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This Week In College Football History

Saturday, September 20, 2003

By Pat Harmon
National Football Foundation Historian

MORRISTOWN, NJ - This Week In College Football History steps back in time to look at some of football's greatest highlights, record-breaking performances, and interesting facts, which have shaped the game into what it is today. Throughout the season, many of this column's items are depicted in a changing exhibit at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.

September 14, 1940: Birth date of Merlin Olsen, Utah State, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
September 14, 1991: Marshall Faulk of San Diego State rushed for 388 yards against Pacific.
September 15, 1973: Archie Griffin of Ohio State, against Minnesota, started a record streak - 31 consecutive games in which he rushed for 100 yards or more.
September 15, 1990: Nate Singleton of Grambling rushed for 334 yards against Union.
September 15, 2000: Alvon Brown of Kentucky State rushed for 405 yards against Kentucky Wesleyan.
September 17, 1994: Grady Benton of West Texas A&M threw eight touchdown passes against Howard Payne.
September 17, 1994: Randy Gatewood of UNLV caught 23 passes against Idaho.
September 18, 1955: Birth date of Billy Sims, Oklahoma star. Sims was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
September 18, 1982: Rhode Island beat Maine, 58-56, in six overtimes.
September 19, 1954: Birth date of Reggie Williams, Dartmouth star.
September 20, 1984: Washington State trailed Utah, 40-14, with nine minutes left, rallied and won, 42-40.
September 20, 1996: Morehead, down 35-3 at the half, beat Wichita, 36-35.

With 119 chapters and over 13,000 members nationwide, The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in America's young people. NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., PLAY IT SMART, The NFF Center for Youth Development Through Sport at Springfield College (Mass.), the NFL-NFF Coaching Academy, and scholarships of nearly $1 million for College and High School Scholar-Athletes.

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