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 141 years.
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September 30, 1939- Fordham beat Waynesburg (Pa.) 34-7 in the first televised football game in history. Bill Stern called the play-by-play for W2XBS (now WNBC-TV) while a young announcer from Alabama named Mel Allen did pre-game interviews. Few television sets could receive the signal, but some fans saw the telecast at the nearby New York World’s Fair.
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September 27, 1969- In a celebration of college football’s 100th anniversary, Rutgers defeated Princeton, 29-0 in Piscataway. Rutgers quarterback Rich Policastro led the way by completing 14 of 19 passes for 164 yards and a score, and added another touchdown on the ground, to give the Scarlet Knights a 21-0 halftime lead.
September 28, 1985- In Knoxville, Tennessee upset No. 1 Auburn, 38-20. Tennessee quarterback Tony Robinson connected on 17 of 30 passes for 259 yards and four scores to lead the Volunteers to a 24-0 halftime lead over College Football Hall of Fame head coach Pat Dye’s Tigers. College Football Hall of Famer Bo Jackson compiled 80 yards on 17 carries, but left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury.
September 29, 2001- New Mexico State shutout ULM, 31-0 in Monroe, La. The shutout was New Mexico State’s first in 283 games, dating back to Sept. 21, 1974, the NCAA record for most consecutive games without posting a shutout.
October 1, 1955- No. 6 Army crushed No. 18 Penn State, 35-6 in West Point. After earning All-American honors as an end in the previous season, College Football Hall of Famer Don Holleder moved to quarterback for the 1955 campaign. Holleder completed only one pass on the day, but it was an eight-yard scoring strike to end Don Satterfield in the first quarter. College Football Hall of Fame head coach Earl Blaik’s Black Knights utilized big plays on defense and special teams to cruise to a 21-0 halftime lead. The Nittany Lions were led by College Football Hall of Fame head coach Charles “Rip” Engle, as well as assistant coach and College Football Hall of Famer Joe Paterno.
October 2, 1943- In a 40-21 win over Illinois in West Lafayette, Purdue set an NCAA record for most turnovers by a winning team. The Boilermakers lost nine fumbles and threw two interceptions on the day. The win helped propel Purdue to a 9-0 record and a Big Ten championship.
October 3, 1992- For the second consecutive season, College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden and No. 3 Florida State lost to No. 2 Miami on a field goal that drifted wide right, falling in Miami 19-16. College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Gino Torretta hit receiver Lamar Thomas to put the Hurricanes ahead, 17-16 with 6:50 to play. After a safety on special teams pushed the deficit to three, the Seminoles drove deep into Miami territory until Dan Mowery missed a 39-yard field goal on the game’s final play.