Liberty Bowl 1959 to 1963

The NCAA initiated the Liberty Bowl and held it in Philadelphia for the years indicated.  As with the Army-Navy game, the Liberty Bowl was at Municipal Stadium renamed John F. Kennedy a month before the last game.  The North East is not exactly the ideal place for a bowl game.  In 1964, the game went to Conventional Hall in Atlantic City and after that to Memphis.

Penn State being in the first two games created some interest which soon after completely disappeared.  The Lions won the first game on a fake field goal on the last play of the first half.  Dick Hoak stared in the second game which prompted the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign him.  The games had almost no interest for Philadelphia fans.  Only 15,000 fans showed up for the 1963 game and what can you expect given the two teams.

Here are the results of the games:

1959-Penn State 7 Alabama 0

1960-Penn State 43 Oregon 12

1961-Syracuse 15 Miami (Fl) 14

1962-Oregon State 6 Villanova o

1963-Mississipi State 16 North Carolina State 12  


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