In 2009, November 7 fell on a Saturday; unsurprisingly, there were college football games scheduled for that Saturday. Many of them went as expected. Second-ranked Texas blew out UCF. Miami trounced a bad UVA team suffering through the last year of Al Groh's reign. Undefeated Florida crushed Vanderbilt.
But for others, November 7, 2009 was something far worse.
1. NORTHWESTERN BEATS NUMBER 8 IOWA
Iowa's first loss of the year - and only the second they'd suffer all season - came at home, a terrible place to watch Dan Persa (67 yards) outrush the entire Hawkeye offense (65 yards). Iowa put up the first ten points of the game, then lost Ricky Stanzi to an injury in the second quarter and didn't reach Northwestern's side of the field after their first possession of the third quarter.
2. PURDUE UPSETS MICHIGAN
You have to go back to 1965-1966 to find the last time Michigan lost to Purdue in consecutive years. The quarterback of that 1966 team? Bob Griese. The Wolverines led this game by 14 points at halftime before allowing four Purdue touchdowns in the second half and missing a two point conversion that would have tied the game. The next time you wonder if the Rich Rodriguez years were as bad as Michigan fans say, remember: Purdue nearly gained 500 yards of offense.
3. JIMMY CLAUSEN LEADS NAVY TO VICTORY
With one minute left and the Irish down a touchdown, Clausen got sacked in the end zone to effectively put the game out of reach for Notre Dame. The Midshipmen only threw three times (once for a 52 yard touchdown) and never turned the ball over, and the loss was so destructive to the Fighting Irish that they dropped out of the rankings for good, losing their last three games of the season...including one to UConn.
4. OH NO STANFORD IS GOOD
The 2007 win over USC was perhaps more memorable, but this was the first game where the Cardinal demonstrated that yeahhhhh they were kind of going to be a thing in the future. This result gave Oregon a transitive loss to Wake Forest, which is amazing and hilarious, and it happened because the Duck defense was entirely unable to stop Andrew Luck and Toby Gerhart - Stanford only punted twice in the entire game.
5. WELCOME, ANDY LUDWIG
Paul Wulff's Washington State and FCS Portland State. That's the full list of teams that scored fewer points against Oregon State than Cal did in 2009, the first year of Andy Ludwig's tenure as offensive coordinator. Jahvid Best suffered a terrifying head injury in this game, and Ludwig never worked again for a Power 5 te-wait, really? Like, still?
6. BXXMER SXXNER
To date, the last time this game has been played in Nebraska. Oklahoma started the year ranked third, but at least their three losses before this had all been to ranked teams. This same Huskers team had lost a game to Iowa State SEVEN TO NINE. But the Sooners missed three field goals and threw five interceptions and oh just look at this drive chart it's awful.
The best part? Nebraska had seven first downs in this game and went one of fourteen on third down. That is so very fucked up of you, Bo Pelini.