On Sept. 27, 1986, College Football
Hall of Fame inductee and then-Miami (FL) coach Jimmy Johnson guided
the No. 2 Hurricanes to a win over College Football Hall of Fame coach
Barry Switzer and No. 1 Oklahoma.
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This report researched
and written by NFF Assistant Director of Communications Zach Barnett.
Published by Bonesville.net on Sept.
September 24, 1994:
In one of the most famous plays in recent college football history,
Colorado quarterback Kordell Stewart heaved a 64-yard Hail Mary that
tipped into the hands of wide receiver Michael Westbrook to give the No.
7 Buffaloes a stunning 27-26 win over No. 4 Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Trailing 26-14, the game was seemingly over for Colorado after Stewart
lost a fumble at the Wolverines' goal line with 5:08 remaining. However,
the Buffaloes rallied behind tailback Rashaan Salaam's (22 carries for
141 yards) second touchdown of the game with 2:16 left. The Buffaloes
defense then forced Michigan to punt, leaving six seconds for Stewart
(294 passing yards, two touchdowns) to find Westbrook for the highlight
September 25, 1965: College Football Hall of Fame coach Jack
Mollenkopf led No. 6 Purdue to a 25-21 win over College Football Hall of
Fame coach Ara Parseghian and No. 1 Notre Dame in West Lafayette, IN.
College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese nearly won the game
single-handedly by completing 19-of-22 passes for 283 yards and three
touchdowns, pinning the Fighting Irish twice within their own 10-yard
line as a punter and making a touchdown-saving tackle of Notre Dame's
Bill Wolski on a kickoff return. Trailing 21-18 in the fourth quarter,
Griese drove the Boilermakers 67 yards, capped by halfback Gordon
Teter's game-winning three-yard plunge. The win was Purdue's second of
three over a top-ranked team in Mollenkopf's tenure.
September 26, 1964: Kentucky stunned College Football Hall of
Fame coach John Vaught and No. 1 Ole Miss 27-21 in Jackson, MS.
Despite being outgained 415-187, the Rebels stayed in the game through
an 89-yard interception return score by James Heidel and a 65-yard pick
six by Tommy Luke. Ole Miss took a 21-20 lead in the fourth quarter, but
the Wildcats responded with Rick Kestner's third touchdown catch of the
game with just 2:38 remaining. The Rebels again threatened to steal back
the lead but tailback Mike Dennis lost a fumble at the Kentucky 20-yard
line with 30 seconds to play.
September 28, 2002: No. 19 Iowa State scored its largest margin
of victory over No. 20 Nebraska since 1899 with a 36-14 triumph in Ames,
IA. Cyclones quarterback Seneca Wallace was the star of the day,
completing 19-of-32 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown while adding
seven rushes for 50 yards and two scores. The win knocked Nebraska out
of the AP top 25 for the first time since 1981, a streak of 348
September 29, 1984: Western Michigan's Mike Prindle posted the
most eventful day for a kicker in college football history by becoming
the first player to attempt nine field goals and connect on seven tries
in a single game. Prindle, who also recorded three extra points, also
set an NCAA single-game record with 24 points. The Broncos defeated
Marshall 42-7 in Kalamazoo, MI.
September 30, 1978: Army celebrated Earl "Red" Blaik Day, the NFF
tri-founder and College Football Hall of Fame coach, in front of a
capacity crowd at Michie Stadium in West Point, NY. The Black Knights,
however, fell behind visiting Washington State 21-0 at the half until Blaik addressed the crowd during intermission. The speech worked, as
Army fought back to force a 21-21 tie while intercepting Washington
State quarterback Jack Thompson three times and rebounding to outgain
the Cougars 377-297 on the day.
September 27, 1986:
College Football Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Johnson led No. 2 Miami
(FL) past College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer and No. 1
Oklahoma 28-16 in Norman, OK. The Hurricanes, leading 7-3 at halftime,
broke the game open with three touchdown passes by quarterback Vinny
Testaverde. Miami's defense limited the prolific Oklahoma rushing attack
to just 186 rushing yards on the day. The win propelled Miami to an
undefeated regular season and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. Johnson
would lead the Hurricanes to the school's second national title one
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