This Week in College Football History:
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17
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.
October 14, 1961- Led by its captain, future NFF board member and Campbell Trophy namesake Bill Campbell, Columbia snapped Yale’s 11-game winning streak with an 11-0 win in New Haven, Conn. Reserve fullback/defensive back Al Butts led the Lions with a touchdown run, two-point conversion and two interceptions, helping limit Yale to just 28 yards on two of 13 passing. Columbia would go on to win its only Ivy League title later that year.
OTHER NOTABLE DATES:
October 11, 1975– Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) and Davidson combined to set an NCAA single-game rushing record as the Bears topped Davidson 69-14 in Davidson, N.C. Lenoir-Rhyne rushed for 837 yards while Davidson gained 202 yards on the ground, allowing the teams to set an NCAA record with 1,039 combined rushing yards on 111 attempts.
October 12, 2002– Trailing 27-14 entering the fourth quarter, Northern Illinois set a Mid-American Conference record to shock Miami (Ohio) in Oxford, Ohio. The Huskies scored 34 fourth quarter points to rally for a 48-41 victory, which set a conference record for most fourth quarter points to win or tie a game. It was also the second-most fourth quarter points in a comeback win in NCAA history.
October 13, 2007– Houston became the only team in NCAA history to have a 300-yard receiver and a 200-yard rusher in the same game as the Cougars topped rival Rice 56-48 in Houston. Wide receiver Donnie Avery caught 13 passes for 346 yards, a school and Conference USA record, while tailback Anthony Aldridge added 205 rushing yards.
October 15, 1910– The University of Illinois staged the first official homecoming game. Illinois beat Chicago 3-0, as more than 1,500 graduates took part in the inaugural homecoming activities in Champaign.
October 16, 1993- Trailing 17-9, No. 2 Alabama, coached by 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Gene Stallings, scored with 21 seconds remaining and tacked on the two-point conversion to tie SEC foe No. 10 Tennessee in Tuscaloosa. Crimson Tide wide receiver David Palmer converted the two-point conversion attempt after taking the direct snap while lined up at quarterback. The tie stretched the Crimson Tide’s unbeaten streak to 29 games.
October 17, 1964- Arkansas linebacker and 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Caveness recorded 25 tackles to lead the eighth-ranked Razorbacks over top-ranked Texas 14-13 in Austin, snapping the Longhorns’ 15-game winning streak. Texas failed on a two point conversion attempt with less than two minutes left to seal its fate. Under College Football Hall of Fame head coach Frank Broyles, the Razorbacks won their first national championship later that year.
Bill Campbell, center, helped lead Columbia past defending champion
Yale en route to its first Ivy League title this week in 1961. He would
later become the namesake of the NFF’s William V. Campbell Trophy.
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.
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