1963 NCAA University Division football season

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The 1963 NCAA University Division football season was played by American football teams representing 120 colleges and universities recognized the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as major programs. The remaining 299 colleges and universities that were NCAA members and fielded football teams competed in the 1963 NCAA College Division football season. [2]

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During the 20th century, the NCAA had no playoff for the major college football teams in the University Division, later known as Division I-A. The NCAA Football Guide, however, did note an "unofficial national champion" based on the top ranked teams in the "wire service" (AP and UPI) polls. The AP poll in 1963 consisted of the votes of 56 sportswriters, each of whom would give their opinion of the ten best teams. Under a point system of 10 points for first place, 9 for second, etc., the "overall" ranking was determined. Although the rankings were based on the collective opinion of the representative sportswriters, the teams that remained "unbeaten and untied" were generally ranked higher than those that had not. A defeat, even against a strong opponent, tended to cause a team to drop in the rankings, and a team with two or more defeats was unlikely to remain in the Top 10. The top teams played on New Year's Day in the four major postseason bowl games: the Rose (near Los Angeles at Pasadena), Sugar (New Orleans), Orange (Miami) and Cotton (Dallas).

As the regular season progressed, a new poll would be issued on the Monday following the weekend's games. The "writers' poll" by Associated Press (AP) was the most popular, followed by the "coaches' poll" by United Press International (UPI). Both services issued their final polls at the close of the regular season, but before teams competed in bowl games. The Associated Press presented the "AP Trophy" to the winner. At the end of the 1963 season, the No. 1 and No. 2 teams (Texas and Navy) met in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, with Texas winning 28 to 6.

In the preseason poll for 1963, the defending national champion USC Trojans were first with 484 points, followed by the Mississippi Rebels with 389 points.

Conference and program changes

School1962 Conference1963 Conference
Louisville Cardinals Independent Missouri Valley
Idaho State Bengals Independent Big Sky
Montana Grizzlies Independent Big Sky
Montana State Bobcats Independent Big Sky
Weber State Wildcats Independent Big Sky

September

In the preseason poll released on September 16, the USC Trojans were first, followed by Southeastern Conference (SEC) rivals, the Ole Miss Rebels and the Alabama Crimson Tide at second and third. The Oklahoma Sooners were fourth and the Texas Longhorns were next. [3]

On a Friday night game in New Orleans, No. 5 Texas beat hapless Tulane 21–0 with the help of its "shoeless kicker", Tony Crosby and halfback Phil Harris. [4] September 21, the next day No. 1 USC shut out Colorado on a muddy field at Boulder, 14–0, with the Trojans' Pete Beathard running for two scores. [5] No. 2 Ole Miss was held to a scoreless tie at Memphis State, and the result was enough to take the Rebels out of the poll. No. 3 Alabama won at Georgia, 32–7, and after falling behind 14-0 at home, No. 4 Oklahoma rallied to beat Clemson 31–14. [6] In the poll that followed, the results were 1.USC 2.Alabama 3.Oklahoma 4.Texas, with Navy moving from ninth to fifth on the strength of a 51–7 win at West Virginia.

On September 28, No. 1 USC was beaten at home at the Los Angeles Coliseum by No. 3 Oklahoma, 17–12, in a game played in 105 °F (41 °C) heat. [7] Tulane, which had been shut out by Texas the weak before, went scoreless again in a 28–0 loss to No. 2 Alabama. No. 4 Texas defeated Texas Tech at home, 49–7. No. 5 Navy shut out William & Mary at Annapolis, 28–0. In the poll, Oklahoma took over first place, Alabama stayed at second, Texas moved up to third. Big Ten rivals Northwestern (winning 34–21 over Indiana) and Wisconsin (which beat Notre Dame 14–9 at South Bend) moved into the fourth and fifth spots.

