Originally posted on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 11/20/12
Just like the Thanksgiving Day Parade, football is a staple on Turkey Day. The NFL has its traditional games on Thanksgiving, but so does college football. There have been some memorable college football games in the past, and these rivalries make college athletes share the spotlight with the pros. Here are 10 of college football’s best games and moments on Thanksgiving weekend. There links to videos of certain games. The Beginning of Joe Cool: Joe Montana was known for being a cool and calm quarterback in the NFL no matter the deficit. Montana started his comeback technique when he played for Notre Dame. During a game on Thanksgiving weekend, the Irish trailed rival USC 24-6 on November 25th, 1978. Montana led the Irish to a comeback and beat the Trojans 25-24. Hail Flutie: In a back-and-forth game between Boston College and Miami, it was the last play that will always stand out in college football lore. Doug Flutie threw a “Hail Mary” pass at the end of the game as the Eagles of Boston College beat the Hurricanes 47-45 on November 23, 1984 at Orange Stadium. Army vs Navy: Like the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry, Army and Navy have a bitter feud on the football field. One notable game was from way back took place on November 27th,1926. Navy was undefeated and Army just had one loss entering the game. The game was hard fought and ended up in a tie, 21-21. Even though the game was a tie the Navy Midshipmen were still awarded the National Championship. The game took place in Chicago at Soldier Field where there was a dedication ceremony and the field serves as a monument to American servicemen. Nevada Upsets Boise State: During the 2010 season for the Boise State Broncos they were looking to play in a BCS game. Friday, November 26th the Broncos had a 24 game winning streak snapped as Nevada shocked Boise State with a game winning field goal. The loss shattered any hopes of number three ranked team at the time to compete with the big boys of the National Championship. It was also a tough loss to digest since the Broncos had many chances to score, but failed to get any points towards the end of the game. Miracle on Markham: The 2002 edition of the Battle for the Golden Boot saw Arkansas Razorbacks defeat a ranked LSU team on November 29th. Arkansas was losing to LSU 20-14 with less than a minute to go in the game. Razorback quarterback, Matt Jones connected with DeCori Birmingham for a game winning touchdown pass. Bo Knows Touchdowns: One of my favorite running backs of all time is Bo Jackson. He had a knack for knocking over defenders to get in the end zone. During the historic Iron Bowl game between Auburn and Alabama on November 28th, 1982, Bo help secure an Auburn win as he jumped over the pile and scored a game winning touchdown to stop Alabama’s past dominance in the Iron Bowl rivalry of nine straight prior victories against the Tigers of Auburn. Auburn is Thankful for Cam Newton: Continuing with the Iron Bowl rivalry, November 26th, 2010 had us see Cam Newton put on a memorable comeback against the hated rival Alabama. Being down 24 points Newton threw for three touchdowns to beat Alabama by one point for a 28-27 victory and let the Tigers play in the SEC Championship game. Clean, Old Fashioned Hate: On November 29th, 2008, Georgia met up with their rival Georgia Tech in a high scoring game. The Yellow Jackets upset the eleventh ranked Bulldogs even though they trailed by 16 points at halftime. Georgia Tech scored 33 points in the second half to beat Georgia 45-42. Border War: The game between Kansas and Missouri at Arrowhead Staduim November 24th, 2007 had both teams looking to become number one in the country since top ranked LSU lost the day before. So adding to the rivalry hype this game was looking to be a memorable game since whoever won the game had the chance to be number one in the country. It lived up to the hype and Missouri ended up winning the game with a superb performance from quarterback Chase Daniel, who threw for three touchdowns and over 350 passing yards. Nebraska won later than “Sooners”: In a game that pitted the Nebraska Cornhuskers against the Oklahoma Sooners saw a battle that went down to the wire on November 25th, 1971 at Owen Field. The defending National Champion Cornhuskers edged the Sooners 35-31. In a game that saw multiple lead changes, it came down to the end as Nebraska scored a touchdown by Jeff Kinney with less than two minutes left in the game and Nebraska’s defense was too hard to handle for Oklahoma and the Sooners failed to respond with a score.
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