January 2: This Date in American Football History

Mike Hass

Everyday RoadTripSports.com celebrates the past, present and future of American football including birthdays, deaths, and important games and events that have occurred in the past through our daily feature This Date in American Football History. Get to know the legends of American football – the sport’s greatest heroes including players and coaches, and relive some of the greatest plays and moments in the game’s history.

Then be sure to check out our Legends Library for historical profiles on the game’s greats or research your favorite schools or players in our databases for College Football Hall of Fame inductees, All-Americans and major award winners. Or take a moment to explore the various branches of the internet’s most complete coaching tree!

You can also follow your favorite teams here as well by selecting the appropriate division on our College Football Teams page or by locating your favorite professional team page. Team pages for all divisions of college football are available including NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and CIS (Canada). Also, independent team and club team pages are available including teams holding associate membership in the USCAA and NCCAA.


1983 – Biletnikoff Award 2005 winner and former Oregon State wide receiver Mike Hass was born.

Games, Plays and Events

1987 – The 1987 Fiesta Bowl featured the No. 1 Miami (FL) Hurricanes with Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde at quarterback against the No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions. The game turned out to be a defensive battle, however, and the in the end, the Nittany Lions came away with a 14-10 win.

1996 – The 1996 Fiesta Bowl featured two undefeated teams – the No. 1 Nebraska Cornhuskers and the No. 2 Florida Gators. In the end, the Cornhuskers won in a 62-24 blowout behind the MVP performance of quarterback Tommie Frazier.


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