This Week in College Football History: Nov. 2-8

National Football Foundation

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, 2007
Navy def. Notre Dame, 46-44 (3OT)
South Bend, Ind.

Navy’s victory over Notre Dame ended the longest all-time college football consecutive losing streak against one school (43). From the early moments, it looked as though the Fighting Irish would extend the streak to 44 after a three-yard touchdown run by Robert Hughes gave Notre Dame a 7-0 lead. The schools exchanged a pair of touchdowns each in the second quarter, and the Fighting Irish led 21-14 at halftime. The Midshipmen scored the only touchdown of the third quarter, but a missed extra point left the score at 21-20 heading into the final quarter. Navy took its first lead of the day in the fourth quarter when Chris Kuhar-Pitters collected a fumble at the Notre Dame 16-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown. Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada rushed for the two-point conversion to make it 28-21. After the Fighting Irish tied the game, Notre Dame faced a fourth-and-eight at the Midshipmen 24-yard line, but coach Charlie Weis opted to go for the first down rather than kick the potential game-winning 41-yard field goal. Navy stopped the Fighting Irish, forcing the game into overtime. The schools traded touchdowns in the first overtime and field goals in the second. Navy went on offense to begin the third overtime, and they scored on the first play with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Kaheaku-Enhada to Reggie Campbell. The two connected again on the two-point conversion attempt to take a 46-38 lead. The Fighting Irish scored on the ensuing possession and drew a pass interference call on the first two-point attempt. Opting for a running play, Notre Dame was stuffed at the line, giving Navy the win. The Midshipmen finished with an 8-4 record after a loss to Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl. The Fighting Irish finished with a 3-9 record.


Nov. 2, 1995
No. 24 Virginia def. No. 2 Florida State, 33-28
Charlottesville, Va. 

Florida State quarterback and 1995 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Danny Kanell threw for 454 yards, the highest total in school history, but the performance could not avoid a loss to Virginia, which also snapped the Seminoles’ 29-game ACC winning streak. Compiling 311 all-purpose yards, Virginia tailback and 1996 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tiki Barber rushed for 193 yards, including a 64-yard sprint to the end zone to open the scoring in the first quarter. The Cavaliers established a 33-21 fourth-quarter lead behind four field goals by Rafael Garcia, and they held the Seminoles scoreless for 26 minutes. College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden reached into his bag of tricks for a 33-yard halfback pass by Warrick Dunn, which set up his own seven-yard touchdown run three plays later. Only down by five, Florida State reached the Virginia six-yard line with nine seconds remaining. After an incomplete pass by Kanell, Dunn took a direct snap on the final play and ran right up the middle, but he was stopped short of the goal line by freshman defensive back Adrian Burnim and linebacker Anthony Poindexter. Hall of Fame coach George Welsh and the Cavaliers finished with a 9-4 record and a No. 16 ranking after a win over Georgia in the Peach Bowl. The Seminoles finished with at least 10 wins for the ninth season in a row after defeating Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl to finish with a 10-2 record and a No. 8 ranking. Virginia and Florida State shared the ACC title.

Nov. 4, 1989
No. 23 BYU def. Oregon, 45-41
Provo, Utah 

BYU quarterback and 2012 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ty Detmer and Oregon quarterback Bill Musgrave, a 1990 NFF National Scholar-Athlete, combined for a then-NCAA record 959 passing yards in an electrifying West Coast shootout. Detmer rallied his Cougars from down 33-19 to take a 38-33 lead. Musgrave responded, throwing a 15-yard touchdown and converting a two-point conversion pass attempt to Terry Obee to give the Ducks a 41-38 advantage. Detmer drove BYU down the field, throwing his third touchdown pass of the day, a 15-yard strike to Jeff Frandsen, with a minute remaining to seal the Cougar victory. Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards coached BYU to its 12th WAC title in 15 years, finishing with a 10-3 record after a loss to Penn State in the Holiday Bowl. The Ducks finished with an 8-4 record after a win over Tulsa in the Independence Bowl. 

Nov. 5, 1988
Western Michigan def. Ball State, 16-13
Muncie, Ind. 

