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This Week in College Football History: Sept. 7- Sept. 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: 9/4/2009 2:51:00 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 9, 1972- After winning only two games in 1971, UCLA shocked preseason No. 1 Nebraska 20-17 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Led by quarterback Mark Harmon, a 1973 NFF Scholar-Athlete honoree and son of Michigan College Football Hall of Famer Tom Harmon, UCLA scored on a two-yard quarterback sneak and a 46-yard scoring pass from Harmon to force a 17-17 tie late in the fourth quarter. After a 13-yard connection from Harmon to tight end Jack Lassner on a third-and-11, Bruins kicker Efren Herrera split the uprights with 22 seconds left to win the game.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

September 7, 1996- Wake Forest stunned No. 13 Northwestern 28-27 after the Demon Deacons blew a pair of 10-point leads in Winston-Salem. Wake quarterback Brian Kulick connected with receiver Desmond Clark on a 30-yard touchdown pass with 51 second left insuring the one-point victory.

September 8, 1984- College Football Hall of Famer Doug Flutie began his Heisman campaign by tossing three touchdowns to lead No. 18 Boston College to a 38-31 victory over No. 9 Alabama at Legion Field in Birmingham. Boston College surged back from a 31-14 deficit to complete the upset.

September 10, 1983- No. 15 Florida nearly upset No. 9 USC in Los Angeles after the Trojans failed to convert a fourth down with only seconds remaining in the game. A Gator penalty however, gave the Trojans one more shot and quarterback Sean Salisbury connected with receiver Timmie Ware as time expired to knot the score at 19-19. A bad snap on the extra point attempt ended the game in a tie.

September 11, 1982- West Virginia quarterback Jeff Hostetler threw four touchdowns in his debut with the Mountaineers and handed the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners a 41-27 home loss, the first opening-game loss in College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer’s career. The 41-point explosion was the highest total any school had scored in Norman since Nebraska put up 44 in 1928.

September 12, 1987- No. 16 Notre Dame handed No. 9 Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler his first ever season-opening home loss 26-7. The Wolverines committed seven turnovers which resulted in 23 points for the Irish. 2009 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Tim Brown’s afternoon was highlighted by an 11-yard touchdown catch in double coverage following a Wolverine turnover.

September 13, 1986- Iowa topped in-state rival Iowa State 43-7 in Iowa City, giving head coach Hayden Fry his 53rd victory at Iowa, passing Forest Evashevski for most wins in school history. Fry, a 2003 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, notched a 143-89-6 record in 20 seasons at Iowa, including three Big Ten titles and 14 bowl appearances.


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