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This Week in College Football History: Jan. 21 – Jan. 27
Pictured above: Florida State linebacker and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Derrick Brooks claimed MVP
Published: 1/18/2013 4:00:00 PM

Pictured above: Florida State linebacker and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Derrick Brooks claimed MVP honors with 13 tackles in the 1995 Senior Bowl.

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.


January 21, 1995
: With a chance to see how Alcorn State quarterback Steve McNair would do against top-flight competition, the Senior Bowl experienced its earliest sellout ever in Mobile, Ala. But the quarterback star of the day was Penn State’s Kerry Collins. The Nittany Lion signal caller had a 236 yard passing day while McNair only completed eight passes as his South team won a 14-7 decision. Florida State linebacker and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Derrick Brooks claimed game MVP honors with 13 tackles on the day in a game dominated by defense.

January 22, 1994
: In what many have called the most exciting game in Senior Bowl history, the North scored 22 consecutive points to take the lead in the Senior Bowl only to see the South comeback for the 35-32 win at Ladd Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The North gained the lead late in the game after two long receptions by Michigan wide receiver Derrick Alexander setup short rushing scores, giving the North 32-28 lead with 3:11 remaining. The clinching score came when two regular season foes, Auburn quarterback Stan White and Alabama receiver Kevin Lee, connected on a 50-yard scoring pass. White claimed game MVP honors.

January 23, 1999
:  The 50th annual Senior Bowl featured appearances by the members of the all-time Senior Bowl team that included numerous Hall of Famers including Joe Greene (North Texas), Walter Payton (Jackson State), Pat Sullivan (Auburn) and Lee Roy Jordan (Alabama).  In the largest crowd ever to witness the game at 40,846, Emporia State (Kan.) running back and Harlon Hill Trophy winner Brain Shay helped lead the South to a 31-21 win.  Shay’s big play came on a 27-yard run off a fake punt. The play kept the drive alive, culminating with a one-yard TD run by LSU running back Kevin Faulk and an 11-point advantage for the South. UCLA quarterback Cade McNown was the game MVP, completing 10-of-12 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

January 24, 1999
: Texas Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams ran for 114 yards and scored two touchdowns as the South defeated the North 34-14 in the Hula Bowl at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Hawaii.  His second score of the day put his team ahead for good early in the fourth quarter. Williams was aided by Heisman runner-up and Kansas State quarterback Michael Bishop, who passed for 197 yards. The North’s MVP was Cal-Davis quarterback Kevin Daft.

January 25, 2003
: The Rotary Gridiron Classic at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., came down to the final minute of the game as Cincinnati's Jonathan Ruffin kicked a 49-yard game-winning field goal with 13 seconds left in the game, giving Team USA a 20-17 win over Team Florida. Grand Valley State (Mich.) quarterback Curt Anes set up the game winning field goal on a 28-yard pass across the middle to Buffalo tight end Chad Bartoszek, who had three catches for 43 yards in the game. Bartoszek’s performance also included a nine-yard touchdown pass from Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger, which gave Team USA a 14-3 lead in the second quarter. East Tennessee State wide receiver Cecil Moore caught a seven-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter from Oklahoma quarterback and Rose Bowl MVP Nate Hybl to give Team USA, coached by Maryland Head Coach Ralph Friedgen, an early 7-0 advantage. Team Florida battled back from a 17-3 deficit in the second half to tie the game before Team USA got the ball with just over a minute remaining for the final game-winning drive.

January 26, 1983
: Less than a month after his final game at the University of Alabama, Paul “Bear” Bryant died at the age of 69 from a heart attack.  Born in Morrow Bottom, Arkansas, Bryant received his nickname after wrestling a bear from a traveling circus.  He played end at Alabama opposite Hall of Famer Don Hutson.  Bryant began his head coaching career at Maryland in 1945 moving on to Kentucky and Texas A&M before he returned to his alma mater in 1958.  With the Tide, he won six national championships and 13 SEC crowns.  He retired as college football’s all-time win leader with 323 victories. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

January 27, 2007
: In a rematch of the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game quarterbacks, Ohio State Heisman winner Troy Smith came out as the victor, helping the North to a 27-0 win in the Under Armour Senior Bowl against a South team led by Florida quarterback and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Chris Leak at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Penn State running back Tony Hunt was named game MVP. Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton earned offensive MVP honors for the North while the team’s defensive MVP was Michigan cornerback Leon Hall.  Mississippi linebacker Patrick Willis and Auburn offensive guard Ben Grubbs claimed MVP accolades for the South squad.

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

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