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This Week in College Football History: Nov. 5 – Nov. 11
As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of
Published: 11/2/2012 4:15:00 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. If you choose to use this content in whole or in part, as a courtesy, please credit The National Football Foundation and use the NFF logo, which is available upon request.


November 8, 1980:  The 1980 Georgia-Florida matchup created many memorable moments in Jacksonville.  Playing on national television, the game showcased the talents of Georgia freshman running back Herschel Walker, and the future Hall of Famer would rush for 238 yards and score on a 72-yard run.  But late in the game the No. 20 ranked Gators held a 21-20 lead over the No. 2 ranked Bulldogs when they punted to the Georgia eight yard line with 95 seconds to play. On third down, Bulldog quarterback Buck Belue scrambled to find Lindsay Scott open at the 26.  From there Scott eluded four Gators and raced the remaining 74 yards down the far sideline on the 93-yard pass play.  While the play itself is memorable, so is the call of Georgia radio voice Larry Munson, who would go on to win the 2003 Chris Schenkel Award. The victory propelled the Bulldogs to an undefeated season, an SEC Championship, and the 1980 national title. CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO RECP OF THIS GAME ON THE NFF DIGITAL NETWORK, INCLUDING MUNSON’S FAMOUS CALL.


November 5, 1960: In Minneapolis, No. 3 Minnesota knocked off top-ranked Iowa 27-10 to take over the top spot in the polls. The play of Gopher Hall of Famers Tom Brown and Sandy Stephens proved to be the difference. Brown made a critical third down five-yard tackle for loss at the Minnesota six yard line and Stephens’ quarterback sneak ended an 81-yard drive that put Minnesota ahead for good.  The Gophers would finish the regular season 8-1 as AP National Champions, losing on New Year’s Day to Washington in the Rose Bowl. Iowa would also finish 8-1, ranked No. 3.


November 6, 1937: In Houston, No. 16 Arkansas held a safe 20-12 lead over Rice with three minutes to play in the game, when Ernie Lain, passing from his own 40, connected with Ollie Cordell, pulling the Owls within one point.   With 35 seconds to play, Rice was on the Razorback 35 when Lain again faded to pass, connecting with Cordell to complete a 26-20 come from behind victory.  Rice would go on to win the Southwest Conference and defeat Colorado and future NFF Gold Medal winner Byron ”Whizzer” White in the Cotton Bowl to finish the season 6-3-2 and No. 18 in the country. The Hogs finished 6-2-2 and ranked No. 14.


November 7, 1925: Future College Football Hall of Famers Benny Friedman and Bennie Oosterbaan had emerged at Michigan as perhaps college football’s first great passing combination, but on this day a stout Northwestern defense and a driving rainstorm at Chicago’s Soldier Field halted a Wolverine offense that scored 56 points the previous week.  When Friedman fumbled the slick ball off a punt, the Wildcats recovered and kicked a short field goal.  Late in the contest, Northwestern took an intentional safety rather than risk a blocked punt in the 3-2 win.  The three points scored by Northwestern were the only points the Wolverines would give up the entire season. 


November 9, 1996: At the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, the Memphis Tigers were outgained by future Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning and the Tennessee Volunteers by 228 yards, but the Tigers made enough plays to stun the No. 6-ranked Vols 21-17. Tiger DB Keith Spann returned an interception 77 yards to set up the first Memphis touchdown. Trailing in the third quarter, Kevin Cobb returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Even though the replay showed his elbow touching the ground, the Tigers had now pulled even. QB Qadry Anderson led Memphis on a 70-yard drive, sealing the upset with a three-yard TD pass to Chris Powers with 34 seconds remaining in the game, giving the Tigers their first-ever win over Tennessee. The victory broke Memphis’ four-game losing streak, as they finished 4-7. The Vols would go on to win the Citrus Bowl and finish 10-2 ranked No. 9.


November 10, 1928: During Knute Rockne’s brilliant career, only the 1928 season could be considered as mediocre. The Irish would have a 5-4 season. This day would be the annual clash with Army at Yankee Stadium.  The undefeated Cadets featured Hall of Fame halfback Chris Cagle. At the half, the underdog Irish and Cadets were tied 0-0.  In the locker room Rockne gave his famed “Win One for the Gipper” speech, relaying George Gipp’s death bed wish. History will never know if Gipp made such a plea, or Rockne fabricated the story to fire up his team. With most of the team in tears, Notre Dame took the field in the second half and overcame a 6-0 deficit to win 12-6 with Army at the ND one-yard line as time ran out. The Irish would lose their next two games by a combined 33 points. Army finished 8-2.


November 11, 1989 Despite North Carolina State quarterback Shane Montgomery throwing an NCAA- record 73 passes, the No. 22-ranked Wolfpack were upset 35-26 by Duke, coached by Steve Spurrier, in Durham, N.C. Duke QB Dave Brown threw for 374 yards; Randy Cuthbert ran for 158 yards; and Blue Devil wide receiver Clarkston Hines, a 2010 Hall of Fame inductee, caught two TD passes to set an all-time career touchdown receptions mark with 35, as Duke held off NC State. Duke would go on to claim the ACC title, while the Wolfpack finished 7-5.

This report was researched and written by College Football Hall of Fame Curator and Historian Kent Stephens. 
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