5 College Football Records That Will Never Be Broken
They say all records are meant to be broken.
But some records are just so far out there, so awesome, so radical, that they will never be topped. No matter who comes along, or how big and bad he may be, he will never be able to break the record that came before him.
College football has a few of those. There aren't many, because even some records that seem unbreakable have been pushed to its limits at one point or another. However, some records have been set so high that nobody has even come close, and never will.
After searching through the record books, there are five records that have absolutely no chance of being broken.
Note: All records are FBS only.
Most Rushes in a Season: 450
Player Who Holds the Record: Kevin Smith, UCF, 2007
So this is why Kevin Smith didn't amount to much in the NFL.
How in the world does a university even allow somebody to carry the ball 450 times in one season? Montee Ball was considered the ultimate workhorse for the Wisconsin Badgers, and the most he ever carried the rock was 356 times. Even that number is insane for one player, but adding another 100? Forget about it.
UCF must not have had anybody else the coaching staff could rely on in 2007, as Smith topped 30 carries eight times, while three of those games he received the ball more than 40. To put these numbers in perspective, there were 43 teams last season that didn't run the ball 450 times.
Nowadays, teams prefer to have at least three solid backs that can help carry the load. We rarely see one star running back getting the ball time and time again. Working a player into the ground like this is simply ridiculous and will never been done again.
Most Rushing Yards in a Season: 2,628
Player Who Holds the Record: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988
Part of the reason this record will never be broken is the reason Kevin Smith's record won't be touched. Running backs don't get the ball as much as they used to. Today's game involves spreading defenses out and throwing the ball as much as possible. Even teams with high profile running backs are splitting carries with the rest of the guys, which removes all hope of this record falling.
Rushing for 2,628 is a lot, to say the least. There were only 28 teams last season that managed to do it. Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey, who was last year's leading rusher, couldn't even top 2,000 yards (1,929) and he carried the ball 303 times. Defenses are designed to take away the best option available and make the offense find somebody else to produce.
There would have to be a combination of Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and Walter Payton out there for this incredible record to go down. It just isn't going to happen.
Most Interceptions in a Season: 14
Player Who Holds the Record: Al Worley, Washington, 1968
The date on this record should tell you all you need to know about the chances of it being broken. What makes this feat even more remarkable is that Washington only played in 10 games that season. Al Worley averaged 1.4 interceptions a game.
Manti Te'o received Heisman consideration due to a number of things, but his seven interceptions was talked about heavily. Try adding another seven to that total. Fresno State's Phillip Thomas led the country with eight, but of course, those are baby numbers compared to what Worley did in a shorter season.
Interceptions are all about being in the right place at the right time. It also involves a little luck. Seriously, defensive players play defense because they don't have the best hands. Even with a couple of games added to the regular season schedule and with bowl statistics being included, there is no chance somebody tops this record.
Averaging more than one interception for an entire season is too fluky.
Most Sacks in a Season: 24
Player Who Holds the Record: Terrell Suggs, Arizona State, 2002
College football has the best defensive lineman it has ever seen in South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney. The most sacks he has had in a season is 13. It is nothing for an offensive line to shift the attention towards that one player and take him out of the game.
Sure, Clowney and other great players will occasionally beat the double-team, but he only had two games last season of at least two sacks for a reason. By the time a player reaches double-digits in the sack department, he can expect two massive linemen on him at all times, which forces other pass-rushers to step up.
To put 24 sacks into perspective, 51 teams last season weren't able to reach the number. Terrell Suggs was an absolute beast and it is amazing how offensive lines weren't able to even slow him down.
Because there were so many horrible blocking techniques in the Pac-10, Suggs will forever hold the college football single-season sack record.
Most Consecutive Victories: 47
Team that Holds the Record: Oklahoma, 1953–1957
Oklahoma was able to put together a 47-game winning streak that spanned five seasons. This is one of the greatest records in sports and will never be broken.
It's simple: College football is much more competitive than it was back then. Players are bigger, stronger and faster, and there is much more parity than there has ever been.
Only two of the top 10 winning streaks in college football have taken place within the last 50 years. Both came to an end at 34 with Miami in 2000–2002 and USC in 2003–2005. Both programs were still a good season away from even sniffing the record.
It is hard to win that many consecutive games in any sport, but especially college football. Players are constantly graduating, coaches come and go and schemes change. Not to mention the schedules are a lot tougher and it only takes one subpar performance for the streak to end.
This historic Oklahoma record will stand the test of time.