The 50 Most Unbelievably Lopsided Blowouts Ever

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2013

The 50 Most Unbelievably Lopsided Blowouts Ever

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    We all know that games are supposed to be fun, but unfortunately, that can all stop once one team starts running the score up on its opposition.

    As bad as it feels to lose by a mere one or two points, when a single possession could have changed the outcome, it's even worse when one team literally can't wait for the clock to hit triple zeros just to end the suffering of a big loss.

    Since we've seen some serious blowouts in sports, we're giving you the 50 most lopsided blowouts ever, with emphasis on ones in the biggest of games.

50. 1901 University of Michigan Football

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    Michigan Football Outscores Opponents 550-0 During the Season.

    We get started with a nontraditional addition to the most lopsided blowouts list, as we add the Michigan Wolverines entire 1901 football season.

    Impressive enough are wins of 128-0, 89-0 and no victory less than 21 points.

    Even more astonishing is that the team didn't let an opponent score a single point the entire season, making them the ultimate blowout team.

49. Grinnell vs. Faith Baptist Bible (2012)

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    Grinnell: 179

    Faith Baptist Bible: 104

    Don't get us wrong: A team dropping 104 points on someone is impressive—especially when you consider it was in a college basketball game.

    But when their opponent beats them by 75 points, it's just a little more noteworthy.

    Yes, this is the game where Grinnell's Jack Taylor hit 27 three-pointers and ended with 138 points, setting a new NCAA record for most individual points in a game.

    Where in the hell was Faith Baptist's defense?

48. Tiger Woods Defeats Stephen Ames (2006)

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    Tiger Woods Defeats Stephen Ames 9 and 8 in Match Play.

    Why haven't people learned to just keep their mouth shut when playing Tiger Woods?

    As the best golfer of his generation, Woods doesn't take trash-talking lightly, instead just letting his game do the talking.

    He proved that during this 2006 Match Play event, when he embarrassed challenger Stephen Ames, who actually thought he stood a chance against Woods because of his "erratic driving."

47. West Virginia vs. Rutgers (2001)

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    West Virginia: 80

    Rutgers: 7

    Since Dana Holgorsen took over the West Virginia sidelines as head coach back in 2011, the Mountaineers have put up some video-game-type offensive numbers.

    But this victory from 2001 proves that the Mountaineers had some firepower back then too.

    What makes this 73-point margin even sillier is that WVU actually had lost its previous three games by a combined total of 114-27 and were in the midst of a four-game losing streak.

    This was quite the way to end that losing streak.

46. Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls (2013)

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    Miami Heat: 115

    Chicago Bulls: 78

    Though this one just happened last week, it's a game that every Chicago supporter can't soon forget—especially after a shocking Game 1 win.

    The final tally shows that the Heat demolished the Bulls by 37 points—the franchise's worst playoff loss—but at one point, Miami led by as many as 46.

    In any basketball game, that's bad, but because it happened in a second-round playoff game, it just feels a little bit worse.

45. North Carolina vs. Rhode Island (1993)

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    North Carolina: 112

    Rhode Island: 67

    There have been bigger point spreads in NCAA tourney history, but seeing that this was a 45-point debacle, it's still up there on the all-time list.

    Had this been a first-round game, it would have been ugly enough, but considering it was actually a second-round matchup pitting the No. 1 seeded Heels against the eighth seeded Rams, it makes it a little more humiliating.

44. Australia vs. American Samoa (2002)

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    Australia: 31

    American Samoa: 0

    Who says there's not enough scoring in soccer?

    Just check out that video and you'll have more shots ending up in the back of the net than you could ever imagine, with Australia balancing their attack with 16 first-half netters and 15 more in the next 45 minutes.

    Needless to say, the Aussies more than won the aggregate goal differential in this World Cup qualifier.

43. Long Island vs. Medgar Evers (1997)

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    Long Island: 179

    Medgar Evers: 62

    Whenever a team forces 60 turnovers in a game, one would hope that they end up with a lopsided final score.

    That's exactly what happened in this 1997 contest when LIU averaged taking the ball from Medgar Evans every 40 seconds.

    With such a wide margin of victory, it's only natural everyone involved has varying opinions.

42. Oklahoma vs Texas A&M (2003)

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    Oklahoma: 77

    Texas A&M: 0

    How this could possibly happen?

    Maybe against a cupcake school in the first couple weeks of a new season, but a 77-0 blowout for Texas A&M?

    All this coming after the Aggies actually defeated Oklahoma the year prior, derailing their national title hopes in 2002.

    Revenge must have felt pretty sweet.

