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This Week in College Football History: Jan. 2 - Jan. 8
As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of
Published: 12/30/2011 12:00:00 AM
As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame posts This Week in College Football History, which takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 143 years.

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January 2, 1961 - With a national title already in hand, future College Football Hall of Famer Sandy Stephens led No. 1 Minnesota to the Rose Bowl against No. 6 Washington. Huskies quarterback Bob Schloredt, a future College Football Hall of Famer himself, controlled the game by air, tossing a four-yard score to halfback Brent Wooten, and by land with 58 yards on six carries, including a one-yard plunge to put Washington on top 17-0 at the half. The Golden Gophers dominated the second half, claiming a 192-35 yardage advantage, but mustered just an 18-yard touchdown run by Bill Munsey on an option pitch from Stephens. Washington won the game 17-7, registering their second consecutive Rose Bowl upset following a 44-8 defeat of No. 6 Wisconsin the previous year.


January 3, 2003 - No. 2 Ohio State claimed its first national championship since 1968 by upsetting No. 1 Miami (Fla.) 31-24 in double overtime at the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. Miami, the defending national champions and riding a 34-game winning streak, opened the scoring with a 25-yard scoring strike from quarterback Ken Dorsey to wide receiver Roscoe Parrish in the first quarter. The Buckeyes responded by notching 17 straight points, but Miami responded with a nine-yard run by tailback Willis McGahee and kicker Todd Sievers sent the game to overtime with a 40-yard field goal as time expired. The Hurricanes opened overtime with a seven-yard touchdown grab by tight end Kellen Winslow II, and seemingly had the game won on Ohio State's possession until pass interference was called on a pass from Buckeyes quarterback Craig Krenzel to wide receiver Chris Gamble. Krenzel, who would win the William V. Campbell Trophy 11 months later, registered his second touchdown run of the game to send the game to double overtime. Running back Maurice Clarett gave Ohio State the lead with a five-yard touchdown plunge, and the Buckeyes’ defense held Miami out of the end zone on the ensuing possession. 

January 4, 2000 - College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden and No. 1 Florida State topped No. 2 Virginia Tech 46-29 at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Seminoles wide receiver Peter Warrick opened the scoring with a 64-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, and returned a punt 59 yards for a score in the second quarter. The Hokies led 29-28 entering the fourth quarter, but Florida State registered 18 unanswered points to claim the school's second national championship. Warrick was named the game's Most Valuable Player with six receptions for 163 yards and three total touchdowns. 

January 5, 1892 - California continued its early tradition of playing games in the fall, winter, and spring with a 14-0 victory over San Francisco Boys High School in Berkeley, Calif. From the program's founding a decade earlier, the Golden Bears employed a spring schedule, consistently playing games in January, February, March and April, until adopting a traditional fall schedule in the fall of 1892. 

January 6, 2007 - Cincinnati won the inaugural International Bowl in Toronto, Canada 27-24 over Western Michigan. The Bearcats built a 24-0 second-quarter lead, spearheaded by two touchdown passes from Nick Davila to Dominick Goodman, but the Broncos battled back to tie the game with 10:53 left in the fourth quarter. Cincinnati kicker Kevin Lovell hit the game-winning 33-yard field goal with 6:11 showing on the clock. The contest was the first college bowl game in history to be held in Canada, and it lasted until 2010. The game also served as the debut for Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly. Two months earlier, Kelly had led Central Michigan to a victory over Western Michigan, making him the first coach in college football history to beat a school with two different teams in the same season. 

January 7, 2011 - In the first FCS Championship played in Frisco, Texas, Eastern Washington posted a late rally to defeat Delaware, 20-19. The Blue Hens seemingly controlled the game midway through the third quarter, claiming a 19-0 lead while limiting the Eagles to 92 yards of total offense. However, three touchdown passes from Bo Levi Mitchell over the game's final 17 minutes, including the game-winner with 2:47 to play, gave Eastern Washington its first national championship in school history. 

January 8, 2009 - No. 2 Florida won its third national title by upending No. 1 Oklahoma 24-14 in the BCS National Championship in Miami. The game turned late in the second quarter with the score knotted at 7-7 when Oklahoma twice marched inside Florida's 10-yard line but came away scoreless on both trips. With Florida clinging to a 17-14 lead, Oklahoma mounted a threatening drive that was turned away when Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford's pass was intercepted by safety Ahmad Black on Florida's 24-yard line. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who would win the William V. Campbell Trophy the following season, sealed the win with a four-yard pass to wide receiver David Nelson with just over three minutes to play. Tebow was named Most Valuable Player by completing 18-of-30 passes for 231 yards with two touchdowns while adding 22 rushes for 109 yards. 
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