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This Week in College Football History: Nov. 26 – Dec. 2
Pictured above: Army legends from the mid-1940s, L-R, QB Arnold Tucker, Doc “Mr. Inside” Blanchard,
Published: 11/23/2012 11:30:00 AM
Pictured above: Army legends from the mid-1940s, L-R, QB Arnold Tucker, Doc “Mr. Inside” Blanchard, Coach Col. Earl Red Blaik, and Glen “Mr. Outside” Glenn Davis. All four would eventually earn induction in to the College Football Hall of Fame.

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 30, 1946
: Army was still the nation’s top ranked team after having tied Notre Dame 0-0- three weeks previously in the “Game of the Century.”  However, a narrow win over a Navy team, which had only one victory the entire season, dropped the Cadets to No. 2 in the final poll. In their annual game in Philadelphia, Army led 21-6 at the half on scores by Hall of Famers Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard.  In the second half, Navy outplayed the Black Knights of the Hudson, scoring twice but missing all three of their extra point attempts to trail 21-18. With two minutes to play, the Midshipmen drove all the way to the Army four-yard line when time expired. CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO RECAP OF THIS GAME ON THE NFF DIGITAL NETWORK.


November 26, 1994
: In Tallahassee, fourth-ranked Florida led in-state rival and sixth ranked Florida State 31-3 on three touchdown passes and a rushing score by future NFF Campbell Trophy recipient Danny Wuerffel. But Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden saw his Seminoles delight the home fans by embarking on four long fourth quarter scoring drives. The Noles scored with less than two minutes to play to tie the score at 31-31, hoping to have one more scoring opportunity that never came.  In a Sugar Bowl re-match a month later, FSU won 23-17.

November 27, 1998
: Texas running back Ricky Williams became college football’s all-time leading rusher, helping the Longhorns upset, 26-24, sixth ranked Texas A&M in a contest played in Austin. With previous record holder Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett watching, Williams raced for a 60-yard score to set the new record.  Later, with the Longhorns trailing late in the game, Williams ran to the Aggie eight-yard line to set up a game winning field goal with four seconds to play. Williams rushed for 259 yards on the day.

November 28, 1981
: Hall of Fame coach Paul Bear Bryant’s quest to become college football’s all-time leader in coaching victories was realized in Birmingham as fourth-ranked Alabama defeated Auburn 28-17. The win gave Bryant 315 wins for his career, surpassing the total accumulated by Hall of Famer Amos Alonzo Stagg. However, later research determined that Pop Warner had 319 career wins, but by this time Bryant had retired with 323 victories, making the discovery a moot point.

November 29, 1947
: One of the best remembered battles for the Iron Skillet came this day when third ranked Southern Methodist traveled to Fort Worth to meet Texas Christian. TCU took a 12-0 lead, but their lead vanished when Hall of Famer Doak Walker scored twice. The Ponies converted one of the extra points, giving them a 13-12 lead.  Late in the game, TCU passed their way deep into SMU territory, and Pete Stout scored his third TD of the contest, giving the Horned Frogs a 19-13 lead.  With a minute to play, Walker returned the kickoff 56 yards, and he then made a miraculous pass reception to put the ball on the TCU nine. A TD pass tied the score, but Walker missed the extra point, producing a 19-19 tie in the end. The tie preserved the Mustangs unbeaten season with a 9-0-2 record, giving them a Southwest Conference title.

December 1, 2007
: One of the wildest finishes to a college football season happened on this night.   Entering the day, Missouri and West Virginia stood on top of the BCS rankings. Both expected victories, which would have sent them to the BCS title game. In Morgantown, No. 2 ranked West Virginia fell to Backyard Brawl rival Pittsburgh 13-9. In San Antonio, No. 1 ranked Missouri lost to No. 8 ranked Oklahoma 38-17 in the Big XII championship game. The two upsets, coupled with LSU’s SEC championship victory that evening, put LSU and Ohio State in the BCS championship game.

December 2, 1990
: Played on a Sunday in Tokyo, No. 11 Houston defeated Arizona State 62-45. The game was played a day after the Heisman vote with 2012 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ty Detmer as the winner. In the contest, Cougar Heisman hopeful, David Klinger had a record setting day.  Against the Sun Devils, he threw for a record 716 yards and seven touchdown passes. His performance also created a new single season TD pass record (54). Had the game been played before the Heisman vote, perhaps Klinger would have placed better than fifth. The victory capped off a 10-1 season as the Cougars finished No. 10 in the country.

This report was researched and written by College Football Hall of Fame Curator and Historian Kent Stephens. Click here to read this story online.

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