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This Week in College Football History: Nov. 17-23
This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 146 years.
Published: 11/14/2014 2:55:00 PM
(Pictured: In a battle of Hall of Fame coaches, Bo Schembechler and No. 10 Michigan won by a slim margin in an upset over Earle Bruce and No. 5 Ohio State on Nov. 22, 1980.)

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. 22, 1980
No. 10 Michigan def. No. 5 Ohio State, 9-6
Columbus, Ohio

In a battle of Hall of Fame coaches, Bo Schembechler’s Wolverines won by a slim margin over Earle Bruce’s higher-ranked Buckeyes. Michigan’s power rushing game and stingy defense dominated the Ohio State, despite what the 3-3 deadlock at halftime showed. Wolverine quarterback John Wangler made up for two first-half interceptions with a 56-yard drive that began and ended with 13-yard passes to College Football Hall of Famer Anthony Carter. Tailback Butch Woolfork filled in the rest on his way to a 141-yard day while safety Tony Jackson set up the winning drive with a fumble recovery. Ohio State could not find an answer to a Michigan defense that hadn’t allowed a touchdown in 18 quarters. The win earned the Wolverines a Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl against Washington. Michigan beat the Huskies, and they finished with a No. 4 ranking in the final AP Poll at 10-2. The Buckeyes fell to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl, and they finished with a 9-3 record and a No. 15 spot in the final AP Poll.


Nov. 17, 1979
Harvard def. Yale, 22-7
New Haven, Conn.

The largest crowd in 25 years (72,000) packed the Yale Bowl hoping see the Bulldogs and College Football Hall of Fame head coach Carm Cozza finish a perfect season with a win over archrival Harvard. However, the Crimson marched 74 yards to the end zone on the opening drive and never looked back. Harvard then forced a fumble that led to a 70-yard scoring drive, giving the Crimson a 13-0 lead. Yale trimmed the lead to 13-7 after halftime, but the Harvard defense was relentless with six turnovers and five sacks. Crimson quarterback Burke St. John threw a 39-yard touchdown strike to Jim Callinan and ran for a two-yard score in the fourth quarter. Despite the loss, Yale was the Ivy League Champion with a record of 8-1. Harvard finished the season 3-6.


Nov. 18, 1967
No. 6 Wyoming def. UTEP, 21-19
El Paso, Texas

Coming off of four straight wins, UTEP was looking to upset undefeated, reigning WAC champion Wyoming. The Miners got out to a 13-3 lead at halftime on touchdown passes by quarterback Brooks Dawson to Volley Murphey and Ron Jones. The Cowboys trimmed the lead to 13-12 on a scoring run by fullback Tom Williams, and they took the lead on a Paul Toscano touchdown pass after Dawson lost a fumble at his own six-yard line. Another touchdown by Murphey put the Miners back on top 19-18, but Wyoming had the last word, tacking on a short field goal in the final minutes. UTEP received votes in the final AP Poll after a win in the Sun Bowl over Mississippi. They finished 7-2-1 on the season. After capping off a 10-0 regular season with the win over the Miners, the Cowboys lost to LSU in the Sugar Bowl, finishing the season at No. 6.

Nov. 19, 1994
No. 10 Colorado State def. Fresno State, 44-42
Fresno, Calif.

Colorado State overcame a 21-point deficit to earn their first WAC crown since entering the conference in 1968. Rams fullback E.J. Watson, questionable prior to the game due to a bad ankle, ran for three touchdowns. CSU trailed until a blocked punt and scoring run by defensive back Ray Jackson put his team ahead 31-27. Fresno State twice cut the lead to two points in the fourth quarter, but they were held off by a Colorado State defense led by 1995 National Scholar-Athlete and College Football Hall of Fame safety Greg Myers. The Rams finished with a 10-2 record and a No. 16 spot in the final AP Poll after a loss to Michigan in the Holiday Bowl. Fresno State finished 5-7-1, its first losing record in 13 seasons.


Nov. 20, 2003
Southern Miss def. No. 10 TCU, 40-28
Hattiesburg, Miss.

Unranked Southern Miss knocked unbeaten TCU out of a bid for a BCS bowl in a 40-23 upset in 2003. The Horned Frogs opened the game with an impressive 87-yard, 16-play drive, but they had to settle for a field goal. The rugged defense of Southern Miss and Golden Eagle quarterback Dustin Almond then took control of the game. Almond threw the first of his three touchdowns on a 50-yard bomb, easily made because of a fallen Horned Frog defensive back. Southern Miss exploded for 17 more points in the second quarter as they gained short field possession three straight times. Trailing 31-6, TCU rallied behind quarterback Brandon Hassell and two converted onside-kicks for three straight touchdowns in a five minute span in the fourth quarter. Hassell found the endzone on one of the three occasions and added on two two-point conversions. The Eagles added a field goal for a 34-28 lead, and they forced a fourth Horned Frog turnover, leading to the clinching touchdown. Southern Miss beat East Carolina the following week to earn the Conference USA title, but they lost to Utah in the Liberty Bowl, concluding the season at 9-4. TCU finished No. 25 in the final AP Poll with an 11-2 record after a loss to Boise State in the Fort Worth Bowl.


Nov. 21, 1992
No. 1 Miami (Fla.) def. No. 8 Syracuse, 16-10
Syracuse, N.Y.

An unrelenting Hurricane defense led by 1992 National Scholar-Athlete and linebacker Darrin Smith held the Orange to negative-one yard of total offense in the first half. A Larry Jones touchdown run and three field goals off the foot of Dane Prewitt gave Miami a comfortable 16-0 lead. Syracuse was finally able to figure out the Miami defense, and they scored an early fourth quarter touchdown to make it 16-10, but they were halted twice in Miami territory. Hall of Fame Miami quarterback Gino Torretta completed 28-of-43 passes for 343 yards in the game, and he would go on to win the 1992 Heisman Trophy. Although Syracuse could not spoil Miami’s attempt at consecutive national championships, Alabama would do so in the Sugar Bowl. Coach Dennis Erickson’s Hurricanes came in at No. 3 in the final AP Poll with an 11-1 record. The Orange defeated Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 10-2 and No. 6.


Nov. 23, 1974
Stanford def. No. 19 California, 22-20
Berkeley, Calif.

Trailing 10-3, Stanford’s backup quarterback Guy Benjamin came off the bench to lead the Cardinal to 16-straight points, including a 61-yard bomb to Tony Hill. The pass came just after Jeff Siemens' interception had stopped an imposing Golden Bear drive. After the teams traded field goals, Cal found themselves down 19-13 in Stanford’s red zone with under a minute remaining. Hall of Famer Steve Bartkowski threw a go-ahead 13-yard touchdown pass to Steve Rivera with 26 seconds left. Benjamin went back to work, driving his team down to the Golden Bear 33-yard line and kicker Mike Langford booted the 50-yard game-winner to give Stanford the upset. Cal fell out of the rankings with a 7-3-1 record, and the Cardinal finished the season 5-4-2.

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