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This Week in College Football History: Oct. 1 - Oct. 7
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: 9/28/2012 4:32:00 PM
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October 3, 1992 - Riding a 17-game winning streak, College Football Hall of Fame coach Don James and No. 1 Washington survived a 17-10 scare from No. 21 USC in Seattle. The Trojans were forced to use three quarterbacks after starter Rob Johnson suffered an injury. Trailing 14-3 in the second quarter, wide receiver Curtis Conway grabbed back-up Reggie Perry's pass off a deflection for a 53-yard touchdown. A defensive struggle emerged in the second half until third-string quarterback Kyle Waccholtz drove the Trojans within striking distance with just over 90 seconds remaining, but his pass into the end zone was intercepted by defensive back Walter Bailey to keep the defending national champion Huskies' longest winning streak in more than 80 years alive. CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO OF THIS GAME.


October 1, 1983 - With a crowd of 64,076, Mountaineer Field was more than 14,000 over capacity to see College Football Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen and No. 7 West Virginia face rival Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl. The Panthers built a 21-14 halftime edge but the West Virginia defense owned the second half by allowing only 61 yards over the game's final 30 minutes. Mountaineers signal caller Jeff Hostetler led a game-winning 90-yard drive that was punctuated by his six-yard keeper with 6:27 to play. The win was West Virginia's first triumph over Pittsburgh since 1975.

October 2, 2004 - Northwestern stunned No. 6 Ohio State 33-27 in overtime in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats laid the foundation for the upset by building a 27-17 lead in the fourth quarter. Ohio State roared back, tying the game with a 21-yard scoring toss from quarterback Justin Zwick to wide receiver Santonio Holmes with 1:54 to play. Overtime opened with Buckeyes kicker Mike Nugent, an All-American who would win the Lou Groza Award later that fall, missing a 40-yard field goal. Northwestern responded with a 21-yard scramble by quarterback Brett Basanez and a one-yard plunge from running back Noah Herron to seal the victory. The win marked the first time Northwestern had beaten Ohio State in Evanston since 1958.

October 4, 1969 - Boston University scored the first victory in school history over crosstown rival Harvard 13-10 in Boston. After trailing 10-7 at halftime, the Terriers got a touchdown pass from quarterback Pete Yetten to wingback Gary Capehart early in the fourth quarter to take the lead. Boston shut down the Crimson passing game, allowing just 32 yards on 16 attempts, and limited Harvard to 100 total yards in the second half. For Harvard, the loss snapped a 10-game unbeaten string.

October 5, 1957 - VMI became the first team in college football history to force its opponent to a negative passing total. The Keydets allowed the Spiders to complete just two passes for a loss of 16 yards on the day. VMI topped Richmond 28-6 in Richmond, Va., en route to a 9-0-1 record and the 1957 Southern Confedrence championship.

October 6, 1973 - A pair of SEC powers narrowly avoided upsets as No. 3 Alabama defeated Georgia 28-14 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and No. 9 Tennessee survived Kansas 28-27 in Knoxville, Tenn. The Crimson Tide, led by College Football Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, trailed the Bulldogs 14-13 with just 2:22 to play before quarterback Gary Rutledge led a three-play, 59-yard drive to take the lead. After getting the ball back, the Tide put the game away with 34 seconds left with halfback Randy Billingsley's 17-yard scoring dash. Roughly 300 miles to the north, Tennessee, coached by future NFF Board Member Bill Battle, saw its lead over Kansas reduced to 28-27 with 3:15 remaining when the Jayhawks elected to go for two after a touchdown. The Volunteers defense forced quarterback David Jaynes to run and corralled him at the one-yard line to preserve the win.

October 7, 1967 - Tulsa wide receivers Ricky Eber and Harry Wood recorded the best day by a receiving duo in college football history. Eber hauled in 20 receptions for 322 yards and three touchdowns, while Wood posted 13 grabs for 318 yards and three scores. The marks ranked second and third, respectively, in the NCAA single-game receiving yards record book at the time and are still the top two single-game totals in school history. Their combined total of 640 yards remains an NCAA record. Tulsa defeated Idaho State 58-0 in Tulsa, Okla.
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