For The Record

College football's record book full of the unbelievable and even breakable

June 6, 2007

By Adam Caparell



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The old saying goes records are made to be broken. But there are always exceptions to the rules.


The 2006 college football season saw some record breaking performances, like Colt Brennan's 58 passing touchdowns, but could we see a few more fall as well in 2007? Quite possibly after a read over of the encyclopedia that is the Official NCAA Divisions I-A (BCS) and I-AA (FCS) Football Records Book. Scan its 592 pages and you'll find a few records that could fall this fall, a record that will fall and some that seem to be rock-solid safe.


Have Fun Trying: Records That Won't Be Broken




Most Passes Attempted In A Quarter


Record: Jason Davis, UNLV vs. Idaho, Sept. 17, 1994, 41 attempts in the fourth quarter - he completed 28.  


Chances of It Being Broken: Slim. Graham Harrell, last year's leader in pass attempts threw the football 617 times last year in 13 games for, if you didn't already know, Texas Tech and Mike Leach's pass-happy offense. That means Harrell averaged 47 passes per game, nearly 32 completions per game and roughly 11 attempts per quarter.


There are guys out there whose arms would fall off if they threw 41 balls in a game, let alone in a quarter. And the record for a game? Drew Brees threw 83 times in Purdue's 31-24 loss to Wisconsin on October 10, 1998. He completed 55 of his attempts - also a record.


Most Points Scored In A Season


Record: 234 by Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders in 1988 as he scored 39 touchdowns in 11 games.


Chances of It Being Broken: Practically Unthinkable. Boise State's Ian Johnson scored 25 touchdowns last season to lead the nation. That was good enough for 152 points and a 12.67 average per game. Sanders averaged 21.3 points per game in his Heisman Trophy winning season. Since 1970, only three players have come within 60 points of Sanders: Boise State's Brock Forsey and Nebraska's Mike Rozier both had 174 points in 2002 and1983, respectively, while Louisiana Tech's Troy Edwards had 188 points in 1998.


Fewest Points Allowed Per Game


Record: 0 by Western Michigan in six games in 1922, Duke in nine games in 1938 and Tennessee in 10 games in 1939.


Chances of It Being Broken: Zero. Virginia Tech led the nation in scoring defense last season, giving up an average of only 11 points per game. And that's with four shutouts. But it doesn't even come close to the futility teams felt at the hands of the Blue Devils and the Vols in the first few years of the modern era.  


Highest Scoring Tie-Game:


Record: 52-52, BYU vs. San Diego State, Nov. 16, 1991


Chances of It Being Broken:  What are the chances of the NCAA changing the rules to bring back tie games?


Going Down: A Record That's Bound To be Broken


Most Touchdown Passes In A Season


Record: Colt Brennan, Hawai'i, 58 in 2006


Chances of It Being Broken: Bet The Bank. As long as Brennan stays healthy, he's going to have plenty upon plenty upon plenty of opportunities to throw the ball in Honolulu. For one, he actually thinks he'll be throwing more passes this season and it looks like the Warriors could very well play 13 regular season games - 14 if they make it to a bowl, which they'll be expected to. Two FCS opponents look to be on the docket with only one BCS opponent (Washington) and a WAC schedule that features only three teams that finished with winning records last year.


The Others: Some Records That May Live In Infamy


Most Safeties In A Game: 5 by Wake Forest in 2001.


Highest Scoring Game of All-Time/Most Lopsided Victory of All-Time: Georgia Tech 222, Cumberland 0, Oct. 7, 1916. The game was played well before the NCAA officially began keeping records, but someone in Atlanta obviously was that day. And Tech coach John Heisman, showed little mercy on the Bulldogs as the Yellow Jackets scored 18 TDs. Six teams scored 18 or fewer touchdowns in 2006.   


Longest Average Distance Field Goals Made In Season: 50.9 by Jason Hanson of Washington State in 1991.


Fewest First Downs By A Winning Team: 0 by two teams, North Carolina State who defeated Virginia in 1944, 13-0, and Michigan who beat arch-rival Ohio State, 9-3, in 1950.