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This Week in College Football History: Jan. 28 – Feb. 3
Photo: Wisconsin Coach Barry Alvarez, who would earn induction into the College Football Hall of
Published: 1/25/2013 11:30:00 AM

Photo: Wisconsin Coach Barry Alvarez, who would earn induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010, led the North to a 35-31 victory in the Villages Gridiron Classic just outside of Orlando, Fla., in 2004.

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 31, 2004
: Led by College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin), the North bested, 35-31, a South team headed by Georgia coach Mark Richt in the Villages Gridiron Classic just outside of Orlando, Fla. In the first half, the contest was tied on three occasions as each time the South scored the North responded with an equalizer, sending the teams to the locker room at 21-21.  The South scored the first ten points of the third quarter, and they looked to be in command after Nebraska quarterback Jamaal Lord scored to put the South in front 31-21.  But two touchdown runs by Tennessee fullback Troy Fleming put the North ahead 35-31 for the victory. Fleming, the game MVP, eclipsed the 100 yard rushing mark to complement his two touchdowns. CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO RECAP OF THIS GAME ON THE NFF DIGITAL NETWORK.


January 28, 2012
: An all- time Senior Bowl record 98-yard punt return by Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead led the North to a 23-13 win over the South.  On the day, Pead had 133 all-purpose yards and won the game’s MVP award.  The North led 13-6 at the half thanks to a touchdown pass by Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson.  In the second half, NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins threw another North scoring pass and Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs had a three field goal day in front of a sold-out crowd at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

January 29, 2011
: The South broke out to a 17-0 lead in an easy 24-10 win over the North in the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.  NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder had a two touchdown day, claiming game MVP honors. Ponder’s first scoring pass went to Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. The North closed the gap to 17-10 late in the third quarter on a touchdown by Maryland running back Da’Rel Scott, but Ponder’s second TD pass to TCU wide receiver Jeremy Kerley clinched the game for the South. Texas defensive end Sam Acho, who claimed the NFF 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy, had a sack, two tackles for loss, and a forced a fumble on the day.

January 30, 2010
: With two sacks and a forced fumble, Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham won the MVP honors in a 31-13 North victory in the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.  The North led from start to finish. When the South mounted a comeback to close the gap to 17-13, Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour ran for one score and threw a 32-yard scoring pass to Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, who captured the Offensive Player of the Game Award. NFF William V. Campbell Trophy recipient and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow completed 8 of 12 passes for 50 yards in his appearance in the showcase.

February 1, 1908
: Yale halfback Albie “Little Boy Blue" Booth is born on this date. At 5-6 and 144 pounds, Booth used great speed and quickness to become an elusive and exciting broken field runner. He also exceled as a passer, place-kicker, and punter. In each of his three seasons, he gained All-America status.  His most famous performance came in a 1931 contest against Dartmouth. In a wild 33-33 tie, Booth scored three touchdowns on a run, a catch, and a kick return. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966. He died in 1959.

February 2, 2008
: In the Second Annual Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game, College Football Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings, who headed programs at Texas A&M and Alabama, came out of retirement to lead the Texas team to a 41-14 victory over a Nation team coached by Buddy Ryan. The contest, played in El Paso, pitted a team of collegians with Texas ties against a team of national all-stars.  Northwest Missouri State running back Xavier Oman claimed game's MVP honors.

February 3, 1940 & 1945
: Born five years apart in 1940 and 1945, College Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Fran Tarkenton and Bob Griese celebrate birthdays on this date. Tarkenton attended Athens High School. He stayed at home to attend the University of Georgia, earning Academic All-America honors and leading the nation in pass percentage as a senior. Griese went to high school in Evansville, Ind., also staying close to home for college at Purdue. As a senior, he placed second as the runner-up in the Heisman vote. Both enjoyed long and successful pro careers, facing each other in Super Bowl VIII on Jan. 13, 1974. The Dolphins, led by Griese, defeated the Vikings and Tarkenton by the score of 24–7 at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas.

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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