This Week In College Football History, Oct. 4-Oct. 10
Courtesy of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.
October 8, 1977- No. 7 Alabama upset No. 1 USC, 21-20, in a battle of college football heavyweights in Los Angeles. The game featured eight College Football Hall of Famers including Crimson Tide coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and linebacker Woodrow Lowe as well as USC running back Charles White and coach John Robinson. USC fullback Lynn Cain scored with 38 seconds remaining but the subsequent two-point conversion attempt for the win fell short, sealing the Tide victory.
OTHER NOTABLE DATES:
October 5, 1996: Dante Brown of Marietta rushed for 441 yards against Baldwin-Wallace.
October 5, 2002: Charles Gesner of Brown caught 24 passes against Rhode Island, tying the record.
October 6, 1923: Red Grange of Illinois, in his first college game, had touchdown runs of 50, 35, and 12 yards against Nebraska. Grange, nicknamed "The Galloping Ghost", was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.
October 6, 1951: Hugh McElhenny of Washington returned a punted 100 yards against California. McElhenny, nicknamed "The King", was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
October 6, 1973: Chris Rowan of Washington threw four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter against California. His team lost, 54-49.
October 6, 1991: Tyrone Hughes of Nebraska returned kicks for a total of 247 yards against Kansas State.
October 7, 1916: Georgia Tech beat Cumberland, 222-0, a record score.
October 7, 1967: Rick Eber of Tulsa had 322 yards in pass receiving against Idaho State.
October 7, 2000: Zamir Amin of Menlo passed for 731 yards against California Lutheran. He led the nation in passing in 2000 with an average 424 yards a game. Amin was born in Afghanistan and came to the U.S. at 7 months.
October 8, 1988: Columbia beat Princeton 16-13, ending a 45-game losing streak.
October 8, 1994: Arnold Mickens of Butler carried the ball 56 times for 295 yards against Valparaiso.
October 8, 1994: Alfred Montez of Western New Mexico passed for 614 yards against West Texas A&M.
October 9, 1920: California beat St. Mary’s, 127-0.
October 9, 1993: Corey Bender of Coe rushed for 417 yards against Grinnell.
October 10, 1987: Brian Ainsworth of New Mexico Highlands had 601 yards of total offense against Western State.
October 10, 1942: Alex Agase, playing right guard, scored two touchdowns for Illinois in a 20-13 victory over Minnesota. On the first score he stole the ball from Minnesota’ s Bill Daley and ran 38 yards to the goal line. On the second, he covered a Minnesota fumble in the end zone. It was the second time in football history that someone playing guard scored two touchdowns in a game. Agase made All-America in 1942, 1943, and 1946. He played in 1943 as a Marine trainee at Purdue. He served in WWII in the south Pacific. In 1989, the Walter Camp Foundation named Agase to the All-Century All-America Team. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1963.