Tuesday, October 13, 2009

History Lesson

Last Sunday, I was talking to Carter's dad, my father-in-law, and he mentioned that it was the 40th Anniversary of the first ever nationally televised prime time regular season college football game. He and Mrs. Carter went to Legion Field, while the rest of America watched from their living rooms, as Alabama defeated Ole Miss 33-32 in a see-saw game. Back then, even points were cheaper.

Junior Archie Manning was the Rebs' QB and had led Ole Miss to its first win over Bama in 58 years (10-8) the previous year. Future Green Bay Packer Scott Hunter Quarterbacked the Tide, completing 22 of 29 passes for 300 yards, including the game-winning 14-yard TD pass to Meridian, Miss., native George Ranager with 3:42 left in the game. Manning completed 33 of 52 passes for a then school-record 436 yards in the loss. The 33 completions, 436 passing yards and 609 yards of total offense all stood as records against Bama's D until 2001.

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