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The History of the
AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL 1959-2018
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.
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.
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.
1959 1965 1969
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.
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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.
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
Heisman Trophy winners,
with Oregon State’s Terry
Baker. His Bowl-record
99-yard touchdown run
proved to be enough to
beat hometown favorite
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.