There will certainly not be a bowl game in soccer fan’s Christmas fall this year. The Orange, regardless of high expectations this summer, struggled to a 5-7 record and a disappointing sixth-place end up in the ACC Atlantic division. To fill the void, we space looking ago at’s greatest football triumph, the 1959 nationwide championship, ~ above what would be the 60th anniversary of that team.

Today, finishes off its perfect season v a dominant win in ~ the noodle Bowl.

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The undefeated Orangemen, who were 12 come 17-point favorites and had happy the country in an superior televised performance against UCLA the month before, were plagued through fumbles, penalties and slowed through the “ruggedly-determined” Texas Longhorns, that did nearly everything, in ~ the rules or not, to save the video game close.

“They were really dirty,” SU tackle Al Gerlick remarked after ~ the game. “We’ve never met a bunch like this before.”

Emotion got to a height just prior to halftime once a bench-clearing, fist-swinging “rhubarb” broke out in between the teams.


Ernie Davis and also Ger Schwedes took center stage ~ above the front page of the Jan. 2, 1960 Post-Standard, complying with's cotton Bowl win over Texas. Heritage MicrofilmHeritage Microfilm

Just two minutes into the game, Davis and quarterback Ger Schwedes an unified for the longest play of the season; an 87-yard pass and also run which put the Orange into the lead.

While he finished with just 57 yards ~ above the ground, Davis’s scores to be the difference. The even included a second half interception to finish a Longhorn possession.

“Under the circumstances,” head coach Ben Schwartzwalder claimed after the game. “I though Ernie Davis had a good day.”

For the coach, currently the winningest in history, with the nationwide championship secured, the was given a brand-new five-year contract, turning down a opportunity to coach the American football League’s Boston Patriots.

The team returned to where a disappointing crowd of simply 500 world were wait for them at Hancock Airport.

Most the the conquering heroes to be wearing cream-colored cowboy hats and also the self-winding, shockproof watches that were offered as gifts by the cotton Bowl.

The Series

Remembering the 1959 football nationwide champions, the greatest team in school history

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