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This Week in College Football History: Jan. 5 – Jan. 11
As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame posts in advance This Week in College Football History, which takes a look back at some o
Published: 12/31/2008 6:37:00 PM

As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame posts in advance 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:

January 10, 1970

The North and the South play to a 37- 37 tie in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. In a passing duel, Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech) passes 267 yards for the South while Dennis Shaw (San Diego State) counters with 386 yards, including two TDs in the fourth quarter, rallying the North from a 14 point deficit to tie the game. Shaw’s total of 386 passing yards still stands as a Senior Bowl record today. Bradshaw claimed MVP honors in the game.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

January 5, 2008
Rutgers wins the International Bowl in Toronto with a 52-30 victory over Ball State. Ray Rice rushes for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries for the Scarlet Knights. His 280 rushing yards are the third-most in NCAA bowl history, and he ends the season with 2,012 rushing yards, becoming the first player in Rutgers and BIG EAST history and the 13th player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 in a season.

January 6, 2008

Tulsa dominates Bowling Green, 63-7, at the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, producing the largest margin of victory in bowl history. Tulsa QB Paul Smith passes for 312 yards, becoming the seventh player in NCAA history to surpass 5,000 yards in a season and setting an NCAA-record 14th consecutive 300-yard passing game.

January 7, 2008

In the second BCS National Championship Game to take place in New Orleans, La., LSU QB Matt Flynn ties a school record with four TD passes, as LSU comes from behind to knock off Ohio State 38-24. LSU becomes the first school to win the BCS title twice since the rankings began in 1998.

January 8, 2007

Glendale, Ariz., becomes the inaugural site for a new BCS format that adds a fifth game to the system, and the BCS Championship Game is an upset as the Florida Gators overwhelm previously unbeaten Ohio State 41-14 to claim the school’s second national championship. The Gator defense is dominating, limiting Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith to only four completions on 14 attempts.

January 9, 1971

In Honolulu, the North beats the South, 42-32, before 23,500 at the Hula Bowl. Stanford QB Jim Plunkett and Penn State LB Jack Ham are named offensive and defensive MVPs, respectively.

January 11, 1986

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) All-Stars down the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Stars, 16-14, before 10,200 at the Freedom Bowl All-Star Classic in Atlanta, Ga.

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