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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.
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.
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.
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.
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