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This Week in College Football History: Dec. 10 – Dec. 16
As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of
Published: 12/7/2012 2:00:00 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.


December 13, 1969
: Hall of Fame backs Bob Anderson of Colorado and Johnny Musso of Alabama squared off in a high scoring Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. On the day, Anderson would gain a Liberty Bowl record-setting 254 yards while scoring three touchdowns. Musso, who would be honored as an NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 1971, scored twice for Hall of Fame Coach Bear Bryant’s Crimson Tide. Colorado jumped off to a 17-0 lead. Alabama responded with two touchdowns, bringing the score to 17-13 after a failed two-point conversion. Three more scores in the final 2:38 of the first half, including a 91-yard touchdown kickoff return by Colorado’s Steve Engel, gave the Buffs a 31-19 lead going into the break. By the end of the third quarter, Bama had taken the lead, 33-31, only to see Anderson score twice more in the fourth quarter. Colorado won going away 47-33. Head Coach Eddie Crowder and the Buffs posted an 8-3 record for the season with a No. 16 rank in the final AP Poll. Alabama finished 6-5. CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO RECAP OF THIS GAME ON THE NFF DIGITAL NETWORK.


December 10, 1966
: Virginia Tech got into the spirit of playing in the Liberty Bowl by utilizing the seldom used Statue of Liberty play; some old school quick kicks; and a no-huddle offense, which was highly unconventional at the time. These strategies and a tight defense, headed by Hall of Fame safety Frank Loria, held ninth ranked Miami (FL) to 16 yards of total offense in the first half.  But Miami defensive end and Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks did an equally great job in stopping the Hokie offense, and the Hurricanes prevailed for a 14-7 victory in Memphis. Miami finished 8-2-1 with a No. 9 ranking while the Hokies also turned in an 8-2-1 record.

December 11, 1982
: After four previous bowl losses, Wisconsin notched its first ever bowl victory with a win in the Independence Bowl over Kansas State, which was also experiencing a milestone with its inaugural bowl appearance. Badger quarterback Randy White threw two scoring tosses in the UW 14-3 win. Cold weather in Shreveport led to five turnovers and 14 punts. The win gave the Badgers a 7-5 record while Kansas State finished the season 6-5-1. The game also made history as ESPN’s first live telecast.

December 12, 1987
: In a back and forth contest that featured three four quarter lead changes, Eastern Michigan prevailed over San Jose State at the California Bowl in Fresno. Trailing 17-14 at the half, SJSU took the lead on a Mike Perez touchdown pass, only to see EMU regain the edge 23-21on a Garry Patton scoreboard scamper.  Back came the Spartans 27-23 as James Saxton scored from 16 yards out.  The Eagles prevailed 30-27 when Ron Adams connected with Craig Ostrander for the game's final score. Both Eastern Michigan and SJSU ended the season with 10-2 records.

December 14, 1995
: An entertaining Las Vegas Bowl saw No. 25 Toledo defeat Nevada 40-37 in overtime. Rocket RB Wasean Tait's second touchdown of the game gave Toledo a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. But Hall of Fame coach Chris Ault’s Wolfpack never quit. The Pack closed to within four points on Ken Minor’s second TD run in the third quarter. Every time Nevada scored, Toledo would respond.  The Rockets held a 34-24 lead when Minor scored again. They subsequently tied the game, 34-34, on a Damon Shea field goal, sending the battle to overtime. Shea opened the OT with his third field goal. Only to see, Tait score for the fourth time as Toledo celebrated. Toledo head coach Gary Pinkel and the Rockets finished the season 11-0-1 and ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll while Nevada posted a final 9-3 record.

December 15 1962
:  Bitterly cold weather made for unpleasant conditions for two eastern based bowl games.  In New York, a sparse crowd of 6,166 witnessed a 36-34 Nebraska win over Miami (FL) in the final Gotham Bowl.  The weather was not any better in Philadelphia as Oregon State defeated Villanova 6-0 in the Liberty Bowl. Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker provided the game’s only score with a dramatic 99-yard touchdown run.

December 16, 1978
: In the first ever Garden State Bowl, held in East Rutherford, N.J., Arizona State defeated the home state Rutgers Scarlet Knights 34-18.  Rutgers first-ever bowl appearance started well as they led ASU 10-0. But the Sun Devils responded behind the leadership of quarterback Mark Malone, who threw for three touchdown passes and ran for two more. ASU and Hall of Fame coach Frank Kush finished the season 9-3 and the Scarlet Knights also closed out the season 9-3.

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

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