Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
History of College Football
|Who is the only player to ever win the Heisman, the Maxwell, the O'Brien, and become the first overall pick in the NFL draft?||History of College Football
Vinny Testaverde . Pretty impressive. Troy Aikman and Andre Ware both came colse, but neither of them won the Maxwell. Testaverde was drafted by the Tampa Bay Bucaneers in 1987.
Two. Surprisingly, he only won two, in 1994 and 1995. His teams finished second three times.
Four. They also won the national championship in 1988.
|Most people know that Charles Woodson was the first defensive player to win the Heisman, but several players have come close. Name one of the two defenders other than Woodson who finished in the top 4 in Heisman voting in the 1990s?||History of College Football
Emtman . Washington's Steve Emtman (1991) and Florida State's Marvin Jones(1992) were the only two.
Howard. Bowden coached at Howard in Washington DC.
|Jay Berwanger was the first Heisman winner to be picked number one overall in the NFL draft. Who was the second person to accomplish this feat?||History of College Football
Tom Harmon. Harmon won the Heisman in 1940 for Michigan, and then was drafted by the Chicago Bears number one overall in 1941.
LSU. Cannon won the award in 1959 as a halfback for the LSU Tigers.
|Before the O'Brien award went to the nation's best quarterback, it was awarded to the best player at any position in the Southwest. Who won the first O'Brien award as the best southwest college football player?||History of College Football
Earl Campbell. Campbell won the award in 1977 for Texas as a Heisman winning running back. McMahon won the first quarterback O'Brien award in 1981.
Bosworth . Bosworth won the first two Butkus awards, in 1985 and 1986, as a member of the Oklahoma Sooners.
TCU. TCU defeated Marquette 16-6 in the 1937 Cotton Bowl.
Bill McCartney. McCartney retired suddenly after the 1994 season.
|Between 1965 and 1985, how many different running backs from USC finished in the top three in Heisman voting (multiple times for one back counts as only one)?||History of College Football
Six. Mike Garrett (1965), O.J. Simpson (1967,1968), Anthony Davis (1974), Ricky Bell (1975,1976), Charles White (1979), and Marcus Allen (1981) were the six. Of those, only Garrett, Simpson, White and Allen were winners.
|In 1999 LaDainian Tomlinson broke the record for most rushing yards in a single game with 406 for TCU. Whose record did he break?||History of College Football
Tony Sands . Kansas' Tony Sands broke loose for 396 yards against Missouri in 1991. Tomlinson's 406 were against UTEP.
Michigan . Desmond Howard (1991) and Charles Woodson (1997) were the two for Michigan. No other school had multiple winners. Florida State would have, but Chris Weinke won his for the 2000 season, not in the 90s.
19. Salaam wore 31 in the NFL for the Bears.
3. Alabama won in 1992, Florida in 1996, and Tennessee in 1998.
|How many teams from the West actually won the SEC title in its first decade, from 1992 to 2002?||SEC Football History
2. The only teams to do it were Alabama (1992, '99) and LSU (2001).
|In the first decade of the SEC Championship Game, between 1992 and 2002, the Western Division sent 5 different teams to the SEC title game. Which team did not make it at least once?||SEC Football History
Ole Miss. Arkansas made its first appearance in 1995, Miss. State made its in 1998, and LSU made it in 2001.
Auburn. Pat Dye's Tigers won 3 straight to end the decade, though only 1 (1987) was outright.
Georgia. Georgia rode their sensational RB Herschel Walker to the 1980 National Championship, and three SEC titles.
Florida. Alabama went on to upset Miami in the Sugar Bowl, and win the 1992 National Championship.
|The 1997 SEC Championship was won by the Tennessee Volunteers, by a score of 30-29 on a long touchdown pass by QB Peyton Manning. Which team from the SEC West did Tennessee beat to win the title?||SEC Football History
Auburn. In one of the most exciting SEC Championship games, Tennessee won the QB shootout between Peyton Manning and Auburn's Dameyune Craig.
|In 1992, the conference expanded from 10 teams to 12, by adding which two schools? ||SEC Football History
Arkansas and South Carolina. Arkansas came to the SEC from the now-defunct SWC, and South Carolina came to the SEC from the ACC.
|From the inception of the SEC in 1933 to the end of the 20th century, which university won the most Southeastern Conference Championships?||SEC Football History
Alabama. Alabama won 21 SEC titles. In second place was Tennessee with 13, Georgia had 11, and Florida had 6.
No. As a matter of fact, the very first Rose Bowl game in 1902 pitted perennial power Michigan against the fearsome Stanford Indians (later named the Cardinal). The game was won by Michigan, who defeated the apparently less fearsome than we thought Stanford 49-0. The game was discontinued for 14 years following the initial contest. Following the 1921 game, the Rose Bowl featured a Pac Ten team every year, but not another Big Ten team until 1947 when Illinois took on UCLA and defeated the Bruins 45-14. Every subsequent contest of the 20th century featured a Big Ten/Pac Ten brouhaha. This all came to a crashing end with the advent of the dreaded Bowl Championship Series, which ultimately rendered the specific bowls meaningless (aside from the one selected for the championship game), except in terms of money!
Charles Woodson. Amazingly, the Heisman Trophy, which has existed since 1935, was not awarded to a fully defensive player until cornerback Charles Woodson won it in 1997! Woodson played several memorable seasons at Michigan before turning pro and starring at the same position with the Oakland Raiders. Woodson was not the first winner to have played some defense, however. Leon Hart, who won the award in 1949 as an 'end', also played defensive end.
|Who was the last halfback of the 20th century to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy in NCAA football, according to the official listings of position?||Interesting College Football Zingers
Steve Owens. Apparently the halfback position has gone out of style, the last winning halfback was Steve Owens, playing for Oklahoma, in 1969. Since 1969 the winners have largely been listed as quarterbacks and running backs. Up to and including Owens, a majority of the winners were officially listed as halfback.
Minnesota. Minnesota, not exactly known as an NCAA football powerhouse in the modern day, won the first NCAA football championship in 1936. They repeated this feat in 1940 and 1941, becoming as well the first three-time champion. Their final championship season of the 20th century came in 1960. Since then, the Golden Gophers have been hiding deep underground! (Incidentally, the second repeat champion was Army, who pulled off the accomplishment in 1944 and 1945, World War II years.)
f. Texas Christian played against Marquette in the first Cotton Bowl game. The Horned Frogs defeated the Warriors in that 1937 game by a score of 16-6. One year prior, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs had defeated Louisiana State in the Sugar Bowl game by the baseball score of 3-2. However, this was not the first, but the second Sugar Bowl game played. The first was played in 1935 and saw Tulane defeat Temple 20-14.
Rose Bowl. Apparently anybody could get into the Rose Bowl in the 1910s! Actually, these two teams were both service teams, filling in at war time. The Mare Island Marines defeated the Camp Lewis Army team 19-7 in a game that must have only been equalled by the following year's game, when the Great Lakes Navy team defeated Mare Island 17-0! The following year was back to normal, with Harvard playing and defeating Oregon 7-6.
|Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer became the all-time career passing leader in NCAA Division I college football during the 1991 season. With which university did Detmer play?||Interesting College Football Zingers
BYU. Detmer, a non-Mormon Texan (though he later converted), played for BYU from 1988 until 1991. During that time he racked up an incredible 15,031 passing yards, with 63% of his passes completed. He also passed for an unbelievable 121 touchdowns, many against my beloved Utah Utes! The second leading passer during the 20th century was Tim Rattay of Louisiana Tech, who passed for 12,746 yards during his NCAA career.