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Tiny College Football Program Sets All Sorts of Insane NCAA Records in 91-61 Rout

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The sport of American football has been around for over a century, since Walter Camp and some Ivy League eggheads at Harvard and Yale standardized the rules of “The Game” in 1882.

In that time, and with nearly 100 years of the professional game since the establishment of the NFL in 1920, just about everything that can be done in a football game has been done in a football game, and quite a bit of that everything had been done before World War II even broke out.

So for Davidson to go out onto the field and basically rewrite the single-game record book in a 91-61 win over Guilford is an impressive feat indeed.

Even though the score looked like a final from NBA star Stephen Curry’s days on the Davidson basketball team, that’s about the only record that wasn’t anywhere near in danger of being broken, not with Georgia Tech’s infamous 222-0 win over Cumberland College in 1916 standing as the sport’s single most insane game ever played.

But the other stats? Well …

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The tiny North Carolina college had 984 total yards and 685 rushing yards, advancing the ball over half a mile on offense. Both are NCAA records.

The Wildcats led 57-26 at the half after going for 524 yards; both are school records.

Davidson averaged 15.5 yards per play; even John Heisman’s Yellow Jackets didn’t pull that off.

As far as scoring from anywhere on the field goes, eight of the Wildcats’ touchdowns went for 50 yards or more, and a ninth topped the 40-yard mark.

Davidson ran three quarterbacks out there; they went a combined 8-of-8 for 279 yards, three touchdowns, and a you-gotta-be-kidding-me 34.9 yards per attempt.

Five Wildcats rushed for at least 80 yards while also scoring a touchdown. Five players in the entire NFL in Week 1 rushed for at least 80 yards and a score.

The Davidson defense did its part, such as it is, to ensure that the combined team totals were impressive as well.

After all, a Division I FCS team just “held” a Division III school to 61 points and 698 yards of total offense.

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Davidson is now 3-0, although the Wildcats have yet to play a Division I opponent this season. It’s the first time the school has won three games in a season since it went 4-7 in 2011 and the best start the team has had since 2000.

While it wasn’t exactly 222-0, fans got treated to a display of scoring the likes of which the sport has rarely seen in 136 years.

All told, Davidson set the bar … for the basketball team to try and reach in terms of points.

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Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
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