This Week In College Football History, Nov. 29-Dec. 5
Courtesy of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.
December 3, 2004 - In the first SEC Championship game played in Atlanta, Steve Spurrier’s sixth-ranked Florida Gators knocked off undefeated and third-ranked Alabama 24-23. 1996 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel threw a two-yard touchdown pass with five minutes left to win the game. The game marked the third-straight year that the Gators and Crimson Tide met in the championship game.
OTHER NOTABLE DATES:
November 29, 1980: Georgia beat Georgia Tech 38- 20. Herschel Walker of Georgia ended the regular season with 1, 618 rushing yards, a record at that time for a freshman. He was unanimous All-America. Georgia was the national champion. Walker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
November 30, 1905: Chicago defeated Michigan, 2-0, ending Michigan’s five-year, 56-game unbeaten streak. The game matched two Hall of Fame coaches, Amos Alonzo Stagg for Chicago and Fielding Yost for Michigan. During Michigan’s streak (55 wins, one tie), Michigan outscored its opponents, 2,821 to 40.
November 30, 1936: Southern Methodist and Texas Christian, both with 10-0 records met. The Rose Bowl announced it would invite the winner. Southern Methodist won, 20-14.
November 30, 1980: UCLA beat Oregon State, 34-3, at Tokyo, Japan.
December 1, 1973: First NCAA Division III championship game: Wittenberg 41, Juniata 0.
December 2, 1989: Pittsburgh beat Rutgers 45-27 at Dublin, Ireland.
December 2, 1990: Houston beat Arizona State 62-45 at Tokyo, Japan. David Klingler of Houston had 716 yards passing.
December 4, 1987: Brigham Young defeated Colorado State 30-26 at Melbourne, Australia.
December 4, 1999: Mt. Union beat Ohio Northern 56- 31 for its 54th consecutive victory, a national record. The streak, for the games 1996- 99, ended a week later. For the decade of the 1990's, Mt. Union was the national leader in games won-120. Next on the list: Marshall 114, Florida State 109, Nebraska 108, Youngstown State 103, Florida 102, Tennessee 99, Rowan 99.
December 5, 1970: The first championship game in NAIA Division II: Westminster (Pa.) 21, Anderson 16.