This Week in College Football History

DALLAS -- December 12, 2007 - As part of an on- going series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame posts in advance This Week in College Football History, which takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 139 years. During the season, many of these events are featured in a changing exhibit at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.

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FEATURED MOMENT:

Dec. 24, 1983: In the 50th Sun Bowl in El Paso, Alabama wins its first bowl game without legendary coach Bear Bryant, upsetting No. 6 SMU 28- 7. Crimson Tide RB Ricky Moore's 113 yards and two touchdowns, along with three Mustang turnovers, is the difference. SMU remains the highest ranked team to ever play in the Sun Bowl.

OTHER NOTABLE DATES:

Dec. 18, 1965: Ole Miss and Auburn tangle in the first Liberty Bowl played in Memphis after the classic is initially played in Philadelphia from 1959-64. The 7-4 Rebels edge the Tigers 13-7 on a six-yard pass from Jody Graves to All-Southeastern Conference wingback Doug Cunningham in the final quarter.

Dec. 19, 1981: MAC Champion Toledo, behind the running of Arnold Smily, hold off a late San Jose State rally to win the inaugural California Bowl 27-25 in Fresno.

Dec. 20, 2003: St. John's (Minn.) puts a stop to a record 55-game winning streak by Mount Union (Ohio) in the NCAA Division III Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va. The 24-6 victory snaps a streak of three consecutive titles by Mount Union, which wins 109 of 110 games over an eight-year span from 1996- 2003. The victory also gives NCAA all-time winningest head coach John Gagliardi his 414th career triumph.

Dec. 21, 1979: In a game marked by eight lead changes, Indiana outlasts Brigham Young 38-37 in the Holiday Bowl at San Diego. The two teams combine for 52 first downs and 974 yards of total offense in the 75-point thriller. ESPN commentator Lee Corso of Indiana faces off with BYU mentor and 2004 NFF Hall of Fame inductee LaVell Edwards in the thriller.

Dec. 22, 2003: NC State quarterback Philip Rivers throws for 475 yards and ties a then-NCAA bowl game record with five touchdown passes as the Wolfpack routs Kansas 56-26 in the Tangerine Bowl (now Champs Sports Bowl) in Orlando.

Dec. 23, 1967: 2006 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Colorado QB Bobby Anderson overcomes a sprained ankle and paces CU to a 31-21 victory over Miami (Fla.) in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Fellow Hall of Famer and older Anderson brother, Dick, helps hold off repeated comeback tries by the Hurricanes with his defensive backfield work while Bobby Anderson rushes for 108 yards on 17 carries in just over two quarters.


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