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This Week in College Football History: Oct. 27 - Nov. 2
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: 10/23/2008 2:52:00 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:

October 31, 1959: LSU halfback Billy Cannon (2008 College Football Hall of Fame inductee) returns a punt 89 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown, sealing the Tigers come-from-behind 7-3 triumph over Mississippi in Baton Rouge. The Famous Halloween-night run secures Cannon’s eventual Heisman Trophy win.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

October 27, 1984: West Virginia defensive back Larry Holley picks off Penn State quarterback John Shaffer with 35 seconds left in the game, securing a 17-14 win over the Nittany Lions in Morgantown and the Mountaineers’ first win over PSU in almost 30 years.

October 28, 1939: Kansas State's homecoming contest against Nebraska becomes the second college football game ever televised, following the Fordham-Waynesburg contest in New York earlier that fall. The Cornhuskers spoil homecoming with a 25-9 triumph in Manhattan, Kan., before a limited Nebraska ETV audience in the surrounding area.

October 29, 1955: Before a record crowd of 59,475 in Notre Dame Stadium, No. 9 Notre Dame, led by future Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung (1985 College Football Hall of Fame inductee), upsets No. 4 Navy on Knute Rockne Memorial Day, 25 years after the legendary coach’s last season in South Bend. The 21-7 loss ends the Middies’ nine game-winning streak.

October 30, 1971: In West Lafayette, Michigan State halfback Eric “The Flea” Allen breaks Michigan running back Ron Johnson’s (1992 College Football Hall of Fame inductee) NCAA record for rushing yards in a single game, sprinting for 350 yards in the Spartans’ 43-10 victory over Purdue.

November 1, 1926: The NCAA’s all-time winningest coach John Gagliardi is born in Trinidad, Colorado. Now in his 59th year of coaching, he has compiled a 458-124-11 record with a .782 winning percentage. In 1993, the Gagliardi Trophy was introduced as the Division III version of the Heisman in his honor, and he became the first active coach enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He has coached the St. John’s (Minn.) Johnnies for the last 57 years.

November 2, 1974: Legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes (future College Football Hall of Famer) earns his 200th career win against Illinois in Columbus. Buckeye tailback Archie Griffin (two-time Heisman Trophy winner and 1986 College Football Hall of Fame inductee) rushes for 144 yards, setting an NCAA record for most consecutive games gaining 100 yards or more (18).



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