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This Week in College Football History: Oct. 13-19
This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 146 years.
Published: 10/10/2014 3:10:00 PM
(Pictured: A controversial call by referees in the final moments of the rain-soaked 1984 edition of the Red River Rivalry led to a 15-15 tie between No. 1 Texas and No. 3 Oklahoma. Above: College Football Hall of Famer Jerry Gray (Texas) records one of his six tackles in the game, taking down Oklahoma running back Steve Sewell, who scored two touchdowns for the Sooners. Photo courtesy of University of Texas Athletics.)

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 146 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 can be downloaded by clicking here.


Oct. 13, 1984
No. 1 Texas ties No. 3 Oklahoma, 15-15

A controversial call by referees in the final moments of the rain-soaked 1984 edition of the Red River Rivalry proved to be all the difference. With the Sooners leading 15-12, Texas quarterback Todd Dodge threw in the direction of Bill Boy Bryant in the end zone. Oklahoma cornerback Andre Johnson tipped it into the hands of Keith Stanberry, who appeared to catch the ball for an interception before going out of bounds. The referees ruled the pass incomplete, and Jeff Ward kicked the game-tying field goal on the next play. The Longhorns had stampeded to a 10-0 lead on a 25-yard scoring strike from Dodge to Bryant and a Ward field goal. However, a forced fumble by Sooner linebacker Brian Bosworth and a botched punt snap led to OU storming back to take a 15-10 lead, with running back Steve Sewell scoring twice in the third quarter. After Texas turned the ball over on downs within the Sooner three-yard line, College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer opted to concede the safety, leaving two minutes on the clock for Texas’ final drive. Oklahoma finished the season with a 9-2-1 record and lost to Washington in the Orange Bowl. The Longhorns wrapped up a 7-4-1 season with a loss to Iowa in the Freedom Bowl. 


Oct. 14, 1978
Purdue def. No. 16 Ohio State, 27-16
West Lafayette, Ind.

Jim Young, a College Football Hall of Famer, called the upset of Ohio State the biggest win in his coaching career. Boilermakers quarterback and fellow Hall of Famer Mark Herrmann starred for Purdue in this game, throwing for 210 yards and a critical touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Mike Harris. Despite outgaining Purdue 507-328 yards, the Buckeyes also produced five turnovers and 116 yards in penalties. Two Ohio State fumbles set up the 10 Boilermaker insurance points in the fourth quarter. Ohio State’s James Laughlin and Purdue’s Kenneth Loushin, both 1979 National Scholar-Athletes played in this game. The No. 13 Boilermakers crushed Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl to finish off an 8-2-1 season. Ohio State finished the season unranked at 7-4-1 with a loss to Clemson in the Gator Bowl in what would be Hall of Famer Woody Hayes’ final game as head coach.

Oct. 15, 1994
No. 6 Auburn def. No. 1 Florida, 36-33
Gainesville, Fla.

With a 17-game winning streak in year two of a bowl ban, Auburn’s trip to meet the top ranked Gators was another chance to prove that it was a worthy contender for the national title. Terry Bowden’s Tigers maintained a 22-14 lead at halftime, but Florida began to turn things around after inserting backup quarterback Danny Wuerffel, a future Hall of Famer, William V. Campbell and Heisman Trophy winner, in the second half. Wuerffel completed his first nine passes, twice finding the end zone and giving Florida leads of 26-22 and 33-29. Auburn defensive back Brian Robinson picked off two balls from Florida’s starting signal caller Terry Dean, and he added a third against Wuerffel that set up Patrick Nix’s winning touchdown pass to Frankie Sanders with 30 seconds remaining. The loss was only the second at “The Swamp” for Gators head coach Steve Spurrier, a member of the Hall of Fame as a player at Florida. The Gators went on to win the SEC title before losing a rematch with in-state rival Florida State in the Sugar Bowl, finishing off a 10-2-1 season with a No. 7 ranking. Bowden was one win away from finishing off his second consecutive undefeated season, but a loss to Alabama in the regular season finale left the Tigers with a 9-1-1 record and a No. 9 ranking.

