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This Week in College Football History: Nov. 10-16
This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 146 years.
Published: 11/7/2014 5:20:00 PM

(Pictured: No. 2 SMU needed a miracle to survive against College Football Hall of Famer Gabe Rivera and Texas Tech in 1982. The 11-0-1 Mustangs finshed No. 2 in the final AP Poll and were crowned national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation. Above, Rivera tries to knock down a pass by Mustang quarterback Lance McIlhenny.) 

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.


Nov. 13, 1982
No. 2 SMU def. Texas Tech, 34-27
Lubbock, Texas

SMU needed a miracle to survive against 2014 College Football Hall of Fame inductee coach Jerry Moore and Texas Tech. With 17 seconds remaining in a 27-27 tie, Blane Smith bobbled a squib kick from Tech’s Ricky Gann before tossing a cross-field lateral to Bobby Leach, who ran it back 91 yards for the winning touchdown. The Pony Express team of Eric Dickerson and Craig James combined for 212 yards and three scores, and Dickerson broke his own single-season school rushing record with 1,536 yards. SMU also featured National Scholar-Athletes Brian O’Meara and Monte Goen that season. The 11-0-1 Mustangs finshed No. 2 in the final AP Poll and were crowned national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation after a win over Pittsburgh in the Cotton Bowl. The Red Raiders, led by College Football Hall of Famer Gabe Rivera, finished 4-7.


Nov. 10, 1956
Duke tied No. 12 Navy, 7-7
Durham, N.C.

College Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Murray and his Blue Devils played to their third tie in four years with the Midshipmen, and the second consecutive against a ranked Navy squad. The Midshipmen took a 7-0 lead after quarterback Tom Forrestal led an 83-yard drive that culminated with Paul Gober’s one-yard scoring plunge. Midway through the fourth quarter, a pass interference call on Navy led to a touchdown run by Duke quarterback Sonny Jurgensen that tied the game. Each team missed field goals in the final minutes of the game, and Navy halfback Chet Burchett returned Duke’s missed kick on the last play of the game 50 yards downfield before being taken down to preserve the stalemate. Duke finished the season 5-4-1, losing their first conference game in four years as a member of the ACC. Navy finished No. 16 in the final AP Poll with a record of 6-1-2. 

Nov. 11, 1961
No. 15 Purdue def. No. 6 Michigan State, 7-6
West Lafayette, Ind.

In a matchup between College Football Hall of Fame coaches, Jack Mollenkopf’s Boilermakers enjoyed a 241-195 offensive yardage edge over Duffy Daughterty and Michigan State. The Spartans found the scoreboard first, as linebacker Charlie Brown picked off Gary Hogan late in the first quarter and returned the ball to the Purdue 32-yard line. This led to an 11-yard scoring dash by George Saimes, but Art Brandsatter had his extra point blocked. Riding the momentum of the blocked kick, the Boilermakers drove 60 yards to the Spartan one-yard line in the second quarter, but the Michigan State defense held strong. Purdue fullback Gene Donaldson was a key to the winning drive, running for three first downs, setting up quarterback Ron DiGravio’s 15-yard touchdown strike. Michigan State wrapped up the season at 7-2 with a No. 8 ranking in the final AP Poll, while Purdue finished No. 12 with a 6-3 record.

Nov. 12, 1994
No. 17 Southern California def. No. 13 Arizona, 45-28
Los Angeles

Behind 2014 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and 1994 National Scholar-Athlete lineman Tony Boselli, Trojans quarterback Rob Johnson tore apart a Wildcats defense led by Hall of Famer Tedy Bruschi. Johnson and Arizona quarterback Danny White each threw for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns. White’s first two scores were thrown to Richard Dice to put the Wildcats ahead 21-14. White’s third gave Arizona a 28-21 edge, but Johnson quickly answered with his third touchdown pass and another on the ground to put the Trojans on top for good. A late goal line stand by the tough USC defense led to a 98-yard scoring drive to give Hall of Fame coach John Robinson’s Trojans the 45-28 victory. The Wildcats finished No. 20 in the final AP Poll with an 8-4 record after a loss to Utah in the Freedom Bowl. USC routed Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl to finish 8-3-1 and No. 13 in the final AP Poll.

Nov. 14, 1959
Tulsa def. No. 16 North Texas, 17-6
Tulsa, Okla.

On a cold, clear afternoon, an inspired Tulsa team shocked No. 16 North Texas State (now known as the University of North Texas Mean Green) at home, ending the Eagles’ 10-game winning streak and knocking them out of the AP poll. The Golden Hurricane held All-America candidate Abner Haynes to just 13 yards rushing on 11 carries and North Texas’ nation-leading rushing attack, which had been averaging 320 yards per game, to just 69 yards. Meanwhile, the Hurricane turned a 77-yard touchdown drive and a 45-yard field goal by Jack Kreider into a 10-0 lead at halftime. Tulsa opened the second half with a 13-play drive that culminated with a touchdown run by quarterback Jerry Keeling to give them an insurmountable 17-0 lead. Haynes would find the end zone for the Eagles’ only points early in the fourth quarter, but the Hurricane would hold on for its first win ever against North Texas. Despite the loss, North Texas would finish the season as Missouri Valley Conference champions with a 9-2 record and a trip to the Sun Bowl, while Tulsa would finish 5-5.

Nov. 15, 1935
UCLA def. Hawaii, 19-6
Los Angeles

Despite losing the game to UCLA, Hawaii running back Thomas Kaulukukui cemented himself in Hawaii lore with a 103-yard kickoff return for the Warriors’ only points of the game. In the first-ever meeting of the two schools, the five-foot, 140-pound Kaulukukui impressed legendary sportswriter and early NFF leader Grantland Rice, who dubbed him “Grass Shack” and called the play “the feel-good kickoff return of the year” and “dripping with whimsy.” Phonograph recordings of Hawaii fans played through the loud speakers as the Warriors fell to the much better Bruins, who finished the season 8-2 and ranked No. 10 in the final Dickinson Rankings (the weekly AP Poll would not begin until the following year). Kaulukukui's number 32 remains the only number to date that has been retired by Hawaii, who finished the 1935 season 5-3 after falling to Southern California in the first-ever Poi Bowl. The two teams are scheduled to meet for just the third time in a game at the Rose Bowl in 2017.

Nov. 16, 1968
No. 7 Kansas def. Kansas State, 38-29
Manhattan, Kan.

After a tough loss at home to Oklahoma the week before, No. 7 Kansas moved into a tie with hated rival Missouri for the Big Eight Conference lead with a win over Kansas State. The Jayhawks took a 21-7 lead into halftime behind the play of quarterback Bobby Douglass, who produced four touchdowns in the game, including three on the ground. Two Kansas fumbles led to Wildcat touchdowns by fullback Cornelius Davis and running back Mack Herron to tie the game at 21 apiece. Kicker Bill Bell’s 41-yard field goal in the third quarter regained the lead for Kansas, which it would not give up. The Jayhawks defeated Missouri the following week to win the conference, but they would lose a one-point heartbreaker to Penn State in the Orange Bowl to finish the season ranked No. 7 with a 9-2 record. The Wildcats would finish the 1968 season 4-6.

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