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1960 Football Highlights


The annual Army-Navy game was held at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 26. Navy halfback Joe Bellino scored the first touchdown on a 4-yard run in the first quarter. Navy scored twice in the second quarter, with a 27-yard field goal by Greg Maher and a 12-yard pass from quarterback Hal Spooner to end Jim Luper, to give Navy a 17-0 advantage at halftime. Army put together touchdown drives of 78 and 83 yards in the second half but failed to convert on either extra point try, making the final score 17-12, in favor of Navy. The victory was Navy's ninth in ten games (a 19-10 loss to Duke being its only setback and earned the Midshipmen an invitation to the Gator Bowl.

Navy halfback Joe Bellino begins a 58-yard run in the Army-Navy game. Bellino carried the ball 20 times for a total of 85 yards and scored one touchdown.
Joe Bellino at start of 56-yard run

Minnesota, which won eight of its nine games to garner the Big Ten championship, was voted the Number One college team by both the Associated Press and United Press International. Mississippi (Oxford) was ranked number 2 by the A.P., while U.P.I. gave that honor to Iowa of Iowa City. Minnesota was also voted the McArthur Bowl Trophy by the National Football Federation and Hall of Fame.

Ohio University, which won all ten of its games, was chosen national small-college champion by both news services.

Conference Champions

Conference Champion (W-L)
Ivy League Yale (9-0)
Big Ten Minnesota (8-1)
Atlantic Coast Duke (8-3)
Middle Atlantic Rutgers (8-1)
Southwest Arkansas (6-1)
Southeastern Mississippi (10-0-1)
Big Five Washington (9-1)
Big Eight Missouri (10-1)

Bowl Games

Bowl Game Date Played Winner Loser Score
Liberty December 17 Penn State Oregon 41-12
Bluebonnet December 17 Texas Alabama 3-3
Gator December 21 Florida Baylor 13-12
Sun December 21 New Mexico State Utah State 20-13
Rose January 2, 1961 Washington Minnesota 17-7
Cotton January 2, 1961 Duke Arkansas 7-6
Sugar January 2, 1961 Mississippi Rice 14-6
Orange January 2, 1961 Missouri Navy 21-15

Oustanding Individual Performers

Joe Bellino of Navy was voted the nation's outstanding back for 1960 and was also awarded the Heisman Trophy.

Tom Brown, a 240-pound guard for Minnesota, was named the best lineman of the year.

Bill Kilmer of UCLA gained a total of 1,889 yards (passing and rushing) to lead all college players in total offense.

Harold Stephens of Hardin-Simmons established a season passing record by completing 145 of 256 passes for a percentage of .566.


National Football League

The Philadelphia Eagles lost their first game of the season, and then won nine straight to take the Eastern Conference title. They clinched the title in the tenth game of the season with a 20-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Western Conference title was shared by three teams after ten games -- Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers, each with a 6-4 record. The Packers won the title by beating the 49ers, 13-0, and the Los Angeles Rams, 35-21, in their last two games.

The Eagles defeated the Packers, 17-13, in the NFL play-off before 67,325 fans at Philadelphia's Franklin Field on December 26.

Final Standings

Eastern Conference   Western Conference
Philadelphia Eagles (10-2)   Green Bay Packers (8-4)
Cleveland Browns (8-3-1)   Detroit Lions (7-5)
New York Giants (6-4-2)   San Francisco 49ers (7-5)
St. Louis Cardinals (6-5-1)   Baltimore Colts (6-6)
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6-1)   Chicago Bears (5-6-1)
Washington Redskins (1-9-2)   Los Angeles Rams (4-7-1)
    Dallas Cowboys (0-11-1)

American Football League

The first year of A.F.L. play saw the Houston Oilers win the Eastern Division and the Los Angeles Chargers the Western Division. Houston defeated Los Angeles, 24-16, in the play-offs before 32,183 fans at Houston's Jeppson Stadium on January 1, 1961.

Finals Standings

Eastern Division   Western Division
Houston Oilers (10-4)   Los Angeles Chargers (10-4)
New York Titans (7-7)   Dallas Texans (8-6)
Buffalo Bills (5-8-1)   Oakland Raiders (6-8)
Boston Patriots (5-9)   Denver Broncos (4-9-1)

See Also

In the Year 1960

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