Western Michigan needed a win over Ball State on a cold, wet and windy day in Muncie to secure at least a share of the MAC title for the first time in 22 years. The Cardinals took an early 7-0 lead. Western Michigan quarterback and MAC Offensive Player of the Year Tony Kimbrough responded, tying the score on a pass to Bruce Boyko. Kicker John Creek emerged as the Broncos’ hero, connecting on three short field goals to give Western Michigan a 16-7 lead. Ball State added a late touchdown to close the final gap to 16-13, but the game and conference title went to the Broncos. After a loss to Fresno State in the California Bowl, Western Michigan finished the year with a 9-3 record for its winningest season in program history and first and only outright MAC title. The Cardinals finished the season with an 8-3 record. 

Nov. 6, 1993
LSU def. No. 5 Alabama, 17-13
Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

The nation’s longest unbeaten streak ended at 31 games as LSU forced four turnovers by three different Alabama quarterbacks in the Tigers’ upset. LSU established a 14-0 lead in the third quarter on touchdown runs by Ray Johnson and Robert Toomer. Safety Anthony Marshall intercepted Crimson Tide quarterback Brian Burgdorf, substituting for Jay Barker, on the opening series of the third quarter to set up Johnson’s scoring run. Alabama wide receiver David Palmer moved to quarterback in the fourth quarter and finally put the Tide on the board with the first of his two touchdown passes. LSU kicker Andre Lafleur booted a 36-yard field goal to put the game out of reach at 17-7. College Football Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings and Alabama earned a spot in the SEC Championship game, falling to Florida 28-13 in the rematch from 1992. The Tide went on to win the Gator Bowl over North Carolina to finish the season 9-3-1 and No. 14 in the final AP Poll. The Tigers finished the season with a 5-6 record. 

Nov. 7, 1987
East Tennessee State def. NC State, 29-14
Raleigh, N.C. 

East Tennessee State was out to collect more than just a check as the homecoming opponent for NC State, and instead they left with the biggest win in program history. The Wolfpack took a 7-0 lead before All-American safety Thane Gash blocked a Wolfpack punt that led to a 20-yard touchdown run by ETSU quarterback Jeff Morgan. With the schools tied 7-7 at halftime, the Buccaneers opened the second half with a seven-minute 73-yard drive, culminating in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Morgan to George Searcy to take a 13-7 lead. Early in the fourth quarter, Morgan hit Cedric Solomon for a 40-yard completion to set up Morgan’s touchdown plunge to extend the lead to 19-7. In front of 35,400 booing fans at Carter-Finley Stadium, cornerback Rick Harris intercepted Preston Poag and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown and a 27-7 lead. After NC State scored a quick touchdown and recovered an onside kick, the Bucs’ defense held the Wolfpack to two first downs on the final four possessions and turned away a pair of fourth-down attempts. NC State finished the game by fumbling in its own end zone and recovering for an ETSU safety on the final play. The Bucs, led by current Wofford head coach Mike Ayers, finished the season 5-6, and the Wolfpack finished 4-7. 

Nov. 8, 1975
Kansas def. No. 2 Oklahoma, 23-3
Norman, Okla. 

Visiting Norman and facing College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer and his No. 2 ranked Oklahoma team, which boasted 28-straight game undefeated streak, made Kansas the obvious underdog in this Big 8 clash. The string of undefeated games extended all the way back to Oct. 21, 1972 under former Oklahoma coach Chuck Fairbanks, with a tie against USC in 1973 as their only blemish. However, the Jayhawks’ special teams launched a stunning upset over the Sooners, which began with a blocked punt by cornerback Eddie Lewis that set up quarterback Nolan Cromwell’s six-yard run to put Kansas up for good at 7-3. The score remained unchanged until the third quarter, when Oklahoma lost fumbles on three drives, leading to nine points for the Jayhawks. Kansas scored an insurance touchdown in the fourth quarter as halfback Laverne Smith found the end zone from 18 yards out. The Sooners committed eight turnovers and all seven second-half possessions ended with either an interception or a fumble. The Jayhawks held Oklahoma to their fewest points since being shutout by Notre Dame in 1966. The loss became the Sooners’ only defeat during their 1975 national championship season and the first of Switzer’s head coaching career. They finished 11-1 after defeating Michigan in the Orange Bowl, and the Big 8 Co-Champions finished No. 1 in the final AP Poll with a team that featured Hall of Fame running back Joe Washington and Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, also a 1975 NFF National Scholar-Athlete. The Jayhawks finished 7-5 after a loss to Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl.

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