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Yards to glory: 'Elmer Thud'

8/2/2011

A football field is 100 yards long, and each yard marker has produced immortal memories in college football.

ESPN.com is looking at some of the most famous touchdowns in college football history for each and every yard marker, and Elmer Laden's interception return for Notre Dame against Stanford in the 1925 Rose Bowl is the choice at 78 yards.

You can check out "Yards to Glory" here.

And here's what Ivan Maisel wrote about Layden's return against Stanford.

78. Elmer Thud

Elmer Layden and Notre Dame defense conquer Rose Bowl

Jan. 1, 1925: Notre Dame fullback Elmer Layden broke open a close Rose Bowl in the second quarter by returning a Stanford pass 78 yards for a touchdown. The Irish would score three defensive touchdowns, two by Layden, in the 27-10 victory over Ernie Nevers and the Indians. The game not only capped the glorious career of Layden and the other Three Horsemen, but it would be the only bowl that Notre Dame agreed to play in until 1969.