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David Sabino
September 09, 2010
ALL THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL BEGAN SOMETIME
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September 09, 2010

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ALL THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL BEGAN SOMETIME

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THE 1936 MINNESOTA Golden Gophers team was the first to be crowned champs by a poll of football writers conducted by the Associated Press.

NCAA RECORDS

INCOMPLETE RECORDS exist from the earliest days of the game, but the NCAA did not keep official stats until 1937. Among the most impressive Division I-A records that have been set since are 406 rushing yards in a game, by TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson in 1999; 24 sacks in a season, by Arizona State's Terrell Suggs in 2002; and 29 interceptions in a career by Illinois's Al Brosky from 1950 through '52.

OFFICIAL 1,000-YARD RUSHER

COLORADO'S Byron (Whizzer) White, the future Supreme Court justice, gained 1,121 yards in 1937.

LIVE RADIO BROADCAST

THE PLAY-BY-PLAY of the annual clash between Texas A&M and Texas was transmitted from Kyle Field in College Station on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1921.

LIVE TELECAST

NBC USED TWO CAMERAS, AND Bill Stern and Mel Allen made the calls in the broadcast of a game between Fordham and Waynesburg, on Sept. 30, 1939, from Randall's Island in New York City.

HALL OF FAME CLASS

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