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Today In Sports History

Posted: November 17, 2013 - 1:00am
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Jim Brown playing at Syracuse University.
Jim Brown playing at Syracuse University.

NOVEMBER 17

1956 — Syracuse beats Colgate 61-7 behind halfback Jim Brown. Brown sets an NCAA-record for points by an individual player in a single game by scoring six touchdowns and kicking seven extra points for 43 points.

1968 — The “Heidi” television special starts on time and cuts off the NBC broadcast of the Oakland-New York Jets game in the final minutes, leaving viewers in the dark and unaware that the Raiders score two touchdowns in the last minute for a 43-32 comeback victory.

1975 — Ken Anderson of the Cincinnati Bengals passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

1981 — Bill Cartwright of the New York Knicks ties a 20-year-old NBA record by hitting 19 of 19 free throws in a 124-110 loss to the Kansas City Kings.

1984 — Purvis Short of the Golden State Warriors scores 59 points in a 131-114 loss to the New Jersey Nets.

1986 — Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers passes for 441 yards in a 14-6 loss to the Washington Redskins.

1990 — David Klingler of Houston throws an NCAA-record 11 touchdown passes as the Cougars trounce Eastern Washington 84-21. Klingler completes 41 of 58 passes for 572 yards and ties the NCAA record for touchdown passes in a season with 47.

1991 — Detroit offensive lineman Mike Utley suffers a spinal injury on the first play of the fourth quarter of a 21-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams and is left paralyzed from the chest down.

2000 — Jason Kidd has a dubious quadruple-double — 18 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 14 turnovers in the Phoenix Suns’ 90-85 loss to the New York Knicks. The turnovers tie the NBA record set by Atlanta’s John Drew on March 1, 1978.

2001 — Lennox Lewis knocks out Hasim Rahman in the fourth round to get back his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles. Rahman’s championship reign of 209 days is the shortest in heavyweight history.

2004 — New Orleans ties an NBA low by taking just two foul shots in a 95-84 loss to Phoenix.

2007 — Tim Tebow becomes the first player in NCAA history with at least 20 touchdowns passing and rushing in the same season, helping Florida hammer Florida Atlantic 59-20. Tebow finishes 25-of-34 passing for a career-high 338 yards and three touchdowns and runs for another score. Through 11 games, Tebow has 20 rushing touchdowns and 26 TD passes.

2007 — Martin Brodeur becomes the second goalie in NHL history to win 500 career games by stopping 26 shots in New Jersey’s 6-2 win at Philadelphia. Patrick Roy won 551 games in his career.

2009 — Kobe Bryant scores 40 points for the 100th time in his career, and the Los Angeles Lakers avoided a rare three-game losing streak with a 106-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Bryant trails only Wilt Chamberlain (271) and Michael Jordan (173) in 40-point games in NBA history.

2011 — Shenise Johnson scores 25 points and Miami bounces back from its first loss with a 107-26 rout of Prairie View. The 81-point margin of victory set a Miami women’s school record, beating the time the Hurricanes beat Homestead Air Force Base, 100-20 on Jan. 14, 1976.

2012 — Johnny Manziel passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and rushes for 100 yards and two more scores in Texas A&M’s 47-28 win over Sam Houston State. Manziel, a redshirt freshman, breaks the NCAA freshman quarterback rushing record of 1,029 set by Missouri’s Brad Smith in 2002. He also breaks the freshman record for total offense of 3,827 yards and becomes the first freshman in FBS history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

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