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This Week in College Football History: Nov. 3-Nov. 9
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: 10/28/2008 2:25:00 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 139 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. 9, 1912: Jim Thorpe (1951 College Football Hall of Fame inductee) leads Carlisle past Army 27-6 at West Point, N.Y. The Cadets squad featured nine future generals, including future U.S. President and NFF Gold Medal recipient Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Indians make history with the first “double wing” formation to spread out defenses.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

Nov. 3, 1956: After 27 years, Lou Little coaches his last game at home as Columbia beats Cornell 25-19 in New York. Considered a “national symbol of fair play and sportsmanship” by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Coach Little passes the school record for winning percentage (which was less than .390) with a record of 110-116-10 and a winning percentage of .487.

Nov. 4, 1967: In Blacksburg, Miami beats Virginia Tech 14-7, ending the Hokies’ 14-game regular season win streak. Defensive back Frank Loria (future College Football Hall of Famer) runs a punt back 95 yards for Virginia Tech’s only touchdown.

Nov. 5, 1955: In a meeting of Gen. Bob Neyland’s protégés, future Hall of Fame coaches Bowden Wyatt of Tennessee and Bobby Dodd of Georgia Tech finish the game in a 7-7 tie in Knoxville. Tennessee tailback Johnny Majors (1987 Hall of Fame inductee) was held to 77 yards as Yellow Jackets’ Wade Mitchell led a fourth-quarter drive to tie the game.

Nov. 6, 1976: Breaking Texas’ 42-game home-winning streak, Houston defensive tackle Wilson Whitley (future College Football Hall of Famer) dominates Texas’ wishbone offense as the Cougars blank the Longhorns 30-0 to highlight their first season as a member of the Southwest Conference. UT is limited to eight first downs, as they suffer their worst conference loss under Coach Darrell Royal.

Nov. 7, 1970: Trailing Minnesota 14-7 entering the third quarter, Northwestern fullback and future broadcaster Mike Adamle rallies team to a 28-14 win, capped off by a five-yard touchdown with 1:05 left in Evanston. Adamle scores all four of the Wildcats’ touchdowns, as he sets a Big Ten record rushing 48 times for 192 yards.

Nov. 8, 1975: In Los Angeles, Stanford upsets No. 9 USC 13-10, as freshman cornerback Savann Thompson intercepts a Vince Evans’ pass with 59 seconds left in the game, setting up kicker Mike Langford’s 37-yard field goal.

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