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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.
October 9, 1993 - College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden led No. 1 Florida State to a monumental win over No. 3 Miami (Fla.) 28-10 in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles built a 21-7 halftime lead with a 69-yard touchdown dash by tailback Sean Jackson and two touchdowns from Hall of Fame quarterback Charlie Ward, including a 72-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Matt Frier. Florida State put the game away with five minutes to play when, leading 21-10, defensive back Devin Bush stepped in front of a Frank Costa pass and returned it 40 yards for a score. In defeating the Hurricanes for just the second time in its last nine tries, Bowden and Florida State cleared a major hurdle en route to winning the school's first national title later that season.
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October 8, 1966 - Jerry DePoyster of Wyoming became the first player in college football history to nail three field goals of 50 yards or more in a single game. He connected on two 54-yard tries and a 52-yard attempt. DePoyster's mark would not be equaled for 18 years and has never been topped. The Cowboys defeated Utah 40-7 in Laramie, Wyo.
October 10, 1981 - College Football Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen of USC concluded his NCAA-record streak of five consecutive games of 200 or more rushing yards. After totaling 210, 274, 208 and 233 yard performances coming into the Trojans' game with Arizona, Allen posted 211 yards to set the mark. Allen's record has never been broken but it was tied seven years later by fellow Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, and again in 2004 by North Texas running back Jamario Thomas. Allen's prolific day was not enough, however, as Hall of Fame coach John Robinson and the top-ranked Trojans fell to the Wildcats 13-10 in Los Angeles.
October 11, 1947 - Rutgers defeated Princeton for just the second time since the schools famously staged the first game in American football history on Nov. 4, 1869. The 13-7 win in Piscataway, N.J., was the Scarlet Knights' first since the intrastate foes resumed their annual meeting in 1945. The series lasted until 1980.
October 12, 1963 - College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Royal and No. 2 Texas routed College Football Hall of Fame coach Bud Wilkinson and No. 1 Oklahoma 28-7 in Dallas. Quarterback Duke Carlisle spearheaded the offensive effort for the Longhorns by passing and rushing for a touchdown. The Texas defense, led by College Football Hall of Famer Tommy Nobis, held Oklahoma to just eight first downs. The 21-point margin was the second-largest in college football history at the time for a matchup of top-ranked teams in the AP poll. The game served as a symbolic changing of the guard for the two legendary coaches. Royal went on to lead Texas to its first national title while Wilkinson finished his final season as the Sooners' head coach with a No. 10 AP ranking.
October 13, 1956 - College Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown carried Syracuse to a 27-20 win over West Virginia in Syracuse, N.Y. Brown rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and recorded a key interception in the third quarter to help seal the win. The victory proved to be key for Hall of Fame coach Ben Schwartzwalder's team in its march to the Cotton Bowl later that season.
October 14, 1978 - In what he described as "the biggest win of my coaching career," College Football Hall of Fame coach Jim Young directed Purdue past College Football Hall of Fame coach Woody Hayes and No. 16 Ohio State 27-16 in West Lafayette, Ind. Hall of Fame quarterback Mark Herrmann threw for 210 yards, including the game-clinching 19-yard scoring strike to Mike Harris late in the fourth quarter. Ohio State outgained the Boilermakers by nearly 200 yards but they were undone by five turnovers. The win was Purdue's first over Ohio State since 1967 and vaulted the Boilermakers to the top of the Big Ten standings.