This Week In College Football History, Sept. 27-Oct. 3
Courtesy of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.
September 29, 1990- No. 13 Houston’s game against Rice at the Astrodome started later than scheduled because of a field conversion following an afternoon baseball game. The game lasted till past midnight before Cougars’ kicker Roman Anderson booted a 32-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to win the game, 24-22. The Owls jumped out to a 22-7 lead late in the third before Houston quarterback David Klinger led the Cougars to the late game comeback and the Bayou Bucket.
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September 27, 1986- Defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Oklahoma returned to Miami to face the No. 2-ranked Hurricanes in an early season match-up of the nation’s top two teams. The game featured five All-Americans, including College Football Hall of Famers Bennie Blades and Keith Jackson, as well as Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde and College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer. The day would belong to Miami as Testaverde lit up the Sooner defense for 261 passing yards and four touchdowns and the Hurricanes cruised to a 28-16 victory.
September 27, 2002: Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech passed for 407 yards in a 49-0 victory over New Mexico. Kingsbury was an NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 2002.
September 27, 2003: B.J. Symons of Texas Tech passed for 661 yards against Mississippi. His team won, 49-45.
September 28, 1940: Tom Harmon of Michigan ran for touchdowns of 94, 86, 70, and 7 yards against California. A California fan, Bud Brennan, ran onto the field and tried to stop Harmon. He missed. Harmon, nicknamed "Old 98", was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
September 28, 1991: Paul Gray of Hanover completed 42 passes against Georgetown (Ky.)
September 28, 1995: Brain Foster, Rhode Island tight end, had 326 yards pass receiving against Brown.
September 28, 2002: Charles Rodgers of Michigan State caught a touchdown pass against Northwestern. He set a record with a TD pass reception in 13 consecutive games.
September 29, 1894: Yale beat Trinity 42-0 opening a record setting season. Yale finished 16-0, playing one game in September, nine in October, five in November, and one in December. The average score was 31-1. Yale's coach was William Rhodes, captain Frank Hinkey. Hinkey, nicknamed "Silent Frank", was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.
October 1, 1977: Russell Exlebern of Texas placekicked a 67-yard field goal against Rice.
October 1, 1983: Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State caught 24 passes against Southern.
October 2, 1937: Brud Holland of Cornell scored two touchdowns on end-around plays against Colgate. Holland was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965.
October 2, 1970: One of two Martin 404 chartered airplanes carrying the Wichita State University football team crashed into a mountain in Clear Creek Canyon in Colorado. Thirty-one of the 40 people aboard the plane died in the crash.
October 3, 1981: Mike Wallace of Ohio Wesleyan completed 47 passes against Denison.
October 3, 1998: Tim Couch of Kentucky completed 47 passes against Arkansas.
October 3, 1998: Ricky Williams of Texas rushed for 350 yards against Iowa State.