Today In Sports History

DECEMBER 5

 

1924 — Red Green of the Hamilton Tigers scores five goals in a 10-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1971 — Willie Ellison of the Los Angeles Rams sets an NFL record with 247 yards rushing in a 45-28 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Teammate Travis Williams also returns a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown.

1972 — Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska wins the Heisman Trophy beating out Oklahoma’s Gregg Pruitt and teammate Rich Glover. The all-purpose back gains 5,586 yards and scores 45 touchdowns in his collegiate career.

1974 — David Thompson scores an ACC-record 57 points to lead North Carolina State to a 144-88 rout of Buffalo State. Thompson surpasses the 56 points scored by South Carolina’s John Roche against Furman on Feb. 5, 1971.

1976 — O.J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills rushes for 203 yards and a touchdown in a 45-27 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

1981 — Southern California’s Marcus Allen, who set an NCAA record for yards rushing in a season with 2,342, wins the Heisman Trophy.

1987 — Tim Brown, wide receiver and kick returner from Notre Dame, is awarded the Heisman Trophy.

1995 — Dan Marino completes 35 of 50 passes for 343 yards with two touchdowns and in leading Miami to a 21-20 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons. It was his 52nd 300-yard game of his career, breaking the league record he had shared with Dan Fouts.

2004 — Peyton Manning of Indianapolis is 25-of-33 for 425 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 51-24 win over Tennessee. Manning notches his 13th straight multi-TD game, breaking the NFL record held by Dan Marino, Johnny Unitas, Don Meredith and Brett Favre. The Colts become the third team in league history to score 40 or more points in four straight games.

2004 — Carlos Moya beats Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5) to clinch Spain’s second Davis Cup title — and extend the U.S. team’s drought in tennis’ top team competition. The Americans have won the Davis Cup 31 times, but not since 1995 — their longest gap since the one between titles in 1926 and 1937.

2007 — Allen Iverson scores 51 points in Denver’s 111-107 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

2009 — Hunter Lawrence kicks a 46-yard field goal as time expires, and No. 3 Texas beats 21st-ranked Nebraska 13-12 to win the Big 12 title and avert a BCS meltdown.

2009 — Second-ranked Alabama cruises into the national title game, winning the SEC championship with a 32-13 victory against defending national champion and top-ranked Florida.

2009 — Spain wins the Davis Cup for the second straight year clinching the best-of-five series when Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco win the doubles match against Czech Republic.

2010 — Reggie Wayne has 14 catches for 200 yards and a score in Indianapolis’ 38-35 overtime loss to Dallas.

2010 — Serbia celebrates its first Davis Cup title, becoming only the second unseeded nation to win the trophy when Viktor Troicki beats Michael Llodra 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to complete a 3-2 comeback win over France. Novak Djokovic tied the series by beating Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in the first reverse singles match.

2012 — Kobe Bryant scores 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snap a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. The other players to score more than 30,000 are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

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