue Streaks next possession, quarterback Bob Kilfoyle guided his troops 56 yards in 10 plays, topped off by fullback Carl Taseff's two-yard run. Kilfoyle then added the decisive margin by connecting on the extra point to seal the 14-13 victory.  The team outscored its opponents 242-109 that season, with the defense holding opponents to seven or fewer points six times with three shutouts. Following the season, nine Golden Griffins were named on the Buffalo News All-Western New York College Football team, including five first team selections, three second team selections, and one third team selection. Of the 40 men on the roster, six are already in the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame.


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