Losing streak

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In sports, a losing streak is an uninterrupted string of contests (whether games, matches, etc.) lost by a team or individual. A losing streak can last as few as two games, or it may last much longer. A losing streak and a winless streak are distinctively different, as a winless streak may include:

  1. tie games
  2. in association football, ice hockey and some field hockey leagues, overtime or shootout losses
  3. in first-class cricket unfinished matches.

Tie games can also be included in an unbeaten streak, as it is in soccer.

Here is a list of the longest team losing streaks of all time in several competitions:

It should be noted that after the NCAA vacated all of Penn St.'s wins from 1998 through 2011, the Penn State Nittany Lions officially had a 66 game losing streak from 1997 through 2012. [3]

List of the longest individual losing streaks of all time in each sport:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NCAA FBS Records, 2012
  2. ^ a b c "Worst College Football Teams of All Time". ESPN. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Albright, Bill. "Lock Haven Skid at 50 after Last-Second TD". Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Scherr, Rich (28 January 2012). "Towson men's basketball team ends record losing streak". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Women's Hoops Ends Losing Streak with Victory over N.D. de Namur". Hornetsports.com. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Caltech ends 26-year league drought". NCAA.com. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Inside Schreiner: Women's Basketball". Inside Schreiner. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Garcia, Marlen (6 January 2012). "Towson's losing streak reaches record proportions". USA Today. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c "Games Lost by Teams Records". Baseball Almanac. 
  11. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BAL/1915-schedule-scores.shtml
  12. ^ "Memorable Losing Streaks". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.cfl.ca/page/stats_teamrec_streaks
  14. ^ WAFL Footy Facts: Consecutive Games Lost