Tuesday, September 25, 2007

This Week in College Football History

-Courtesy of the National Football Foundation and College Football Foundation


Oct. 6, 1990: Colorado benefits from the famed "Fifth Down Game" in Columbia, Mo., with a game-ending touchdown run by Buffaloes' QB Charles Johnson to edge Missouri 33-31. Confusion reigns in the final seconds as CU is granted a fifth down for Johnson's TD on a "fifth-and-goal" play, and Colorado closes 11-1-1 and claim a share of the national title.


Oct. 2, 2004: Rice and San Jose State play the highest-scoring regulation game in college history as the Spartans edge the Owls 70-63 with a 28-point fourth quarter flurry. There are 19 touchdowns and 1,100-plus yards of total offense in the melee.Oct. 3, 1992: No. 24 Mississippi State bottles up Florida's All-SEC RB Errict Rhett en route to knocking off No. 13 Florida 30-6 in Starkville, Miss. State scores 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in a rare Thursday night SEC contest.

Oct. 4, 1940: Ten years to the day of the opening of Notre Dame Stadium, "Knute Rockne All- American' premiers in South Bend. The feature-length film, starring future NFF Gold Medal recipient and U.S. President Ronald Reagan as George Gipp and Pat O'Brien as coach Knute Rockne, is part of the NFF College Hall of Fame's Hollywood Huddles exhibit.Oct. 5, 1996: Florida A&M edges Hampton 59- 58 in six overtimes at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind. The game takes just over five hours to complete.

Oct. 6, 1951: NFF Hall of Fame member Hugh McElhenny of Washington returns a punt for an NCAA-record-tying 100 yards against Southern California in a 20-13 victory by the Trojans.Oct. 7, 1916: Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland (Tenn.) 222-0 in the most one-sided game in college football history.

Oct. 8, 1977: Texas defeats Oklahoma 13-6 as first-year head coach Fred Akers outduels NFF Hall of Fame mentor Barry Switzer of OU in a defensive struggle. 2007 NFF Hall of Fame inductee DB Johnnie Johnson clinches the win with a fourth-down tackle of Sooners' QB Thomas Lott to end a potential game- winning drive.

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