This Week in College Football History

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Featured Moment: October 12, 1974

On Oct. 12, 1974, in the renewal of the Red River Shootout, Oklahoma linebacker Rod Shoate
(43) was the difference maker in the Sooners' 16-13 win over Texas. (Image courtesy of the NFF)

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Published by Bonesville on Oct. 5, 2013

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Oct. 12, 1974: 2013 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Rod Shoate (Oklahoma) had a career day during the 1974 Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas as the No. 2 Sooners faced No. 17 Texas. Shoate recorded 25 tackles, two pass break-ups and a fumble recovery. The game’s biggest play came courtesy of Hall of Famers Lee Roy Selmon (Oklahoma) and Earl Campbell (Texas). With the game all square at 13-13 in the fourth quarter and Texas facing fourth-and-1, Campbell attempted to rush for the first down but was crushed by Selmon, causing a fumble that was recovered by Shoate at midfield. On the ensuing drive, Oklahoma kicker Tony DiRienzo nailed a 37-yard field goal with 5:25 remaining, sealing the victory for the Sooners. Other Hall of Famers in the game included defensive tackle Doug English (Texas), running back Roosevelt Leaks (Texas) and running back Joe Washington (Oklahoma), and both coaches Barry Switzer (Oklahoma) and Darrell Royal (Mississippi State, Washington, Texas).


Oct. 7, 1916: Under College Football Hall of Fame coach John Heisman (Oberlin, Akron, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Pennsylvania, Washington & Jefferson, Rice), Georgia Tech defeated the Cumberland Bulldogs in the most lopsided game in college football history. Cumberland had previously discontinued its football program, but the school was not allowed to cancel the matchup with Georgia Tech after Heisman insisted that the schools stick to their scheduling agreement. Cumberland complied, put together a team of 14 men and traveled to Atlanta for the game. Tech scored 32 touchdowns, averaged 3.8 points per minute and gained all of their yards (978) on the ground. Many questioned Heisman’s choice to run up the score, but months earlier, Cumberland’s baseball team crushed Tech, amidst allegations that Cumberland was using professional players as ringers. This, along with a system that ranked teams based on margin of victory, led to Georgia Tech’s 222-0 win.

Oct. 8, 1994: Boston College dominated all aspects of the game as it dismantled Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz (William & Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame, South Carolina) and No. 8 Notre Dame in 1994. Clinging to a 7-3 lead at half, the Eagles exploded and scored on their first three possessions of the third quarter — a two-yard run by Omari Walker, a seven-yard scamper by Justice Smith and a 37-yard field goal by David Gordon. Irish quarterback Ron Powlus was held to 5-of-21 for 50 yards passing and was sacked four times for a loss of 39 yards. BC won, 30-11, snapping Notre Dame’s 16-game road win streak.

Oct. 9, 2004: Appalachian State quarterback Richie Williams went 40-of-45 for 413 yards and two touchdowns as the Mountaineers edged the Furman Paladins, 30-29. Williams’ 28 consecutive completions during the matchup broke the record for most consecutive completions by a player in a single game. His 413 yards against Furman was tops at Appalachian State for most passing yards in a single game. He also set school marks for highest completion percentage for a single game (.889), completion percentage for a single season (.669), passing yards in a season (3,109) and career passing yards (7,759).

Oct. 10, 1964: UCLA held a 3-0 mark heading into its 1964 tilt at Syracuse, but the Bruins were completely stifled by the Orange defense, known as “The Spiders.” Syracuse held UCLA to just 4-of-18 and 45 yards passing, and backed the Bruins up for a remarkable minus-4 yards on the ground. “The Spiders” were all over UCLA, posting a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns, one by Buddy Johnson (35 yards) and the other by Charlie Brown (54 yards). Hall of Fame halfback Floyd Little (Syracuse) returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown, and fullback Jim Nance added two scores of his own as the Orange crushed the Bruins, 39-0.

Oct. 11, 1975: Illinois ran all over Minnesota, racking up 417 yards and six rushing touchdowns on its way to a 42-23 victory over the Golden Gophers. The Illini headed into the second quarter with a 7-3 advantage before Illinois tailback Jim Phillips rushed for three scores and a 28-17 halftime lead. Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy had 216 yards and three TD tosses on the day and closed the deficit 28-23 in the third quarter. However, Illinois’ ground game could not be stopped, tacking on two more touchdown rushes to seal the win.

Oct. 13, 1956: A matchup of two top-15 teams ended in a rout as No. 12 Michigan’s defense smothered No. 15 Army. The Black Knights lost six of eight fumbles on the day, most coming on the snap, resulting in five Wolverine recoveries for touchdowns. Michigan held a 48-0 advantage before Army got on the board with two late touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Seven different players scored for Michigan en route to the 48-14 win.

The Bonesville staff contributed to this report.

10/11/2013 11:26 AM