1959 Syracuse Orangemen football team

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1959 Syracuse Orangemen football
Consensus national champion
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Cotton Bowl champion
Cotton Bowl Classic, W 23–14 vs. Texas
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1959 record 11–0
Head coach Ben Schwartzwalder (11th season)
Home stadium Archbold Stadium
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Syracuse         11 0 0
No. 12 Penn State         9 2 0
Oregon         8 2 0
Rutgers         6 3 0
Detroit         6 4 0
Holy Cross         6 4 0
Memphis State         6 4 0
Miami (FL)         6 4 0
Oklahoma State         6 4 0
No. 20 Pittsburgh         6 4 0
Mississippi Southern         6 4 0
Washington State         6 4 0
Boston College         5 4 0
Pacific (CA)         5 4 0
Air Force         5 4 1
Navy         5 4 1
Army         4 4 1
No. 17 Notre Dame         5 5 0
Florida State         4 6 0
San Jose State         4 6 0
Texas Tech         4 6 0
Xavier         4 6 0
Dayton         3 7 0
Marquette         3 7 0
Oregon State         3 7 0
Colgate         2 7 0
Idaho         1 9 0
Villanova         1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1959 Syracuse Orangemen football team represented Syracuse University in the 1959 college football season. Led by eleventh-year head coach Ben Schwartzwalder, the independent Orangemen were undefeated and won the school's only national championship in football, topping the rankings by wide margins in the final polls in early December.[1][2][3][4]

They met fourth-ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas on New Year's Day, and led 15–0 at halftime and 23–6 after the three quarters. Texas scored midway through the fourth quarter to draw to 23–14, but there was no further scoring, and Syracuse gained its first bowl win.[5] Unranked at the start of the season, Syracuse finished with an 11–0 record with five shutouts, and outscored its opponents 413–73.

Notable players included sophomore running back Ernie Davis (1939–1963), winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1961 and the first selection of the 1962 NFL Draft. In the Cotton Bowl Classic, he scored the first two touchdowns and threw a pass to Gerhard Schwedes for the third.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 26 Kansas Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY [6] W 35–21   25,000
October 3 Maryland No. 20 Archbold Stadium • Syracuse, NY W 29–0    
October 10 vs. Navy No. 12 Foreman FieldNorfolk, VA [7] (Oyster Bowl) W 32–6   31,750
October 17 Holy Cross No. 8 Archbold Stadium • Syracuse, NY W 42–6    
October 24 West Virginia No. 6 Archbold Stadium • Syracuse, NY [8] W 44–0   35,000
October 31 at Pittsburgh No. 5 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA [9] W 35–0   25,761
November 7 at No. 7 Penn State No. 4 New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, PA [10] W 20–18   32,800
November 14 Colgate No. 1 Archbold Stadium • Syracuse, NY [11] W 71–0   31,000
November 21 at Boston University No. 1 Nickerson FieldBoston, MA W 46–0    
December 5 at No. 17 UCLA No. 1 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA [12] W 36–8   46,436
January 1, 1960 vs. No. 4 Texas No. 1 Cotton BowlDallas, TX [5] (Cotton Bowl Classic) W 23–14   75,504
#Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orange win grid crown". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 8, 1959. p. 18. 
  2. ^ "Syracuse runs off with title". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. December 8, 1959. p. 34. 
  3. ^ "Syracuse tops final grid poll by wide margin". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. December 8, 1959. p. 2. 
  4. ^ "Syracuse is voted national champion by coaches board". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. December 8, 1959. p. 23. 
  5. ^ a b c "Syracuse tops Texas, 23–14". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1960. p. 6. 
  6. ^ "Midnight strikes for KU gridders 35–21". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). September 26, 1959. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Navy stopped by Syracuse". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 11, 1959. p. 3B. 
  8. ^ "Syracuse breezes over WVU, 44–0". Pittsburgh Press. October 25, 1959. p. 1, sec.7. 
  9. ^ Smith, Chester L. (November 1, 1959). "Syracuse smothers Pitt, 35–0". Pittsburgh Press. p. 1, sec.7. 
  10. ^ Smith, Chester L. (November 8, 1959). "Syracuse wins 'big one,' 20–18". Pittsburgh Press. p. 1, sec.7. 
  11. ^ "Syracuse wins, 71–0, takes Cotton Bowl offer". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. November 15, 1959. p. 25. 
  12. ^ "Syracuse easy 36–8 winner". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 6, 1959. p. 6. 

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