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Wednesday, January 09, 2013 5:40 PM


Q:  BCS college football champion Alabama's 42-14 thrashing of No. 2 Notre Dame in Monday night's title game marked only the second-most lopsided margin in the 14-year history of the series. What was the biggest margin.

A: 36 points, as in No. 1 USC's 55-19 rout of No. 2 Oklahoma in the 2004 BCS national championship game, played Jan. 4, 2005, at the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Trojans' title was later vacated when NCAA recruiting violations involving RB Reggie Bush, and others, were discovered.

Today in … 

1982 – In a game now known as the Freezer Bowl, the Cincinnati Bengals overcome the San Diego Chargers 27-7 in the AFC championship game at Riverfront Stadium. Wind chill is minus-59 degrees at game time and the Chargers, who scored a league-high 478 points in the regular season, can't get going in the arctic chill. To make conditions worese, the Bengals open a huge outside door at one end of the playing field whenever the Chargers take possession. The wind tunnel effect helps stymie the vaunted Chargers passing game. During future Bengal home games, the NFL will dictate that the door remain closed. Two weeks later, Cincinnati loses to the 49ers in Super Bowl XVI in Miami, 26-21.


Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, born 1975. Steelers cornerback Deon Figures, born 1970.