1952 Syracuse Orangemen football
Orange Bowl, L 6–61 vs. Alabama
APNo. 14
1952 record7–3
Head coachBen Schwartzwalder (4th season)
CaptainRichard Beyer & Joe Szombathy[1]
Home stadiumArchbold Stadium
← 1951
1953 →
1952 NCAA independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Michigan State         9 0 0
Southern Miss         10 2 0
No. 3 Notre Dame         7 2 1
Penn State         7 2 1
No. 14 Syracuse         7 3 0
Drexel         3 4 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1952 Syracuse Orangemen football team represented Syracuse University in the 1952 college football season.[2] The Orangemen were led by fourth-year head coach Ben Schwartzwalder and played their home games at Archbold Stadium in Syracuse, New York.

This was a historically successful season for the Orangemen, which included victories over rivals Penn State and Colgate. Syracuse lost only twice in the regular season: their season opener against the former college all-stars of the Bolling Air Force Base,[3] and to eventual national champions Michigan State. Syracuse finished the regular season with a record of 7–2 and were ranked 14th in the final AP Poll, their first ranked finish in school history. The team was awarded its first Lambert Trophy, which signified them as champions of the East. They were invited to the 1953 Orange Bowl, the school's first ever bowl game, where they lost to Alabama.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

September 20Bolling FieldL 12–1318,000
September 27Boston University
  • Archbold Stadium
  • Syracuse, NY
W 34–2115,000
October 3at TempleW 27–010,500
October 11Cornell
  • Archbold Stadium
  • Syracuse, NY
W 26–623,000
October 18at No. 1 Michigan StateL 7–4832,254
October 25Holy Cross
  • Archbold Stadium
  • Syracuse, NY
W 20–1918,000
November 8No. 15 Penn State
  • Archbold Stadium
  • Syracuse, NY (Rivalry)
W 25–715,000
November 15ColgateNo. 13
  • Archbold Stadium
  • Syracuse, NY (Rivalry)
W 20–1432,000
November 22at FordhamNo. 15W 26–1310,000
January 1vs. No. 9 AlabamaNo. 14L 6–6166,280
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2017 Syracuse football media guide. pg. 148
  2. 2.0 2.1 "1952 Syracuse Orange Schedule and Results". Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/syracuse/1952-schedule.html.
  3. "Fliers Down Syracuse: Ex-College Stars Help Bolling Eleven Triump, 13-12". New York Times: p. S5. September 21, 1952.
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