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September 8, 1990 - In Provo, Utah, College Football Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards pushed No. 16 BYU to a 28-21 upset of defending national champion and No. 1 Miami (Fla.). College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ty Detmer launched his Heisman Trophy campaign by completing 38-of-54 passes for 406 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Trailing 21-20 late in the third quarter, BYU stuffed the Hurricanes on fourth down at the Cougars' 43-yard line. Detmer and BYU responded by hitting running back Mike Salido for a 7-yard score, and wide receiver Andy Boyce for a two-point conversion. Miami, led by future College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Russell Maryland, halted the Cougars offense and mounted two potential game-tying drives of their own, but BYU defensive back Ervin Lee broke up quarterback Craig Erickson's pass at the goal line with 1:49 to play to seal the game.
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September 3, 1983 - Long Beach State kicker Jose Oceguera became the only player in college football history to go 5-for-5 on field goal tries in his collegiate debut. The 49ers toppled the Wildcats 28-20 in Manhattan, Kan.
September 4, 1993 - South Carolina stunned No. 13 Georgia 23-21 in Athens, Ga. Trailing 17-7 in the second half, Bulldogs quarterback Eric Zeier (21-of-27 passing for 242 yards and two total touchdowns) sparked a 14-point rally with a 22-yard scoring dash. The Gamecocks, who controlled the ball for 10:25 of the final quarter, marched 55 yards to set up running back Brandon Bennett (24 rushes for 108 yards) to score the winning touchdown as time expired.
September 5, 1981 - Lamar, coming off a 3-8 season in 1980, stunned defending Southwest Conference-champion Baylor 18-17 in Waco, Texas. The Cardinals' defense dominated the day, limiting the Baylor quarterback Jay Jeffrey to 16 passing yards and forcing tailback Walter Abercrombie to fumble at the Lamar 1-yard line. Lamar sealed the win with a 42-yard field goal by Mike Marlow with just three seconds remaining, giving the Cardinals the only win over a SWC team in school history.
September 6, 1975 - In the first college football game ever held at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La., College Football Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson led Grambling State to a 27-3 win over Alcorn State. Future College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Doug Williams led the way for the Tigers, making the most of his nine completions with 171 yards and four touchdowns.
September 7, 1996 - Wake Forest stunned No. 18 Northwestern, the defending Big Ten champions, 28-27 after the Demon Deacons blew a pair of 10-point leads in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest quarterback Brian Kulick connected with receiver Desmond Clark on a 30-yard touchdown pass with 51 second left ensuring the one-point victory. The win was Wake Forest's first over a ranked foe since 1979.
September 9, 1978 - In the first game under new head coach Warren Powers, Missouri upended College Football Hall of Fame coach Dan Devine and defending national champion No. 5 Notre Dame 3-0 in South Bend, Ind. The Tigers forced Fighting Irish quarterback Joe Montana into three turnovers and denied Notre Dame three times on fourth-and-one situations. Missouri stiffened when pushed deep into its own territory, stopping two Irish drives on downs in the red zone and forcing a fumble on its own 25-yard line. The game marked the first shutout Notre Dame suffered since 1965, while Missouri vaulted to No. 11 in the following week's AP poll.