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Today In Sports History

Posted: November 21, 2013 - 1:07am
Notre Dame's Johnny Lattner catches a pass during the 1953 season. During his Irish career, Lattner (class of '54) earned a reputation as a jack of all trades - running, catching and punting, while also returning punts and kickoffs and intercepting 13 passes as a defensive back. In the 1953 season, the Chicago native rushed for 651 yards and nine touchdowns, while also catching 14 passes for 204 yards. He returned eight kickoffs for 321 yards, including two for touchdowns, and finished the year with four interceptions. Despite not leading the team in any major offensive categories, Lattner earned the Heisman Trophy, beating out Minnesota's Paul Giel in one of the closest ballots in history.
Notre Dame's Johnny Lattner catches a pass during the 1953 season. During his Irish career, Lattner (class of '54) earned a reputation as a jack of all trades - running, catching and punting, while also returning punts and kickoffs and intercepting 13 passes as a defensive back. In the 1953 season, the Chicago native rushed for 651 yards and nine touchdowns, while also catching 14 passes for 204 yards. He returned eight kickoffs for 321 yards, including two for touchdowns, and finished the year with four interceptions. Despite not leading the team in any major offensive categories, Lattner earned the Heisman Trophy, beating out Minnesota's Paul Giel in one of the closest ballots in history.

NOVEMBER 21

1953 — Notre Dame ties Iowa 14-14 by faking injuries in both halves. With 2 seconds to go in the first half, a Notre Dame player stops the clock by faking an injury and the Fightin’ Irish score on the next play. With 6 seconds left in the game and Notre Dame out of timeouts, two players fake injuries and the Irish score on the last play to tie the game.

1971 — The New York Rangers score eight goals in the third period of a 12-1 rout over the California Seals.

1981 — Brigham Young’s Jim McMahon passes for 552 yards in a 56-28 victory over Utah. Gordon Hudson sets the NCAA record for yards gained by a tight end with 259.

1982 — The NFL resumes play after seven weeks of the season were canceled when the NFL Players Association went on strike Sept. 23.

1982 — Joe Montana passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns in San Francisco’s 31-20 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals.

1987 — The Columbia Lions extend their Division I-record losing streak to 41 games with a 19-16 loss to Brown. Columbia gives up a touchdown with 47 seconds left in the game.

1987 — Southwestern Louisiana quarterback Brian Mitchell rushes for 271 yards and four touchdowns and passes for 205 yards in a 35-28 victory over Colorado State.

1998 — Villanova’s Brian Westbrook becomes the first player to record 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season, and catches two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 27-15 victory over Rhode Island.

2003 — Golden State’s Clifford Robinson makes his 1,000th career 3-pointer in the Warriors’ 101-91 victory over the Miami Heat. The 6-foot-10 Robinson is the tallest player to record more than 900 3-pointers.

2004 — New York Jets running back Curtis Martin gains over 1,000 yards this season in the first quarter of a 10-7 win over Cleveland to join Hall of Famer Barry Sanders as the only players in NFL history to begin their careers with 10 straight 1,000-yard seasons.

2004 — Roger Federer wins a record 13th straight final, beating Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2 in the title match of the ATP Masters Cup. Federer breaks the record of 12 straight finals victories shared by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.

2008 — Michigan’s 42-7 drubbing by Ohio State put a merciful end to the worst season in Michigan’s 129 years of intercollegiate football. The Wolverines (3-9) lose the most games in school history.

2009 — Colt McCoy passes for 396 yards and four touchdowns, earning his NCAA record 43rd career victory as a starter in a 51-20 win over Kansas.

2010 — Jimmie Johnson becomes the first driver in the seven-year history of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship to overcome a points deficit in the season finale, finishing second to Ford 400 winner Carl Edwards while winning his record fifth consecutive title. He is only the third driver to overcome a points deficit in the season’s final race and win the championship since 1975.

2010 — FC Dallas defender George John deflects a shot into his own net in overtime and the Colorado Rapids beat FC Dallas 2-1 for their first MLS championship.

2011 — Detroit’s Justin Verlander becomes the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to be voted Most Valuable Player. After winning the AL’s pitching triple crown by going 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts, Verlander receives 13 of 28 first-place votes and 280 points. He is the first pitcher voted MVP since Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley in 1992 and the first starting pitcher since Boston’s Roger Clemens in 1986.

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