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Monday, November 14, 2005


The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc.

Press Release

MORRISTOWN, N.J., November 11, 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.

*If you choose to use this content in whole or in part, as a courtesy, please credit The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.

Featured Moment:

“The Band is on the Field…”

Nov. 20, 1982: Throughout the 107 times Cal and Stanford have played one another on the football field, none will be remembered quite like the game played at Cal’s Memorial Stadium between these two teams in mid-November 1982. The great Stanford quarterback John Elway, the school’s all-time leader in career touchdown passes, led his Cardinal team into the game needing a win to secure the only Bowl bid of his career. Three weeks prior, Stanford beat #1-ranked Washington for their fifth win. Cal, coached by future College Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Kapp, entered 6-4 but having lost to Washington by 43 points earlier in the year.

Elway and the Cardinal squad stormed back late in the fourth quarter to take a 20-19 lead on a 35-yard field goal with just a few seconds left. The referees whistled Stanford for unsportsmanlike conduct following the successful kick, which pushed the ensuing kickoff back to the 20-yardline.
Still, all Stanford needed to do was make a tackle on the kickoff and a bowl bid would be theirs.

Stanford squibbed the kickoff to around midfield, and that’s when mayhem ensued. Cal proceeded to lateral the ball five times, each time dodging Stanford’s futile tackling attempts. All the while, the Stanford band and fans began marching on the field in anticipation of the victory. The fifth lateral landed in the hands of Cal’s Kevin Moen, the player who initially fielded the kick, and Moen proceeded to weave through fans and band members alike, scoring the improbable game-winning touchdown and barreling over a Stanford trombone player for good measure.

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

Nov. 14, 1998: Tennessee, unbeaten and ranked #1, defeats unbeaten and #10-Arkansas 28-24 on their way to the national championship. The Vols score the go-ahead touchdown with less than 30 seconds left after recovering a Razorbacks fumble as they try to run out the clock.

Nov. 15, 1941: Grambling beats Tillotson, 37-6, as Coach Eddie Robinson records the first of his 408 career victories in 55 seasons.

Nov. 16, 1991: #2 Miami defeats #1 Florida State 17-16 as the potential game-winning 34-yard field goal sails wide right in the waning seconds, the first of several near misses by the Seminoles against the Hurricanes in the coming decade.

Nov. 17, 1990: Houston quarterback David Klinger throws a record 11 touchdown passes in an 84-21 victory over Eastern Washington.

Nov. 20, 1993: One week after #2-ranked Notre Dame defeats #1 Florida State, Boston College’s David Gordon sends a 41-yard field goal through the uprights as time expires to give #16 BC a 41-39 upset victory over the top-ranked Irish in South Bend.

Nov. 20, 1999: LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU sets a single-game record by rushing for 406 yards against Texas-El Paso. The 406 yards come on 43 rushes, an average of 9.4 yards-per-carry.

With 119 chapters and over 12,000 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.


NFF Contact
Chris Caputo.......Communications Assistant
22 Maple Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960
973.829.1737 (fax)


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