October

Both No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 5 Wisconsin were idle on October 5. No. 3 Texas beat Oklahoma State at home, 34–7. No. 2 Alabama beat Vanderbilt in Nashville, 21–6. No. 4 Northwestern lost at Illinois, 10–9, due to a missed extra point and a bad punt that went only five yards and set up the Illini's touchdown. Jim Plankenhorn connected on a point after and a field goal. [8] When the poll was released the Sooners were No. 1 and the Longhorns No. 2 as the two teams prepared to meet in Dallas. Alabama fell to No. 3, Navy rose from 6th place to 4th and Wisconsin remained at No. 5.

Three of the top five teams played at the Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas the next weekend. In a Friday night game, No. 5 Navy lost to SMU 32–28. After Navy had gone ahead 28–26 in the final three minutes, a pass interference call set up the Mustangs' touchdown. Roger Staubach drove his team to the 7-yard line with :01 to play, but his pass attempt was batted down in the end zone by Tommy Caughren. [9] Hours later on October 12, at the same venue, No. 1 Oklahoma played against the No. 2 Texas before a crowd of 75,504. Texas won the game 28–7 to take over the top ranking. [10] Third-ranked Alabama lost on its home field to unranked Florida, 10–6. Joe Namath scored for the Tide with 2:05 left, but tries for the 2-point conversion and an onside kick both failed. [11] No. 5 Wisconsin hosted Purdue, winning 38–20. A crowd of 101,450 watched Michigan and Michigan State play to a 7–7 tie in Ann Arbor. Texas and Wisconsin were ranked first and second in the next poll, followed by the Pittsburgh Panthers. Ohio State and Ole Miss, both with 2–0–1 records, were fourth and fifth.

In Week Five (October 19, the top three teams managed narrow wins. Halfback Tommy Ford ran for two scores to help No. 1 Texas beat Arkansas at Little Rock, 17–13. [12] No. 2 Wisconsin won 10–7 at Iowa, as Paul Krause of the Hawkeyes' went for a win instead of a tie with 99 seconds left, and was stopped a foot short of a first down after a fake field goal attempt, [13] and the No. 3 Pitt Panthers came from behind to beat West Virginia, 13–10. [14] Previously unbeaten and No. 4 Ohio State was crushed by USC at before 63,883 fans in Los Angeles, 32–3. [15] No. 5 Ole Miss became the third Top Five team to shut out Tulane, 21–0, a team that went scoreless in six games in 1963 and finished at 1–8–1. Ohio State's Big Ten rival, Illinois (which had beaten Minnesota 16–6), replaced the Buckeyes at the No. 4 spot in the next poll, which was 1.Texas 2.Wisconsin 3.Pittsburgh 4.Illinois 5.Mississippi.

Week Six began with a Friday night 18–12 come-from-behind win by No. 4 Illinois over UCLA at Los Angeles. [16] The next day, October 26 No. 1 Texas beat Rice at home, 10–6, as Tommy Nobis blocked an extra point, and shoeless Tony Crosby made a field goal. [17] No. 2 Wisconsin lost 13–10 to Ohio State at home, when Matt Snell drove over for a score with 2:13 left. [18] Roger Staubach's passing and a defense that made four interceptions drove No. 10 Navy to a 24–12 upset of No. 3 Pittsburgh at Annapolis. [19] No. 5 Mississippi beat Vanderbilt 27–7. Texas remained at No. 1 in the next poll, followed by 2.Illinois 3.Mississippi 4.Navy and Auburn.

November

On November 2, all of the top five teams won. No. 1 Texas stayed unbeaten by defeating SMU at Dallas, 17–12, as Crosby made his 21st consecutive point after. [20] No. 2 Illinois rolled over Purdue at home, 41–21 as Jim Grabowski scored three touchdowns [21] and No. 3 Ole Miss overwhelmed LSU 37–3 at Baton Rouge. No. 4 Navy handed Notre Dame its second straight loss on Staubach's passing, 35–14 in South Bend [22] and No. 5 Auburn won at home over Florida, 19–0. The poll remained unchanged.

