Tuesday, October 24, 2006

History never gets old

National Football Foundation sends out a weekly this date in history piece.

A couple mentions of Yale.

Featured Moment: October 31, 1981: The “ghosts” of Orange Bowl Stadium came out to haunt No. 1 Penn State as Miami (Fla.) became the fifth team to knock off a No. 1 squad in the AP poll during the ’81 season. The Hurricanes’ 17-14 victory was highlighted by an 80- yard TD pass from Jim Kelly to Larry Brodsky to out duel Nittany Lions’ QB Todd Blackledge, who was 26- for-41 for 358 yards.

Other Notable Dates:
October 30, 1926: Brown’s “Iron Men” play the entire game for the second straight week in a 10- 0 victory over Dartmouth. The 11 student-athletes also went all the way in an Oct. 23 win at Yale.

October 30, 1971: Michigan State RB Eric Allen cruises for a school-record 350 rushing yards on 29 attempts as the Spartans down the Purdue Boilermakers 43-10.

October 31, 1959: LSU RB and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon scampers 89 yards on a punt return through the Halloween night mists to give the Tigers a 7-3 win over Mississippi.

October 31, 1959: Nebraska defeats Oklahoma 25-21, ending the Sooners’ 73-game Big 8 Conference win streak.

November 1, 1980: Mississippi State stuns Alabama 6-3 on a pair of field goals by PK Dana Moore in Jackson, Miss. The upset ends the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I-A at 28 games.

November 2, 1957: Yale ties Dartmouth 14- 14, spoiling the Big Green's first national ranking (No. 20) since 1949.

November 3, 1990: Georgia Tech kicker Scott Sisson scores the winning field goal with seven seconds left to down No.1 Virginia 41-38 in what many consider the most important ACC game in history.

November 3, 1990: Houston and TCU combine for 1,563 yards, breaking the 1981 record shared by Arizona State and Stanford. TCU sub quarterback Matt Vogler threw for an NCAA-record 690 yards on 44-79, while Houston’s David Klinger passed for seven TDs in a 56-35 Cougar victory.

November 4, 2000: Northwestern QB Zac Kustoc throws an 11-yard touchdown pass to Sam Simmons with twenty seconds left in the game as the Wildcats stun Michigan 54-51. The Wolverines shut out their prior two opponents.

November 5, 1988: Rice’s Nigel Codrington blocks two extra point attempts, and Billy Stone becomes the first player in NCAA I-A history to score defensively on an extra point attempt in the Owls’ 54- 11 setback to No. 1 Notre Dame.


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