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1959 Small College National Champs Honored; Receive Rings

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Bowling Green, Ohio - Bowling Green's only unbeaten and untied football team in program history was honored Friday night during a celebration program to honor the 1959 football team. The team went 9-0 and earned the Small College National Championship. Friday night's banquet honored the 50th anniversary of the season.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of championship rings to the 1959 team. As well, every person in attendance received a commemorative issue of The BG News, with stories and photos from the 1959 season.

In front of more the 200 people, 1959 co-captain and team MVP Bob Colburn, teammate Ron Blackledge, and assistant coach Bill Mallory engaged the crowd with stories from the season as well as memories of the late Doyt Perry, head coach of the team and the person for whom the football stadium is named after. From 1955-64, Perry went 77-10-5 at Bowling Green, won five Mid-American Conference Championships, and had the highest winning percentage (.864) in the nation when he retired.

The event was emceed by Jason Jackson, a 1994 Bowling Green State University graduate and Miami Heat television host and courtside reporter. Along with speeches by Colburn, Blackledge, and Mallory, BGSU President Dr. Carol A. Cartwright and BGSU Football Coach Dave Clawson gave welcome speeches. Athletics Director Greg Christopher gave the closing remarks.

The 1959 team will be honored publically at halftime of Saturday's Homecoming football game against Ohio. Kick-off is set for 4:00 p.m.

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