November 9, No. 1 Texas won its eighth straight, 7–0, by shutting down Baylor's passing game. Longhorns QB Duke Carlisle, playing on defense, intercepted Don Trull's end zone pass with 22 seconds to play, then ran out the clock. [23] Previously unbeaten, No. 2 Illinois had an 8–7 lead with minutes left in a game at home against Michigan, when a fumble gave the Wolverines the ball 11 yards from goal, setting up Mel Anthony's winning score for a 14–8 upset. [24] No. 3 Mississippi shut out visiting Tampa, 41-0, No. 4 Navy mauled Maryland 42–7 at home, and No. 5 Auburn fell 13–10 to Mississippi State at Jackson. [23] Texas, the only major team to remain unbeaten, kept the No. 1 spot, while Navy rose to second, and Mississippi stayed at third; Michigan State and Oklahoma were fourth and fifth.

November 16, No. 1 Texas went to 9–0 with a 17–0 home win over TCU. No. 2 Navy won 38–25 at Duke and No. 3 Mississippi shutout Tennessee, 20–0, at a game in Memphis. No. 4 Michigan State was trailing Notre Dame 7–6 at home in the fourth quarter, but Sherm Lewis ran 85 yards from scrimmage to win the game, 12–7. Both of the Spartans' two-point attempts failed. [25] No. 5 Oklahoma won at Missouri 13–3, but dropped out of the poll and were replaced by Pittsburgh (which had trounced Army, 28–0) at the fifth spot. Texas, Navy, Ole Miss, and Michigan State stayed at the top four spots.

Most of the games that had been scheduled for November 23, 1963 were postponed after the assassination of President Kennedy the day before. [26] North Carolina State had played a Friday night game against Wake Forest, winning 42–0, and the Big Ten games were set to continue until Michigan Governor George Romney received a Saturday morning cancellation from Big Ten commissioner Bill Reed. [27] The Pitt-Penn State game was postponed. The annual Oklahoma-Nebraska game, which would determine the Big Eight championship, was played as scheduled in Lincoln. Nebraska won 29–20, finishing 7–0 in Big 8 play ahead of the 6–1 Sooners. The same day, Auburn beat Florida State 21–15. In the Battle for the Rag, LSU defeated Tulane 20–0 in the most recent daytime game at Tiger Stadium not to be televised. The AP poll remained at 1.Texas 2.Navy 3.Mississippi 4.Michigan State 5.Pitt.

On Thanksgiving Day, No. 1 Texas traveled to College Station to face Texas A&M, and were down 13–9 with only minutes left in the game, when Tommy Wade's pass was picked off by A&M's John Bortheron. Bortheron fumbled, however, and Texas recovered on the 44 to continue the drive. Duke Carlisle scored the winning touchdown with 1:19 left, and the Longhorns won 15–13 to finish with a 10–0–0 record. [28] No. 4 Michigan State lost 13–0 at home to No. 8 Illinois in a game that determined the Big Ten championship. The Illini, who had gone 0–9–0 two years earlier, finished 7–1–1 in 1963. With a 5–1–1 record, Illinois earned a trip to the Rose Bowl, while the Spartans' season ended with a 4–1–1 second-place finish [29]

November 30 saw unbeaten No. 3 Mississippi go for a field goal and a tie against Mississippi State, rather than to try for a touchdown from the 3-yard line on fourth down. Billy Carl Irwin's 20-yard field goal gave the Rebels a 10–10 tie, sufficient to avoid embarrassment, an unbeaten 7–0–2 record, and the SEC championship. After the game, Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play against fellow SEC member Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. [30]

The No. 5 Pittsburgh Panthers beat the Miami Hurricanes in Florida, 31–20. In the subsequent poll Texas and Navy remained at No. 1 and No. 2, Illinois was third, Pitt rose to fourth. The No. 9 Auburn Tigers, who had beaten No. 6 Alabama 10–8 at Birmingham, rose to fifth place.

