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 146 years. RoadTripSports and College Football America is proud to present this year’s release in its entirety, courtesy of the National Football Foundation.
Oct. 7, 2000
No. 7 Miami (Fla.) def. No. 1 Florida State, 27-24
Miami returned itself to national prominence, clinching its first win against the Seminoles since 1994 in the classic rivalry matchup. The Hurricanes shutout Florida State in the first half, and they began the third quarter with a 17-point lead. NFF National Scholar-Athlete Chris Weinke turned things around late in the fourth quarter, connecting for two touchdown passes in less than two minutes with wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Atrews Bell and producing a 24-20 lead. Playing behind a strong offensive line led by 2001 Campbell Trophy winner Joaquin Gonzalez, Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey responded with a quick touchdown to tight end Jeremy Shockey only 51 seconds later. Weinke used the game’s last 46 seconds to set up kicker Matt Munyon for a 49-yard field goal attempt. Munyon famously missed, in what is now known as “Wide Right III.” Florida State would finish the season 11-2 after falling to Oklahoma in the national championship game at the Orange Bowl while Weinke would go on to win the Heisman Trophy. Miami would finish 11-1 after defeating Florida in the Sugar Bowl, laying the ground work for its perfect 12-0 national championship season in 2001.
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Oct. 6, 1956
No. 20 Iowa def. Oregon State, 14-13
Iowa City, Iowa
In a preview of the eventual 1957 Rose Bowl matchup, College Football Hall of Fame head coach Forest Evashevski and his Hawkeyes came back to defeat the Beavers. After recovering an Iowa fumble on the opening kickoff, Oregon State took just two plays to put the first points on the board. Beaver tailback Joe Francis tossed a 30-yard strike to Earnell Durden for the 7-0 lead that held until the third quarter, when backup tailback Paul Lowe dashed 49 yards to give his squad a 13-0 advantage. Hawkeye fullback John Nocera ignited the fourth quarter rally with a surprise touchdown pass to Frank Gilliam. The Beavers fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Iowa’s Hall of Fame quarterback Randy Duncan turned it into a 33-yard touchdown pass, followed by a Bob Prescott extra point, giving the Hawkeyes the victory. Iowa would also win the rematch in the Rose Bowl, finishing the season 9-1. Oregon State ended the season 7-3-1.
Oct. 8, 1983
No. 1 Nebraska def. Oklahoma State, 14-10
Despite scoring an NCAA-record 624 points in 1983, Nebraska was held to its fewest points of the season in this hard fought win against College Football Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson and Oklahoma State. The Cornhuskers knew they were in for a battle on the first series when the Cowboys defense stopped Hall of Fame back Mike Rozier for a loss on first down and sacked quarterback Turner Gill twice. The Pokes defense forced five fumbles, and recovered four of them. Nebraska gave away the ball on four occasions in Oklahoma State territory, including a fumble by Rozier at the Cowboy one-yard line. Gill was able to buckle down and toss touchdowns strikes of 62 yards to Irving Fryar and 32 yards to Todd Frain. The Huskers were not out of the woods until the final play of the game, when safety Bret Clark picked off Cowboy quarterback Ike Jackson in the end zone. The win pushed Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne ahead of Hall of Fame Coach, Bob Devaney for the most wins in Cornhuskers history. Nebraska would lose the national championship to Miami (Fla.) in the Orange Bowl, and Oklahoma State would go 8-4 after defeating Baylor in the Bluebonnet Bowl.
Oct. 9, 1982
No. 16 West Virginia def. No. 19 Boston College, 20-13
West Virginia’s defense harassed College Football Hall of Famer and 1984 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Doug Flutie all afternoon, limiting him to 98 yards and forcing four interceptions. Linebacker Darryl Talley, a fellow Hall of Famer, was the driving force for the Mountaineer defense with 15 tackles. The Eagles’ lone touchdown came on a fake field goal with holder John Loughery tossing an eight-yard pass to tight end Scott Nizolek. With the game knotted at 13-13 with 1:26 remaining, Boston College cornerback George Radachowsky fumbled a punt at his own 13. West Virginia recovered, and moments later 1983 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and quarterback Jeff Hostetler ran in the winning touchdown with just 28 seconds remaining. The Mountaineers, led by Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen, would earn a trip to the Gator Bowl, finishing No. 19 in the AP Poll with a 9-3 record. Boston College wrapped up the season at 8-3-1 after a loss to Auburn in the Tangerine Bowl.
Oct. 10, 1964
No. 7 Michigan def. No. 9 Michigan State, 17-10
East Lansing, Mich.
The Wolverine defense held the Spartans to just 157 yards of offense in the first half, winning its first Paul Bunyan Trophy since 1955. Michigan quarterback and 1964 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Bob Timberlake fumbled a pitchout at his own 17-yard line, leading to an early touchdown run by Michigan State quarterback Steve Juday, a 1965 NFF National Scholar-Athlete. A 26-yard field goal by Larry Lukesik gave the Spartans a 10-3 lead in the fourth quarter, and the outlook appeared bleak for the Wolverines. Timberlake connected on five-straight passes during a 73-yard drive that was capped off with a touchdown pass to Rick Sygar, but a failed conversion run left Michigan down, 10-9. Sygar would continue his heroics with a long trick pass to John Henderson for the winning touchdown with less than half the quarter remaining. The Wolverines finished the season with a 9-1 record, a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl championship, while Hall of Fame coach Duffy Daugherty and Michigan State would go on to finish 4-5.
Oct. 11, 1969
Mississippi def. No. 6 Georgia, 25-17
College Football Hall of Famer and NFF Chairman Archie Manning led his Rebels to a stunning upset of the Bulldogs after a frustrating loss the previous week to No. 15 Alabama. Things started poorly for Manning, throwing his second pass of the game into the hands of Georgia defensive end David McKnight, who went 34 yards to the end zone. Manning responded with an 88-yard drive that ended with a scoring strike to Jim Poole. Two subsequent Rebel field goals extended their lead to 13-7. Bulldog fullback Bruce Kemp put his team back on top with a four-yard plunge late in the second quarter. With Manning off hurt, backup Shug Chumbler was stripped, leading to a Jim McCullough field goal that gave Georgia a 17-13 lead. Manning returned, and he hit two passes, setting up tailback Leon Felts for 17 yard dash to the end zone for a 19-17 advantage. A fourth quarter bomb from Manning to Riley Myers nailed the win. The Bulldogs wrapped a 5-5-1 season with a loss to Nebraska in the Sun Bowl. Ole Miss went on to defeat Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl, finishing 8-3 and No. 8 in the nation.
Oct. 12, 1985
No. 8 Penn State def. No. 10 Alabama, 19-17
State College, Pa.
The Nittany Lions pulled out all stops in this nail-biting victory over the Crimson Tide to remain unbeaten. Penn State kicker Massimo Manca booted four field goals and quarterback Matt Knizer bootlegged before pulling up to hit tight end and 1986 National Scholar-Athlete Brian Silverling for an 11-yard touchdown pass to give the Lions a 19-10 lead. Tide quarterback Mike Shula led a late touchdown drive that ended with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Thornton Chandler with 14 seconds remaining. Alabama’s recovery of the ensuing onside kick was negated by a penalty, and the Nittany Lions avoided the upset. Also appearing in the game were 2014 College Football Hall of Fame inductees Shane Conlan (Penn State) and Derrick Thomas (Alabama). Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and Penn State would remain undefeated until falling to Oklahoma in the de facto national championship game at the Orange Bowl. Alabama would go 9-2-1 in 1985 after beating Southern California in the Aloha Bowl.