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This Week in College Football History: Oct. 7-13
This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 145 years.
Published: 10/4/2013 11:00:00 AM

(Pictured: 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Rod Shoate (Oklahoma) led the Sooners to a 16-13 win over Texas in the 1974 Red River Rivalry.)

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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.

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FEATURED MOMENT

Oct. 12, 1974
No 2. Oklahoma def. No. 17 Texas, 16-13
Dallas

2013 Hall of Fame inductee
Rod Shoate (Oklahoma) had a career day during the 1974 Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas as the No. 2 Sooners faced No. 17 Texas. Shoate recorded 25 tackles, two pass break-ups and a fumble recovery. The game’s biggest play came courtesy of Hall of Famers Lee Roy Selmon (Oklahoma) and Earl Campbell (Texas). With the game all square at 13-13 in the fourth quarter and Texas facing fourth-and-1, Campbell attempted to rush for the first down but was crushed by Selmon, causing a fumble that was recovered by Shoate at midfield. On the ensuing drive, Oklahoma kicker Tony DiRienzo nailed a 37-yard field goal with 5:25 remaining, sealing the victory for the Sooners. Other Hall of Famers in the game included defensive tackle Doug English (Texas), running back Roosevelt Leaks (Texas) and running back Joe Washington (Oklahoma), and both coaches Barry Switzer (Oklahoma) and Darrell Royal (Mississippi State, Washington, Texas).

OTHER NOTABLE MOMENTS

Oct. 7, 1916
Georgia Tech def.  Cumberland [Tenn.], 222-0
Atlanta

Under College Football Hall of Fame coach
John Heisman (Oberlin, Akron, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Pennsylvania, Washington & Jefferson, Rice), Georgia Tech defeated the Cumberland Bulldogs in the most lopsided game in college football history. Cumberland had previously discontinued its football program, but the school was not allowed to cancel the matchup with Georgia Tech after Heisman insisted that the schools stick to their scheduling agreement. Cumberland complied, put together a team of 14 men and traveled to Atlanta for the game. Tech scored 32 touchdowns, averaged 3.8 points per minute and gained all of their yards (978) on the ground. Many questioned Heisman’s choice to run up the score, but months earlier, Cumberland’s baseball team crushed Tech, amidst allegations that Cumberland was using professional players as ringers. This, along with a system that ranked teams based on margin of victory, led to Georgia Tech’s 222-0 win.


Oct. 8, 1994
Boston College def. No. 8 Notre Dame, 30-11
Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Boston College dominated all aspects of the game as it dismantled Hall of Fame coach
Lou Holtz (William & Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame, South Carolina) and No. 8 Notre Dame in 1994. Clinging to a 7-3 lead at half, the Eagles exploded and scored on their first three possessions of the third quarter; a two-yard run by Omari Walker, a seven-yard scamper by Justice Smith and a 37-yard field goal by David Gordon. Irish quarterback Ron Powlus was held to 5-21 for 50 yards passing and was sacked four times for a loss of 39 yards. BC won, 30-11, snapping Notre Dame’s 16-game road win streak.


Oct. 9, 2004
Appalachian State def. Furman, 30-29
Boone, N.C.

Appalachian State quarterback
Richie Williams went 40-of-45 for 413 yards and two touchdowns as the Mountaineers edged the Furman Paladins, 30-29. Williams’ 28 consecutive completions during the matchup broke the record for most consecutive completions by a player in a single game. His 413 yards against Furman was tops at Appalachian State for most passing yards in a single game. He also set school marks for highest completion percentage for a single game (.889), completion percentage for a single season (.669), passing yards in a season (3,109) and career passing yards (7,759).


Oct. 10, 1964
Syracuse def. UCLA, 39-0
Syracuse, N.Y.

UCLA held a 3-0 mark heading into its 1964 tilt at Syracuse, but the Bruins were completely stifled by the Orange defense, known as “The Spiders.” Syracuse held UCLA to just 4-18 and 45 yards passing, and backed the Bruins up for a remarkable -4 yards on the ground. “The Spiders” were all over UCLA, posting a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns, one by
Buddy Johnson (35 yards) and the other by Charlie Brown (54 yards). Hall of Fame halfback Floyd Little (Syracuse) returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown, and fullback Jim Nance added two scores of his own.


Oct. 11, 1975
Illinois def. Minnesota, 42-23
Champaign, Ill.

Illinois ran all over Minnesota, racking up 417 yards and six rushing touchdowns, on its way to a 42-23 victory over the Golden Gophers in 1975. The Illini headed into the second quarter with a 7-3 advantage before Illinois tailback
Jim Phillips rushed for three scores and a 28-17 halftime lead. Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy had 216 yards and three TD tosses on the day and closed the deficit 28-23 in the third quarter. However, Illinois’ ground game could not be stopped, tacking on two more touchdown rushes to seal the win.


Oct. 13, 1956
No. 12 Michigan def. No. 15 Army, 48-14
Ann Arbor, Mich.

A matchup of two top-15 teams ended in a rout as No. 12 Michigan’s defense smothered No. 15 Army. The Black Knights lost six of its eight fumbles on the day, most coming on the snap, resulting in five Wolverine recoveries for touchdowns. Michigan held a 48-0 advantage before Army got on the board with two late touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Seven different players scored for Michigan en route to the 48-14 win.


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