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This Week in College Football History: Nov. 24-Nov. 30
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: 11/20/2008 5:03:00 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:

Nov. 24, 1956: In California coach Pappy Waldorf’s (1966 College Football Hall of Fame inductee) last game, the Golden Bears upset Stanford 20-18 in Berkeley. Cal strikes early, scoring two touchdowns in the first 11 minutes. Despite the loss, Stanford quarterback John Brodie (1986 College Football Hall of Fame inductee) sets a Pacific Coast Conference record with 137 completions in a single season.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

Nov. 25, 2006: Rice clinches its first bowl berth since 1961 by toppling SMU 31-27 in Houston. Freshman All-America WR Jarrett Dillard grabs three touchdown receptions, denying the Mustangs their first bowl bid since 1984.

Nov. 26, 1988: For the first time in series history, Notre Dame and USC enter the game undefeated and occupying the top two spots in the nation. Fighting Irish quarterback Tony Rice rushes 65 yards for a touchdown, while cornerback Stan Smagala intercepts Trojan Rodney Peete’s pass and returns it for a score to secure a 27-10 victory.

Nov. 27, 2004: Pittsburg State (Kan.) sets the NCAA all-divisions’ scoring mark in a 50-36 victory over Northwest Missouri State in the NCAA Division II playoffs at Pittsburg, rolling to 775 points that season. The previous mark was set by Harvard over a century earlier with 765 points in 14 games. The Gorillas finish the season 14-1 with 837 total points.

Nov. 28, 1975: For the first time since 1967, No. 2 Texas A&M beats No. 5 Texas 20-10 at College Station. Aggies halfback Bubba Bean rushes 17 times for 126 yards, while the defense holds Longhorns’ fullback Earl Campbell to 40 yards rushing and Texas’ offense to six first downs.

Nov 29, 1958: Auburn wins its 24th straight game as the No. 2 Tigers avoid an upset by defeating their rival Alabama 14-8. Trailing in the fourth quarter, Crimson Tide quarterback Bobby Jackson leads team down to Auburn’s 28-yard line with 1:26 left, but Tiger halfback Lamar Rawson deflects Jackson’s pass at the goal line to secure the win.

Nov. 30 1963: In Princeton, Dartmouth comes back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stun the Tigers 22-21, claiming a share of the Ivy League title. Big Green halfback Tom Spangenberg runs for a touchdown and two-point conversion against Princeton’s back ups. Tigers’ fullback Cosmo Iacavazzi (2002 College Football Hall of Fame inductee) fumbles after being hit by Scott Creelman (current CEO of Spalding), setting up Dartmouth’s game winning score.

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