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College Football: Scoring and Surrendering 50+ Points Twice in the Same Season

Posted by Andrew McKillop on November 12, 2011

The Toledo Rockets have had a wild ride the past two weeks.  After losing to Northern Illinois 60-63, they rebounded with a 66-63 victory over Western Michigan.  In back to back games, Toledo has both scored 60 plus points and surrendered 60 plus points.

It’s the first time in the history of major college football, that any team has both scored and surrendered 60 points or more twice in the same season; let alone in back to back games.

It’s also only the third time in the history of major college football, that a team has both scored and surrendered 50 points or more twice in the same season.  In all three cases now, the schools split the games.

Scoring and Surrendering 50+ Points Twice in the Same Season

School Year Gm # Opponent Result
Navy 2007 8 vs Delaware L 52-59
2007 10 at North Texas W 74-62
Eastern Michigan 2008 11 at Temple L 52-55
2008 12 vs Central Michigan W 56-52
Toledo 2011 9 vs Northern Illinois L 60-63
2011 10 vs Western Michigan W 66-63


Reference: James Howell’s College Football Scores, College Football at



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College Football: Scoring 70+ Points against Two Conference Opponents in the Same Season

Posted by Andrew McKillop on November 12, 2011

This week the Houston Cougars completed a feat rarely seen in college football. With their 73-17 victory over Tulane, the Cougars become only the sixth team (Division I or equivalent) in the last 100 years, to score 70 points or more against two conference opponents in the same season.

School Year Defeated Score
Vanderbilt 1915 vs Georgetown (KY) 75-0
1915 n Mississippi 91-0
Centre 1920 vs Samford 120-0
1920 vs Georgetown (KY) 103-0
USC 1929 vs UCLA 76-0
1929 vs Idaho 72-0
Florida St 1995 n Duke 70-26
1995 vs North Carolina St 77-17
1995 vs Wake Forest 72-13
Wisconsin 2010 vs Indiana 83-20
2010 vs Northwestern 70-23
Houston 2011 vs Rice 73-34
2011 at Tulane 73-17


Reference: College Football at Sports-Reference.comCollege Football Data Warehouse


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Book Review: Stars of an Earlier Autumn

Posted by Andrew McKillop on November 1, 2011

I don’t buy a lot of hard copy sports reference books anymore.  With websites like, College Football Data Warehouse, and ShrpSports there isn’t much incentive in dropping a lot of money down on a bulky reference books.  But a few weeks ago, I broke down and bought my first sports reference book in years.  Noted college football historian and researcher Tex Noel released a new version of Stars of an Earlier Autumn: An Unofficial College Football Record Book.

Stars covers college football history from it’s inception in 1869 to the start of the modern poll era in 1936.  There are facts and stats in Stars that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.  We have all heard about the legends; Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, the Four Horseman, etc.  Stars sheds a new light on the legends of the Leatherhead era, by providing hard to find statistics on these players.  I always figured in-depth statistics on these legends had been lost forever.

Don’t let the title fool you.  Stars just doesn’t cover star players of the era.  Stars has over 500 pages, and it never gets old or repetitive.  Each page brings to life a mostly forgotten era of college football.  Tex Noel has published hundreds of compilations on early national champions, early era polls, rule changes, rivalries, coaches, unusual games, unusual plays, etc.

Around sports research circles Tex Noel is known as the college football stat guy.  His work is unprecedented, and Noel brought his best work forward for Stars.  Noel is also easily accessible; he’s willing to share his interest in college football history to anybody, whether there in the media, or just an average fan.  His passion for the game supersedes ego; a rarity in the field of sports research and writing.

For $9.99 you can buy an e-version of Stars that comes in .pdf format, or for $42 you can buy a hard copy.  It all depends on your preference.  I liked the e-version because it was easily searchable, and you can’t beat the price.

Stars is simply a one of a kind resource.


Purchase Stars of an Earlier Autumn here.


Note: I don’t make any commissions off of sales generated from this review.  Stars is simply a great reference book that I wanted to share with my audience.


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