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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.
August 28, 1994 - The 125th season of college football opened with a matchup of future College Football Hall of Fame coaches Tom Osborne and Don Nehlen leading teams that carried in unbeaten records from 1993, but No. 3 Nebraska topped No. 23 West Virginia 31-0 in the Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J. Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier accounted for all four of the Cornhuskers' touchdowns, while future College Football Hall of Fame defensive end Grant Wistrom helped Nebraska limit the Mountaineers to 89 yards of total offense. The win proved a spark to Nebraska's back-to-back national championship squads. CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO OF THIS GAME.
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August 27, 1995 - College Football Hall of Fame coach John Cooper and No. 10 Ohio State got the 1995 season off to a quick start with a 38-6 win over No. 22 Boston College at the Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J. Trailing 3-0 in the second quarter, defensive back Shawn Springs got Ohio State on the scoreboard with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Buckeyes offense, led by 1995 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Bobby Hoying, guided a balanced offense featuring explosive wide receiver Terry Glenn and future College Football Hall of Fame running back Eddie George (17 carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns). The Buckeyes used the season-opening win to propel them to an 11-2 record and No. 6 final ranking.
August 29, 1998 - No. 16 Colorado State topped No. 23 Michigan State 23-16 in the Black Coaches Association (BCA) Classic in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans opened the game by claiming a 16-0 edge, but the Rams roared back, highlighted by a 3-yard touchdown run by tailback Damon Washington on fourth-and-goal. Colorado State fullback Kevin McDougal rumbled in from 32 yards with 11:29 to play to provide the winning score.
August 30, 2008 - No. 24 Alabama upset No. 9 Clemson 34-10 in the inaugural Chick-fil-A College Kickoff in Atlanta. Alabama controlled the ball throughout the night, holding an 80-48 total plays advantage and outrushing the Tigers 239-0, while quarterback John Parker Wilson (22-of-30 for 180 yards and three total touchdowns) became the first Crimson Tide player to reach 500 completions. Alabama would return to the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff a year later, defeating No. 7 Virginia Tech en route to winning the school's 13th national championship.
August 31, 1937 - In the fourth annual College All-Star Game, future College Football Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh (TCU) led the College All-Stars to their first win, topping the defending NFL-champion Green Bay Packers 6-0 before a crowd of 84,560 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Baugh found future College Football Hall of Famer Gaynell Tinsley (LSU) for a 53-yard catch-and-run touchdown to notch the game's only scoring play. The All-Stars featured College Football Hall of Famers such as Sam Francis of Nebraska, Ed Wiseth of Minnesota and Bud Wilkinson, the future Hall of Fame coach, playing offensive guard for Minnesota. It was Baugh, however, that shined for the College All-Stars by excelling as a passer, ball-carrier, defender and kicker.
September 1, 2001 - No. 7 Oregon survived a 31-28 scare from No. 23 Wisconsin in Eugene, Ore. In a shootout that saw six lead changes, Ducks signal caller Joey Harrington plunged in on a one-yard keeper with four minutes remaining to give Oregon a three-point edge. Wisconsin threatened to notch one final lead change, but wide receiver Nick Davis dropped a fourth down pass at midfield with just over one minute to play. The victory sprung Oregon to the first 11-win season in school history where the Ducks captured the Pac-10 championship, a Fiesta Bowl victory and a No. 2 final ranking.
September 2, 1989 - College Football Hall of Fame coach R.C. Slocum guided Texas A&M to a 28-16 upset of No. 7 LSU in College Station, Texas. The Aggies broke open a 14-10 game with two touchdowns in a 15-second span late in the fourth quarter when fullback Robert Wilson barreled in from 20 yards out and cornerback Kevin Smith followed with a 40-yard interception return.