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Today In Sports History

Posted: October 23, 2013 - 12:00am
Tony Dorsett is shown in a game from his college career at the University of Pittsburgh.
Tony Dorsett is shown in a game from his college career at the University of Pittsburgh.

OCTOBER 23

1910 — Philadelphia’s Jack Coombs won his third game of the World Series, beating the Chicago Cubs 7-2 as the Athletics took the championship in five games. Eddie Collins had three hits, including two doubles, to lead the A’s attack.

1949 — Don Doll of the Detroit Lions intercepts four passes in a 24-7 victory over the Chicago Cardinals.

1960 — Jim Martin of Detroit becomes the first kicker to kick two field goals over 50 yards in a game as the Lions beat the Baltimore Colts 30-17.

1971 — Greg Pruitt rushes for 294 yards on 19 carries to lead the Oklahoma Sooners to an NCAA record 711 yards rushing and a 75-28 pounding of Kansas State.

1976 — Pittsburgh’s Tony Dorsett rushes for 180 yards in a 45-0 rout over Navy to become the top career rusher in NCAA history with 5,206 yards.

1981 — The Los Angeles Dodgers beat New York 5-4 in the third game of the World Series to narrow the Yankees’ lead to 2-1.

1985 — John Tudor tossed a five-hit, 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-1 lead in the World Series.

1986 — Bruce Hurst’s complete-game victory gave the Boston Red Sox a 4-2 win and 3-2 lead in the World Series against the New York Mets. Hurst scattered 10 hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

1988 — Dan Marino passes for 521 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions as the Miami Dolphins lose to the New York Jets 44-30. Marino completes 35 of 60 passes as he produces the second-best single-game total yardage in NFL history.

1993 — The Toronto Maple Leafs break the NHL record for most victories at the start of the season, winning their ninth straight game by beating the second-year Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0.

1993 — Joe Carter became the second player in baseball history to end a World Series with a home run, hitting a three-run shot off Mitch Williams in the ninth inning that gave the Toronto Blue Jays their second straight championship with an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6.

1994 — Tyrone Hughes returns kickoffs of 92 and 98 yards for touchdowns as he sets two NFL records for return yards in the New Orleans Saints’ 37-34 victory over the Los Angles Rams. Robert Bailey of the Rams also sets an NFL record with a 103-yard punt return.

1999 — Florida State’s Bobby Bowden gets his 300th win with a 17-14 win over his son, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden. With the victory Bowden joins Bear Bryant, Pop Warner, Joe Paterno and Amos Alonzo Stagg as the only major college coaches to reach 300 victories.

2004 — Texas’ Cedric Benson becomes the sixth player in NCAA Division I history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. Benson, who led the nation in rushing coming into the game against Texas Tech, surpasses 1,000 yards in the first quarter with an 8-yard run.

2004 — Oklahoma’s freshman running back Adrian Peterson, needing 99 yards to tie Emmitt Smith and Marshall Faulk as the quickest freshmen to gain 1,000 yards, gains 126 yards on 22 carries in the Sooners’ 41-10 rout of Kansas. Peterson has 1,027 yards in just seven games.

2005 — San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson is held to a career-low 7 yards rushing on 17 carries and fails to score in the Chargers’ 20-17 loss at Philadelphia, ending his NFL record-tying streak of games with a touchdown at 18.

2008 — Carolina’s Brandon Sutter gives one of hockey’s most famous families another milestone, scoring his first NHL goal in a 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh. The 19-year-old Sutter, son of New Jersey Devils coach Brent Sutter, is the ninth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.

2010 — Auburn’s Cam Newton sets two records in the Tigers’ 24-17 win over LSU. He breaks the SEC’s single-season rushing mark for a quarterback of 1,006 yards by Auburn’s Jimmy Sidle in 1963, and tops Heisman winner Pat Sullivan’s 40-year-old school mark of 26 TDs rushing and passing in a season.

2010 — San Francisco’s Juan Uribe hit a tiebreaking homer off Ryan Madson with two outs in the eighth inning and the Giants held off Philadelphia 3-2 to win the NL pennant in six games.

2011 — DeMarco Murray runs for a franchise-record 253 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown for the second-longest in club history, to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 34-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

2011 — Tim Tebow rallies the Broncos for two touchdowns in the final 2:44 of the fourth quarter to force overtime, and Matt Prater’s 52-yard field goal gives Denver an improbable 18-15 victory over the stunned Miami Dolphins. The Broncos appeared beaten when they trailed 15-0 with 5:23 left and took over at their 20.

2011 — Drew Brees completes 31 of 35 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, and the Saints set a franchise record for points and victory margin in a 62-7 against the hapless Indianapolis Colts.

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