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This Week in College Football History: Sept. 9-15
This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 145 years.
Published: 9/6/2013 11:00:00 AM

(Pictured: Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman (UCLA) led the No. 5 Bruins to a 41-28 victory over No. 2 Nebraska.)

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 145 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.


Sept. 10, 1988
No. 5 UCLA def. No. 2 Nebraska, 41-28
Pasadena, Calif.

College Football Hall of Fame coaches
Tom Osborne (Nebraska) and Terry Donahue (UCLA) headed top-five teams when the No. 2 Nebraska Cornhuskers visited the No. 5 UCLA Bruins in 1988. Donahue earned his 100th career win as his Bruins set the record for the most points an Osborne-led team had ever allowed. Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman (UCLA) led a first quarter 28-point burst, going 5-5 for 101 yards and two touchdowns. A 75-yard touchdown reception, 50-yard touchdown run and a 75-yard punt return helped the Bruins cruise to a 41-28 win.


Sept. 9, 1972
West Virginia def. Villanova, 25-6
Morgantown, W. Va.

West Virginia kicker
Frank Neste almost singlehandedly beat Villanova during the 1972 season opener in Morgantown. Neste went a perfect 6-for-6 on field goals and converted an extra point opportunity, scoring 19 of the Mountaineers’ 25 points. His six field goals is one short of the NCAA single-game record (7), and his points scored set a school kicking record. West Virginia was led by Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden (Samford, West Virginia, Florida State) who headed the Mountaineers from 1970-75.

Sept. 11, 1913

The birthday of College Football Hall of Fame coach
Paul William “Bear” Bryant. Widely considered one of the greatest coaches of all time, Bryant was the head coach of Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M and, most prominently, Alabama where he remained for 25 years. In addition to his 25-year stint as head coach, Bryant served as athletic director of his alma matter for 26 seasons. Bryant coached his teams to six national championships and amassed an overall record of 323-85-17. His 323 wins as a head coach were the most all-time upon his retirement.

Sept. 12, 1970
Georgia Tech def. No. 17 South Carolina, 23-20

Sophomore quarterback
Eddie McAshan, the first African-American scholarship athlete at Georgia Tech, led his team to a 23-20 upset victory over No. 17 South Carolina. McAshan played well, going 20-38 and passing for 202 yards and a touchdown. Fullback Steve Harkley caught a Georgia Tech-record 14 passes on the day as the Yellow Jackets topped the Gamecocks in a dramatic fourth quarter comeback.

Sept. 13, 1975
Memphis def. No. 7 Auburn, 31-20
Auburn, Ala.

Hall of Fame coach
Shug Jordan (Auburn) opened the final season of his career with a shocking loss at home as his Tigers fell to the unsuspecting Memphis Tigers. Memphis jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead over No. 7 Auburn. The home team made a valiant comeback attempt in the second half, but the deficit proved to be too much as Memphis won, 31-20.

Sept. 14, 1974
No. 4 Ohio State def. Minnesota, 34-19

In their first road season opener since 1912, Hall of Fame coach
Woody Hayes and the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes headed to Minnesota to square off against the Golden Gophers. The highly-touted Buckeyes put together a less-than-stellar performance against the unranked Gophers. However, junior running back and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin (Ohio State) would make his way into the record books, as well as the endzone, to ensure an Ohio State win. His 133 yards on the ground made him the school’s all-time rushing leader in only the first game of his junior season, giving him 2,577 career yards at game’s end. Griffin would go on to become the first junior to win the Heisman Trophy and became the award’s only repeat winner a year later.

Sept. 15, 1990
No. 5 BYU def. Washington State, 50-36
Provo, Utah

Coming off the huge upset of No. 1 Miami the week prior, No. 5 BYU, led by College Football Hall of Famers quarterback
Ty Detmer and Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards, was looking to keep pace in the rankings with a win over Washington State. BYU got off to a slow start, however, and Washington State held a 29-14 lead thanks in part to two interceptions thrown by Detmer. The tide turned in the fourth quarter as Detmer threw three of his five touchdown passes on the day, and BYU exploded with 36 points. BYU set the record for most points scored in a fourth quarter to win or tie a game and moved to 4-0 on the year with a 50-36 victory.

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