This Week In College Football History, Sept. 6-Sept. 12
Courtesy of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.
Sept. 6, 1997: Florida QB Doug Johnson ties a NCAA Division I-A mark by throwing seven touchdown passes in the first half of a 82-6 victory over Central Michigan in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators pile up over 500 yards via the air and bolt to a 5-0 start before closing the year at 10-2.
Sept. 7, 1989: Brigham Young quarterback Ty Detmer begins a streak of throwing a touchdown pass in 35 consecutive games, but the Cougars drop a 46-41 decision to Washington State in Provo, Utah. Detmer ends the evening with 537 yards, four TDs and 34-for-53 in the aerial department.
Sept. 8, 1973: Future NFF Hall of Fame head coach Tom Osborne in his first game as head coach succeeds Hall of Famer Bob Devaney and leads Nebraska to a 40-13 win over UCLA. It also was the initial contest after 1972 NU stars Johnny Rodgers (Heisman Trophy) and Rich Glover (Outland) finished their careers.
Sept. 9, 2000: TCU records a NCAA-record 15 quarterback sacks as the Horned Frogs score a 41-10 victory at Nevada.
Sept. 10, 1994: All-America Alcorn State QB Steve McNair has one of his best individual performances with 646 yards of total offense in a 54-28 win at Tennessee-Chattanooga. He passed for eight TDs and 491 yards and rushed for 155 yards and one score.
Sept. 11, 1913: NFF Hall of Fame head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant is born in Moro Bottom, Ark. He stars as an end at Alabama, begins his coaching career as an assistant at Union (Tenn.), Alabama, Vanderbilt, and Navy North Carolina Pre-Flight programs along with armed service in World War II and later wins 328 games as head coach from 1946-83 at Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M, and Alabama.
Sept. 12, 1964: UCLA becomes the first West Coast team to win a game at Pitt Stadium in 11 all-tie intersectional meetings in a 17-12 edging of Pittsburgh. QB Larry Zeno put the Bruins ahead early with a 61-yard TD pass to HB Steve Durbin, and second half comeback attempts by the Panthers fell just short.