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This Week in College Football History: Oct. 19- Oct. 25
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: 10/16/2009 6:47:00 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:

October 22, 1983- Nebraska, led by College Football Hall of Famers coach Tom Osborne and running back Mike Rozier, scored 41 points in 2:55 minutes of possession time to beat Colorado 69-19 in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers recorded six touchdowns and five PATs during the stretch that spanned 9:10 of total playing time in the third quarter.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

October 19, 1974- Thinking an upset was imminent, Rice players and coaches prematurely rushed the field following a field goal to go ahead 14-13 against SMU in Dallas. The Owls, however, incurred an excessive celebration penalty that gave the Mustangs a short enough field to escape with a 19-14 victory after a touchdown pass by quarterback Ricky Wesson.

October 20, 1917- Washington beat Whitman College (Wash.) 14-6 in Seattle, Wash., stretching its unbeaten streak to 63 games, which still stands as the longest in FBS history. The streak began November 28, 1907 with a scoreless tie versus Idaho, and ended November 3, 1917 with a 27-0 loss to California. The Huskies played nine consecutive undefeated seasons, seven of which were unbeaten and untied seasons.

October 21, 2006- Jehuu Caulcrick’s 18-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Drew Stanton kicked off the biggest comeback in college football history at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern claimed a 38-3 lead, only to see Michigan State begin a furious rally to climb back in the game. The Spartans returned a blocked punt for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and used two more touchdown passes from Stanton to tie the game. Brett Swenson’s 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds remaining clinched a 41-38 Michigan State victory.

October 23, 1965- Virginia Tech opened its new stadium against intrastate rival Virginia, beating the Cavaliers 22-14 in front of a record crowd that included Virginia Gov. Albertis Harrison in Blacksburg. The Hokies, known then as the Gobblers, rushed for 323 yards but scored the decisive touchdown on a 71-yard pass from quarterback Bobby Owens to receiver Tommy Groom late in the fourth quarter.

October 24, 1998- No. 20 Texas Tech couldn’t hold on for the upset of rival No. 8 Texas A&M in College Station, falling 17-10. The Aggies scored on a fake field goal when holder Shane Lechler hit tight end Daniel Campbell from eight yards out for the touchdown. A touchdown late in the second quarter by running back Dante Hall put Texas A&M ahead for good. The Aggies would go on to upset Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship game to secure their only Big 12 title.

October 25, 1947- In front of a capacity crowd of 35,000 at Columbia’s Baker Field in New York City, the Lions ended Army’s 32-game unbeaten streak in a 21-20 upset. An interception in Army’s final drive sealed the win, the first over an Army team that had not surrendered a point all season until the loss to Columbia.


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