1957 Tangerine Bowl
1234 Total
West Texas State 00614 20
Mississippi Southern 01300 13
DateJanuary 1, 1957
StadiumTangerine Bowl
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPRon Mills, West Texas State[1]
Tangerine Bowl
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The 1957 Tangerine Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on January 1, 1957, at Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The game pitted the Mississippi Southern Southerners (today's Southern Miss) and the West Texas State Buffaloes (now West Texas A&M).


The Buffaloes finished third in the Border Conference, but they still managed to get invited to the Tangerine Bowl, their second bowl appearance in seven seasons. The Southerners, an NCAA College Division independent, finished 7–1–1 while being invited to their third bowl game in four years.[2]

Game summary

Mississippi Southern built a 13–0 halftime lead on a J.C. Arvan "Statue of Liberty" touchdown play from 51 yards out along with a 53-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Hughes to Jerry Taylor. However, Ron Mills intercepted an Eagle pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown to make it 13–6. Mills added a two-yard plunge to tie the game at 13. Quarterback Bubba Hillman rushed for 19 yards and the touchdown that proved to be the winning points for West Texas State.[3]


The Southerners return to the next Tangerine Bowl a year later. The Buffaloes' next bowl game was the 1962 Sun Bowl.


  1. ^ a b Howard, Bob (January 2, 1957). "Tangerine Bowl Classic Proves Best In 11 Years". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 11, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "History: Bowl History". 2013 Southern Miss Golden Eagles Football Media Guide (PDF). Hattiesburg, Mississippi: University of Southern Mississippi Department of Athletics. 2013. p. 176. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Southern Miss Football :: Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on March 7, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2017.