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Gunsmoke was the top-rated TV show on the networks.


John Wayne's latest film hit the screens.

And on November 14, 1960 the AP College Football Poll appeared without Texas, USC, Penn State or Notre Dame in the Top 20. That wouldn't happen again for almost 50 years.

This week's AP poll is the first time since then that none of those four teams have been ranked.

Back in 1960 those four programs were in different stages of repair.

John McKay was in his first season as the USC head coach, and on November 12th, his Trojans lost to Baylor 35-12 in Waco.


John McKay's first USC team finished 4-6 in 1960, but he would go on to win 9 Pac 10 Conference Titles and 3 National Championships in 16 years at the school.

Penn State was a solid program under Rip Engle, but hardly a national power. The Nittany Lions played in only their 3rd bowl game in 1959 -- the inaugural Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia, where they beat Alabama 7-0. Penn State was 5-3 after beating Maryland on Nov. 12th, and were still out of the national rankings.


In 1960, Joe Paterno (right) was in his 10th season as an assistant coach to Rip Engle.

Penn State would go back to the Liberty Bowl in 1960, where they would beat Maryland 28-9. The Nittany Lions did finish the season ranked #16 in the AP poll.

Notre Dame was mired in mediocrity in 1960 and would finish the season with a 2-8 mark.


One of Joe Kuharich's and Notre Dame's 8 losses in 1960 was to the Ara Parseghian-coached Northwestern Wildcats 7-6.

Darrell Royal's reconstruction of Texas was well underway in 1960. Texas defeated TCU on Nov. 12th 3-2, to go 5-3 on the season. The Horns would earn a berth in the 2nd annual Bluebonnet Bowl.


Texas played #9 Alabama to a 3-3 tie in the 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl.

Texas' Dan Petty kicked a 20-yard field goal with just 3:34 to go in the game to tie Alabama 3-3. The Longhorns got the final shot at a win late in the contest. Texas QB Johnny Genung threw deep to Bob Moses, but the 'Bama defender batted the ball away as time ran out. However, the Tide were called for pass interference, the ball was placed on the 18-yard line and Texas tried a game-winning field goal.

Petty's attempt was wide right and the 3-3 tie stood.

The Alabama defender called for the pass interference was future Longhorn Defensive Coordinator Leon Fuller.