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This Week in College Football History: Dec. 29-Jan. 4
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: 12/24/2008 6:54:00 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:

Jan. 1, 1925

Notre Dame downs Stanford 27-10 in the Rose Bowl to cap a 10-0 season and the school’s fourth mythical national championship under NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Knute Rockne since 1918. It marks the first and only bowl appearance for the Fighting Irish because of school policies until then-No. 2 Notre Dame faces No. 1 Texas in the 1970 Cotton Bowl under another future Hall of Fame (NFF and Cotton Bowl) head coach Ara Parseghian.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

Dec. 29, 1997

At the inaugural Sports Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, Cincinnati beats Utah State 35-19. Bearcats quarterback Chad Plummer throws for a touchdown and rushes for a touchdown while Cornelius Bonner catches two touchdown passes. It was Cincinnati’s first bowl game since the 1951 Sun Bowl.

Dec. 30, 1991

No. 23 Tulsa beats San Diego State 28-17 at the Freedom Bowl in Anaheim, Calif. The Golden Hurricane turns to back up tailback Ron Jackson, who out shines Aztec’s tailback Marshall Faulk, rushing 46 times for 211 yards and a Freedom bowl record four touchdowns. It was the first time in almost 30 years that Tulsa won a bowl game.

Dec. 31, 1984

Virginia celebrates their first bowl invitation with a 27-24 victory over Purdue with a trip to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga. Trailing 24-14 at the half, Cavaliers quarterback Don Majkowski runs the ball for the tying touchdown while Kenny Stadlin adds a field goal to take the lead. Late in the fourth quarter Ray Daly intercepts Boilermakers Jim Everett’s pass to seal the win.

Jan. 2, 1956

In the Rose Bowl, Michigan State and UCLA were tied at the end of the fourth quarter, Spartan coach Duffy Daugherty (1984 College Football Hall of Fame inductee) decides to pass up kicker Gerry Planutis and put in end Dave Kaiser to kick the field goal. During Kaiser’s practice kick, the ball was accidentally snapped, and he kicked his first field goal 41 yards with seven seconds left in the game to defeat UCLA 17-14.

Jan. 3, 2002

Miami claims the national title beating Nebraska 37-14. Hurricane quarterback Ken Dorsey sets a new school bowl record passing for 362 yards while Coach Larry Coker becomes the first coach since 1948 to win the national championship in his first year as head coach. For the first time in 45 years the Rose Bowl did not feature a Big 10 or Pac-10 team.

Jan. 4, 2005

The BCS title game pits two Heisman Trophy quarterback winners against each other for the first time as Southern California’s Matt Leinart (2004) and Oklahoma’s Jason White (2003) battle in the Orange Bowl. No. 1 USC defeats the No. 2 Sooners 55-19, as Trojans Leinart leads the offense to 38 points before halftime. Leinart ends the day completing 18 passes for 332 yards and an Orange Bowl record five touchdowns. Despite Sooners loss, White throws 24 times for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

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