Courtesy of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame
As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame posts This Week in College Football History, which takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 141 years.
October 10, 1992- No. 22 Clemson staged a massive comeback to defeat No. 10 Virginia, 29-28 in Charlottesville. Trailing 28-0 in the second quarter, freshman backup quarterback Louis Solomon ignited the Tiger offense with a 64-yard touchdown run to close the first half. Clemson, who ran for 288 yards in the second half, got touchdown a run from tailback Rodney Blunt (16 rushes for 141 yards) and two more from fullback Rudy Harris, who gained 96 yards on 12 carries. Nelson Welch made a field goal with 55 seconds left to complete the biggest comeback in school history. Virginia had a final shot to claim victory, but a hail mary attempt bounced in a crowd and hit the ground.
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October 4, 1958- Holy Cross handed Syracuse its only regular season loss in a span of 24 games, 14-13 in Worcester. College Football Hall of Fame head coach Eddie Anderson led the upstart Crusaders back from a 13-6 deficit, as quarterback Tommy Greene ran in a touchdown and the game-winning two-point conversion. College Football Hall of Fame head coach Ben Schwartzwalder's Orangemen rebounded to reach that season's Orange Bowl and win the 1959 national championship.
October 5, 1940- College Football Hall of Famer Tom Harmon and Michigan beat rival Michigan State 21-14 in Ann Arbor. The win was the Wolverines third in a row over their in-state rival and was part of a streak that stretched to 10 games before the Spartans won in 1950.
October 6, 1956- In its first Ivy League game, Penn beat Dartmouth 14-7 in Philadelphia. The win snapped a 19-game losing streak for the Quakers. Penn marched 73 yards late in the second quarter to score the go-ahead touchdown and held on for the victory.
October 7, 1995- Texas Tech stunned No. 8 Texas A&M, 14-7 in Lubbock. The Aggies entered the contest with a 29-game Southwest Conference unbeaten streak, but Red Raider linebacker Zach Thomas intercepted a Corey Pullig pass and returned it 23 yards for a score, breaking a 7-7 tie and clinching a monumental victory for Texas Tech.
October 8, 1966- In a 40-7 victory over Utah in Laramie, Wyoming kicker Jerry DePoyster became the first kicker in NCAA history to make three 50-yard field goals in one game. DePoyster connected on field goals of 54, 54 and 52 yards to set the record. The win was part of a 10-1 season for the Cowboys that included a WAC title and a Sun Bowl triumph over Florida State.
October 9, 2004- Aaron Rodgers set an NCAA record for consecutive completions as No. 7 California fell to No. 1 USC, 23-17 in Los Angeles. Rodgers began the contest with 23 straight completions, tying the single-game mark with Tennessee's Tee Martin. Rodgers, who entered the game with three consecutive completions, set the NCAA record with 26 consecutive passes completed.