This Week In College Football History, Dec. 6-Dec. 12
Courtesy of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.
December 7, 2003 - Following a 52-28 win over Oregon State, USC began a record streak of 33 consecutive weeks atop the Associated Press poll. The Trojans were ranked No. 1 for the conclusion of the 2003 season, the entire 2004 season and the entire 2005 regular season until falling to No. 2 Texas in the Rose Bowl, 41-38, on January 4, 2006. The 33 weeks holds the record by a wide margin, with the second-longest streak belonging to Miami, who held the top spot for 20 weeks from October 14, 2001 to October 28, 2002.
OTHER NOTABLE DATES:
December 6, 1873: Yale defeated Eton Players of England 2-1. It was the first game in the U.S. with 11 men on a side.
December 6, 1969: Texas and Arkansas, both 9-0, met at Arkansas. Richard Nixon, U.S. president, attended the game. Also attending: George Bush, Henry Kissinger, Rev. Billy Graham. Texas won 15-14.
December 8, 1959: The first championship of NAIA Division I: Montana State and St. Joseph (Ind.) tied 0-0.
December 8, 2001 - No. 2 Tennessee fell to No. 21 LSU in the SEC title game, 31-20 in Atlanta. Tiger back-up quarterback Matt Mauck led six scoring drives following the loss of starter Rohan Davey near the end of the second quarter. The loss cost the Vols a shot at the national championship game against Miami in the Rose Bowl.
December 9, 1989 - No. 23 Hawaii and Air Force tied 35-35 in Honolulu after the Falcons converted three Warrior turnovers into touchdowns. Hawaii kicker Jason Elam missed a 47-yard field goal as time expired to break his streak of 20-straight successful attempts.
December 10, 1983 - No. 16 Air Force beat Ole Miss 9-3 in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport. The game serves as the earliest date on which an Independence Bowl has ever been played.
December 11, 1993 - North Alabama wins its first of three consecutive Division II crowns with a 41-24 triumph over Indiana (Pa.).
December 12, 1987 - Eastern Michigan beat San Jose State 30-27 in the California Bowl played in Fresno. The bowl game remains the Eagles’ lone post-season appearance.