Tuesday, October 16, 2007

This Week in College Football History

-Courtesy of the National Football Foundation

Oct. 25, 1975: North Texas pulls off one the "stunners" of '75 under College Football Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry with a 21-14 win at Tennessee. RB Sears Wood scores all three touchdowns for the visiting Eagles, including the game-winner, a 98-yard kickoff return with 4:25 left in the game to break a 14-14 deadlock. Wood rushes for 121 yards before one of the largest crowds (72,000- plus) ever to see the Eagles play. The victory catapults North Texas to a 7-4 record, four straight victories to end the year and a composite mark of 30-7 over Fry's final 37 games with the Eagles.

Oct. 23, 1930: Future U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan (NFF Gold Medal recipient) and Richard M. Nixon compete for their colleges on the same day. Reagan starts at right guard for Eureka (Ill.), which tops Illinois Wesleyan. Nixon substitutes at end for Whittier (Calif.) in a 13-0 loss to San Bernardino (Calif.).

Oct. 24, 1998: Emporia State's (Kan.) Brian Shay becomes the NCAA career rushing leader for all divisions with 6,367 yards and is presented a plaque and the game ball afterward. He carries for 213 yards as ESU tops Central Missouri 56-24.

Oct. 26, 1985: UTEP scores possibly its biggest upset in school history as the Miners knock off No. 7 and defending national champion Brigham Young 23-16 in El Paso, Texas. The key play comes in the second quarter when Miners' defensive back Danny Taylor tips a Cougars' pass at the goal line and returns it 100 yards for a touchdown in UTEP's only win of the 1985 season.

Oct. 27, 1923: The first night game involving a current NCAA FBS (I-A) member occurs in Chicago. It also signifies the first Big Ten Conference "day-night doubleheader." Chicago downs Purdue 20-6 at Stagg Field in the afternoon, and Illinois tops Northwestern 29-0 at Soldier Field that evening as portable lights are set up at the venerable structure.

Oct. 28, 1978: The late College Football Hall of Fame running back Joe Delaney of Northwestern State has his "breakout" game in a 28-18 triumph over Nicholls State. He volunteers to play tailback after several NSU players are injured in preseason and responds with an 87-yard run early in the third quarter. He tallies 28 carries for 299 yards on the day, still the Demons' single-game mark and a former NCAA FCS (I-AA) record.

Oct. 29, 1960: Sixteen football student- athletes from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are among the 22 people killed when an Arctic Pacific flight crashes just after takeoff from the airport in Toledo, Ohio.

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