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Friday, October 28, 2005

This Week In College Football History: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6

Every week The Football Gazette Receives a press release from the Football Foundation. I look forward to each press release of College Football HIstory.


Press Release
MORRISTOWN, N.J., October 28, 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:

The First Game

November 6, 1869: Although the contest that took place on November 6, 1869 between squads from Rutgers University and Princeton University bears little resemblance to the game of football played on college campuses today, the game played in New Brunswick, NJ, that day officially marks the birth of intercollegiate football. 25-man rosters from the two schools separated by 20 miles played under rugby-like rules in a match where each score counted as a “game” and the match ceased after 10 games.

The teams could only advance the ball by kicking or batting it, and changed directions after each score. Rutgers struck first, kicking the ball over Princeton’s goal just over five minutes into the action. Princeton quickly tied the score, and later came back from deficits to nod the game at 2-2 and 4-4. But Rutgers overcame Princeton’s size by playing low to the ground, tallying the last two goals and thus capturing a 6-4 victory. Little did spectators know that day they would witness the first game of what would become an enormously popular sport, played by hundreds of thousands of people and attended by millions more.

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

October 31, 1998: Tennessee’s Tee Martin completes 23 of 24 passes against South Carolina, setting a record with a .958 completion percentage.

November 1, 2003: Two years after their crazy seven-overtime game against Mississippi, Arkansas again goes seven overtimes in a 71-63 victory against Kentucky. The teams combine to run 202 plays (103 by Kentucky, 99 by Arkansas), amass 1,111 yards of total offense and score 47 points in the overtime periods.

November 2, 1985: Tulsa’s Gordon Brown and Steve Gage each rush for 200 yards in a game against Wichita State, becoming the first pair of teammates to accomplish this feat in the same game.

November 3, 1990: TCU’s Matt Vogler and Houston’s David Klinger combine to gain a record 1,321 yards in a 56-35 Houston victory. Klingler, amidst a season in which he would average 474 passing-yards-per-game, throws for 563 yards and rushes for an additional 62, while Vogler tallies 696 passing yards in a losing effort.

November 3, 2001: Six years after overtime is first installed in college football, Arkansas endures seven overtimes before beating Mississippi, 58-56.

November 4, 2000: Northwestern outlasts Michigan, 54-51, in a wild finish. Michigan fumbles the ball trying to run out the clock with less than a minute to play after Northwestern drops the go-ahead touchdown and turns the ball over on downs. Then, after a Wildcat touchdown gives them the lead, Michigan’s attempt at a game-tying 57-yard field goal fails when the snap goes through the holder’s hands.

November 5, 1949: Wyoming scores 15 touchdowns and 103 points in a win over Northern Colorado, the most touchdowns scored in a regulation game since official national statistics rankings began in 1937.

With 119 chapters and over 10,000 members nationwide, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in America’s young people. NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., Play It Smart, The NFF Center for Youth Development Through Sport at Springfield College (Mass.), the NFL-NFF Coaching Academy, and annual scholarships of nearly $1 million for college and high school scholar-athletes.


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