1961 Syracuse Orangemen football team

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1961 Syracuse Orangemen football
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl, W 15–14 vs. Miami (FL)
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 16
AP No. 14
1961 record 8–3
Head coach Ben Schwartzwalder (13th season)
Captain Dick Easterly[1]
Home stadium Archbold Stadium
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 15 Rutgers         9 0 0
No. 17 Arizona         8 1 1
Memphis State         8 2 0
Mississippi Southern         8 2 0
Villanova         8 2 0
No. 17 Penn State         8 3 0
No. 14 Syracuse         8 3 0
Holy Cross         7 3 0
Navy         7 3 0
Miami (FL)         7 4 0
Army         6 4 0
San Jose State         6 4 0
Xavier         6 4 0
Colgate         5 4 0
Detroit         5 4 0
Pacific         5 4 0
Houston         5 4 1
Notre Dame         5 5 0
Oregon State         5 5 0
Florida State         4 5 1
Boston University         4 5 0
Boston College         4 6 0
Oregon         4 6 0
Air Force         3 7 0
Pittsburgh         3 7 0
Washington State         3 7 0
Idaho         2 7 0
Dayton         2 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1961 Syracuse Orangemen football team represented Syracuse University during the 1961 college football season. The Orangemen were led by 13th-year head coach Ben Schwartzwalder and played their home games at Archbold Stadium in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse finished the regular season with a record of 7–3 and ranked 14th in the final AP Poll. Running back Ernie Davis rushed for 823 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to his second straight consensus All-American honors. Davis became the first African-American football player to win the Heisman Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's best college football player each year. Syracuse was invited to the 1961 Liberty Bowl, where they defeated Miami (FL).

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 23 at Oregon State No. 10 Multnomah StadiumPortland, OR W 19–8   35,729
September 30 West Virginia No. 5 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) W 29–14   25,000
October 7 at Maryland No. 7 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD L 21–22   35,000
October 14 at Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 28–6   35,387
October 21 at Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Rivalry) L 0–14   44,390
October 28 Holy Cross Archbold Stadium • Syracuse, NY W 34–6   31,000
November 4 Pittsburgh Archbold Stadium • Syracuse, NY (Rivalry) W 28–9   40,152
November 11 Colgate Archbold Stadium • Syracuse, NY (Rivalry) W 51–8   25,000
November 18 at Notre Dame No. 10 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 15–17   49,246
November 25 at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA (Rivalry) W 28–13   17,600
December 16 vs. Miami (FL) No. 14 Philadelphia Municipal StadiumPhiladelphia, PA (Liberty Bowl) W 15–14   15,712
#Rankings from AP Poll.

Source:[1]

1961 team players in the NFL draft[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

[2]

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. ^ a b 2017 Syracuse football media guide. pg. 148
  2. ^ https://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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2007-11-23.