GEORGIA TCU SPECIAL THANKS 1960 – Oregon’s highly publicized halfback Cleveland Jones was knocked out of the game on the first play, allowing Penn State to trounce the Ducks, 41-12. 1959 1965 1969 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl | 167 WELCOME BOWL EVENTS HONORS BOWL HISTORY The History of the AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL 1959-2016 1959 – The Inaugural AutoZone Liberty Bowl, held in Philadelphia, matched Penn State against Alabama and Bear Bryant. The game was decided on a faked field goal, the game’s only score, securing a 7-0 victory for the Nittany Lions and head coach Rip Engle. 1961 – Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, carried the ball a record 30 times for 140 yards to lead Syracuse to a thrilling 15-14 win over Miami. 1963 – The Mississippi State Bulldogs beat the North Carolina State Wolfpack 16-12 in the last AutoZone Liberty Bowl played in Philadelphia. Due to the game’s recurring cold weather, only 9,000 tickets were sold, and with the temperature a mere 22 degrees, fewer than 4,000 fans actually attended the game. 1965 – In the first AutoZone Liberty Bowl played in Memphis, two teams from the SEC squared off as Ole Miss edged Auburn 13-7, despite an MVP performance from Tiger running back Tom Bryan. 1966 – Future conference rivals were pitted against one another in this one as No. 9 Miami faced Virginia Tech. Miami prevailed 14-7, scoring two touchdowns in the second half. 1967 – On a beautiful day for football, 35,054 fans watched as North Carolina State upset Georgia, 14-7. Wolfpack QB Jim Donnan, who served as the head football coach at Georgia from 1996-2000, was named MVP. 1968 – Down 17-0 to Virginia Tech after the first quarter, Ole Miss QB Archie Manning and game MVP Steve Hyman led the Rebels to a 34-17 comeback win over the Hokies in front of 46,206 fans. 1969 – The day belonged to game MVP Bob Anderson as he rushed for an AutoZone Liberty Bowl-record 254 yards and three TDs to lead Colorado to a 47-33 win over Bear Bryant and the Alabama Crimson Tide. 1962 – The AutoZone Liberty Bowl became the first bowl game to feature back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners, with Oregon State’s Terry Baker. His Bowl-record 99-yard touchdown run proved to be enough to beat hometown favorite Villanova 6-0. 1964 – The AutoZone Liberty Bowl became the first bowl game to be played indoors when it was held in the Atlantic City Convention Hall. West Virginia faced Utah in what would be a warmer, yet one-sided affair, as the Utes prevailed, 32-6. However, with a maximum capacity of 10,200 the Atlantic City Convention Hall had seen its one and only AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
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