1959 Orange Bowl

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1959 Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Syracuse 0006 6
Oklahoma 14070 21
DateJanuary 1, 1959
Season1958
StadiumBurdine Stadium
LocationMiami, Florida
FavoriteOklahoma by 13 [1]
Attendance75,281
United States TV coverage
NetworkCBS
AnnouncersJoe Boland & Jim McKay
Orange Bowl
 < 1958  1960

The 1959 Orange Bowl featured the Syracuse Orangemen (8–1) and the Oklahoma Sooners (9–1) in the 25th annual Orange Bowl, played on Thursday, January 1, 1959, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.[2][3]

Background[edit]

This was Oklahoma's fourth Orange Bowl in six seasons while Syracuse was making their second Orange Bowl appearance in six seasons. Oklahoma had won its thirteenth straight Big Seven title and Syracuse was an independent. The first of the day's four major bowl games, kickoff was at 1 p.m. EST on CBS television,[4] and Oklahoma was a thirteen-point favorite.[1]

Game summary[edit]

Oklahoma scored early with a Prentice Gautt rushing touchdown three minutes into the game. With the quarter running down, Syracuse fumbled the ball back to the Sooners after driving to the Sooners red zone. With 2:56 left in the quarter, Brewster Hobby caught a lateral and then passed to Ross Coyle, who ran 79 yards for the touchdown and a 14–0 lead. After a scoreless second quarter, Hobby sealed the game when he returned a Syracuse punt 40 yards for a touchdown to make it 21–0 after three quarters.

Mark Weber gave the Orangemen their only points on his touchdown run after a 69-yard drive, but the two-point conversion failed on an incomplete pass, and that was the end of the scoring. Despite Syracuse's run attack, two fumbles by the backs and two passes that were intercepted doomed the Orange as Oklahoma won their fourth Orange Bowl in six seasons.[5][6][7]

Aftermath[edit]

In the following season, Syracuse went undefeated and won the national title.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics Oklahoma Syracuse
First Downs 12 18
Yards Rushing 152 239
Yards Passing 93 72
Total Yards 245 311
Punts-Average 8–37.0 8–31.2
Fumbles-Lost 2–1 2–2
Interceptions 0 2
Penalties-Yards 3–35 4–20

Source:[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oklahoma lives up to press notices in win". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. January 2, 1959. p. 2.
  2. ^ "Explosive Oklahoma whips Syracuse in Orange Bowl". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 2, 1959. p. 17.
  3. ^ Segreti, James (January 2, 1959). "Sooners' fast start defeats Syracuse, 21-6". Chicago Tribune. p. 3, sec. 3.
  4. ^ "Bowls at glance". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). January 1, 1959. p. 14.
  5. ^ "1959 | Orange Bowl". Archived from the original on 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  6. ^ http://cuse.com/sports/2002/1/1/1959OrangeBowl.aspx
  7. ^ "1959 Orange Bowl". Oklahoma Sooners Football Media Guide. Oklahoma Sooners Athletics. p. 154. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  8. ^ "Sooners speed past Syracuse". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1959. p. 3B.