January 9: This Date in American Football History

Oklahoma State - Justin Blackmon

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.


1909 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1954 member Ben Ticknor was born. Ticknor played center for Harvard (1928-1930).

1916 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1965 member Brud Holland was born. Holland played end for Cornell (1936-1938).

1990 – Two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon was born. Blackmon played wide receiver for Oklahoma State (2008-2011), and during his redshirt sophomore and junior seasons, he won back-to-back Biletnikoff Awards as college football’s top receiver. He chose to forego his final season of eligibility, and was then drafted with the fifth overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Substance abuse issues have marred his professional career, and Blackmon has not played in an NFL game since October 2013.

Games, Plays and Events

2012 – The 2012 BCS National Championship Game was a rematch of the regular-season meeting between the No. 1 LSU Tigers and the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide. The two teams were also ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the first meeting won by top-ranked LSU 9-6 on November 5, 2011. A series of upsets allowed the Crimson Tide to climb back to the No. 2 position in time for the championship game, and in the rematch, the Crimson Tide used five Jeremy Shelley field goals and a 34-yard run by Trent Richardson to win the game 21-0 taking home the national championship trophy in the process. Ironically, Shelley missed the PAT after the Richardson touchdown to account for the final margin. The Richardson score was the only touchdown in the two meetings that otherwise featured 10 field goals.



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