One Division II school is kicking itself after a dismal night set new records for futility.
The College of Faith had minus-100 total yards in a 71-0 blowout loss, also rushing for negative-124 yards to set two NCAA records in total ineptitude.
And to cap off a night of setting records no one in their right mind would want to put their name next to, the College of Faith gave up three safeties to tie the Division II mark for most safeties allowed by a team.
Suffice to say, the players and coaches are hoping for a better day in the future.
An embarrassing loss
Unless you graduated from either university, you probably haven’t heard of the College of Faith – an Christian online school in Charlotte – or the team that blew it out of the water, Tusculum College, one of the oldest schools in Tennessee.
Their anonymity didn't stop either team though from setting a new standard for beat downs.
The past precedent for failure was set by Cumberland, which gained negative-96 yards in a 222-0 loss to Georgia Tech in 1916 – with suspect unofficial numbers of course.
The previous for fewest total yards in an NCAA game was minus-69, when Division II school Fort Valley State demolished Miles in 1993, according to ESPN. The now-surpassed record for fewest rushing yards was minus-112, accomplished by Wesleyan (Connecticut) in a loss to Division III program Coast Guard.
ESPN college football writer Mark Schlabach was one of the first to notice the game Thursday night, when he tweeted to his almost 75 thousand followers the box score.
If there is a positive for College of Faith, it’s probably the fact that at least one of its players performed well.
Punter Christopher Thompson had six punts, compared to total first downs for the team, for 183 yards.
That’s an average of 30.5 yards, including a 49-yarder!
Drive by drive
If you want a more nuanced look at what exactly led to one of the more embarrassing losses in college football history – certainly the worst since the turn of the century – there is a drive-by-drive breakdown by Bleacher Report’s Ryan Nanni.
Meanwhile, we shouldn't be too hard on the College of Faith.
They are primarily an online school for pastors, playing against storied Tusculum, whose graduates include Ricardo Colclough, a former Super Bowl-winning cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and numerous former Tennessee politicians.
Not that anyone knew who Tusculum was, either, before the whooping they just gave.