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This Week in College Football History: Sept. 10 - Sept. 16
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 144 years.
Published: 9/7/2012 1:15:00 PM
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 144 years.

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September 10, 2005 - No. 2 Texas outlasted No. 4 Ohio State 25-22 in Columbus, Ohio. In a back-and-forth affair between two powerhouses clashing for the first time, the Longhorns built a 10-0 lead only to see Ohio State score 22 of the game’s next 28 points to claim a 22-16 edge late in the fourth quarter. Texas quarterback Vince Young (270 passing yards and 76 rushing yards) hit wide receiver Limas Sweed from 24 yards out with 2:37 to play to put Texas on top for good. Linebacker Drew Kelson sealed the win for Texas on the ensuing possession, stripping quarterback Justin Zwick on a scramble and ending the Buckeyes’ final scoring threat. Texas would go on to claim its first national championship in 35 years, while Ohio State won the Fiesta Bowl and ended the season ranked fourth in the nation. CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO OF THIS GAME.


September 11, 1971 - In the first-ever meeting between eventual cross-town rivals, Houston topped Rice 23-21 in Houston. With the Cougars holding a 16-14 edge in the fourth quarter, quarterback Gary Mullins threw an interception to Rice safety Bruce Henley, who mounted a 30-yard return but fumbled the ball back to Houston 15 yards short of the goal line. The Cougars took advantage of their second chance with an 85-yard drive capped by Mullins’ third touchdown of the game.

September 12, 1970 - College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Plunkett guided No. 10 Stanford to a 34-28 upset of College Football Hall of Fame coach Frank Broyles and No. 4 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. Plunkett (262 passing yards and two touchdowns) gave Stanford a commanding 27-0 first half lead, but the Razorbacks climbed back to 27-14 behind a pair of fourth-down touchdown passes by quarterback Bill Montgomery. Stanford seemingly put the game out of reach when fullback Hillary Shockley (117 yards on 23 carries) notched his third score of the game to make it 34-14 in the third quarter but Arkansas again stormed back. The Razorbacks would cash in on 83- and 84-yard drives to pull within six, and threatened to take the lead with time elapsing but Stanford linebacker Mike Simone stopped a Montgomery keeper four yards short of the goal line on fourth-and-goal. Stanford would go on to win the Rose Bowl and claim a top-10 final ranking, while Arkansas missed a bowl game despite finishing the year ranked No. 11 in the AP poll.

September 13, 1975 - Wake Forest won its first ACC game since 1972 in a 30-22 upset of No. 15 N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C. The Demon Deacons were led by quarterback Jerry McManus’ three touchdowns and tailback Clark Gaines’ 123 rushing yards and one score. The Wolfpack’s high point of the day occurred when quarterback Dave Buckley found his twin brother, Don Buckley, for a 43-yard score at the end of the first half. Wake Forest posted a 3-3 ACC record during the 1975 campaign while N.C. State rebounded to make an appearance in the Peach Bowl.

September 14, 1991 - College Football Hall of Fame coach Herb Deromedi led Central Michigan to a 20-3 upset of No. 19 Michigan State in the first-ever meeting between the intrastate foes in East Lansing, Mich. In what Deromedi called Central Michigan’s “greatest victory,” tailback Billy Smith carried the Chippewas with 40 rushes for 162 yards and a touchdown while quarterback Jeff Bender put the game away with a 57-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ken Ealy in the third quarter. The game marked Central Michigan’s first win over either of the two in-state Big Ten powers.

September 15, 2007 - New Mexico defeated a Pac-10 foe for the first time since 1979 with a 29-27 win over Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. Wildcats quarterback Willie Tuitama threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns, but a fumble inside the Lobos’ five-yard line and an intentional grounding penalty in his own end zone opened the door for the New Mexico upset. New Mexico quarterback Donovan Porterie threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way for the Lobos’ second win in school history over a Pac-10 opponent.

September 16, 1989 - In a much-anticipated early-season showdown, College Football Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz and No. 1 Notre Dame defeated College Football Hall of Fame coach Bo Schembechler and No. 2 Michigan 24-19 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The game between the traditional powers was the earliest of the 25 meetings between the AP’s top-ranked teams, and Fighting Irish wide receiver Raghib Ismail stole the show by returning kickoffs 88 and 92 yards for touchdowns. Ismail remains the only player in college football history to twice register two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same game, accomplishing the feat against Rice one season prior.

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