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1963 Sun Bowl
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Release Date: 12/01/2003
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Oregon 21, SMU 14

Dec. 31, 1963
El Paso, Texas
Attendance: 18,646

Oregon rode the arm of quarterback Bob Berry in the first half and then relied on its defense in the final two quarters to preserve the Ducks’ first bowl victory in 47 years in the 29th Sun Bowl contest.

Playing without two-time All-American Mel Renfro due to a wrist injury, the nation’s fourth-ranked offense vaulted Oregon out to a 21-0 halftime advantage, thanks in part to a pair of H.D. Murphy interceptions. But it was the SMU offense which seized the limelight after the intermission, completing 17 of 28 passes in the final 30 minutes while the Mustangs’ defense limited the Ducks to only four first downs during that same span.

Murphy set up Oregon’s first score with a 49-yard interception return in the first quarter, capped by Dennis Keller’s nine-yard run. Murphy’s second theft twarted a potential SMU scoring drive on the Ducks’ three-yard line.

Berry’s pinpoint spirals earned him the game’s most valuable player honors as he connected with Dick Imwalle and Paul Burleson for second-quarter scoring passes of 23 and 20 yards, respectively.

Defensive back Ron Martin played a major role in the final touchdown, recovering a Mustang fumble at Oregon’s 36 before the Ducks’ junior signal-caller led his team into the end zone with less than a minute remaining before the half.

Oregon’s defense was up to the task of slowing SMU’s comeback in the third quarter, halting drives at the two and 21-yard line. However, the Mustangs’ John Roderick caught a pair of touchdown passes in the final 10 minutes to keep his team’s hopes alive.

The Ducks’ victory was finally secured when a SMU onside kick rolled out of bounds with 24 seconds to play.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Coach

SMU

0

0

0

14

14

Hayden Fry

Oregon

7

14

0

0

21

Len Casanova

SCORING
UO.......Dennis Keller 9 run (Buck Corey kick), 5:23, 1st
UO.......Dick Imwalle 23 pass from Bob Berry (Herm Meister kick), 6:20, 2nd
UO.......Paul Burleson 20 pass from Berry (Meister kick), :58, 2nd
SMU......John Roderick 3 pass from Danny Thomas (pass failed), 9:29, 4th
SMU......Roderick 7 pass from Mac White (White run), :24, 4th


Individual Leaders

Rushing
White (SMU) 10-60
Murphy (UO) 3-49, Keller (UO) 13-40

Passing
Thomas (SMU) 26-15-2-188
Berry (UO) 26-11-1-146

Receiving
Jernigan (SMU) 7-112, Roderick (SMU) 5-61
Imwalle (UO) 3-57, Hill (UO) 3-27

 

Team Statistics

SMU

Oregon

First Downs

20

16

Rushes / Yards

35-145

41-153

Passes

18-34-4

12-28-1

Passing Yards

232

166

Total Offense

377

319

Punting

4-39.3

7-36.0

Fumbles / Lost

4-1

1-1

Penalties

5-38

7-79

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