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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 144 years.
September 19, 1998 - 2012 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Phillip Fulmer and No. 6 Tennessee defeated coach Steve Spurrier, a 1986 Hall of Fame inductee as a player, and No. 2 Florida 20-17 in overtime in Knoxville, Tenn. The Gators achieved a 213-99 yardage advantage in the first half, but settled for a 10-10 deadlock due to three lost fumbles, including one at the Tennessee goal line. A pair of touchdown passes sent the game to an extra session, and Florida kicker Collins Cooper was unable to match Tennessee's field goal, hooking a 32-yard try to give the Volunteers the win. The victory was Tennessee's first over Florida in six years and propelled Fulmer's club to the first national championship under the newly established Bowl Championship Series. CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO OF THIS GAME.
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September 17, 1955 - In the first-ever color telecast of a football game by NBC, College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Dodd led No. 10 Georgia Tech to a 14-6 win over No. 9 Miami (Fla.) in Atlanta. The key play of the game came when Georgia Tech fullback Ken Owen was hit after signaling for a fair catch on a Miami punt. Ignoring a wave of penalty flags, Georgia Tech halfback Paul Rotenberry scooped up the fumbled punt and raced 48 yards for a touchdown. The Hurricanes later posted a touchdown of their own, but they were later halted at the Georgia Tech three-yard line while trailing 7-6. The Ramblin' Wreck's clinching score didn't come until the game's final minute when linebacker Jimmy Morris returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown.
September 18, 1982 - In a rare father-son matchup, coach Jack Elway led San Jose State to its second consecutive upset of quarterback College Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway and Stanford 35-31 in Palo Alto, Calif. John Elway completed 24-of-36 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns, but he was bested by Spartans quarterback Steve Clarkson, who threw for 285 yards, three scoring strikes and converted the game-winning three-yard keeper after a Cardinal fumble. Stanford mounted a responding drive, reaching the Spartans' 26-yard line, but Elway was sacked on four consecutive plays to end the game.
September 20, 2008 - N.C. State quarterback and future NFF Hampshire Honor Society member Russell Wilson began an NCAA-record streak of 379 consecutive passes without an interception. Wilson led the Wolfpack to a 30-24 upset of No. 15 East Carolina in Raleigh, N.C., as Wilson connected on 21-of-31 attempts for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson would not again be intercepted until Oct. 3, 2009 against Wake Forest, a span of 14 consecutive interception-free games.
September 21, 1946 - Texas A&M set an NCAA record for total punt return yardage when it returned 10 North Texas State punts for 319 yards. The Aggies won the game 47-0 in College Station, Texas.
September 22, 1962 - College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Baker led Oregon State to a 39-35 shootout win over Iowa State in Portland, Ore. The game was billed as a showdown between Cyclones tailback Dave Hoppmann, the NCAA's returning total offense champion, and the challenger, Baker. Hoppmann and Baker opened the scoring for both squads when Iowa State, threating to take a 14-7 lead, fumbled on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. The Cyclones rebounded to build a 21-7 edge before Baker found Vern Burke for a 31-yard touchdown pass with two seconds left to pull Oregon State within eight. Hoppmann gave Iowa State a 28-13 lead with a 12-yard scoring strike early in the third, but the Beavers rallied behind three Baker touchdowns to take a 33-28 lead. Hoppmann again responded with his third touchdown to retake the lead at 35-33. Baker drove Oregon State 64 yards in 38 seconds, capped by a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Neil, to notch the winning score with just 29 seconds to play. Baker's 317-yard, four-touchdown day proved to be the springboard to win the 1962 NCAA total offense crown and the school's first Heisman Trophy that fall.
September 23, 1972 - Tulane upset College Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Dooley and No. 16 Georgia 24-13 in New Orleans, La. The win vaulted the Green Wave into the AP top 20 in the regular season for the first time since 1956. Tulane mounted two 80-yard drives to build a 17-7 lead, but defense and special teams allowed the underdogs to keep the lead. Safety George Ewing returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown, and the Tulane defense forced three interceptions while limiting Georgia to 2.8 yards per carry on 46 attempts.