College Football in History

Events in Sport

  • 1875-11-13 Harvard-Yale game is 1st college football contest with uniforms
  • 1892-12-27 N C Biddle beats Livingston 4-0 in 1st black college football game

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1916-10-07 Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeat Cumberland 222-0, most lopsided score in the history of US college football

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  • 1932-11-19 Joe Kershalla scores 71 points in a college football game
  • 1939-09-30 1st televised college football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at NYC)
  • 1945-11-10 College football's #1 Army beats #2 Notre Dame 48-0
  • 1980-09-06 US College football longest losing streak of 50 games ends for Macalester College (St. Paul)
  • 1981-11-28 Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Almos Alonzo Stagg, becomes college football's winningest coach
  • 1984-06-27 Supreme Court ends NCAA monopoly on college football telecasts
  • 1985-01-02 Undefeated BYU becomes college football champions
  • 1985-08-23 Paul Hornung awarded $1,160,000 by a Louisville court against NCAA who barred him as a college football analyst for betting on games
  • 1988-01-01 Miami beats Oklahoma for college football championship
  • 1988-12-19 Oklahoma's College football team gets 3 year probation
  • 1989-01-02 Notre Dame beats West Virginia for college football championship
  • 1990-01-10 NCAA approves random drug testing for college football players
  • 1990-12-28 Blockbuster Bowl 1: Florida State beats Penn State, 24-17
  • 1991-12-28 Blockbuster Bowl 2: Alabama beats Colorado, 30-25
  • 1993-01-01 Blockbuster Bowl 3: Stanford beats Penn State, 24-3
  • 1996-09-28 Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)
  • 2018-01-08 College Football National Championship: #1 Alabama overcomes a 13-0 half time deficit to beat #2 Georgia 26-23

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1883-03-01 Thomas Shelvin, college footballer great (Yale)
  • 1893-12-06 Lou Little, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1960)
  • 1897-02-15 Earl H Blaik, Det, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1965)
  • 1905-05-01 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback, born in DeRidder, Louisiana (d. 1942)
  • 1910-05-01 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1913-02-14 Woody Hayes, [Wayne], college football coach (Ohio, 1968 coach of the year)
  • 1913-09-11 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), born in Moro Bottom, Arkansas (d. 1983)
  • 1916-04-23 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • 1919-02-13 Eddie Robinson, winningest college football coach (Grambling)
  • 1925-05-01 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1928-10-18 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), born in Roopville, Georgia (d. 2018)
  • 1930-05-01 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), born in Trinity, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1937-02-23 Tom Osborne, college football coach
  • 1937-05-01 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (6 Pro-Bowls), born in Surry County, Virginia
  • 1951-10-31 Nick Saban, American college football coach, born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • 1954-09-25 Sylvester Croom, American college football coach
  • 1960-11-10 Dan Hawkins, American college football coach
  • 1987-05-11 Louis Murphy, American college football player
  • 1988-02-07 Matthew Stafford, American college football player
  • 1988-03-08 Armanti Edwards, American college football player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1942-12-26 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback, dies of a fractured skull from a fall at 37
  • 1980-01-10 Bo Rein, American college football coach (b. 1945)
  • 1981-04-28 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), dies at 70
  • 1983-01-26 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), dies at 69
  • 1994-02-09 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), dies at 77
  • 2001-12-06 Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2009-12-02 Foge Fazio, American college football coach (b. 1938)
  • 2011-02-19 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80
  • 2015-03-21 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), dies of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at 89
  • 2018-01-12 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), dies at 89