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This Week in College Football History- Dec. 28- Jan. 3
As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame posts This Week in College Football History, which takes a look back at some of colle
Published: 12/23/2009 9:35:00 PM

As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame posts This Week in College Football History, which takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 140 years.

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January 1, 1987- No. 4 and undefeated Syracuse, led by College Football Hall of Famers coach Dick MacPherson and quarterback Don McPherson, played No. 6 Auburn to the first tie in Sugar Bowl history 16-16 in New Orleans. Much to the Tiger crowd's disappointment, Auburn College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye opted to kick the game tying 30-yard field goal rather than go for the win with time winding down. McPherson was named the game's MVP.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

December 28, 1990- North Carolina State upset Brett Favre's 23rd ranked Southern Miss Eagles 31-27 in the last-ever All-American Bowl in Birmingham. Favre, who threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns, was sacked as time expired on the Wolfpack 20-yardline to thwart the late comeback.

December 29, 1982- Illinois, who was coming off a 19-year bowl absence, couldn't spoil College Football Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's final game on the Alabama sidelines as the Crimson Tide won 21-15 in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. Bryant, who would pass away weeks later, finished his career with 323 wins and went to a bowl game in each of his final 24 seasons with the Crimson Tide.

December 30, 1968- In the first-ever Peach Bowl (now the Chick-Fil-A Bowl), LSU beat No. 19 Florida State 31-27 in Atlanta. Tiger back-up quarterback Mike Hillman came off the bench to throw for 229 yards and two touchdown in the victory. College Football Hall of Famer Ron Sellers caught two touchdown passes for the Seminoles.

December 31, 1992- Wake Forest carded its first bowl victory in 40 years, beating Oregon 39-35 in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport. Wake Forest scored 29 points in 13 minutes in the second half to finish Demon Decons coach Bill Dooley's career with a victory.

January 2, 2004- Mississippi, led by NFF National Scholar-Athlete Eli Manning, downed Oklahoma State 31-28 in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Oklahoma State quarterback Josh Fields threw for 307 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.

January 3, 2001- No. 1 Oklahoma shut down No. 2 Florida State 13-2 in the Orange Bowl in Miami, capturing the Sooners first national title since 1985. Oklahoma's defense held the Seminoles and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Chris Weinke to 15 yards rushing and only one third-down conversion in the game. Sooner running back Quentin Griffin scored the game's only touchdown.

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