List of 100-point games in college football
In college football, games in which 100 points are scored by a single team are a rarity, especially since 1940; in lopsided games, several deterrents exist to prevent running up the score. Of current NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams, only Arizona, Bowling Green, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Tulsa have eclipsed 150 points in a game. Neglecting games in the early 1900s, the Houston Cougars are the only Division I FBS football team to score 100 points against another FBS team, against Tulsa in 1968. The most lopsided game in college football history occurred in a 1916 contest when Georgia Tech beat Cumberland 222–0. King College (TN), now King University, scored 206 points against Lenoir in 1922 and the former St. Viator College (IL) put up 205 points against Lane in 1916.
On September 25, 1884, Yale defeated Dartmouth 113–0, becoming not only the first game where one team scored over 100 points but also first time one team scored over 100 points and the opposing team scored zero points. The next week, Princeton outscored Lafayette by 140 to 0.
It is rare for a team to have scored in a game when the opponent scored over 100 points, but several cases exist. One is the Rice–Southern Methodist game of 1916 when SMU scored an early field goal but Rice "came back" to win 146–3.
Early records are often incomplete and sometimes contradictory. Scores listed in the table below have been confirmed in at least two sources except when there is a footnote to the score. A footnote by the date indicates a third reference source. The table includes not only scores from NCAA programs but also from those that compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and from games played before the advent of the NCAA or NAIA.
The November 23, 1968, meeting between the Houston Cougars and Tulsa Golden Hurricane holds the distinction of being the only football game between major football programs in the past 50 years in which a team scored 100 points. The 1968 Houston Cougars, led by coach Bill Yeoman, had introduced the veer offense two seasons prior and were known for scoring at will. Earlier in the 1968 season Houston played the University of Texas to a 20–20 tie, two weeks before the Longhorns began a nearly 3-year winning streak that included the 1969 National Championship.
List of 100-point games
Breakdown of list
As a supplement to the list, the following summarizations are provided.
Team appearances on list
Oklahoma leads the pack of most 100+ point victories with 8, followed by Georgia Tech with 5. Wesleyan holds the distinction of losing the most 100+ point games with 5, where Kingfisher College and Oklahoma Baptist are second with three each.
A total of 15 teams appear on both the winning and losing side of 100+ point games: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho State, Louisville, Marion Military Inst, Michigan State, Missouri School of Mines (now Missouri S&T), NC State, New Mexico, North Central, Northern Illinois, Pacific, Penn State, Tulsa, and Virginia.
Games by decade
The 1920 season produced the most 100 point games in a single year with 16, but the 1910s proved to be the decade with the most 100 point games with 92. From 1910 to 1929, a total of 139 games were played with 100 points scored by one side. This is 35% of all such games being in this 20-year period.
|Decade||# games||Percent of total|
Least margin of victory
In only one game did the losing team score more than 7 points, with North Central scoring 32 points in 1968 and North Park winning by "only" 72 points.
- Davis, Parke H. (1916-10-15). "Yellow Jackets-Cumberland Score Was Record One; Tops the List According to Statistics Compiled Showing All Scores Past the Century Mark". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. pp. A3.
- DeLassus, David. "Yale Yearly Results (1880–1884)". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on February 13, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- DeLassus, David. "Princeton Yearly Results (1880–1884)". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- The sources were usually The Football Thesaurus and the football media guide of one of the corresponding schools.
- Appalachian State Football Media Guide.
- "1922 Season" (PDF). University of Alabama Athletics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
- Now Missouri State.
- Butler University Football Media Guide.
- "Trailing 101-0, Team Calls It a Game". Los Angeles Times.
- Now Samford.
- Not to be confused with the University of the Pacific in California.
- The Football Thesaurus, 1954 edition.
- Statistical Review of 1914, Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide, 1914, p. 289.
- Findlay records have the score as 119–0.
- Eastern Washington 2010 Football Media Guide.
- Fort Hays State 2012 Football Media Guide.
- Now North Georgia.
- The Football Thesaurus has the score as 118–0.
- Hendrix football results, http://www.hendrixwarriors.com/custompages/Football/History/FootballResults.pdf (retrieved 2014 Nov. 6) .
- Idaho State University Football Media Guide.
- Carthage College Football Media Guide.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2010-11-05. (retrieved 2010 Nov. 4) and the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Media Guide.
- Louisiana Tech Football Media Guide.
- Samford 2009 Football Media Guide.
- The Football Thesaurus lists score as 115–0.
- Mississippi State 2010 Football Media Guide.
- Morehead State 2008 Football Media Guide.
- 2011 Murray State Football Media Guide.
- Not to be confused with the Oregon school now known as Pacific University, or another Oregon school formerly known as Pacific College, now George Fox.
- New Mexico State Football Media Guide.
- North Central College Football Record Book (http://northcentralcollege.edu/Documents/athletics/fb_record_book.pdf).
- 2008 NDSU Football Media Guide.
- 2011 Northwestern State Football Media Guide.
- "Game Points Scored Records". SoonerStats.com. Retrieved 2006-12-27.
- Oklahoma State Football Media Guide, but score not in The Football Thesaurus.
- Portland State A 105–0 Winner, Ocala Star-Banner, November 10, 1980.
- Princeton records have score at 10–0.
- Chicago Tribune, Oct. 15, 1916.
- Goens, Mike (February 24, 1989). "What it wasn't was football for early Lions". TimesDaily. Florence, Alabama. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
- Southern University 2007 Football Media Guide.
- Southern Illinois Football Media Guide.
- Now Louisiana–Lafayette.
- Stephen F. Austin State University Football Media Guide.
- Susquehanna University Football Media Guide.
- "Texas A&M:50+ Delta Points Scored In A Game". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
- Now Southeast Missouri State.
- Southeast Missouri State Football Media Guide.
- Valparaiso 2009 Football Media Guide.
- "Presidents Football 2009" (PDF). Washington & Jefferson College. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- Football at Cedarville?, December 12, 2010.
- Hillsdale records have the score as 102–0.
- "UW Stevens Point Football records" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-05.
- Yale Game by Game Results, 1880 Archived 2010-02-13 at the Wayback Machine., College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved March 14, 2009.
- William Wallace (November 14, 1998). "Football: Big Plays Reside at a Small College". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
- Yale Game by Game Results 1885, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved March 14, 2009.