On December 7, Pitt beat Penn State 22–21. Also, No. 2 Navy played in the annual Army–Navy Game in Philadelphia. American television viewers were introduced to instant replay after Army's quarterback Rollie Stichweh scored on a two-yard run for the game's first score. CBS commentator Lindsey Nelson had to explain to the home audience that they were not watching Army score again, saying "Ladies and gentlemen, what you are seeing is a tape of Army's touchdown. This is not live ...". [31] Staubach went on to lead Navy to a 21–15 win, after which the players then voted to accept an invitation to play No. 1 Texas in the Cotton Bowl. In the final AP Poll, the top five remained unchanged, confirming a showdown between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Dallas.

Conference standings

1963 Athletic Association of Western Universities football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Washington $410  650
USC 310  730
UCLA 220  280
Washington State 110  361
California 130  451
Stanford 140  370
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1963 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Carolina +610  920
NC State +610  830
Clemson 520  541
Duke 520  541
Maryland 250  370
South Carolina 151  181
Wake Forest 150  190
Virginia 051  271
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll [32]
1963 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 6 Nebraska $700  1010
No. 9 Oklahoma 610  820
Missouri 520  730
Kansas 340  550
Iowa State 340  450
Colorado 250  280
Kansas State 150  270
Oklahoma State 060  180
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1963 Big Ten football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Illinois $511  811
No. 9 Michigan State 411  621
Ohio State 411  531
Purdue 430  540
Northwestern 340  540
Wisconsin 340  540
Michigan 232  342
Iowa 231  332
Minnesota 250  360
Indiana 150  360
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1963 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Dartmouth +520  720
Princeton +520  720
Harvard 421  522
Yale 430  630
Cornell 430  540
Columbia 241  441
Brown 250  350
Penn 160  360
  • + Conference co-champions
1963 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ohio $510  640
Miami 411  532
Bowling Green 420  820
Marshall 321  541
Western Michigan 240  270
Kent State 150  351
Toledo 150  270
  • $ Conference champion
1963 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
University
No. 2 Delaware x400  800
Bucknell 310  630
Gettysburg 220  540
Temple 120  531
Lehigh 130  180
Lafayette 140  180
College–Northern
Upsala x410  620
Wagner 410  630
Albright 230  350
Moravian 240  240
Wilkes 250  350
Lycoming 150  170
Juniata *310  530
Susquehanna *210  810
Hofstra *000  360
College–Southern
Western Maryland x400  611
Muhlenberg 410  530
Dickinson 520  520
Swarthmore 420  430
Drexel 320  530
Lebanon Valley 430  430
Pennsylvania Military 350  360
Ursinus 241  241
Haverford 240  250
Franklin & Marshall 140  160
Johns Hopkins 041  061
West Chester *000  710
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • * – Ineligible for championship due to insufficient conference games
Rankings from AP Poll
1963 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Rutgers $200  360
Lehigh 110  180
Lafayette 020  180
  • $ Conference champion
1963 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wichita $310  720
Cincinnati 210  640
Tulsa 220  550
North Texas State 220  360
Louisville 030  370
  • $ Conference champion
1963 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 7 Ole Miss $501  712
No. 5 Auburn 610  920
No. 8 Alabama 620  920
Mississippi State 412  722
LSU 420  740
Georgia Tech 430  730
Florida 331  631
Tennessee 350  550
Georgia 240  451
Vanderbilt 052  172
Kentucky 051  361
Tulane 061  181
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1963 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
VPI $500  820
West Virginia 310  460
VMI 312  352
Furman 320  730
William & Mary 440  460
Richmond 221  361
The Citadel 240  460
George Washington 150  270
Davidson 041  152
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1963 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Texas $700  1100
Baylor 610  830
Rice 430  640
Arkansas 340  550
TCU 241  451
Texas Tech 250  550
SMU 250  470
Texas A&M 151  271
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1963 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Arizona State $300  810
New Mexico 310  640
Arizona 220  550
Utah 220  460
Wyoming 230  640
BYU 040  280
  • $ Conference champion
1963 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Memphis State     901
No. 4 Pittsburgh     910
No. 2 Navy     920
Syracuse     820
Utah State     820
Oregon     830
Penn State     730
Army     730
Air Force     740
Boston College     630
Buffalo     531
Southern Miss     531
Idaho     540
Villanova     540
Oregon State     550
San Jose State     550
Xavier     541
West Texas State     441
Florida State     451
Colgate     341
New Mexico State     361
Colorado State     370
Miami (FL)     370
Texas Western     370
Detroit     261
Holy Cross     261
Notre Dame     270
Pacific (CA)     280
Houston     280
Boston University     161
Dayton     172
Rankings from AP Poll

