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Legendary Cowboys tailback deserves to be household name



While recognized as one of the greatest players in Oklahoma State football annals, Woodward native Bob Fenimore is not a household name. That's because more than 60 years have passed since Fenimore helped lead the Oklahoma A&M Cowboys to the program's only undefeated season ever.

During that memorable 1945 campaign, the "Blonde Bomber" led the nation in both rushing and total offense. Fenimore, who played tailback in the Aggies' single-wing offense, was instrumental in road victories and helped cap the 9-0 season with a Sugar Bowl win.

Fenimore finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting in '45 and earned All-America honors for a second straight season " and all while playing on a bum leg that twice got him turned down for service by the U.S. military during World War II.

Now 81 and retired in Stillwater with Veta Jo, his wife of 60 years, Fenimore helped the Cowboys end a decade-long winless streak against the University of Oklahoma in 1944. That season, the speedy Fenimore led the nation in total offense with 195 yards per game, and he helped A&M to a 28-6 win over the Sooners.

The following season saw Fenimore guide coach Jim Lookabaugh's Cowboys to a stunning 47-0 triumph over OU, the most lopsided OSU win in the Bedlam series to date.

"They had a good team, but Bob Fenimore was the guy that made things go. He was a good athlete, a quality back and just a solid all-around football player," said Bob Bodenhamer, a freshman end for the Sooners in 1945. "Jay C. Upchurch


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