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This Week in College Football History: Sept. 28- Oct. 4
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: 9/25/2009 7:54:00 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. During the season, many of these events are featured in a changing exhibit at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.

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FEATURED MOMENT:

September 29, 1990- No. 13 Houston’s game against Rice at the Astrodome started later than scheduled because of a field conversion following an afternoon baseball game. The game lasted till past midnight before Cougars’ kicker Roman Anderson booted a 32-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to win the game, 24-22. The Owls jumped out to a 22-7 lead late in the third before Houston quarterback David Klinger led the Cougars to the late game comeback and the Bayou Bucket.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

September 28, 1985- Navy running back and future College Football Hall of Famer Napoleon McCallum, beneficiary of the academy’s recent decision to allow players to return for a fifth season, rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns as the Midshipmen upset No. 20 Virginia 17-13 in Charlottesville.

September 30, 1944- North Carolina State set an NCAA record by winning a game without gaining a single first-down. The Wolfpack beat Virginia 13-0 in Norfolk, Virginia.

October 1, 2000- Mississippi State snapped No. 3 Florida’s 72-game unbeaten streak against unranked opponents by knocking off the Gators in Starkville, 47-35. The Bulldogs gained 317 yards on the ground, the most Florida had given up since 1982. MSU conversely held the Gators to minus-78 yards on the ground, and three of Florida’s first-half drives resulted in a turnover-on-downs.

October 2, 1983- No. 3 Arizona raced to a 26-3 lead over California in Berkley after future College Football Hall of Famer Ricky Hunley took an interception back 57 yards for a touchdown. The Golden Bears, however, scored four touchdowns in seven minutes during the third quarter, capped off by a field goal with 48 seconds to finish the game in a 33-33 tie. Cal scored on three plays over 60 yards including a 67-yard punt return by running back Dwight Garner.

October 3, 1975- BYU topped New Mexico 16-15 in Provo, Utah, beginning a streak of 361 games without being shutout, the longest in college football history. The streak lasted until November 22, 2003, a 3-0 loss to Utah. The Cougars’ streak encompassed 27 consecutive full seasons without being shutout.

October 4, 1958- In Worcester, Mass., the Holy Cross Crusaders, led by quarterback Tommy Greene, punched in a three-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter and tacked on the two-point conversion to beat Syracuse 14-13 at home. The Orange would rebound and win the next 24 games in a row, including the 1959 national championship.

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