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This Week in College Football History: Dec. 14-20
This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 147 years.
Published: 12/11/2015 11:00:00 AM

(Pictured: College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Baker led Oregon State to a victory over Villanova in the 1962 Liberty Bowl with a 99-yard touchdown run, then an NCAA postseason record.)

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 147 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.


Dec. 15, 1962
Oregon State def. Villanova, 6-0
Liberty Bowl – Philadelphia 

Having recently claimed the Heisman Trophy and an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, Oregon State quarterback Terry Baker, a College Football Hall of Famer, continued to make headlines when he broke free for a NCAA bowl game record 99-yard touchdown run. Baker’s score came after a Bill Sherlock punt that was downed just one foot in front of the Beavers’ end zone. Ignoring advice not to run due to a sore shoulder, Baker broke multiple tackles en route to the lone score of the game. Despite gaining 20 first downs and rushing for nearly 250 yards, Villanova thwarted itself with four fumbles, including one on Oregon State’s eight-yard line with 2:47 to play. Led by Hall of Fame coach Tommy Prothro, the Beavers ended the season with a 9-2 record. The Wildcats finished the year with a 7-3 record. 



Dec. 14, 1974
Central Michigan def. Delaware, 55-14
Camellia Bowl – Sacramento, Calif. 

Central Michigan was a big underdog to College Football Hall of Fame coach Tubby Raymond and Delaware. Raymond and the Blue Hens had won two of the last three Division II titles, heading into the Camellia Bowl, which served as the Division II National Championship. The Chippewas’ backfield duo of Walt Hodges and Dick Dunham each ran for more than 100 yards and combined for six of Central Michigan’s seven touchdowns. However, neither was named the Offensive MVP. That honor went to quarterback Mike Franckowiak, who completed 11-of-13 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown and accounted for 12 points with his foot, kicking two field goals and six extra points. The Chippewas, coached by future SEC Commissioner and 1998 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient Roy Kramer, wrapped up their 12-1 season with the school’s only national championship, while the Blue Hens finished the season 12-2. 

Dec. 15, 1990
Maryland tied Louisiana Tech, 34-34
Independence Bowl – Shreveport, La. 

After trailing 31-20 to Louisiana Tech early in the fourth quarter, Maryland scored 14 unanswered points to take a 34-31 lead with 52 seconds left on a fourth-down 15-yard touchdown pass from Scott Zolak. The Bulldogs happily settled for the tie as freshman kicker Chris Bonoil kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired. The tying field goal was set up by Louisiana Tech linebacker Lorenzo Baker, the defensive MVP with nine tackles, when he rumbled 41 yards with the kickoff to the Terrapins’ 40-yard line. Maryland running back Mark Mason rushed for 93 yards and running back Troy Jackson scored three touchdowns. The Bulldogs, featuring College Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman Willie Roaf, finished the season 8-3-1, and Maryland ended the year with a 6-5-1 record.

Dec. 16, 1978
Arizona State def. Rutgers, 34-18
Garden State Bowl – East Rutherford, N.J.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Frank Kush’s Arizona State squad entered the inaugural Garden State Bowl after finishing 8-3 in its first season as a member of the Pac-10 Conference, highlighted by a win over then-No. 2 USC on October 14. Rutgers started the game with a 10-0 lead, but ultimately failed to control the football, fumbling the ball several times. The Sun Devils got on the board just before halftime after quarterback Mark Malone converted a crucial fourth-and-10 to set up a 14-yard touchdown pass to Bob Weathers. Malone tossed 26- and 47-yard touchdowns in the third period to game MVP John Mistler and Chris DeFrance to give Arizona State a 21-10 lead in the third period. Malone also ran one in to give the Sun Devils a 28-10 lead early in the final quarter. After cutting the lead to 28-18, the Scarlet Knights recovered a squib kick in the Arizona State end zone that would have cut the lead to just three, if not for a flag for offsides on Rutgers. Malone tacked on a second rushing touchdown to seal the victory. Both teams finished the year with 9-3 records.

Dec. 17, 1983
Northern Illinois def. Cal State-Fullerton, 20-13
California Bowl – Fresno, Calif. 

Bill Mallory coached the 1983 Northern Illinois squad to its first MAC title and California Bowl bid. Northern Illinois fullback Lou Wicks ran for 119 yards on 14 carries and won the game’s MVP award. The Huskies sealed the victory when the defense stopped Cal State-Fullerton on a fourth-and-one with 35 seconds left. Northern Illinois ended the season with a 10-2 record, its winningest season in program history. The Titans finished with a 7-5 record.

Dec. 18, 1981
No. 14 BYU def. No. 20 Washington State, 38-36
Holiday Bowl – San Diego    

The all-Cougar matchup between BYU and Washington State followed in the footsteps of the last three Holiday Bowls, which were decided by a total of four points. Playing in its first bowl game since 1931, Washington State scored a trio of third-quarter touchdowns to cut BYU’s lead to 31-28. Starting on his own 18-yard line, BYU quarterback and College Football Hall of Famer Jim McMahon fired a 45-yard pass to Hall of Fame tight end Gordon Hudson on third-and-12, leading to tailback Scott Pettis’ 11-yard game-winning touchdown catch. Washington State scored once more on a one-yard plunge by fullback Mike Martin, but they went nowhere on their final series. WSU quarterback Ricky Turner finished as the game’s top rusher with 92 yards and two touchdowns. BYU, coached by Hall of Famer LaVell Edwards, completed the season with an 11-2 record and a No. 13 ranking. The 1981 season marked Edwards’ third-straight season with at least 11 wins. Washington State wrapped up the season with an 8-3-1 record. 

Dec. 19, 1959
No. 11 Clemson def. No. 7 TCU, 23-7
Bluebonnet Bowl – Houston 

TCU entered the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl as the co-champion of the Southwest Conference with one of the best defenses in the country, led by College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Bob Lilly. The Horned Frogs led 7-3 at halftime, thanks to a 19-yard halfback pass from Jack Reding to Harry Moreland. After a scoreless third quarter, Clemson took the lead for good when quarterback Harvey White found Gary Barnes for a 68-yard touchdown strike. Backup quarterback Lowndes Shingler threw a 23-yard touchdown pass on a crucial fourth-down after linebacker Lon Armstrong returned an interception to TCU’s 17-yard line. Tigers’ halfback Ron Scrudato scored with 3:16 remaining to cap a 20-point scoring spree in a seven-minute span. Coached by Hall of Famer Frank Howard, Clemson wrapped up the season with a 9-2 record. The Horned Frogs ended with an 8-3 record. 

Dec. 20, 1978
Texas A&M def. No. 19 Iowa State, 28-12
Hall of Fame Bowl - Birmingham, Ala.

Texas A&M tailback Curtis Dickey could not be stopped, rushing for 276 yards against a depleted Iowa State squad. College Football Hall of Fame coach Earle Bruce’s Cyclones were hard-pressed to stop Dickey, who scored on a 19-yard dash and set up three others. Iowa State managed a 6-0 lead in the second quarter on a five-yard pass from Walter Grant to Dexter Green and pulled within two points in the third quarter after Green’s 28-yard scoring run. Green finished the day with 148 yards on the ground. Texas A&M replaced Iowa State at No. 19 in the final AP Poll, with an 8-4 record. The Cyclones finished 8-4 as well.  

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