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This Week in College Football History: Dec. 1-Dec. 7
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: 11/25/2008 4:26:00 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:

Dec. 5, 1992: In Birmingham, No. 12 Florida falls to No. 2 Alabama in the first-ever SEC Championship Game. Crimson Tide defensive back Antonio Langham intercepts Gator quarterback Shane Matthews’ pass and returns it 27 yards for the go ahead score. The Crimson Tide remains undefeated with the 28-21 win.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

Dec. 1, 1984: Georgia Tech snaps a six-game series losing steak, upsetting No. 18 Georgia 35-18 in Athens. Yellow Jackets score 21 points in the second quarter, as quarterback John Dewberry throws two touchdown passes, while tailback Robert Lavette adds 109 yards rushing. Lavette becomes the 20th rusher in NCAA history to break 4,000 yards.

Dec. 2, 1972: Army beats Navy 23-15 in Philadelphia, winning the first-ever Commander-in-Chief Trophy. Black Knight linebacker Tim Pfister blocks a Midshipmen field goal which Scott Beaty returns 83 yards for a touchdown, while halfback Bruce Simpson adds a 21-yard touchdown rush for the win. Despite the loss, Navy’s Cleveland Cooper rushes for 135 yards becoming the schools first running back to break 1,000 yards rushing in a season.

Dec. 3, 1999: Marshall beats Western Michigan 34-30 in the MAC Championship Game in Huntington. Down 30-27 with 0:04 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Thundering Herd quarterback Chad Pennington (1999 Draddy winner) throws his 100th career touchdown pass to Eric Pinkerton as time expires claiming Marshall’s third consecutive MAC title.

Dec. 4, 1988: Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders (2003 College Football Hall of Fame inductee) receives the news that he has won the 1988 Heisman Trophy prior to a stellar rushing performance in a 45-42 defeat of Texas Tech in Tokyo, Japan. Sanders rushes 44 times for 332 yards and four touchdowns, setting the NCAA single-season rushing record with 2,628 yards in 11 games.


Dec. 6, 1969: President Richard Nixon (1969 NFF Gold Medal winner) looks on in Fayetteville, as No. 1 Texas comes back-from-behind to beat No. 2 Arkansas 15-14. Trailing 14-0 in the fourth quarter Longhorns’ quarterback James Street scrambles 42 yards and takes the lead on UT’s next possession. Texas defensive back Tom Campbell secures 15-14 victory by intercepting a Razorback pass intended for Chuck Dicus (1999 College Football Hall of Fame inductee) with a 1:13 left in the game.

Dec. 7, 1968: In State College, No. 3 Penn State wins its 18th regular-season game in a row beating Syracuse 30-12, securing the Nittany Lions first undefeated and untied season since 1947. Penn State halfback Bobby Campbell rushes 24 times for 239 yards and sets a school record scoring on an 87-yard run.

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