College Football’s Most Memorable Games, 2d ed.

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About the Book

Presented here are 60 games featuring some of the most outstanding efforts in history—dramatic comebacks (such as USC’s 1974 triumph over Notre Dame), stunning upsets (Columbia’s 21–20 win over Army in 1947 or Appalachian State’s over Michigan, 34–32, in 2007—see front cover), great individual efforts (Jim Brown’s 43 points in a single game), bizarre plays (Roy Riegel’s wrong-way run that helped Georgia Tech defeat California), and Yale–Harvard, 29–29, in 1968 (the latter scoring 16 points in the final 42 seconds). Each story includes the highlights of the games, with quotes from many of the principals, a look at the contest’s effects on football overall, career follow-ups for the key participants, and seasonal wrap-ups for the teams involved.

About the Author(s)

Fred Eisenhammer lives in Agoura Hills, California.
Sportswriter Eric B. Sondheimer lives in Van Nuys, California.

Bibliographic Details

Fred Eisenhammer and Eric B. Sondheimer
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 236
Bibliographic Info: 83 photos, references, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4940-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6185-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      xi

Preface      1

Introduction      5

Notre Dame Passes Into a New Era

Notre Dame 35, Army 13 • November 1, 1913      9

Illinois’ Grange Runs Up 402 Yards

Illinois 39, Michigan 14 • October 18, 1924      12

Notre Dame Wins One for “The Gipper”

Notre Dame 12, Army 6 • November 10, 1928      15

Riegels Leads Cal the Wrong Way

Georgia Tech 8, Cal 7 • January 1, 1929      17

Columbia Sandbags Stanford

Columbia 7, Stanford 0 • January 1, 1934      20

Notre Dame Displays Luck of the Irish

Notre Dame 18, Ohio State 13 • November 2, 1935      24

SMU’s Wilson Bests TCU’s Baugh

Southern Methodist 20, Texas Christian 14 • November 30, 1935      28

Baugh Enjoys Stirring TCU Farewell

Texas Christian 16, Marquette 6 • January 1, 1937      32

USC Subs Sink Duke

USC 7, Duke 3 • January 2, 1939      35

Harmon’s Birthday Produces Michigan Celebration

Michigan 41, Cal 0 • September 28, 1940      38

New Formation Fits Stanford to a T

Stanford 21, Nebraska 13 • January 1, 1941      40

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Texas’ Layne Lights Up the Scoreboard

Texas 40, Missouri 27 • January 1, 1946      43

Army, Notre Dame Battle to a Draw

Army 0, Notre Dame 0 • November 9, 1946      46

Army Weathers Stormy Second Half to Outlast Navy

Army 21, Navy 18 • November 30, 1946      51

Columbia Rallies to Snap Army’s 32-Game Unbeaten Streak

Columbia 21, Army 20 • October 25, 1947      54

Rice’s Moegle Magnificent Despite Off-the-Bench Tackle

Rice 28, Alabama 6 • January 1, 1954      57

Kaiser’s First Field Goal Lifts Michigan State

Michigan State 17, UCLA 14 • January 2, 1956      61

Syracuse’s Brown Scores NCAA-Record 43 Points

Syracuse 61, Colgate 7 • November 17, 1956      64

Notre Dame Shatters Oklahoma’s 47-Game Winning Streak

Notre Dame 7, Oklahoma 0 • November 16, 1957      67

Cannon Provides Firepower for LSU

Louisiana State 7, Mississippi 3 • October 31, 1959      70

USC’s 42 Points Barely Enough

USC 42, Wisconsin 37 • January 1, 1963      73

USC’s Big Win Not So Rosy

USC 20, Notre Dame 17 • November 28, 1964      76

“Gutty Little Bruins” Rise Up

UCLA 14, Michigan State 12 • January 1, 1966      80

Notre Dame Settles for Its Comeback Tie

Notre Dame 10, Michigan State 10 • November 19, 1966      84

USC, Simpson Sprint Past UCLA

USC 21, UCLA 20 • November 18, 1967      87

Texas A&M’s Stallings Bears Down Against His Teacher

Texas A&M 20, Alabama 16 • January 1, 1968      91

Harvard’s Champi Enjoys a Dream Performance

Harvard 29, Yale 29 • November 23, 1968      94

A Royal Gamble Pays Off

Texas 15, Arkansas 14 • December 6, 1969      97

Stanford Beats the Odds, Ohio State

Stanford 27, Ohio State 17 • January 1, 1971      100

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Nebraska Lives Up to No. 1 Billing

