Liberty Bowl

1959

 

Penn State 7

Alabama 0

 

Penn State Fight Song

 

Galen Hall, a sturdy sophomore sub for the injured Richie Lucas, led Penn Slate to a 7-0 victory over Alabama yesterday in the first Liberty Bowl game. Hall's pass to Roger Kochman, another sophomore, on a fake field goal was good for 18 yards and the touchdown on the last play of the second period. Sam Stellatella added the extra point by placement and that was the ball game.

 

A chilled crowd of 30,211 left wide gaps in the 100,000 seat Philadelphia Stadium, normally jammed for Army-Navy games. But the turnout for this inaugural game was regarded as encouraging.

 

Fumbles plagued both clubs, each team losing the ball four times. In addition, Alabama recovered three of its own. The rash of fumbles was attributed to the 42-degree temperature that seemed colder because of a brisk 15 mile wind.

 

Penn State completely dominated the first half , but fizzled on three scoring chances before finally breaking through. The Nittany Lions fumbled and lost the ball on the Alabama eight in the first period.

 

In the second quarter, they got to the one, but Hall's fourth down pass misfired. A field goal attempt by Stellatella from the Alabama 12 was blocked by Billy Richardson.

 

After a four-yard punt against the stiff wind by Tommy White, Penn State had one more chance on the Alabama 22 with less than a minute to go. They ran off one play, gaining four yards, and then came Hall's scoring pass to Kochman. This was the trickery coach Rip Engle had promised. It was Penn State's first fake field goal of the season.

 

Hall took over early in the second period after Lucas left the game because of a hip injury. Penn State's talented triple threat quarterback never got back into the ball game. While he was in, Lucas gained 54 yards in nine carries and completed one of four passes for 23 yards. Lucas, however, was the leading ground gainer.

 

On the fake field goal, Hall appeared to be ready to hold the ball for Stellalella's kick. Instead, he bounced up and pitched to Kochman, who made his way through the startled Alabama defense.

 

It was Alabama’s first defeat since its opening loss to Georgia, and Penn State's ninth victory in 11 games.

 

Hall, a 5-9, 193-pounder from Williamsburg, Pa., directed the play with finesse after Lucas had 10 leave. He had been Richie's fill-in all season, starring in the- West Virginia game.

 

Two beautiful quick kicks by Gary O'Stcen that carried 61 and 64 yards with the help of a following wind, kept Penn Stale penned up most of the first period. Still the Nittanv Lions managed an 89-yard march to the Alabama 1 before Don Cochran, who recovered two fumbles, pounced on a ball jarred loose from Kochman.

 

Jay Huffman, still another Penn Slate sophomore, was named the outstanding lineman of the day for his fine center play and excellent linebacking.

 

Engle’s Penn State club, which has used a variety of formations in a successful season, leaned heavily to the unbalanced line with both ends on the same side of the center.

 

In the dressing room, Alabama coach Paul (Bear) Bryant has this comment: "we just got a good old sound thrashing."

 

With the addition of $100,000 from television revenue, the total gate was expected to hit close to $200,000. The two colleges get 75 per cent of this evenly divided. That would give each a little over $100,000.

 

It was Penn State's first bowl victory in three attempts. In the dressing room, Coach Engle smiled as he said "we beat them at their own game-defense."

 

Leon Fuller carries for Alabama.

 

Penn State's Galen Hall rolls out with Pat Trammell in pursuit (left). He reverses and throws across field to Roger Kochman (left), who heads for the endzone (below).

 

Coaches Rip Engle (left) and Bear Bryant at postgame party.

 

Attendance- 36,211

 

Scoring Summary

 

Second Quarter

PS- Kochman 18 yard pass from Hall (Stellatella kick)

 

Individual Statistics

 

Rushing

PS- Lucas 9-54, Botula 13-50, Sobczak 9-42, Pae 10-40, Hoak 7-30; Hall 9-24, Kochman 6-22, Kerr 5-16

UA- Trammell 13-37, Dyess 7-35, Richardson 7-21, O’Steen 3-13

 

Passing

PS- Lucas 1-4-23, Hall 1-6-18

UA- Trammell 1-4-20, Skelton 1-4-7

 

Receiving

PS- Bozich 1-23, Kochman 1-18

UA- Brooker 1-20, Ronnanet 1-7

 

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