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POINT OF FACT
Harold Peterson
November 11, 1963
A college football quiz to test the memory and add to the knowledge of the casual fan and the armchair expert
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November 11, 1963

Point Of Fact

A college football quiz to test the memory and add to the knowledge of the casual fan and the armchair expert

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? Only players from Eastern colleges made the original All-America team in 1889. When was the first player selected from a) the Midwest b) the South c) the West?

?a) Fullback Clarence Herschberger of Chicago made Walter Camp's first team in 1898, b) Ashel Day of Georgia Tech was chosen as first-team center in 1918, c) Harold Muller of California was a first-team end in 1921.

? What team gained the most yards per game in a season?

? Nevada averaged 487 yards a game in 1948 while winning nine games and losing two for the major-college record, but that same year tiny Hanover College of Indiana averaged 624.1 a game (won 6, lost 2) to set the small-college record.

? What player holds the total offense record?

?Tailback Johnny Bright of Drake accounted for 2,400 yards running and passing in nine games (a record 266.7 yards average per game) in 1950. The small-college record, set by Quarterback Stan Jackson of California Poly ( Pomona) in 10 games in 1958, is 2,478 yards.

? Why is the point-after-touchdown called a conversion?

?Until 1876 only kicked goals counted in the scoring. The purpose of a touchdown was merely to gain a free try for a goal. If the kick was good, the touchdown was said to be "converted" into a goal.

? Who changed the Rugby "scrum" into the modern line of scrimmage and introduced the system of downs?

?Unofficial Coach Walter Camp of Yale persuaded the old Intercollegiate Football Association to adopt these ideas in 1880 and 1882.

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