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This Week in College Football History- Dec. 21-27
????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 c
Published: 12/18/2009 4:57:00 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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FEATURED MOMENT:
December 25, 1978- In a match-up of College Football Hall of Fame coaches, No. 8 Arkansas (led by Lou Holtz) and No. 15 UCLA (led by Terry Donahue) played to a 10-10 tie in the Fiesta Bowl. The game marked the only tie in Fiesta Bowl history.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:
December 21, 1979- Lee Corso’s Indiana Hoosiers earned their first bowl victory, spoiling No. 9 BYU’s perfect season beating the Cougars 38-37 in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Indiana scored the go-ahead touchdown on a punt return by cornerback Tim Wilbur midway through the fourth quarter. BYU kicker Brent Johnson missed a 27-yard field goal with eleven seconds left to seal the Cougars’ fate.

December 22, 1984- No. 12 Maryland mounted its second 20-plus point second half comeback of the season, beating Tennessee 28-27 in the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Down 21-0 at the half, Maryland reeled off 22-straight points in the third to take the lead before giving up a 100-yard kick-off return to Vols running back Pete Paunuska. Terps fullback Rick Badanjek scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard dive in the fourth quarter.

December 23, 2003- No. 18 Boise State beat No. 19 TCU 34-31 in the first-ever PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl (now the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. The win marked the Broncos first bowl victory away from their home stadium.

December 24, 2000- In his final game as head coach, College Football Hall of Famer Jim Donnan led Georgia over Virginia, 37-14, to win a school record fourth-straight bowl game at the Oahu Bowl in Honolulu. The game marked the last time the bowl would be played in Oahu, the following year the game moved to Seattle.

December 26, 1997- Ole Miss beat Marshall 34-31 at the first-ever Motor City Bowl in Pontiac. Marshall quarterback and William V. Campbell Trophy winner Chad Pennington threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns, one of which was an 80-yard bomb to All-American wide receiver Randy Moss.

December 27, 1958- Texas A&M Commerce (formerly East Texas State) beat Missouri Valley, led by College Football Hall of Fame coach Volney Ashford, 26-7 to claim its second Tangerine Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) victory in less than a year. The Lions held the Vikings nation-leading rushing attack to just 154 yards en route to the win.

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