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Today In Sports History

Posted: December 24, 2013 - 1:05am
The Cleveland Browns Otto Graham won seven league titles and seven passing titles in a legendary 10-year professional career.
The Cleveland Browns Otto Graham won seven league titles and seven passing titles in a legendary 10-year professional career.

DECEMBER 24

1950 — Cleveland’s Otto Graham throws four touchdown passes, despite icy footing in Municipal Stadium, and Lou Groza kicks a 16-yard field goal with 28 seconds left to give the Browns a 30-28 victory over the Los Angeles Rams and the NFL title in their first year in the league.

1961 — George Blanda’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Billy Cannon gives the Houston Oilers a 10-3 victory over the San Diego Chargers for their second AFL title.

1997 — In one of the biggest upsets in college basketball, Division II American-Puerto defeats the No. 12 Arkansas Razorbacks 64-59 in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.

2000 — Marshall Faulk breaks Emmitt Smith’s NFL record for touchdowns, scoring three times to give him 26 for the St. Louis Rams. Faulk’s three touchdowns and 220 yards fueled a 26-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Emmitt Smith scored 25 times for Dallas in 1995.

2000 — Baltimore sets an NFL record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game schedule. The Ravens allow 165 points, easily breaking the mark of 187 by the 1986 Chicago Bears.

2003 — Steven Jackson ties a bowl game record with five touchdowns, and Oregon State’s defense overwhelms mistake-plagued New Mexico in a 55-14 win at the Las Vegas Bowl.

2005 — Seattle’s Shaun Alexander rushes for 139 yards and scores three touchdowns — two rushing, one receiving — to tie Priest Holmes’ single-season NFL record of 27 touchdowns in a 28-13 win over Indianapolis.

2006 — Colt Brennan sets the NCAA single-season record for touchdown passes at 58, throwing five in the second half to lead Hawaii to a 41-24 victory over Arizona State in the Hawaii Bowl. Brennan, 33-of-42 for 559 yards, breaks the previous mark of 54 set by Houston’s David Klingler in 1990.

2006 — Atlanta’s Michael Vick becomes the first NFL quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Needing only 10 yards to reach the mark, he gains 17 on his first carry on the Falcons’ opening possession. Morten Andersen’s 539th career field goal, a 40-yarder, gives the 46-year-old Falcons kicker the NFL record, passing Gary Anderson for the career mark.

2006 — Peyton Manning reaches 4,000 yards passing for the seventh season, an NFL record, in the Indianapolis Colts’ 27-24 loss to Houston. Manning needed 90 yards to break a tie with Dan Marino.

2008 — Jimmy Clausen sets a Notre Dame bowl record with 406 yards passing and five touchdowns to help the Irish win a postseason game for the first time in 15 years, 49-21 over Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl. The Fighting Irish end their NCAA-record nine-game bowl losing streak with the win.

2011 — David Akers kicks his way into the NFL record book and the San Francisco 49ers hold off Seattle for a 19-17 win. Akers makes four field goals to give him 42 this season, breaking the NFL mark of 40 set by Neil Rackers in 2005 with Arizona.

2011 — Carolina’s Cam Newton breaks Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record for yards passing with 3,893 and sets a franchise mark with a 91-yard touchdown pass. Newton throws for 171 yards and three touchdowns and scores on an amazing 49-yard run up the middle in Carolina’s 48-16 win over Tampa Bay.

2011 — Denver’s Willis McGahee becomes the second NFL player to reach 1,000 yards rushing with three teams. McGahee has 64 yards rushing in a 40-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills, to give him 1,054 this season. He previously did it with Buffalo and Baltimore. Ricky Watters rushed for 1,000 yards with San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle.

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