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Dec. 28, 2003

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Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis has a chance to break the NFL’s single-season rushing record. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers ruin his day, stopping him 39 yards short.

Dec. 29, 1956

Georgia Tech beats Pitt 21-14 in the Gator Bowl.

Dec. 29, 1974

The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to their first Super Bowl after a 24-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. The Steel Curtain defense allows just 29 yards rushing, and Jack Ham has two interceptions.

Dec. 30, 1977

Three Rivers Stadium is the third-best revenue-generating concert venue in the country, according to Billboard magazine. The Civic Arena is ninth.

Dec. 31, 1972

It’s one of the most somber days in the city’s history when Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente dies in a plane crash while taking supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.  

Dec. 31, 1988

Penguins captain Mario Lemieux becomes the first player ever to score five ways in a single hockey game — even strength, power play, short-handed, empty net and penalty shot. He also got his third hat trick of the season in the 8-6 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Jan. 1, 1934

The Duquesne Dukes win their first-ever bowl game, the Festival of Palms Bowl (later renamed the Orange Bowl) with a 33-7 win over the Miami Hurricanes. On the same day in 1937, the Dukes would win the Orange Bowl, 13-12 over Mississippi.

Jan. 1, 1938

Carnegie Tech falls in the Sugar Bowl, 15-7 to TCU.

Jan. 2, 1922

The Washington & Jefferson Presidents battle the California Golden Bears to a 0-0 tie in an historic Rose Bowl. First, W&J is the smallest school to ever play in the game. Presidents quarterback Charles Fremont West is the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl. And Herb Kopf of W&J is the first freshman.


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