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This Week in College Football History: Sept. 20 - Sept. 26
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September 21, 1996- In Tempe, No. 17 Arizona State snapped defending national champion and top-ranked Nebraska's 26 game winning streak, 19-0. The Sun Devil defense, led by 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Pat Tillman, forced three safeties against the Cornhuskers and held them scoreless for only the second time in 23 years. It was the only time the AP's top-ranked team has been shutout since 1978.


September 20, 2003- No. 10 LSU prevailed against No. 7 Georgia, 17-10 in Baton Rouge. With the Tigers ahead 10-3, Georgia linebacker Odell Thurman forced a Matt Mauck fumble deep in Bulldog territory. Georgia capitalized with a 93-yard screen pass to tailback Tyson Browning. Mauck rebounded with a 34-yard scoring toss to Skylar Green with 1:22 remaining, clinching victory over the defending SEC champions en route to LSU's first BCS National Championship.

September 22, 1962- College Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Yeoman coached his first game at Houston. The "father of Cougar football" directed the Cougars to a 19-0 win over Baylor in Houston. The inventor of the veer offense, Yeoman's Cougars would lead the nation in offense from 1966-68. Yeoman eventually guided Houston to two top-five finishes, four conference championships and 11 bowl games.

September 23, 2006- Central Michigan defeated Eastern Michigan, 24-17 in overtime, in Ypsilanti. It was the third straight time a contest between the Chippewas and the Eagles went to overtime, the only such occurrence in NCAA history.

September 24, 1983- The No. 7 Iowa defense rose to the occasion, limiting powerful attack of No. 3 Ohio State in a 20-14 triumph in Iowa City. Buckeye quarterback Mike Tomczak entered the game as the nation's leader in passing efficiency, but was just 13-34 for 121 yards and a touchdown against a Hawkeye defense featuring College Football Hall of Famer Larry Station. The win was Iowa's first over Ohio State since 1962.

September 25, 1959- In Atlanta, No. 16 Georgia Tech engineered a 16-12 upset of No. 6 SMU. College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Don Meredith tossed two scores to put the Mustangs ahead at the break, 12-7, but less-heralded signal caller Fred Braselton hit end Fred Murphy to give the Yellow Jackets a 13-12 advantage. SMU mounted a late comeback charge, but Georgia Tech linebacker Gerald Burch snagged an interception with 1:32 remaining to clinch victory for College Football Hall of Fame head coach Bobby Dodd's Yellow Jackets.

September 26, 1953- In a matchup of College Football Hall of Fame head coaches Frank Leahy and Bud Wilkinson, No. 1 Notre Dame thwarted No. 6 Oklahoma 28-21 in Norman. With the Sooners leading 14-7 in the second quarter, Fighting Irish tackle Frank Varrichione blocked a punt that Notre Dame recovered at OU's nine-yard line. Quarterback Ralph Guglielmi capitalized with a nine-yard option keeper, the first of three unanswered Notre Dame touchdowns to put the Irish ahead for good. The loss was Oklahoma's first in 25 home games, and would be their last defeat until 1957, when the Sooners would achieve an NCAA-record 47 consecutive wins.

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