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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

This Week in College Football History: Oct. 24 - Oct. 30

MORRISTOWN, N.J., October 22, 2005 – As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football’s landmark moments over the last 137 years. Throughout the season, many of these items are depicted in a changing exhibit at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.

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Featured Moment:

JoePa breaks a “bear” of a record

October 27, 2001: Who knew that on February 19, 1966, Penn State would forever change the college football landscape by naming Brown graduate and Penn State Assistant Coach Joe Paterno to replace Rip Engle as the university’s head football coach. From his first coaching victory later that season up through the Nittany Lions’ 6-1 start this year, Paterno has guided Happy Valley’s gridiron greats to unprecendented heights in his 40 years as head coach. Five undefeated seasons, 20 bowl victories, and two undisputed championships are among the dozens of tremendous feats Penn State has accomplished under the legendary Paterno.

But in a late-October clash against Big Ten rival Ohio State in 2001, Paterno reached perhaps his highest plateau, breaking Paul “Bear” Bryant’s record for most career victories as Penn State nipped the Buckeyes, 29-27. Paterno’s record-breaking 324th victory came in front of 108,000 fans in the only stadium Head Coach Paterno has ever called home.

Other notable moments to occur This Week in College Football History:


October 25, 1947: Columbia beats Army, 21-20, ending Army’s 32-game unbeaten streak.

October 25, 1982: Eventual national champion Penn State edges Nebraska 27-24 on a diving touchdown grab in the back of the endzone by Kirk Bowman in the game’s final moments. It would be the only blemish on the Cornhuskers record, as they finish the season #2 with a 12-1 record.

October 28, 1950: Nevada’s Pat Brady booms a punt that covers 99 yards against Loyola Marymount that still holds the record for the longest punt.

October 28, 1989: Ohio State, down 31-0 with 4:29 remaining in the second quarter, beats Minnesota, 41-37, tying the record for largest deficit overcome to win a game.

October 28, 1995: Wake Forest quarterback Rusty Larue’s 55 completions establishes a new single-game record in a 42-26 loss at Duke. Larue completes 41 passes in the second half alone. All told, his completions come in 78 attempts and cover 478 yards.

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