Nov. 1 – Nov. 7
1, 1880- National Football Foundation tri-founder Grantland Rice was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Considered one of the greatest American writers and poets of the first half of the 20th century, Rice penned arguably the most famous line in college football history when he wrote, “Outlined against a blue, gray October sky the Four Horsemen rode again,” dubbing the famed Four Horsemen of Notre Dame in 1924. Rice combined with General Douglas MacArthur and Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik to create the National Football Foundation in 1947.
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November 2, 1968- Before he became the NFF’s Chairman, College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning pulled out a last-minute 27-24 win over No. 14 LSU in Baton Rouge. Trailing 17-3 in the second quarter, Manning hit Floyd Franks for a 66-yard touchdown strike to get the Rebels back in the game. Ole Miss would eventually take a 20-17 fourth-quarter lead, but the Bayou Bengals struck back with an 11-yard scoring run by Kenny Newfield to put LSU on top 24-20. The Rebels responded with Manning, who threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns on the day, hitting four straight passes and scoring the game-winner on the ground.
November 3, 1962- College Football Hall of Fame head coach John McKay’s No. 3 USC Trojans handed No. 9 Washington its first loss of the season 14-0 in Los Angeles. Quarterback Pete Beathard threw and ran for a score to carry the Trojans’ offense while the USC defense denied the Huskies on three separate red zone trips. The win would prove to be a vital one as USC would eventually win its first of four national titles under McKay and first since 1939.
November 4, 2000- No. 23 Northwestern upset No. 12 Michigan in a 54-51 shootout in Evanston. Northwestern tailback Damien Anderson, who carried for 268 yards and two scores, dropped a fourth down pass in the end zone late in the game that seemingly sealed the Wildcats’ fate. On the ensuing Michigan possession, cornerback Sean Wieber forced Michigan tailback Anthony Thomas to fumble, which was recovered by cornerback Raheem Covington. The turnover set up an 11-yard touchdown pass from Zak Kustok to wide receiver Sam Simmons with 20 seconds to play to clinch the victory.
November 5, 1994- No. 11 Colorado State had a chance to move into first place in the WAC championship race with a win over Wyoming in Fort Collins. The Cowboys, however, built a 24-7 early second half lead after scoring on their first two possessions after halftime. The Rams stole momentum on a 35-yard fake punt pass and never gave it back, scoring on four consecutive possessions to pull away for a 35-24 victory. A loss by Utah one week later gave Colorado State sole possession of first place in the conference, and the Rams would go on to win their first league title later that season.
November 6, 1971- Colgate and Bucknell combined for the most single-game rushes in college football history. Colgate rushed 82 times while Bucknell racked up 59 carries. The teams combined for 440 total rushing yards. Colgate won the game 47-24 in Hamilton, N.Y.
November 7, 1925- Andy “Swede” Oberlander threw a then-NCAA-record six touchdown passes in a game as Dartmouth stopped Cornell 62-13 in Hanover, N.H. The Big Green downed College Football Hall of Famer Amos Alonzo Stagg’s Chicago Maroons 33-7 one week later in Chicago to finish the season at 8-0.
About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 121 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame, Play It Smart, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, the NFF Gridiron Clubs of New York City, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF presents the MacArthur Bowl, the Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings.Print This Post