41. The Covenant School vs. Dallas Academy (2009)

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    The Covenant School: 100

    Dallas Academy: 0

    It's one thing to get shutout, but it's a completely different animal getting blanked and not even scoring a damn point!

    That's what happened for the girl's basketball team of Dallas Academy in 2009, who, after getting pummeled, actually ended up with the victory after fallout from media forced Covenant to apologize and forfeit the win.

    Was it worth the actual stinging of the game itself though?

    Probably not.

40. New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans (2009)

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    New England Patriots: 59

    Tennessee Titans: 0

    Living in Nashville during this game, the faces and emotions of my friends are still fresh in my mind.

    It was on a trip back from South Bend  that we followed the Southern Cal/Notre Dame game in the back of a rented RV.

    Needless to say, we all stopped caring by the end of the first half, as the Pats led 45-0, with Tom Brady tossing five first-half touchdown passes and totaling six for the entire game.

39. Canada vs. Denmark (1949)

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    Canada: 47

    Denmark: 0

    One would think that after smashing the opposing Danes in the 1949 World Hockey Championships, the Canadian squad went on to win the entire tournament.

    Unfortunately, the team didn't save enough goals for the medal rounds, getting bounced by the Czech team 3-2 to just earn the silver medal.

    But they can always hang their helmets on this blowout victory.

38. Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee State (2010)

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    Georgia Tech: 82

    Tennessee State: 11

    Was this an overpowering defensive performance by Georgia Tech or just an absolutely pathetic shooting night for Tennessee State?

    Either way, the Tigers shot just 3-50 from the field and set an NCAA women's Division I record for fewest points in a game.

    Total disbelief from everyone involved.

37. Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Browns (1950)

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    Boston Red Sox: 29

    St. Louis Browns: 4

    As the largest deficit in American League history, the Red Sox completely annihilated the visiting Browns in the summer of 1950.

    With Red Sox Hall of Fame second baseman Bobby Doerr leading the way with his eight RBI and All-Star first baseman Walt Dropo knocking in seven more, the Sox were just too much to handle.

    The worst thing that came from this win is that Boston lost nine of its next 10 games, falling out of the pennant race.

36. Morningside High School vs. South Torrance High School (1990)

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    Morningside High School: 102

    South Torrance High School: 24

    We all recognize Lisa Leslie's name now, but before she became one of the most decorated women's basketball players ever, she was just a high school phenom for her Morningside High team in 1990.

    As her defending California state champion team led 49-6 after the first quarter, Leslie capped the blowout with a 101-point performance—yes, she scored all but one of her team's points that night.

    It was at that point, down 102-24 at half, that South Torrance decided to call it quits and head for the buses.

35. USC vs. Oklahoma (2005)

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    USC: 55

    Oklahoma: 19

    If there was anyone who doubted whether the "Men of Troy" were for real, the national title game against Oklahoma shut them up.

    Highly anticipated because of the dominance of both programs during the season and the matchup of the previous two Heisman winners, Southern Cal outclassed the Sooners the entire night.

    Trojan quarterback Matt Leinart tossed five touchdown passes in helping lead his team to the 55 points, both which set national title game records.

34. Alabama vs. Notre Dame (2013)

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    Alabama: 42

    Notre Dame: 14

    After Notre Dame fans had rejoiced for finally being back amongst the giants of college football last season, their dreams of a national title were quickly shattered by the Tide's dominating performance.

    It was one of the most boring and predictable games to watch in national title game history, with the only expression of energy coming from the announcers upon seeing Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's sexy girlfriend, Katherine Webb.

33. Grand Avenue High vs. Audrey Memorial High (1964)

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    Grand Avenue High: 211

    Audrey Memorial High: 29

    Played in 1964, the picture here obviously aren't the kids who participated in this blowout victory for Grand Avenue High in Louisiana.

    Although the game set numerous state records, the write-up on it was less than impressive—wonder if the beat writer knew someone who attended Audrey?

32. Steffi Graf vs. Natasha Zvereva (1988)

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    Steffi Graf Beats Natasha Zvereva 6-0, 6-0 in 32 Minutes.

    Playing in a Grand Slam tournament can be difficult enough for anyone—especially when on the other side of the net is 22-time Grand Slam singles champ Steffi Graf staring you down.

    It's just hard to believe that an entire tennis match lasted just 120 seconds longer than a rerun of Seinfeld.

    That's pure dominance by Graf, friends.

31. Ned Jarrett Wins by 14 Laps (1965)

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    Ned Jarrett Wins By a Record 14 Laps.

