1961 Syracuse Orangemen football team

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1961 Syracuse Orangemen football
Liberty Bowl Champions
Liberty Bowl, Win, v. Miami Hurricanes, 15-14
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #16
AP #14
1961 record 8-3
Head coach Ben Schwartzwalder
Home stadium Archbold Stadium
Seasons
« 1960 1962 »

The 1961 Syracuse Orangemen football team represented Syracuse University in the 1961 NCAA University Division college football season. Running back Ernie Davis would become the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Orangemen points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 23 @ Oregon State Win 19 8 1-0
2 Sept. 30 West Virginia Win 29 14 2-0
3 Oct. 7 @ Maryland Loss 21 22 2-1
4 Oct. 14 @ Nebraska Win 28 6 3-1
5 Oct. 21 @ Penn State Loss 0 14 3-2
6 Oct. 28 Holy Cross Win 34 6 4-2
7 Nov. 4 Pittsburgh Win 28 9 5-2
8 Nov. 11 Colgate Win 51 8 6-2
9 Nov. 18 @ Notre Dame Loss 15 17 6-3
10 Nov. 25 @ Boston College Win 28 13 7-3

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1961 Team Players in the NFL[edit]

Player Round Pick Position Club
Ernie Davis 1 1 Running Back Washington Redskins
Pete Brokaw 8 107 Back Baltimore Colts
George Francovitch 10 131 Guard St. Louis Cardinals
Gary Fallon 12 157 Halfback Minnesota Vikings
Dick Easterly 14 190 Back San Francisco 49ers
Bob Stem 19 265 Center New York Giants

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Ernie Davis was the first black player to be chosen first overall in the NFL Draft.[3] Davis was drafted by the Washington Redskins then traded to the Clevand Browns in the first round of the 1962 American Football League draft.[4] Tragically, he would never play in the NFL; he was diagnosed with leukemia shortly before he was to enter the league, and died in May 1963, less than a year after his diagnosis.

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=96&season=1961
  2. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1962.htm
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated, October 13, 2008, p.24
  4. ^ Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p.564, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55022-797-0
  5. ^ http://www.heisman.com/winners/hsmn-winners.html