SPECIAL THANKS TCU GEORGIA TERRY BAKER OREGON STATE (1962) The AutoZone Liberty Bowl hosted its second Heisman Trophy winner in Oregon State’s Terry Baker, who led the Beavers to a 6–0 victory over Villanova. His 99-yard touchdown run in the Fourth AutoZone Liberty Bowl still stands as the longest touchdown scamper in the game’s illustrious history. Baker also holds the school record for longest run from scrimmage and is second all time in total offense and passing yards, and 10th in career rushing yards. 178 | 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl BOWL HISTORY HONORS BOWL EVENTS WELCOME HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS IN THE AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL ERNIE DAVIS SYRACUSE (1961) Ernie Davis rushed 30 times for 140 yards and scored a touchdown to lead Syracuse over Miami 15–14 in the Third AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Earlier in the year, Davis became the first Syracuse player to ever receive the Heisman Trophy. More importantly, however, he was the first African-American to win the coveted award. His 2,386 career rushing yards broke the Syracuse record previously held by football great Jim Brown. Tragically, Davis died two years after graduating. He was a victim of leukemia, which is a disease that St. Jude Children’s Hospital has made tremendous strides in treating. DOUG FLUTIE BOSTON COLLEGE (1983) Doug Flutie, who would go on to win the Heisman the following season, completed 15 of 37 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort, as his Boston College Eagles fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 19–18. Flutie, who received the game’s Most Valuable Player award, holds records at Boston College for career passing yards and career total offense. Flutie went on to play 20 seasons of professional football in the USFL, CFL and NFL. He passed for nearly 58,000 yards during his stellar pro career. BO JACKSON AUBURN (1984) Heisman Trophy–winner-to-be Bo Jackson led his Auburn Tigers to a 21–15 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Jackson was named the game’s Most Valuable Player as he ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the 26th AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Jackson received the Heisman a season later and went on to be one of sports’ most successful and popular athletes. His ability to break away from tacklers with the NFL’s Los Angeles Raiders was complemented by his ability to hit home runs. He made his professional baseball debut with Memphis’s AA Chicks and went on to play for both the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox.
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