The 11 longest-awaited college football reunions in 2019

By Amy Daughters -

It’s been at least 30-years since we’ve seen the following matchups, each living out the lyrics to Peaches & Herb’s 1978 smash hit Reunited.

I was a fool to ever leave your side

Me minus you is such a lonely ride

The breakup we had has made me lonesome and sad

I realize I love you ’cause I want you bad, hey, hey

 

Reunited, and it feels so good

Reunited ’cause we understood

There’s one perfect fit

And, sugar, this one is it

We both are so excited ’cause we’re reunited, hey, hey

 

TEXAS TECH at ARIZONASaturday, Sept. 14

Last meeting: Sept. 9, 1989

Same day that: Steffi Graf retained her US Open Women’s title by beating Martini Navratilova.

It’s been 30 years since the Red Raiders welcomed the then (20) Wildcats and scored a 24-14 upset. Texas Tech has a dominating 26-4-2 advantage in the overall series, the two schools shared membership in the Border Athletic Conference from 1932-56.

WASHINGTON STATE vs. HOUSTON(at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas), Friday, Sept. 13

Last meeting: Dec. 25, 1988

Same day that: Eric Gordon, guard for the NBA Houston Rockets, was born in Indianapolis, Ind.

This combination of Cougars hasn’t met since the 1988 Aloha Bowl, a contest that then (18) Washington State won 24-22 over (14) Houston in Jack Pardee’s second year at the helm. It was also quarterback Andre Ware’s sophomore season, the year before he would set 26 NCAA records and the win the Heisman Trophy. Washington State leads the all-time series 2-1.

APPALACHIAN STATE at SOUTH CAROLINASaturday, Nov. 9

Last meeting: Oct. 1, 1988

Same day that: Sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner – as the anchor for the 4×100 relay team – won her third gold medal at the Seoul Olympics.

South Carolina was still an independent and App State a member of the Southern conference when these two met 31-years ago. After a 4-0 start and a 23-10 win over (6) Georgia the Gamecocks were No. 8 in AP coming into their 35-9 win over the Mountaineers. They beat Virginia Tech the following week and then dropped four of the last six (including losing to Indiana in the Liberty Bowl) to finish unranked. South Carolina leads 8-1 all-time, App State’s only win came in 1975 in Columbia.

ULM at IOWA STATE – Saturday, Sept. 21

Last meeting: Sept. 13, 1980

Same day that: The “Lou Rawls Parade of Stars” telethon to benefit the United Negro College Fund first aired.

The only-ever meeting between Louisiana-Monroe and Iowa State kicked-off 39-years ago in Ames. The Cyclones beat the Warhawks 42-7, the first of five straight wins to open the 1980 season. After making an appearance at No. 19 in the AP in mid-October they dropped five consecutive and finished unranked. ULM (then Northeast Louisiana) went 7-4 that year, also the final and most productive campaign of the John David Crow era. Crow won the 1957 Heisman as a halfback at Texas A&M, ULM was his only head-coaching stop (1976-80).

UMASS at RUTGERSFriday, Aug. 30

Last meeting: Nov. 4, 1978

Same day that: Pete Rose, Tommy John and Darrell Evans were all available in the MLB’s 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft.

UMass was in the Yankee Conference in 1978 while Rutgers was an independent, still 13-years away from joining the Big East. The Scarlet Knights won the game 21-11, finished 9-3 and earned a slot in the Garden State Bowl, the first- ever bowl appearance in program history. UMass rebounded from the loss and captured the Yankee Conference crown, the second of three consecutive titles. The all-time series is tied at two games apiece.

AIR FORCE at COLORADOSaturday, Sept. 14

Last meeting: Oct. 5, 1974

Same day that: In England, a bombing by the IRA at the Guildford pub in Surrey left 5 dead and 65 injured.

These in-state foes, located a mere 84-miles apart, haven’t squared off in 45 years. Air Force cranked up its football operations in 1957 and played the Buffaloes 16-consecutive times from 1958-74 winning on only four occasions; in 1958, 1960, 1963 and 1968. Colorado leads 12-4 and has won five straight.

TOLEDO at COLORADO STATESaturday, Sept. 21

Last meeting: Nov. 3, 1973

Same day that: Mariner 10 (a robotic space probe) was launched. It flew by Venus (taking the first pictures of the planet) and Mercury.

Toledo and Colorado State haven’t clashed since a home-and-home series played in 1970 and 1973, the host team winning on both occasions. The Rockets’ 24-14 win in 1970 capped off a perfect 11-0 regular season. After an additional win over William & Mary in the Tangerine Bowl they finished No. 12 in the final AP, also the highest mark in program history. Toledo went 35-0 from 1969-71.

TCU at PURDUESaturday, Sept. 14

Last meeting: Sept. 19, 1970

Same day that: Sonny Anderson, a now retired Brazilian footballer who played for Lyon, Monaco and Barcelona, was born in Goiatuba, Brazil.

The only-ever football action between TCU and Purdue came via a home-and-home played in 1969-70, both season-openers with the Boilermakers winning on both occasions. Purdue’s 1969 squad, which opened with a 42-35 victory over the Frogs, went 8-2 and finished No. 18 in the final AP, suffering losses at Michigan and at (1) Ohio State. The ’70 team – which opened with a 15-0 win over TCU – didn’t fare as well, dropping a Murder’s Row of games at (6) Notre Dame, vs. (7) Michigan and vs. (1) Ohio State for a 4-6 mark.

ARMY at MICHIGAN – Saturday, Sept. 7

Last meeting: Oct. 6, 1962

Same day that: The U.S. performed an atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island, home to a former Air Force Base on the Johnson Atoll (located approximately 750 miles southwest of Hawaii).

Michigan’s 1962 win over then (10) Army was one of only two victories for a Wolverine squad that finished 2-7, the fifth-worst mark in program history. Army leads the series 5-4 and won the first five consecutive meetings but Michigan has captured the last four.

VANDERBILT at PURDUESaturday, Sept. 7

Last meeting: Oct. 3, 1942

Same day that: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Office of Economic Stabilization to control inflation during WWII.

Purdue and Vanderbilt haven’t played since a home-and-home in 1941 and 1942, the Commodores winning both contests by a combined score of 29-0. This means that the Boilermakers have never scored a point vs. Vandy. The better of the two Commodore squads was the ’41 team, earning an 8-2 mark including a 7-0 shutout vs. (7) Alabama.

APPALACHIAN STATE at NORTH CAROLINASaturday, Sept. 21

Last meeting: Sept. 21, 1940

Same day that: Though they were already being used for that purpose, Britain officially legislated that Underground stations could be utilized as air raid shelters (WWII).

Not only is this the most long-awaited reunion in college football in 2019, the Tar Heels and Mountaineers will play precisely 79-years after their last meeting. App State was a member of the North State Conference in 1940 while UNC was a member of the Southern Conference. The Tar Heels won the game, also the only in series history, 56-6.

Historical statistics courtesy of Sports Reference-College Football.

“Same day” facts courtesy of OnThisDay.com. 

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