This Day in College Football History – November 8th

Sam Bradford (born November 8, 1987) was the starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners football. In his first game for the Oklahoma Sooners on 2007-09-01 against the University of North Texas, Sam Bradford completed 21 of 23 attempts for 363 yards and three touchdowns in just little over 2 quarters, breaking the school record for passing yards in a half with 350. The very next game, Sam Bradford broke Heisman Trophy winner Jason White’s school record for most consecutive pass completions with 22. In 2008, as a redshirt sophomore, Bradford became the second sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. He also holds the NCAA record for most touchdown passes by a freshman quarterback, with 36. He was drafted by the Rams first overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.  In his first season in the NFL, Bradford set the record for most completions by a rookie in NFL history, which helped earn him the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.


Bobby Bowden (born November 8, 1929) is a retired football coach who holds the NCAA record for most career wins and bowl wins by a Division I FBS coach. He coached the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. During his time at Florida State, Bowden led FSU to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in 1999, as well as twelve Atlantic Coast Conference championships since FSU joined the conference in 1991.

Bowden finished his career first in all-time wins by a Division I-FBS coach with 389 wins. On the day of March 6, 2009 NCAA ruling requiring Florida State to “vacate wins for any games in which an ineligible player participated,” threatened to remove as many as 14 of Bowden’s wins from the 2006 and 2007 seasons in relation to an academic scandal. Florida State appealed the ruling, but the NCAA upheld it on January 5, 2010. Upon final investigation by Florida State University it was determined that Bowden was to vacate 12 wins,  bringing his final career record to 377–129–4.  At the time, this placed him second to Joe Paterno, coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions. However, sanctions handed down by the NCAA as a result of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal caused all of Paterno’s wins from 1998 to 2011 to be vacated, reducing his total from 409 to 298.


Chuck Cecil born November 8, 1964 attended the University of Arizona where he walked-on for the Arizona Wildcats football team. He proved the recruiters wrong by eventually earning consensus All-America and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors after his nine-interception senior season. When Cecil left Arizona, he held the Pac-10 record for career interceptions, with 21 (Lamont Thompson later broke the mark with 24), and set the Wildcats’ school single-game record (and tied the Pac-10 record) with four interceptions against Stanford in 1987. In the 1986 game against rival the Arizona State University Sun Devils, Cecil returned an interception 100 yards to notch a Wildcats victory. This play has been voted the greatest play in Wildcat football history. He was inducted into the Wildcats’ Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009. He also spent two seasons (1999–2000) as a television analyst for University of Arizona football games.


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