    Though only 15 of the 44 cars that started the race remained on the track when Ned Jarrett earned the checkered flag in this one, it doesn't diminish this blowout win.

    Setting a NASCAR record with his feat, Jarrett could have stopped for a sit down lunch and still have had time to win this race in 1965.

30. UCLA vs. Texas (1997)

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    UCLA: 66

    Texas: 3

    If you're a gambling man, think about this before agreeing with Vegas on your next bet.

    Texas was actually favored to win this game back in 1996.

    How'd that work out for UT fans?

    Well, UCLA quarterback Cade McNown tossed five first-half touchdowns, and the Bruins defense limited future Heisman trophy-winning Longhorn running back Ricky Williams to just 36 rushing yards for the game.

29. Loyola University vs. Tennessee Tech (1963)

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    Loyola University: 111

    Tennessee Tech: 42

    In the largest victory margin in NCAA tournament history, Loyola had no problem getting by lowly Tennessee Tech in the first round in 1963's March Madness.

    The win catapulted the Ramblers all the way to the title game, where they defeated the University of Cincinnati to earn the school's first and only national championship in men's basketball.

28. South Atlanta vs. Cross Keys (2010)

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    South Atlanta: 95

    Cross Keys: 13

    Believe it or not, Cross Keys had actually lost games by the scores of 77-7, 75-7 and 65-0 earlier in their 2010 campaign, so to say the kids were used to such a beating might be an understatement.

    Not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but a South Atlanta coach admitted that to help alleviate the score, his team only ran two different plays the entire second half yet still continued to pile on the points.

27. Chicago Colts (Cubs) vs. Louisville Colonels (1897)

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    Chicago Colts (Cubs): 36

    Louisville Colonels: 7

    Scoring the most runs in a Major League game, the Chicago Colts (Cubs) absolutely blew their opponent away with this laugher.

    These days, scoring seven runs usually means you have a good chance of winning.

    But when the other team has more than five times that number, the odds are definitely stacked against you.

26. Naples High vs. Estero High (2008)

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    Naples: 91

    Estero: 0

    We're not sure if Estero just didn't want to play this day or what, but it's pretty obvious that they would have been less embarrassed by not showing up rather than actually stepping on the field against Naples.

    When one team destroys another by 91 points, it's only natural to see some backlash.

25. Sri Lanka vs. Kenya (2007)

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    Sri Lanka: 201

    Kenya: 27

    The game of cricket has been around since the 16th century, so when a match goes the way it did for Sri Lanka and Kenya back in 2007, it's quite impressive.

    Without too much detail, this was the biggest blowout in the sport's history, with the second biggest defeat being 42 runs less.

24. Lake Highlands vs. Samuell High (2007)

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    Lake Highlands: 50-ish

    Samuell High: 0

    Nope, that's not a misprint on our part.

    The score was actually 50-something, as so many Highlands players crossed home plate that the scoreboard guys just couldn't keep track any longer.

    Samuell didn't have a hit, while Highlands went 44-68.

    That's called an absolute drubbing.

23. Tiger Woods Wins U.S. Open by 15 Strokes (2000)

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    Tiger Woods Wins the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 Strokes.

    Tiger Woods has done some astonishing things throughout his golf career.

    With 14-total Major titles, his U.S. Open championship in 2000 might be the single-most impressive victory he's ever had.

    The 15-stroke victory margin is good enough for the second largest in PGA history, while he also set numerous U.S. Open records with his performance.

22. Georgia Tech vs. Earlham (1975)

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    Georgia Tech: 41

    Earlham: 0

    All we know about this baseball game is that it occurred in 1975, and with the 41-run margin, set the NCAA baseball record for largest defeat in a single game.

    Seeing this score in football would be a total butt-kicking, so to think the Jackets crossed the plate 41 times on a baseball field is absolutely nutty.

21. Florida vs. Florida State (1997)

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    Florida: 52

    Florida State: 20

    It's safe to say that the Gators avenged the loss they had to the Seminoles earlier in the season.

    With Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel leading the way with four total touchdowns (three passing, one running), the Gators left little doubt as to who were the national champs in 1996.

20. Haven High vs. Sylvia High (1927)

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    Haven High: 256

    Sylvia High: 0

    Were any of us alive when this game happened?

    Not likely.

    But, believe it or not, there was a high school football game in which a team not only scored 256 points but also didn't let their opponent cross the goal line.

    Any team that can claim they did that earns mad respect.

19. Florida vs. Ohio State (2007)

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    Florida: 41

    Ohio State: 14

    As a Buckeyes fan, this one is still fresh in our mind.

