This Week In College Football History, Nov. 1-Nov. 7
Courtesy of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.
November 6, 1869- Rutgers defeated Princeton 6-4 in the first ever game of American football in New Brunswick, N.J. The game did not resemble what football is known as today, as each side used 25 men on a 120-yard field.
OTHER NOTABLE DATES:
November 1, 1913: Notre Dame, featuring passes from Gus Dorais to Knute Rockne, upset Army 35-13. Rockne was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951.
November 2, 1935: Notre Dame, trailing 13-0 rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Ohio State 18-13. The winning touchdown was a pass from William Shakespeare to Wayne Millner with 32 seconds left. Shakespeare was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
November 2, 1990: Nevada, down 35 points 49-14 in the third quarter, rallied to beat Weber State 55-49. This is an NCAA record for the biggest comeback.
November 2, 1996: A.J. Pittorino of Hartwick rushed for 436 yards against Waynesboro.
November 3, 1990: In the same game Matt Voglef of Texas Christian passed for 690 yards, and David Klingler of Houston for 563. Houston won 56-35.
November 3, 2001: Arkansas beat Mississippi 58-56 in 7 overtimes.
November 3, 2001: Joey Harrington of Oregon, threw 6 touchdowns passes against Arizona State.
November 4, 1916: Going in, Minnesota was 4-0, having won 41-7, 47-7, 81-0 and 69-0. Afterward, Minnesota would play two more games, winning 54-0 and 49-0. Going in, Illinois was 2-2, averaging 13 points a game. Afterward, Illinois would play two more games, losing one, tying one. The game was played on Minnesota’s home field. The score was a shock: Illinois beat Minnesota, 14-9. The Chicago Herald carried this headline on its game story: "HOLD ON TIGHT WHEN YOU READ THIS."
November 4, 1989: Prairie View began a record-losing streak of 80 games until it came to a halt on September 26, 1998 against Langston.
November 5, 1884: Wyllys Terry of Yale had a record 115-yard run against Wesleyan.
November 6, 1869: Rutgers beat Princeton, 6-4, at Rutgers in college football’s first game.
November 6, 1937: Byron "Whizzer" White of Colorado scored all his team’s points in a 17-7 win over Utah. He had touchdown runs of 95 and 51 yards. White was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
November 7, 1931: Pug Rentner of Northwestern had a 90-yard kickoff return and a 75-yard punt return against Minnesota. Rentner was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984.