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This Week in College Football History: Dec. 22-Dec. 28
This Week in College Football History: Dec. 22-Dec. 28 As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame posts in advance This Week in Coll
Published: 12/18/2008 7:11:00 PM

This Week in College Football History: Dec. 22-Dec. 28

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:

Dec. 27, 1971: At Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, 51,098 watch as Arizona State beats Florida State in the first-ever Fiesta Bowl 45-38. Tied 38-38, Sun Devil quarterback Danny White (1998 College Football Hall of Fame inductee) leads a 57-yard drive setting up halfback Woody Green’s winning two-yard touchdown run with :34 seconds left in the game.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

Dec. 22, 2003: In Orlando, North Carolina State beats Kansas 56-26 in the Tangerine Bowl. Wolfpack quarterback Phillip Rivers sets an NCAA record, starting his 54th college football game. Rivers throws 37-45 for 475 yards and five touchdowns as he sets a new Tangerine Bowl passing record.

Dec. 23, 1983: At the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Brigham Young stuns Missouri as Cougar quarterback Steve Young (2001 College Hall of Fame inductee) drives his team 94 yards for the win. On a trick play, halfback Eddie Stinnett caps off the drive, throwing a 14-yard pass to Young with 23 seconds left in the game to seal the 21-17 victory.

Dec. 24, 1988: Alabama comes from behind to beat Army 29-28 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Crimson Tide linebacker Derrick Thomas blocks two field goals for an NCAA bowl record. Trailing 28-20 in the fourth quarter, Bama scores nine points as kicker Phillip Doyle adds a field goal and David Casteal rushes two yards for the winning touchdown. Charles Gardner intercepts a Black Knight pass to secure the win.

Dec. 25, 1899: Carlisle, rated as high as No. 4 nationally in the polls of the day, upends undefeated California 2-0 in the East-West Championship game before 15,000-plus fans at San Francisco’s 16th and Folsom Streets Field.

Dec. 26, 1905: All-America Navy halfback Admiral Thomas Hamilton is born in Hoopeston, IL. He led Navy to a 9-0-1 record in 1926, while leading the country in field goals made by drop kick. During World War II Hamilton founded the Navy V-5 Pre-Flight training program and later served as Navy’s head football coach twice. Admiral Hamilton was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965 and won the prestigious Gold Medal Award in 1970. Hamilton also served as the National Football Foundation’s vice president.

Dec. 28, 1984: No. 9 Oklahoma State upsets No. 7 South Carolina 21-14 at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. Trailing 14-13 with less then two minutes in the game, Oklahoma State quarterback Rusty Hilger’s leads the Cowboys 88-yards cumulating with a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Barry Hanna. 2008 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Thurman Thomas rushed for 155 yards and was named MVP.

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