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This Week in College Football History- Dec. 7- Dec. 13
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 f
Published: 12/4/2009 2:19:00 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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December 12, 1987- Eastern Michigan beat San Jose State 30-27 in the California Bowl played in Fresno. The bowl game remains the Eagles’ lone post-season appearance.

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December 7, 2003- Following a 52-28 win over Oregon State, USC began a record streak of 33 consecutive weeks atop the Associated Press poll. The Trojans were ranked No. 1 for the conclusion of the 2003 season, the entire 2004 season and the entire 2005 regular season until falling to No. 2 Texas in the Rose Bowl, 41-38, on January 4, 2006. The 33 weeks holds the record by a wide margin, with the second-longest streak belonging to Miami, who held the top spot for 20 weeks from October 14, 2001 to October 28, 2002.

December 8, 2001- No. 2 Tennessee fell to No. 21 LSU in the SEC title game, 31-20 in Atlanta. Tiger back-up quarterback Matt Mauck led six scoring drives following the loss of starter Rohan Davey near the end of the second quarter. The loss cost the Vols a shot at the national championship game against Miami in the Rose Bowl.

December 9, 1989- No. 23 Hawaii and Air Force tied 35-35 in Honolulu after the Falcons converted three Warrior turnovers into touchdowns. Hawaii kicker Jason Elam missed a 47-yard field goal as time expired to break his streak of 20-straight successful attempts.

December 10, 1983- No. 16 Air Force beat Ole Miss 9-3 in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport. The game serves as the earliest date on which an Independence Bowl has ever been played.

December 11, 1993- North Alabama wins its first of three consecutive Division II crowns with a 41-24 triumph over Indiana (Pa.).

December 12, 1987- Eastern Michigan beat San Jose State 30-27 in the California Bowl played in Fresno. The bowl game remains the Eagles’ lone post-season appearance.

December 13, 1997- Charles Woodson became the third Michigan Wolverine and the first primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy. Woodson also saw time at wide receiver and punt returner, and used a key punt return for a touchdown in a win over No. 4 Ohio State to seal the award. No defensive player has won the award since Woodson.



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