Nebraska 35, Oklahoma 31 • November 25, 1971      103

Stanford Repeats Rose Bowl Upset

Stanford 13, Michigan 12 • January 1, 1972      107

UCLA’s Wishbone Cracks No. 1 Nebraska

UCLA 20, Nebraska 17 • September 9, 1972      110

USC’s Davis Flashes Into Spotlight

USC 45, Notre Dame 23 • December 2, 1972      113

Big Ten Rivals Fit to Be Tied

Ohio State 10, Michigan 10 • November 24, 1973      116

Parseghian Makes the Winning Call

Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23 • December 31, 1973      119

USC Scores Final 55 Points in Huge Reversal

USC 55, Notre Dame 24 • November 30, 1974      122

USC Shuns Tie, Overcomes Ohio State

USC 18, Ohio State 17 • January 1, 1975      126

USC Outlasts Notre Dame, Montana

USC 27, Notre Dame 25 • November 25, 1978      128

Hayes’ Punch Mars Gator Bowl

Clemson 17, Ohio State 15 • December 29, 1978      133

Notre Dame, Montana Dazzling in Fourth Quarter

Notre Dame 35, Houston 34 • January 1, 1979      137

Alabama’s Defense Pins Penn State

Alabama 14, Penn State 7 • January 1, 1979      141

BYU Celebrates Holiday Bowl Comeback

Brigham Young 46, Southern Methodist 45 • December 19, 1980      143

Alabama’s Bear Makes His Mark

Alabama 28, Auburn 17 • November 28, 1981      147

Five Laterals Later, Cal Prevails

Cal 25, Stanford 20 • November 20, 1982      150

Miami Wins Game for the Ages

Miami 31, Nebraska 30 • January 2, 1984      153

Maryland’s Miraculous Comeback

Maryland 42, Miami 40 • November 10, 1984      155

Flutie’s Fabulous Finish

Boston College 47, Miami 45 • November 23, 1984      159

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Iowa Gets Big Kick Out of Victory

Iowa 12, Michigan 10 • October 19, 1985      163

Penn State Grounds Testaverde

Penn State 14, Miami 10 • January 2, 1987      166

Notre Dame Survives Brawl with Miami

Notre Dame 31, Miami 30 • October 15, 1988      169

Amazing Drive Propels Miami

Miami 27, Notre Dame 10 • November 25, 1989      173

Five Downs and a Cloud of Controversy

Colorado 33, Missouri 31 • October 6, 1990      176

Nebraska’s Finishing Kick

Nebraska 45, Missouri 38 (overtime) • November 8, 1997      179

Hurricanes Downgraded

Ohio State 31, Miami 24 (two overtimes) • January 3, 2003      184

Overtime Kings

Arkansas 71, Kentucky 63 (seven overtimes) • November 1, 2003      189

USC Wins on a Push

USC 34, Notre Dame 31 • October 15, 2005      194

Texas, Young Scramble USC’s Plans

Texas 41, USC 38 • January 4, 2006      198

An Engaging Performance

Boise State 43, Oklahoma 42 (overtime) • January 1, 2007      203

Bringing Down the House

Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32 • September 2, 2007      207

Bowden Bows Out in Style

Florida State 33, West Virginia 21 • January 1, 2010      211

Bibliography      217

Index      219

Book Reviews

Reviews of the first edition: “pithy, exciting, three-to-six page stories…some of finest moments in intercollegiate sports…the stories will keep readers at the edge of their armchairs”—Library Journal.