High Points in Syracuse University Football History Occurred in November

Archbold Stadium - Syracuse University Football

On November 9th 1959 the Syracuse University football team was named number one in the nation and would go on to finish the season undefeated and win the National Championship. Coached by Ben Schwartzwalder, the team included Ernie Davis, who would become the first African American Heisman Trophy winner in 1961.

On November 11th 1978, the Syracuse University football team defeated a favored Navy team, 20-17 at the last event held in Archbold Stadium. The time clock, scoreboard and other “souvenirs” were torn away by fans. Demolition work began immediately to make way for the Carrier Dome, a covered stadium with 50,000 seats built for $26 million.

On November 21st 1987, the Syracuse University football team beat West Virginia in the Dome to complete another undefeated season, scoring in the closing seconds of the game to go up 32-31.

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