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Friday, November 27, 2015

This Week in College Football History: Nov. 8 – Nov. 14

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 141 years.

Photo credit: University of Georgia


November 14, 1959- In Athens, No. 12 Georgia came from behind to upset No. 8 Auburn and clinch their first SEC title in a decade. College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton found end Bill Herron for a score in the final 30 seconds of the contest to give the Bulldogs a 14-13 victory.


November 8, 1947– Wisconsin and Iowa became the first teams to combine for three punt-returned touchdowns in a single game. Wisconsin won the game 46-14 in Madison.

November 9, 1968- College Football Hall of Famer Steve Owens became the first player in college football history to toss a touchdown on his first career pass as Oklahoma upset No. 3 Kansas in Lawrence, 27-3. One week later, Owens would throw another touchdown pass against Missouri, making him the first player to throw touchdowns on his first two career passes.

November 10, 2007– Navy and North Texas combined to score the most points in regulation in college football history when the Midshipmen outdueled the Mean Green, 74-62 in Denton, Tex. Mean Green quarterback Giovanni Vizza tossed eight touchdowns and threw for 478 yards, while the Midshipmen rushed for 572 yards and eight scores.

November 11, 1989- Duke wide receiver and 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Clarkston Hines caught six passes, two of which were touchdowns, to set the NCAA record for career receptions (125) in the Blue Devils’ game against N.C. State, leading Duke to a 35-26 victory in Durham.

November 12, 1983– In College Station, Texas A&M beat Southwest Conference rival Arkansas for the first time in seven years, beating the Razorbacks 36-23. 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ray Childress set an Aggie record with four sacks.

November 13, 1971– Dartmouth clinched a share of the Ivy League title by beating Cornell 24-14 in Hanover, N.H. First-time starting quarterback Steve Stetson sparked the Dartmouth offense by scoring on the air and the ground. It was the first of three consecutive Ivy League titles for first-year coach Jake Crouthamel.

This report was compiled and edited by NFF Communications Assistant Zach Barnett.

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