While Northeastern A&M College puts the finishing touches on homecoming week, the celebration marks the ruby anniversary of the 1967 NEO team under the guidance of first-year head coach Chuck Bowman.
Although separated by a 10-year span, the 1957 and the 1967 Golden Norsemen anniversary squads were linked because Bowman replaced interim head coach Jack Wallace after the 1966 season.
Wallace assumed the head coaching duties following a heart attack by Robertson just prior to the start of the season.
Robertson, a member of the NJCAA Football Coaches Hall of Fame, compiled a 162-49-7 record in 22 years as NEO head coach.
Traveling to Savannah, Ga., the 1967 Golden Norsemen defeated Lees-McRae, N.C., 35-13 in the NJCAA Shrine Bowl to win the school's third national championship.
Recording three shutouts in their first four games, the 1967 Golden Norsemen opened the season with a 30-0 drubbing of Oklahoma Military Academy.
NEO earned a 32-12 victory over Kilgore, Texas before posting back-to-back shutouts over the University of Tulsa freshmen (38-0) and at Grand Rapids, Mich., by a 14-0 score.
After a long trip to Michigan, the Golden Norse turned around the next week and visited Trinidad, Colo. NEO rallied for a 41-38 victory in Colorado.
Hosting the Marion (Ala.) Military Institute the following week, the Golden Norsemen cruised to a 61-14 victory.
Concluding action in the Oklahoma Junior College Football Conference, NEO racked up their fourth shutout of the season with a 66-0 drubbing of Cameron Junior College.
The lone blemish on a 9-1 record was a 21-20 loss to Missouri Southern Junior College at Robertson Field in the next-to-the last game of the regular season.
Closing out the regular season, the Golden Norsemen earned a 19-7 victory over Taft, Calif., before a capacity crowd at Robertson Field.
Behind a MVP performance by former Picher High School standout Doug Mathews, the Golden Norsemen claimed their third NJCAA national championship with a 35-13 victory over Lees-McRae, N.C., in the Alee Shrine Bowl at Savannah, Ga., on Nov. 29, 1967.
En route to either tying or breaking seven records in the bowl game, Mathews was selected offensive MVP of the game.
He set one record by returning a punt 76 yards for a touchdown, added 97 more yards rushing on 22 carries and contributed still more yards receiving and returning punts.
Mathews went on to coach at the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University.
Sophomore tailback Al Consuegra led the Golden Norse ground game with 140 yards on 28 carries that set a bowl record. Consuegra scored on a 2-yard run for NEO's first touchdown.
A 6-yard touchdown run by Romero Gonzales and a 32-yard touchdown pass by Dennis Jackson from Bubba Dudley along with Mathews' brilliant punt return propelled NEO to a 27-0 lead at halftime.
Lees-McRae responded with all 13 points during the third quarter on a 17-yard TD pass from Marvin Parrott to Bill Miller and an 18-yard return of a blocked punt by Harold Mallory.
Tight end Dennis Jackson score on a 6-yard reverse midway through the fourth quarter to end the scoring for NEO.
Golden Norse cornerback Ronnie Lowe earned defensive most valuable player after the NEO defense held the Bobcats to zero total yards. Other defensive standouts included end Ron Yankowski and linebackers Tommy Fletcher and Bart Graves.
During his five-year career at NEO, Bowman earned NJCAA Football Hall of Fame honors by winning national titles in 1967 and 1969 while compiling a 41-8 overall record.
“That '67 team had the greatest heart as far as any team is concerned,” Bowman said. “The '69 team had more of what you would call football talent and did it more with ability. But the '67 team did it with heart.”
Mathews, Lowe and safety John Pell each earned first team NJCAA All-American honors.