    All the anticipation after the Ohio State quarterback won the Heisman trophy and the Bucks ran the table from preseason No. 1 was wiped away pretty quickly.

    Though Ohio took the opening kickoff to the house for a 7-0 lead, they got murdered 42-7 in the remaining 59 minutes and 50 seconds of the game.

18. Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers (1944)

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    Detroit Red Wings: 15

    New York Rangers: 0

    It's the largest margin of victory in NHL history, so of course it has to be rubbed into all Rangers fans' faces.

    Thanks to several New York players being called into active duty for World War II duty, the roster was left quite depleted heading into the season.

    Though bad, few imagined the team would ever lose this badly to the Red Wings.

17. South Korea vs. Thailand (1998)

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    South Korea: 92

    Thailand: 0

    Though we unfortunately lack a lot of statistical info, any team that scores 92 times in a hockey game while shutting out their opponent delivered one of the biggest shellackings in sports history.

    What we do know from this game is that South Korean forward Donghwan Song scored 31 goals, meaning he had a hat trick 10 times over.

    That's a lot of hat tossing.

16. Cleveland Cavs vs. Miami Heat (1991)

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    Cleveland Cavs: 148

    Miami Heat: 80

    Cleveland may not have been able to beat Miami in the '97 World Series.

    Or, more importantly, in the race to try and sign LeBron James.

    But dammit, the Cavs were able to deliver the city the worst loss in NBA history when, in 1991, Mark Price and the boys demolished the Heat by 68 points.

15. Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (1966)

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    Orioles Sweep Dodgers in 1966 World Series.

    The numbers speak for themselves with this sweep in the 1966 World Series.

    How good was the Orioles' pitching—or how terrible was the Dodgers' hitting—throughout the series?

    Los Angeles didn't score a single run after the third inning of Game 1! 

    Yes, that's 33 consecutive scoreless innings (out of 36 total), and a mark that occurred thanks to the Dodgers batting just .142 the entire series, scoring only two runs and enduring three shutouts.

14. Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills (1993)

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    Dallas Cowboys: 52

    Buffalo Bills: 17

    Super Bowl XXVII never lived up to the hype most pundits had thought it would.

    Appearing in its third-straight Super Bowl, the Bills were overmatched the entire first half, trailing 28-10 by intermission.

    MVP Troy Aikman threw four touchdowns to capture his first of three rings in the '90s, while helping lead an offense that put up over 400 total yards

    The most memorable moment for Bills fans (and unfortunately, Dallas defensive lineman Leon Lett) was this blunder late in the game.

13. Nebraska vs. Florida (1996)

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    Nebraska: 62

    Florida: 24

    Better known as the "Tommie Frazier game," the Cornhuskers' quarterback rushed 16 times for 199 yards and two scores to capture his third-straight national title MVP award.

    Mustering up over 629 (524 on the ground), Nebraska sliced through the Gators defense, while holding the "Ol' Ball Coach's" team to a lousy 269 yards (minus-28 on the ground).

    It's hard to believe the Gators actually held the lead after the first quarter in this one.

12. Slovakia vs. Bulgaria (2008)

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    Slovakia: 82

    Bulgaria: 0

    Since we "only" gave you the second part of this lopsided loss, here's the link to the first part, just in case you want to see all 82 Slovakian goals.

    Anytime a team can score on over 58 percent of their attempted shots, that's pretty good.

    Considering Slovakia flicked the puck on Bulgaria's net an astonishing 139 times, it makes it even more bizarre.

11. Stade Olympique De L'Emyrne vs. Adema (2002)

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    Adema: 149

    Stade Olympique de l'Emyrne: 0

    At first look, the 149 goals in a soccer match should be impressive, right?

    You'd think so, but wait till you hear the story before crediting Adema as the greatest team to ever step on a pitch.

    After a 2-2 tie in Olympique's previous match—knocking them out of title contention after a late and disputed penalty kick call—the squad's head coach Zaka Be wanted to stage a protest against the referees.

    Be's stubbornness proved to be Adema's fortunes, as Olympique never let their opponent touch the ball all match, scoring all 149 goals against themselves.

10. Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles (2007)

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    Texas Rangers: 30

    Baltimore Orioles: 3

    Instead of trying to break down all the different records that happened during this late-season game in 2007 between the Rangers and Orioles, we'll just let you read the game recap yourself.

    Just know that the 30 runs Texas scored were the most in American League history. This was the first time in 110 years a major league team scored that many runs in a game.

9. Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees (1963)

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    Dodgers Sweep Yankees in 1963 World Series.

