This Week In College Football History, Oct. 25-Oct. 31
Courtesy of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.
October 27, 1979- No. 12 Pittsburgh freshman quarterback and future College Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers downed undefeated No. 17 Navy, 24-7. Pitt starting quarterback Rick Trocano went down early in the first quarter and never regained his starting spot from Marino. The Midshipmen jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second quarter before giving up 24-straight points in the losing effort.
OTHER NOTABLE DATES:
October 25, 1947: Columbia beat Army, 21-20, ending Army’s 32-game unbeaten streak.
October 25, 1997: Ohio University had 61 rushing plays and no passes against Akron. It was the first time since 1993 that a team had played a game without a pass. Ohio University won, 21-17.
October 27, 1951: Dick Kazmaier of Princeton ran for 124 yards and passed for 236 against Cornell. Kazmaier, nicknamed "Kaz", was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.
October 27, 1984: Willie Totten of Mississippi Valley had 621 yards of total offense against Prairie View.
October 28, 1950: Pat Brady, Nevada, had a punt of 99 yards against Loyola.
October 28, 1958: On this evening, The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame hosted its first awards dinner at the Grand Ballroom of the now Waldorf-Astoria, in New York City.
October 28, 1989: Ohio State, down 31-0, beat Minnesota 41-37.
October 28, 1995: Rusty LaRue, Wake Forest, completed 55 passes against Duke.
October 29, 1921: Centre College upset Harvard 6-0, handing Harvard its first loss since 1916. Centre scored on a 32-yard run by Bo McMillin. McMillin was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.
October 29, 1926: Tuskegee beat Lincoln (PA), 20-16. All 20 Tuskegee points were scored by Ben Stevenson – two touchdowns, two extra points and two field goals. One touchdown was a 90-yard run. Tuskegee finished the year 10-0 and the Black College National Champion. Stevenson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
October 29, 1960: Sixteen members of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo football team were among the 22 people who died when an Arctic Pacific airplane crashed shortly after taking off from the Toledo, Ohio airport.
October 30, 1915: Columbia resumed football after a 9-year lapse, beating Stevens Tech 15-6.
October 30, 1926: Brown beat Dartmouth 10-0. Brown's starting lineup, for the second straight week, played the entire game. They earned the name, "Iron Men."
October 30, 1993: John Walsh, Brigham Young, passed for 619 yards against Utah State.
October 31, 1959: In a match of the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 teams, Louisiana State beat Mississippi 7-3 on Billy Cannon's 89-yard punt return.
October 31, 1998: Tee Martin of Tennessee completed 23 of 24 passes against South Carolina. His percentage, .958, set a record.