BGSU Magazine Summer 2009

Cheers from 1959 season echo across half a century



Doyt Perry’s national champions cross the 50-yard line

As the team bus wound along the dark city streets, it initially appeared that things were relatively quiet on this Saturday night. The Bowling Green football team was completing a long ride home from playing a game at Ohio University, ending a long day and finishing a long season.

“We were dead tired–physically and emotionally–and probably half asleep,” says Jack Harbaugh, a member of that 1959 Falcon team.

Then the bus entered campus and pulled up in front of the union, and the players were instantly energized by what they saw, Harbaugh recalls.

“It was wall-to-wall people–it was an unbelievable moment. It was students, faculty and the people from the town. All of our fans just swarmed us. We had a great season–a championship season–and they wanted to recognize that. With everything I have experienced in my professional life in the 50 years since then, that moment is right up there with the best of them.”




Celebrate the 50th anniversary milestone with Dinner at the Doyt!

BGSU’s national football championship marks its 50th anniversary in 2009 and we want you to join us. Celebrate with the 1959 national champions, former players, coaches, fans, alumni and community members in Falcon style on the football field.

Friday, October 2
Doyt Perry Stadium

7 p.m.—Reception with cash bar
7:30 p.m.—Dinner

Price per person: $60
Register by calling 419-372-2401

For more information click here.