    Some may argue that Los Angeles' World Series dominance of the 104-57 regular season Yankees is a cop-out to put in the top-10—especially since it wasn't just in one game.

    But that's why it's even more impressive.

    With a roster featuring seven All-Stars that season, the "Bronx Bombers" could never get anything going against Dodgers pitchers, only scoring four runs in four games and getting just 22 hits all series.

    The Pinstripers batted a dismal .171 for the Series, never holding the lead, and their four-run total is the second lowest in World Series history.


8. Secretariat Wins Belmont by 31 Lengths (1973)

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    Secretariat Wins Belmont by 31 Lengths

    The title should tell it all.

    Already winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Secretariat needed to hold off the rest of the field to become just the ninth horse ever to win the sports vaunted Triple Crown.

    With only five horses in the field—one of which was main competitor Sham—the stallion burst ahead to set a track record of 2:24 for the 1.5 mile race.

7. Australia vs. Namibia (2003)

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    Australia: 142

    Namibia: 0

    Though it wasn't in a title game—as most of the top-10 spots here—this devastating loss was part of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, so it wasn't like this was just an exhibition game or something.

    The game of rugby has been rumored to have begun way back in 1823, so when one team outscores its opponent not only by putting up an insane 142 points, but also by shutting them out, it's a match for the ages.

6. UNLV vs. Duke (1990)

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    UNLV: 103

    Duke: 73

    Many of us know that Duke has built itself into a blue-blooded program thanks to Coach K, but before getting there, they took the punches like other school's had to.

    Unfortunately for them, the Blue Devils were on the losing end of the most lopsided title game ever, getting blitzed by an 18-0 Rebel run in just a three-minute span that all but buried the Dukies.

    UNLV became the first team to score 100-plus in a final game, shooting 61 percent from the floor and setting a final game record with 16 steals.

    So, yeah, they did just about everything right that night.

5. Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins (1940)

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    Chicago Bears: 73

    Washington Redskins: 0

    In the long and storied history of the National Football League, this game—which happened to be the 1940 NFL Championship—is the worst defeat ever.

    After defeating the same Bears squad by a score of 7-3 just three weeks prior, the Redskins couldn't do a single thing right from the get-go, as the Bears scored a 68-yard touchdown on the second play of the game.

    It got so bad that the teams were down to just one football after the rest of them all got kicked into the stands from extra points.

4. Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots (1986)

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    Chicago Bears: 46

    New England Patriots: 10

    Thanks to the "Monsters of the Midway's" dominance in the Super Bowl, the champs were remembered for more than just the infamous "Super Bowl Shuffle"—which was actually filmed seven weeks before the title game.

    Talk about confidence.

    Lucky for them, they backed it up by wiping the floor with the Pats, using their vaunted defense to allow just six rushing yards and sacking New England quarterback Tony Eason seven times.

    The 46 points were the most in Super Bowl history at the time.

3. Michigan vs. USC (1948)

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    Michigan: 49

    USC: 0

    You'd think that two story programs like Michigan and Southern Cal would be a little closer, but after the Wolverines got screwed by the national polls before the game when Notre Dame was determined to be national champs, they took out their anger on the poor Trojans.

    The defense only allowed 53 points all season long and the offense was ranked No. 1 in the country, so this definitely wasn't an aberration.

    Following the win, the AP got smart and voted again in another poll for the national champs, with Michigan coming out on top in that one.

    Though controversial, both Notre Dame and Michigan claimed the national title that year.

2. San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos (1990)

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    San Francisco 49ers: 55

    Denver Broncos: 10

    Any team given a 12-point spread would probably feel pretty good about their chances, but the Niners wanted to prove they deserved even more cred for being as good as they were.

    In the biggest debacle in Super Bowl history, San Francisco led 27-3 at half, with the quarterback play the final indicator as to the lopsided score.

    Game MVP Joe Montana finished 22-of-29 for 297 yards and five touchdowns, while John Elway was a less than impressive 10-of-26 for 108 yards and two picks.

1. Georgia Tech vs. Cumberland College (1916)

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    Georgia Tech: 222

    Cumberland: 0

    After sorting through some of the other most miserable losses anyone has ever seen, why does Georgia Tech football's 222-0 win over small Cumberland College hold the top spot?

    Well, besides the final score, consider that Tech coach John Heisman openly said he'd run up the score after Cumberland beat GT's baseball team 22-0 by using semi-pro players.

    So when the Jackets led 126-0 at half, Heisman’s pep talk to his team went something like this, "We’re ahead, but you just can’t tell what those Cumberland players have up their sleeves. They may spring a surprise. Be alert, men.”

    Yeah, OK coach.


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