1947—48: Helmets had become more colorful across college football. Simple colors accentuated the leather helmet's construction, creating a variety of stripes and wing shapes. In 1948, Los Angeles Ram halfback Fred Gehrke, who had studied art, painted a distinctive horn design on the Rams helmets. Soon after, other teams started using images, emblems and logos. During this time, Marshall was using a simple green stripe. In 1947, Marshall wore this version in its first bowl game, the Tangerine Bowl — a 7-0 loss to Catawba. In 1948, Marshall joined the Ohio Valley Conference.