Bowl games

Major bowls

Wednesday, January 1, 1964

Bowl
COTTON No. 1 Texas Longhorns 28No. 2 Navy Midshipmen 7
ORANGE No. 6 Nebraska Cornhuskers 13No. 5 Auburn Tigers 7
SUGAR No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide 12No. 7 Mississippi Rebels 7
ROSE No. 3 Illinois Fighting Illini 17 Washington Huskies 7

Despite a 9–1 record and a No. 4 ranking, the Pitt Panthers were not invited to a post-season bowl game. The bowls, who feared inviting Pitt before their postponed season finale against Penn State, signed other teams, leaving Pitt without a bowl invitation. The 1963 Panthers were perhaps the best team of the modern football era not to appear in a bowl. [33] When they did beat Penn State on December 7, it was too late. The Sugar Bowl selected a second SEC team, third-place finisher Alabama, to face SEC champ Ole Miss, while 2nd place Auburn was picked by the Orange Bowl to meet Big 8 champion Nebraska. The Rose Bowl pitted Big Ten titlist Illinois against unranked Washington, which was 6–5 overall but which had won the AAWU crown by going 4–1 in conference play.

In the Cotton Bowl, the Longhorns' Duke Carlisle guided Texas to a score six plays after kickoff and to a 21–0 lead by halftime. Navy's Roger Staubach saw a second defeat at Dallas (after an earlier loss to SMU), but would go on to a remarkable career there in the NFL. Staubach ran two yards for a touchdown late in the game in the 28–6 loss. Navy head coach Wayne Hardin said after the game that there was "no team more deserving of being No. 1 than Texas." [34] Alabama won the Sugar Bowl 12–7 on four field goals by Tim Davis, including 46 and 48 yards. [35] Auburn drove down to the 11-yard line with 90 seconds left, but Nebraska batted down Jimmy Sidle's 4th down pass attempt to preserve a 13–7 win. [36] And after taking a 7–3 lead at halftime, on a touchdown by Dave Kopay, Washington fell to a comeback attempt led by All-Americans Jim Grabowski and Dick Butkus in the Rose Bowl. [37]

Other bowls

BOWLLocationDateWinnerScoreRunner-up
SUN El Paso, TXDecember 31 Oregon 21–14 SMU
GATOR Jacksonville, FLDecember 28 North Carolina 35–0 Air Force
BLUEBONNET Houston, TXDecember 21 Baylor 14–7 LSU
LIBERTY Philadelphia, PADecember 21 Mississippi State 16–12 N.C. State

Heisman Trophy

  1. Roger Staubach , QB - Navy, 1,860 points
  2. Billy Lothridge, QB - Georgia Tech, 504
  3. Sherman Lewis, RB - Michigan State, 369
  4. Don Trull, QB - Baylor, 253
  5. Scott Appleton, DT - Texas, 194
  6. Dick Butkus, C-LB - Illinois, 172
  7. Jimmy Sidle, QB - Auburn, 123
  8. Terry Isaacson, QB - Air Force, 104
  9. Jay Wilkinson, RB - Duke, 84
  10. George Mira, QB - Miami (FL), 80
  11. Paul Martha, RB - Pittsburgh, 79
  12. Duke Carlisle, QB - Texas, 77
  13. Bob Brown, T - Nebraska, 48
  14. Carl Eller, DE - Minnesota, 45

Source: [38] [39]

See also

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