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Today In Sports History

Posted: January 1, 2014 - 1:03am
New England Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie is congratulated by teammates after a touchdown pass.
New England Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie is congratulated by teammates after a touchdown pass.

JANUARY 1

1934 — Columbia upsets Stanford 7-0 in the Rose Bowl when Al Barabas scores in the third quarter on a 17-yard hidden-ball play.

1935 — Bucknell beats Miami 26-0 in the first Orange Bowl.

1991 — Georgia Tech routs Nebraska 45-21 in the Citrus Bowl to finish as college football’s only unbeaten team (11-0-1).

1992 — Miami beats Nebraska 22-0 in the Orange Bowl, the first shutout of the Cornhuskers since 1973, and finishes with a 12-0 record.

1993 — No. 2 Alabama wins its first national championship in 13 years and deprives Miami of its fifth title as the Crimson Tide defense humbles the No. 1 Hurricanes 34-13 in the Sugar Bowl.

1993 — Florida State beats Nebraska 27-14 in the Orange Bowl to set an NCAA record by winning eight consecutive bowl games.

1999 — Ron Dayne rushes for 246 yards and a record-tying four touchdowns as Wisconsin beats UCLA 38-31 in the Rose Bowl.

2000 — Georgia’s Hap Hines kicks a 21-yard field goal in overtime to complete the greatest comeback in bowl history. The Bulldogs pull out a 28-25 victory over Purdue after trailing 25-0 early in the second quarter in the Outback Bowl.

2001 — South Carolina, winless in 1999, caps the most dramatic one-year turnaround in Southeastern Conference history by winning the Outback Bowl 24-7 over Ohio State and finishing with an 8-4 record.

2005 — David Greene, the winningest quarterback in NCAA history with 42 victories, passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns in his last game as Georgia beats Wisconsin 24-21 in the Outback Bowl.

2006 — Seattle’s Shaun Alexander sets the NFL mark for touchdowns in a season with 28 and wins the league rushing title with 1,880 yards. He breaks Priest Holmes’ mark of 27 set in 2003 with a 1-yard run, the 100th touchdown of his career.

2006 — New England’s Doug Flutie converts the NFL’s first successful drop kick in 64 years during a 28-26 loss to Miami.

2007 — Bob Knight earns career victory No. 880 for the Division I men’s record he shared with former North Carolina coach Dean Smith. His Texas Tech Red Raiders blow a 20-point lead but withstand a 3-point miss at the buzzer to beat New Mexico 70-68.

2007 — Boise State, after tying the game with 7 seconds to go in regulation, stuns No. 7 Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime to win the Fiesta Bowl. The No. 9 Broncos win on Ian Johnson’s 2-point conversion run after receiver Vinny Perretta throws a fourth-down touchdown pass to Derek Schouman.

2008 — Sidney Crosby’s shootout goal gives Pittsburgh a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres in the outdoor Winter Classic in front of a league-record 71,217 fans. In elements way more suited for football than hockey, Crosby wins the NHL’s second outdoor game — and first in the United States — in the most dramatic fashion at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home to the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

2008 — Southern California beats Illinois 49-17 in the Rose Bowl. The blowout gives the Trojans 11 wins for an unprecedented sixth straight season and makes them 5-1 in their last six bowl games, all of them BCS affairs.

2009 — The Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 in the cold at Wrigley Field in the NHL’s Winter Classic. A crowd of 40,818 attend the game.

2009 — Southern California beats Penn State 38-24 to become the first team to win three consecutive Rose Bowls.

2010 — Florida State scores 20 straight points to knock off West Virginia 33-21 in the Gator Bowl. It’s the final game of Bobby Bowden’s storied 44-year career as a head coach. Bowden finishes with a 389-129-4 record and a 33rd consecutive winning season.

2010 — Tim Tebow passes for a career-high 482 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 51 yards and another score, as fifth-ranked Florida overwhelms No. 4 Cincinnati 51-24 in the Sugar Bowl. Tebow finishes with 533 total yards — more than anyone in Bowl Championship Series history.

2010 — Boston’s Marco Sturm caps a late comeback with an overtime goal as the Bruins beat Philadelphia 2-1 in the Winter Classic, the first NHL game at Fenway Park.

2011 — San Antonio win its fourth in a row 101-74, handing Oklahoma City its most-lopsided loss of the season. The Spurs improve to 29-4 — one of the 10 best starts in NBA history.

2011 — No. 3 TCU completes a perfect season with its first Rose Bowl victory, 21-19 over fourth-ranked Wisconsin.

2012 — Drew Brees passes for 389 yards and five touchdowns, and New Orleans sets a slew of NFL and club records in a 45-17 blowout of the Carolina Panthers. Brees, who was 28 of 35, finishes with a record 468 completions this season, breaking Peyton Manning’s 2010 mark of 450. He finishes the season completing 71.6 percent of his passes, breaking his own 2009 NFL record 70.6 completion percentage. Brees surpasses 300 yards passing for the seventh straight game and 13th time this season, both NFL records and finishes the season with 5,476 yards to go with 46 touchdown passes.

2012 — Backup quarterback Matt Flynn throws for a franchise-record six touchdowns to give Green Bay a 45-41 victory over the Detroit Lions. With Aaron Rodgers on the sideline, Flynn sets Packers records with 480 yards passing and the six TDs. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford throws for 520 yards with five touchdowns. Calvin Johnson has 11 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown for the Lions.

2013 — Denver stops the Los Angeles Clippers’ franchise-record winning streak at 17 games with a 92-78 victory. The Clippers’ streak was the longest in the NBA since the Boston Celtics won 19 in a row from Nov. 15-Dec. 23, 2008.

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