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1963 "No Bowl Team" to be Honored Saturday during Homecoming Game Festivities




1963 "No Bowl Team" to be Honored Saturday during Homecoming Game Festivities

10/19/2003

The Panthers went 9-1 during the '63 campaign, finishing No. 3 nationally.


Fred Mazurek quarterbacked the 1963 Panthers

   The University of Pittsburgh will pay tribute to one of its greatest football teams when it commemorates the 40th anniversary of the 1963 squad this Saturday at Heinz Field.

 

   The 1963 team, known as the “No Bowl Team” in Panther lore, will be honored during Pittsburgh’s Homecoming game with Syracuse Oct. 25. Kickoff is set for noon.

 

   Under the direction of Head Coach John Michelosen, the 1963 team went 9-1 and finished third in the national polls. The Panthers featured All-America halfback Paul Martha, fullback Rick Leeson and quarterback Fred Mazurek in the backfield, along with standout tackles in John Maczuzak and All-American Ernie Borghetti.

 

   Facing a rugged schedule, the Panthers defeated the likes of Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington, West Virginia, Miami and Penn State. The lone blemish was a loss to Navy, quarterbacked by Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach. Despite a sterling record, the Panthers were left out of the bowl picture, largely due to the tragic Nov. 22 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which postponed a key Nov. 23 matchup with Penn State to Dec. 7.

 

   Although Pittsburgh did not participate in the postseason, the ’63 squad is still considered one of the Panthers’ greatest — both on the field and in the classroom. Of the team’s 61 members, 57 graduated and an incredible 34 went on to obtain advanced degrees. Included in that total were 15 dentists, five engineers, three physicians and three lawyers.

 

The 1963 Season

                             Date            Opponent                     Result 

                              9/20            @UCLA                        20-0, W

                              9/28            Washington                   13-6, W

                              10/5            California                       35-15, W

                            10/19            @West Virginia             13-10, W

                            10/26            @Navy                          24-12, L

                              11/2            Syracuse                      35-27, W

                              11/9            @Notre Dame                27-7, W

                            11/16            Army                            28-0, W

                            11/30            @Miami                        31-20, W

                              12/7            Penn State*                  22-21, W

                                         

                                                Record: 9-1                   Points Total: 236-130    

                                                *originally scheduled for Nov. 23, 1963