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.
Nov. 3, 1990
No. 16 Georgia Tech def. No. 1 Virginia, 41-38
It was all about the Moores, as Cavalier quarterback Shawn Moore set a school record with 344 yards passing, and Herman Moore racked up 234 yards receiving, including 63 yards on a fake-reverse touchdown bomb in the third quarter. Virginia, led by College Football Hall of Fame coach George Welsh and playing on national TV as a No. 1 team for the first time, got out to a 28-14 lead at halftime. The Yellow Jackets scored twice off Cavalier turnovers to start the second half and, after the Moores’ touchdown, Tech running back William Bell tied the game up at 35-35. Jones and Bell led the Jackets down the field to set up Scott Sisson’s game-winning field goal with seven seconds remaining. The ACC champion and UPI National Champion Yellow Jackets, led by AFCA Coach of the Year Bobby Ross, finished No. 2 in the final AP Poll after finishing with an 11-0-1 record and a win in the Citrus Bowl over Nebraska. The Cavaliers lost a nail biter to Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl to finish at 8-4 with a No. 23 ranking in the final AP Poll.
Nov. 3, 1990
No. 6 Houston def. TCU, 56-35
In an offensive outburst at the Astrodome, Southwest Conference foes TCU and Houston combined for an NCAA record 1,563 yards. TCU substitute quarterback Matt Vogler threw for an NCAA-record 690 yards on 44-79 passing, including five touchdowns. However, Cougar quarterback David Klingler crashed Vogler’s party with seven touchdown passes of his own, throwing for 563 yards on 36-of-53 passes. The Horned Frogs trailed 28-14 at halftime, but interceptions by defensive backs Tony Rand and Larry Brown set up two Vogler scoring strikes. Houston went ahead for good on a touchdown pass from Klingler to Chuck Weatherspoon and never looked back. In their first season under head coach John Jenkins, Houston went 10-1 and finished No. 10 in the final AP Poll. The Cougars were ineligible for the postseason. TCU finished the season 5-6.
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Nov. 4, 1989
No. 2 Colorado def. No. 3 Nebraska 27-21
Both with undefeated records, Colorado and Nebraska faced off in this Big 8 match-up. Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne’s Huskers were the first to get on the board with a 51-yard touchdown on a screen pass to fullback Bryan Carpenter. Colorado soon tied it up when halfback J.J. Flannigan scored on an impressive 70-yard dash. The two teams remained neck-and-neck as Buffs quarterback Darian Hagan’s touchdown run was quickly answered by a 12-yard pass from Nebraska quarterback and NFF Scholar-Athlete Gerry Gdowski to wide receiver Morgan Gregory. Flannigan scored Colorado’s third touchdown after a Huskers interception that was called back as pass interference, giving the Buffs a 24-14 lead. Nebraska would manage one more touchdown, but with another Colorado field goal in the fourth quarter Hall of Fame coach Bill McCartney’s Buffs improved their undefeated record to 9-0. Colorado would end 1989 with a perfect 11-0 regular season before falling to Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl to finish No. 4 in the final AP poll. Nebraska’s only loss of the regular season, the Huskers would fall to Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 11th in the country with a 10-2 record.
Nov. 5, 1910
Brown def. Yale, 21-0
New Haven, Conn.
Yale, the defending national champion, had never lost to Brown in the 13 previous meetings of their series. That streak came to an abrupt end in New Haven as College Football Hall of Famer Bill Sprackling kicked three field goals and threw a touchdown pass in the Bears’ stunning 21-0 upset. The Bulldogs, coached by Ted Coy, a Hall of Famer as a player at Yale, and featuring Hall of Famers John Kilpatrick, Doug Bomeisler and Art Howe, were no match for the Bears, giving up their most points in a game since 1901. Hall of Fame coach Edward Robinson would lead Brown to a 7-2-1 record, while Yale would finish 6-2-2.
Nov. 6, 1971
No. 4 Alabama def. No. 18 LSU, 14-7
Baton Rouge, La.
College Football Hall of Fame head coach Bear Bryant earned his 208th career win with a 14-7 victory over SEC rival LSU, moving him up to fourth place on the all-time list. Bill Davis kicked two field goals in the first half to give the Tide a 6-0 lead. Alabama signal-caller Terry Davis scrambled for a 16-yard touchdown in the third quarter. LSU quarterback Paul Lyons led the Tigers down the field on the next drive, culminating with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Andy Hamilton. The Tigers’ threat to tie the game was stopped by a fumble from backup quarterback Bert Jones in Tide territory. Hall of Fame coach Charlie McClendon’s Tigers finished off a 9-3 season with a win over Iowa State in the Sun Bowl and a No. 11 ranking in the final AP Poll. The SEC champion Crimson Tide, led by 1971 National Scholar-Athlete Johnny Musso, posted a perfect 11-0 record in the regular season, but they fell to Nebraska in the “national championship” Orange Bowl.
Nov. 7, 1981
No. 20 Southern Mississippi def. No. 15 Mississippi State, 7-6
The largest-to-date football crowd in state history (64,112) witnessed a nail-biting game between two ranked Mississippi schools. The Bulldogs got on the board early with two field goals by kicker Dana Moore. Golden Eagle tailback Sammy Winder responded with a one-yard plunge before halftime. A missed field goal by Moore early in the fourth quarter and a late-clinching defensive stand by Southern Miss on a fourth-and-one on the Golden Eagle 33-yard line preserved the upset. The Bulldogs capped off an 8-4 season with a win over Kansas in the Hall of Fame Bowl. Coach Bobby Collins finished his Southern Miss career with a 9-2-1 season and a loss to Missouri in the Tangerine Bowl.
Nov. 8, 1958
No. 7 Wisconsin def. No. 4 Northwestern, 17-13
The Wildcats and College Football Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian would have nightmares about the second quarter of this Big Ten matchup in which they allowed 17 points. Badgers Tom Wiesner plowed into the end zone for the first score; then, following the first of four Northwestern fumbles, Wisconsin tacked on a field goal. On the ensuing kickoff, Wildcats’ Hall of Fame HB Ron Burton lost the ball, allowing Wisconsin to go up 17-0. Burton and QB Dick Thornton scored in the second half, but it would prove not enough. The Wildcats lost their final two games of the season and quickly dropped from the polls, finishing 5-4. Wisconsin wound up in the No. 7 spot in the final AP Poll at 7-1-1.
Nov. 9, 1996
Army def. Air Force, 23-7
West Point, N.Y.
The Cadets were off to their best start since 1950. In front of a national TV audience, Army fell behind 7-3 to College Football Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry’s Falcons, as fullback Nakia Addison barreled 25 yards in to the end zone. Army rallied in the second half behind fullback Joe Hewitt, who ran for 161 yards and two scores. The win was the Cadets’ 11th straight and landed them in the top-25 for the first time since 1985. Army ended the season in the top-25, in the final slot, with a 10-2 record after a loss to Auburn in the Independence Bowl. Air Force finished 6-5.