Trey Burton and College Football's Five Most Prolific Single Games in History
As sports fans, we are enamored by points.
Wayne Gretzky and his 215 points in the 1985-1986 season.
Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game against the New York Knicks in 1962.
LaDainian Tomlinson's 31 touchdowns in 2006.
While all of these records are great, and some unbreakable, college sports has its fair share of scoring records.
But why aren't they as well-known? The answer is relatively simple. College football players come and go like the seasons. They do not stick around for 10 or 20 years to improve on their records. When their four years are up, it's time to leave.
Some of the most prolific scoring performances in college football, in fact, took place just last weekend. Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Florida quarterback Trey Burton combined for 12 touchdowns last week. That is 72 combined points.
That is not even a record.
After a look back on Pryor and Burton's performances, there are three even more stellar performances that may never be topped.
Terrelle Pryor: Ohio State Vs. Eastern Michigan
Terrelle Pryor padded his Heisman hopeful stats last week against the cellar-dwelling Eastern Michigan Eagles.
In the 73-20 rout, Pryor threw for 224 yards and four touchdowns. He also had seven carries for 104 yards and another touchdown.
What made his day even more historic, though, happened in the third quarter. He hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from high school teammate Jordan Hall.
His six touchdowns added him to the list of multiple players with 36 points, but chances are not many of them threw, ran, and caught a touchdown in the same game.
Trey Burton: Florida Vs. Kentucky
Trey Burton made Gator fans forget Tim Tebow for at least one night. The quarterback-wide receiver scored six touchdowns in a 48-14 win over the Kentucky Wildcats.
He carried the ball five times for only 40 yards but scored a touchdown on every carry. It is pretty hard to get more yards if you score a touchdown every time you touch the ball.
His sixth touchdown came on an 11-yard pass from John Brantley.
Now it is highly unlikely that Burton will continue this kind of success in Florida. However, his performance quickly silenced the critics of Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, showing a huge improvement in the so far inept Gator offense.
Marshall Faulk: San Diego State Vs. Pacific
Now to some of the best performances of all time.
Marshall Faulk is one of only three players in NFL history to gain 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards in his career. But it was what happened in his freshman season at San Diego State that started his legacy on the right foot.
In just his second game with the Aztecs, he carried the ball 37 times for 386 yards. He also found the end zone seven times and even scored a two-point conversion.
This was just the beginning of one of the greatest freshman seasons in college football history, as Faulk ran for more than 1,400 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Howard Griffith: Illinois Vs. Southern Illinois
Howard Griffith was best known for his time as a fullback with the Denver Broncos, creating holes for Terrell Davis' 2,000-yard season in 1998.
However, it was his historic game with the Fighting Illini that will forever be in the record books.
On September 8, 1990, he broke the NCAA record for touchdowns in a game. He had eight touchdowns on just 21 carries, in only three quarters—and nobody saw it.
The game, unfortunately, was not televised. Nobody, except those in the stadium, got to see one of the most prolific single-game scoring performances of all time.
Jim Brown: Syracuse Vs. Colgate
This list simply would not be complete without the greatest football player in the history of the game.
In the regular season finale against Colgate, Brown rushed for 197 yards and six touchdowns.
Wait, weren't these supposed to be higher than six touchdowns? Well, hold your horses.
Brown not only scored six touchdowns, but kicked seven extra points as well. For most of us who never saw Brown play, there is nothing to relate this to. How could this running back also be the kicker?
Brown not only was an All-American football player, but also was exceptional in basketball, track, and lacrosse. He may not have the record for the most points in a game in college football history, but he will always be remembered as one of the greatest pure athletes in any sport.
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