Oct. 16, 1982
Arizona def. No. 9 Notre Dame, 16-13
South Bend, Ind.

Freshman kicker Max Zendejas, second in line among the famous kicking brothers, booted a game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired to upset the Irish on the road. The Wildcats had tied the game 13-13 on tailback Phil Freeman’s one-yard plunge, the first rushing touchdown Notre Dame had allowed in the 1982 campaign. Arizona quarterback Tom Tunnicliffe threw for 78 yards on the game-tying drive and his 19-yard pass to Brad Anderson set up Zendejas’ field goal. Notre Dame had a 10-0 lead at halftime, but the offense was held to 52 yards in the second half. Although Arizona and Notre Dame both finished the season 6-4-1 with no bowl invitations, the Wildcats earned some satisfaction by upsetting intrastate foe No. 6 Arizona State in the final week of the regular season.


Oct. 17, 1953
Army def. No. 7 Duke, 14-13
New York City

In a featured game within New York City’s Polo Grounds, College Football Hall of Fame coach and early NFF leader Earl “Red” Blaik’s Cadets got out to a 14-7 lead at halftime thanks to touchdowns by sophomore halfbacks Tommy Bell and Pat Uebel. Bell ran one in from nine yards out, and Uebel hailed in a 43-yard pass from Pete Vann. A missed extra point following Worth Lutz’s second rushing touchdown of the day left Duke down 14-13. A late chance for Duke began on a reverse to Red Smith, who dashed 73 yards to the Army seven-yard line, where he was taken down by Bob Mischak. After three more runs, the Devils were stuck at the two-yard line with 40 seconds remaining. Lutz, who had missed the extra point earlier, opted to go for it instead of kicking the game-winning field goal. He was unsuccessful yet again, and Army pulled off the upset. Army finished No. 14 in the final AP Poll with a record of 7-1-1. Hall of Fame coach Bill Murray and Duke won the inaugural Atlantic Coast title with a record of 7-2-1 and was ranked No. 18 in the final poll.  

Oct. 18, 1958
California def. Southern California, 14-12
Los Angeles

The Golden Bears picked up their first win in the L.A. Coliseum since 1950, battling stifling heat and smog. Cal fullback Bill Patton scored two first-half touchdowns to get the Bears out to a 14-0 lead. On the second score, the Trojans jumped offside on an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt, and on the second try, Patton was able to find the end zone. In the second half, USC halfback Angelo Coia capped off a 95-yard drive with a three-yard plunge into the end zone, but the two-point attempt was stopped. The Trojans scored again late in the third, but miscommunication between coach Don Clark and his players resulted in a delay-of-game penalty. On the next play, USC was picked off by College Football Hall of Famer Joe Kapp. The Golden Bears went on to finish 7-4 after a loss to Iowa in the Rose Bowl, while USC finished 4-5-1 in the final season of the Pacific Coast Conference.

Oct. 19, 1968
Ohio def. Miami (Ohio), 24-7
Athens, Ohio

In his last season at Miami, College Football Hall of Fame coach Bo Schembechler’s Red Hawks (formerly the Redskins) were coming off three straight shutouts while holding their opponents to a nation’s best 98 yards per game on defense. However, the Bobcats proved to be too much for the high-powered Miami defense, accumulating 359 yards. Ohio also showed it had the better defense, forcing five turnovers and sacking Miami quarterback Kent Thompson 10 times. Thompson managed to beat the Bobcat defense with a four-yard touchdown run that tied the game, but Ohio put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. The biggest play came five minutes into the quarter when Todd Snyder turned a short pass from Cleve Bryant into a 73-yard touchdown to put the Bobcats ahead 21-7. No. 20 Ohio’s 10-0 regular season earned them a MAC title, but the Bobcats fell to Richmond in the Tangerine Bowl. Miami, led by future Hall of Fame linebacker Bob Babich, finished with a 7-3 record.

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