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This Week in College Football History: Jan. 13-19
This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 145 years.
Published: 1/10/2014 5:30:00 PM
(Pictured: Hall of Fame linebacker Wilber Marshall (Florida) returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown in the 1984 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 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.


Jan. 14, 1984
The South def. the North, 21-20
Senior Bowl – Mobile, Ala.

Hall of Fame linebacker Wilber Marshall (Florida) returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown to help the South defeat the North 21-20 in the 1984 Senior Bowl. The South and Hall of Fame coach Don Coryell (Whittier [Calif.], San Diego State), who was then coaching the San Diego Chargers, were already up 7-0, and Marshall’s pick-six gave the South a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The game’s MVP, Alabama quarterback Walter Lewis, gave the South a 21-7 lead, but the North would rally in the second half. The North shut down the South’s offense while scoring two more touchdowns. However, Ole Miss' Andre Townsend blocked an extra point attempt that would have tied the game in the fourth quarter, and the South held on to the win.


Jan. 13, 1996
The West def. the East, 34-18
East–West Shrine Game – Stanford, Calif.

Hall of Fame quarterback Tommie Frazier (Nebraska) and the West sent retiring Hall of Fame coach Terry Donahue (UCLA) out with a win in the 1996 Shrine Game. Frazier, coming off a national championship win, struggled early but led the West to three fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 52-yard pass to UCLA's Kevin Jordan and a five-yard run. He earned MVP honors, finishing the day completing 11-of-20 passes for 163 yards and rushing for 33. The West’s defense also played well, holding Heisman Trophy winner and Hall of Fame running back Eddie George (Ohio State) to 32 yards on 11 carries. Despite the tough West defense, Florida wide receiver Chris Doering was able to catch five passes for 105 yards for the East, including a 49-yard touchdown. 

Jan. 15, 1978
Super Bowl XII – New Orleans

In New Orleans, Hall of Famer Red Grange (Illinois) became the first person other than the game referee to toss the coin at a Super Bowl, starting the tradition of the ceremonial coin toss in 1978. Other notable people to have tossed the coin at a Super Bowl include College Football Hall of Famers Bronko Nagurski (Minnesota), Bob Griese (Purdue) and Earl Campbell (Texas). Grange, known as the “Galloping Ghost,” was one of football's greatest open-field runners. In only 20 games in college, he scored 31 touchdowns and ran for 3,362 yards. His outstanding accomplishments earned him spots as a charter member of both the College and Pro football halls of fames.

Jan. 16, 1993
NFC def. AFC, 21-6
Senior Bowl – Mobile, Ala.

The 1993 game marked the last of three during a short-lived era in Senior Bowl history when teams were named AFC and NFC, instead of the traditional North and South. Purdue quarterback Eric Hunter was named MVP after throwing two touchdowns to help the NFC to a victory. Hunter threw a 14-yard touchdown to Rice running back Trevor Cobb to open the scoring, but the AFC countered with a touchdown reception by Syracuse wide receiver Qadry Ismail. With 17 seconds left in the half, Michigan quarterback Elvis Grbac connected with Notre Dame running back Reggie Brooks for a 27-yard touchdown, giving the NFC a 14-6 lead, which they would not give back. The NFC’s defense was tough, stopping the AFC three times inside the 20 without allowing any points. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, then the coach of the Cleveland Browns, was the head coach of the NFC in a game that also featured future NFL star Michael Strahan (Texas Southern) and 1992 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Darrin Smith (Miami, Fla.).

Jan. 17, 2009
The East def. the West, 24-19
East-West Shrine Game – Houston

The East defense, which featured NFF National Scholar-Athlete Darryl Richard (Georgia Tech), stopped the West three times inside the 10-yard line to secure a 24-19 win in the 2009 Shrine Game. Nebraska running back Marlon Lucky rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on only seven carries to earn MVP honors. Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Arizona wide receiver Mike Thomas halfway through the third quarter to cut the East lead to 17-13. The two teams traded touchdowns, and Central Washington quarterback Mike Reilly led the West's final drive and moved his team inside the 10. However, his last-ditch pass to Nevada wide receiver Marko Mitchell sailed out of bounds with less than two minutes left and the East held on to win.

Jan. 18, 2003
The North def. the South, 17-0
Senior Bowl – Mobile, Ala.

Even with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Carson Palmer (Southern California) under center, the South was unable to put up any points on the North in the 2003 Senior Bowl. The North completed only the second shutout in Senior Bowl history in front of the game’s ninth-straight sellout crowd. Penn State running back Larry Johnson was named MVP while fellow Nittany Lion Michael Haynes earned defensive MVP honors. Down 10-0 in the fourth, the South was threatening to score, but Notre Dame safety Shane Walton’s 99-yard pick-six sealed the win for the North. The game featured four NFF National Scholar-Athletes, including linebacker Bradie James (LSU), defensive lineman Chris Kelsay (Nebraska), quarterback Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech) and offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb (Georgia).

Jan. 19, 1997
The South def. the North, 26-13
Hula Bowl – Honolulu

Mississippi State punter Andy Russ had not kicked a field goal since high school when he was pressed into kicking duty for the South at the 1997 Hula Bowl. Despite the long period of time, he made four field goals on his way to earning MVP honors. Two of the field goals came in the first half, with Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden’s South adding two touchdown passes thrown by quarterbacks Brad Otton (Southern California) and Jim Arellanes (Fresno State) to take a 20-0 lead into the break. The North, coached by Hall of Famer Lou Holtz, was playing with only five offensive linemen on their roster due to injuries, and the South sacked BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian four times. William V. Campbell and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel (Florida), a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, was bothered by a sore right shoulder and only played the opening series for the South.

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