Today in College Football America History – Oct. 31

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Today we celebrate this day in College Football America Yearbook history by looking back on the games we’ve covered on this date, Oct. 31. The staff at the College Football America Yearbook has been attending and coverings games since 2010, even before we actually had a physical yearbook to sell. Our staff travels the country to cover anywhere from 50 to 70 college football games per season. So, we’ve accumulated many games, many photos and many memories. Each day, we’ll encapsulate those memories here and include links to our photos and game coverage that will help you take a look back, too.

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So what did we do on this day in College Football America Yearbook history?

The Rice Owls. (College Football America File Photo)

2013: Rice (FBS) at North Texas (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox on hand in Denton for a Thursday night Halloween showdown between the Owls and the Mean Green at beautiful Apogee Stadium. It was a huge night for the home time, as UNT knocked off Rice, 28-16, to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2004. Cox was a sports writer for the Denton Record-Chronicle for six years.

The Penn State Nittany Lions. (College Football America File Photo)

2015: Illinois (FBS) at Penn State (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins spent Halloween in Happy Valley, where he saw a Big Ten clash between the Fighting Illini and the Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. The result was a treat in the form of a 39-0 shutout win for Penn State. However, it was also the final win of the season for the Nittany Lions, who lost their next four games to finish 7-6 (4-4) to fall out of contention in the conference.

Camp Randall Stadium. (College Football America File Photo)

2015: Rutgers (FBS) at Wisconsin (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox was greeted by lots of rain for the first game of a doubleheader he put together in Wisconsin. Rutgers, which was making its first trip to Madison, was overwhelmed, 48-10, by the Badgers in Big Ten Conference action. Wisconsin limited Rutgers to 165 yards of total offense on its way to a 10-3 season that was capped by a bowl win over USC.  

The UW-Eau Claire BluGolds. (College Football America File Photo)

2015: UW-Eau Claire (D3) at UW-Whitewater (D3)

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Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox braved the rain to make it to his second football game of the day at Division III powerhouse UW-Whitewater. Ranked No. 7 at the time, the Warhawks demolished the Blugolds, 63-0, on homecoming. After the game, Cox doubled back to Madison to see his first college hockey game with Arizona State visiting Wisconsin.

Ouachita Baptist and Oklahoma Baptist in action in 2015. (College Football America File Photo)

2015: Oklahoma Baptist (D2) at Ouachita Baptist (D2)

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Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb started one of his most hectic game days ever at Cliff Harris Stadium in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he attended the first of portions of four games. The host Tigers never trailed in knocking off the Bison, 31-20, in Great American Conference play. OBU racked up nearly 500 yards of total offense, including 319 rushing yards. Running back Kris Oliver tallied 193 yards and a touchdown on 29 attempts.

Henderson State and Southern Nazarene. (College Football America File Photo)

2015: Southern Nazarene (D2) at Henderson State (D2)

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Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb left the Ouachita Baptist game early to cross the street to Carpenter-Haygood Stadium to see the second of four games on the day. The Reddies demolished the Crimson Storm, 76-7, in Great American Conference contest. The HSU and OBU campuses bump up against one another, making them college football’s two closest rivals in proximity. The visiting team dresses in its home locker room and walks to the home stadium for the annual Battle of the Ravine.

Rhodes and Hendrix. (College Football America File Photo)

2015: Rhodes (D3) at Hendrix (D3)

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Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb continued his tour of Arkansas in Conway. After seeing part of two games in Arkadelphia, he did likewise up north. First, he was at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium to see the host Warriors take on the Lynx in Southern Athletic Association play. Hendrix rallied to knock off Rhodes, 45-27, after falling behind early in the fourth quarter.

Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana. (College Football America File Photo)

2015: Southeastern Louisiana (FCS) at Central Arkansas (FCS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb wrapped up an insane four-game day in Arkansas with a night game on the purple and grey turf at Estes Stadium in Conway. The host Bears piled up 299 yards on the ground to notch a 21-16 homecoming win over the Lions in Southland Conference play. Hopefully, Webb got a good night’s sleep after shooting photos of four games. Whew.

The Baylor Bears take the field. (College Football America File Photo)

2019: West Virginia (FBS) at Baylor (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins was at the beautiful McLane Stadium on the Brazos River to see the Bears take on the Mountaineers in Big 12 Conference action under the Thursday night lights on Halloween. He saw a thriller of a game, as Baylor held WVU scoreless for three of the four quarters for a tight 17-14 win. The Bears went on to finish 11-3 with a Sugar Bowl berth.

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