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This Week in College Football History: Sept. 23-29
This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 145 years.
Published: 9/20/2013 11:00:00 AM
(Pictured: Hall of Fame halfback Billy Sims (Oklahoma) helped the No. 3 Sooners defeat No. 4 Ohio State in a dramatic, 29-28, win.)

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. 24, 1977
No. 3 Oklahoma def. No. 4 Ohio State, 29-28
Columbus, Ohio

It was a matchup of some of the game’s best; No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Ohio State; Hall of Fame coaches
Barry Switzer (Oklahoma) vs. Woody Hayes (Denison, Miami [Ohio], Ohio State). The Sooners jumped out to an early 20-0 advantage running the famed wishbone offense with Elvis Peacock and Hall of Famer Billy Sims. The Buckeyes, however, stormed back, capitalizing on six Oklahoma turnovers – over a span of eight possessions – and scoring 28-unanswered points to take the lead. OU took advantage of an OSU fumble late in the game as Peacock added another touchdown, closing the deficit to 28-26. Sooner kicker Uwe von Schamann executed a successful onside kick and Oklahoma marched into Buckeye territory with seconds remaining. Just before OU was set to kick a field goal, Coach Hayes called a timeout in attempt to ice the kicker and Buckeye fans began a “block that kick” chant. To everyone’s surprise, von Schamann raised his arms and egged on the crowd of 88,119. Von Schamann nailed the 41-yard field goal with three seconds remaining, giving OU a dramatic 29-28 victory.


Sept. 23, 1972
Tulane def. No. 16 Georgia
New Orleans

Tulane topped No. 16 Georgia in New Orleans, which would result in the Green Wave’s first top-20 AP Poll appearance since 1956. Tulane dominated the entire game, grabbing a 17-7 first-half lead on two strong 80-yard scoring drives. The Green Wave special teams iced the game when safety
George Ewing returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown. Georgia’s offense could never get going, surrendering three interceptions to the Tulane defense. The clock would expire with a score of 24-13 and Tulane would appear in the next poll at No. 18.

Sept. 25, 1884
Yale def. Dartmouth, 113-0
Hanover, N.H.

Dartmouth had one of the roughest outings in the history of college football when the Big Green squared off against Yale in 1884. The Bulldogs were merciless in the victory, becoming the first team to score over 100 points in a single game. Dartmouth had no way to respond, getting shut out 113-0. 

Sept. 26, 1964
Syracuse def. Kansas, 38-6
Syracuse, N.Y.

Kansas headed into the game boasting the talents of its star halfback, Hall of Famer
Gale Sayers. Little did the Jayhawks know, Syracuse had its own Hall of Fame halfback in Floyd Little. The Orange defense kept Sayers in check, forcing Kansas to keep the ball in the hands of quarterback and future MLB pitcher Steve Renko. Little recorded an all-star performance, scoring five touchdowns, rushing for 159 yards and gaining 254 all-purpose yards on the day. Syracuse held an 18-0 lead at half, winning the game by a final score of 38-6.

Sept. 27, 1947
SMU def. Santa Clara, 22-6
San Francisco

After a season at SMU and a year in the Army, Hall of Famer
Doak Walker cemented his legendary status when he returned to school in 1947. The Mustangs, coached by Hall of Famer Matty Bell, opened the season at Santa Clara as Walker scored 20 of SMU’s 22 points on the day; he had a 44-yard touchdown run, a six-yard TD scamper, returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and also converted two extra points. The all-around athlete, who played halfback, defensive back, punter, kicker, and punt and kick returner, also notched two interceptions for the Mustangs. Walker won the 1947 Maxwell Award and earned his first of three All-America distinctions en route to SMU’s undefeated season (9-0-2) and Southwest Conference title.

Sept. 28, 1892
Mansfield University (Pa.) ties Wyoming Seminary (Pa.), 0-0
Mansfield, Pa.

Mansfield State Normal School (now Mansfield University of Pennsylvania) became the first college football team to play a game at night when it hosted Wyoming Seminary, a private preparatory high school, in 1892. The game was illuminated by strings of lights provided by General Electric as an attempt to sell electric lighting in rural America. However, the lighting did not work as planned as players tackled their own teammates and even the referee. The game ended at half time when both teams agreed to a 0-0 tie.

Sept. 29, 1990
No. 13 Houston def. Rice, 24-22

Houston edged crosstown rival Rice in a late-night thriller in 1990 to claim the Bayou Bucket. The teams had a delayed start due to an afternoon Astros baseball game, requiring an Astrodome field conversion between events, resulting in the game ending after midnight. Rice stepped out to a 22-7 lead late in the third quarter before the Houston offense found its stride. Cougar quarterback
David Klingler hit Patrick Cooper for a 78-yard touchdown pass, adding a two-point conversion. Klingler and Cooper connected again on a 56-yard scoring play with 2:31 remaining, but the two-point attempt was batted down by Owl linebacker O.J. Brigance as Rice held on to a 22-21 lead. Houston put together a last-minute 42-yard drive, nailing a field goal with 12 seconds left for a 24-22 Cougar win.

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