In 1969, the East Tennessee State Buccaneers won the NCAA University Division title. They defeated West Virginia Mountaineers 26-7 before a crowd of 102,316 at Miami Stadium in Miami, Florida.
East Tennessee State (3-0-1) was led by head coach Russ Johnson, who accepted the job after five seasons as an assistant under John Merritt at North Carolina. He had taken over for Tom Cassidy, who was fired after going 32-6-1 during his tenure at ETSU. Before becoming head coach, Johnson had a successful stint as an assistant under Bill Lewis at Maryland where he helped the Terrapins win the 1966 National Championship.
On paper, East Tennessee State looked like the favorite to win the championship. They went into the season ranked No. 1 in the country and were undefeated after three games. However, they lost their first game of the season 21-7 to Penn State on September 29th at Carter Field. After losing the opener, no one expected ETSU to make it to the championship game.
However, the Bucs came back from an early 10-0 deficit to beat West Virginia 28-10 on October 20th at Johnson City.
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NCAA University Division football season 1972-1973 The USC Trojans, coached by John McKay, went undefeated and won the national title as the unanimous pick of the 50 AP panelists in the 1972 NCAA University Division football season.
The USC Trojans, coached by John McKay, went undefeated and won the national title as the unanimous pick of the 50 AP panelists in the 1972 NCAA University Division football season.
The 1970 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (also known as "Alabama", "UA", or "Bama") competed in the 1970 NCAA University Division football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 76th season overall and 37th as a Southeastern Conference member (SEC). The team was led by ninth-year head coach Bear Bryant, who finished his career with a record of 289–75–12. That year, the Crimson Tide finished with an 8–3 record and lost to Southern California in the 1971 Sugar Bowl.
In 1970, Alabama played nine games against conference opponents. They won six of those games by an average margin of 24 points per game. In addition, they outscored their opponents 222–79 for a total score of 463–79. This is how they were ranked #1 by both the AP and Coaches Polls at the end of the season.
Here are the results of the 1970 season:
Sept 7 - Opened the season at home vs. Florida A&M. The Crimson Tide defeated Florida A&M, 42-7. Ralph Dye scored three touchdowns for Alabama.
Sept 14 - At Baton Rouge, Louisiana, beat LSU, 21-7. Doug Jones scored two touchdowns for Alabama.
Sept 21 - At Knoxville, Tennessee, lost to Tennessee, 28-14.
The 1970 USC Trojans football team competed in the 1970 college football season for the University of Southern California (USC). Led by head coach John McKay, the Trojans were 5–6–1 and played their home games at a stadium on the campus of USC. They are widely regarded as one of the most talented teams in school history, but also had their share of disappointments.
In 1969, the Trojans finished with a 7–4 record under McKay. The following year, they went 9–1 and won the Pacific-10 Conference title. As a result, they received the conference's automatic bid to the 1970 Rose Bowl where they lost to Michigan State, 24–7.
USC returned to the Rose Bowl in 1971 but lost to Ohio State, 31–14. In 1972, the Trojans finished with an 8–3 record and lost in the 1973 Orange Bowl to Miami (Fla.), 26–7. After this season, McKay left USC to take over the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes. He was replaced by Howard Schnellenberger who took the team to five more winning seasons. In 1978, he left to take over at Miami (Ohio) and was replaced by Larry Smith.