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 year
October 23, 1976- College Football Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett broke NFF board member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin’s one-year old NCAA career rushing record (5,206) as No. 2 Pittsburgh rolled over Navy 45-0 in Annapolis. Dorsett, who rushed for 180 yards on the day, went on to amass 6,082 yards in his career. Dorsett, whose record lasted until 1998, won the Heisman Trophy that season as he led the Panthers to the national championship.
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October 18, 1997b Florida wide receiver Jacquez Green became the first player in NCAA history to pass for a touchdown and also score touchdowns by rushing and receiving in the same game. Green threw a 12-yard touchdown pass, caught a 10-yard touchdown pass, and added a five-yard rush for another score in the No. 7 Gators’ 24-10 victory at No. 6 Auburn.
October 19, 1985- It was a field day for field goals as place kickers booted multiple teams to victory. Nebraska kicker Dale Klein set an NCAA single-game record by becoming the only player in college football history to make all seven field goal attempts, leading the No. 7 Cornhuskers to a 28-20 triumph over Missouri in Columbia. Texas kicker Jeff Ward made field goals from 34, 33, 49, 55 and 34 yards to push the Longhorns over No. 4 Arkansas 15-13 in Fayetteville. Finally, Rob Houghtlin accounted for all of No. 1 Iowa’s points in a 12-10 triumph over No. 2 Michigan in Iowa City.
October 20, 1944- In College Park, Maryland and Michigan State combined to attempt the fewest passes in the modern era of college football history. The Spartans did not attempt a pass on the day, while the Terrapins threw just one pass. Michigan State won the game, 8-0.
October 21, 2000- Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El made Big Ten history as the Hoosiers topped Minnesota 51-43 in Bloomington. Randle El threw for 263 yards while rushing for 210 more yards, making him the first player in the history of the league to gain 200 yards on the air and the ground in the same game. Randle El, who threw for 1,783 yards and rushed for 1,210 yards on the season, was just the fifth player in college football history to accomplish this feat.
October 22, 1966- Ivy League titans clashed in Cambridge as Harvard handed Dartmouth, coached by College Football Hall of Famer Bob Blackman, its first league loss since 1964. Trailing 14-7 in the third quarter, Harvard capitalized on Dartmouth’s third fumble of the game with a touchdown pass from quarterback Ric Zimmerman to pull the Crimson within one. With 1:41 remaining, Zimmerman scored again, this time on a sneak, to provide the winning score of 19-14. The two squads would later share the Ivy League crown with Princeton after all three sported matching 6-1 Ivy League records.
October 24, 1981- Stanford became the first team in college football history to have two players throw for 250 yards or more in the same game against No. 17 Arizona State in Palo Alto. Steve Cottrell threw for 311 yards while College Football Hall of Famer John Elway added 270 yards. The Sun Devils, however, won the game 62-36.