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1956 Syracuse Orangemen football
Cotton Bowl Classic, L 27–28 vs. TCU
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
1956 record7–2
Head coachBen Schwartzwalder (8th season)
CaptainGame captains[1]
Home stadiumArchbold Stadium
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 NCAA University Division independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Miami (FL)         8 1 1
No. 8 Syracuse         7 2 0
No. 13 Pittsburgh         7 3 1
No. 16 Navy         6 1 2
Air Force         6 2 1
Penn State         6 2 1
Pacific (CA)         6 3 1
Army         5 3 1
Holy Cross         5 3 1
Villanova         5 4 0
Boston College         5 4 0
Florida State         5 4 1
Cincinnati         4 5 0
Colgate         4 5 0
Dayton         4 6 0
Drake         3 6 0
Rutgers         3 7 0
Texas Tech         2 7 1
San Jose State         2 7 1
Notre Dame         2 8 0
Boston University         1 5 2
Marquette         0 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Syracuse Orangemen football team represented Syracuse University in the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. The Orangemen were led by eighth-year head coach Ben Schwartzwalder and played their home games at Archbold Stadium in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse finished the regular season with a record of 7–1, and were ranked 8th in both final polls. They were awarded the Lambert Trophy, which signified them as champions of the East. Syracuse was invited to the 1957 Cotton Bowl, where they were defeated by TCU.

The team was led by unanimous All-American halfback Jim Brown. Brown set school records in average yards-per-carry (6.2), single-season rushing yards (986), single-game rushing touchdowns (6, vs. Colgate), and most points scored in a game (43, vs. Colgate).[2] He was drafted sixth overall in the 1957 NFL Draft and went on to become one of the most celebrated professional athletes of all time.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 22at No. 6 MarylandW 26–1227,000
September 29at No. 10 PittsburghNo. 7L 7–1449,287
October 13No. 20 West Virginia
  • Archbold Stadium
  • Syracuse, NY (Rivalry)
W 27–2025,000
October 20ArmyNo. 13
  • Archbold Stadium
  • Syracuse, NY
W 7–040,053
October 27at Boston UniversityNo. 14W 21–712,182
November 3No. 12 Penn StateNo. 17
  • Archbold Stadium
  • Syracuse, NY (Rivalry)
W 13–935,475
November 10Holy CrossNo. 9
  • Archbold Stadium
  • Syracuse, NY
W 41–2017,000
November 17ColgateNo. 9
  • Archbold Stadium
  • Syracuse, NY (Rivalry)
W 61–739,701
January 1at No. 14 TCUNo. 8L 27–2868,000
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Sources:[3][1]

Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Round Pick Position Club
Jim Brown 1 6 Running Back Cleveland Browns
Jimmy Ridlon 4 39 Defensive Back 49ers
Bill E. Brown 9 108 Linebacker Chicago Bears
Jerry Cashman 14 158 Tackle Eagle
[4]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Jim Brown, unanimous first team All-American (AFCA, AP, UP, INS, CP, NEA, WCF, FWAA)
  • Jim Brown, Cotton Bowl Classic co-Most Valuable Player

ReferencesEdit

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