Odd Football Facts

Sometimes It's Better to Lose

  • In 1942 undefeated Boston College had its eye on an Orange Bowl date with Alabama as it entered its final game with archrival Holy Cross. BC had won 14 of its last 15 games while HC was a mediocre 4-4-1.
  • But the inspired Crusaders scored a stunning 55-12 upset of the Eagles.
  • As a result, the BC players cancelled their planned post-game victory party at Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub.
  • That night, 492 people died at the Cocoanut Grove in the deadliest nightclub fire in history.

Nickname Changes for Reasons Other Than Political Correctness

  • Akron: From Zippers to Zips (1950)
  • Arkansas: From Cardinals to Razorbacks (1909)
  • Ball State: From Hoosieroons to Cardinals (1929)
  • East Carolina: From Teachers to Pirates (1934)
  • Kansas State: From Farmers to Wildcats (1915)
  • Nebraska: From Bugeaters to Cornhuskers (1900)
  • Nevada: From Sage Hens to Wolfpack (1923)
  • Oklahoma: From Rough Riders to Sooners (1908)
  • Southern California: From Methodists to Trojans (1912)
  • Texas Tech: From Matadors to Red Raiders (1932)
  • Virginia Tech: From Fighting Gobblers to Hokies (over a period of years)

Block That Kick

  • James Ferebee of New Mexico State (1978-81) holds the all-time kick block record with 19 (eight FGs, six PATs, five punts).
  • Kevin Irvin of Memphis State blocked four punts in one game against Arkansas in 1992. James King of Central Michigan did the same against Michigan State in 2001.

    L: James King blocks one of his four punts against Michigan State. R: Joe Wessel
  • Joe Wessel scored three TDs on blocked kicks in 1984 for Florida State.

More Kicking Oddities

  • Ole Miss's Bill Smith had at least one punt of 50y or more in a record 32 consecutive games (1983-86). Smith never punted in the NFL.
  • Pat Brady of Nevada owns a record that can only be tied, not broken. He boomed a 99y punt against Loyola (CA) October 28, 1950. Brady punted 223 times for the Steelers from 1952-54, averaging 44.5 ypk.

    L-R: Bill Smith, Pat Brady

 

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The Snow Bowl

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