College Football: The Worst Loss Ever for All 120 FBS Schools

Carl Stine@@CFBAllDayCorrespondent IApril 21, 2011

College Football: The Worst Loss Ever for All 120 FBS Schools

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    Losing is always bad, but sometimes it stings a little more than others.

    Every school has that one loss in its history—that absolutely back-breaking disappointment that makes fans shiver with disgust when they think about it.

    Some of them were mere disappointing losses to inferior opponents, while many were absolute beatings, but all of them had one thing in common: They hurt worse than any other loss in team history.

    This is a list of those games.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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    Western Kentucky has only been a part of the FBS since 2008, but the Hilltoppers have given us some memorable losses.

    I mean, when a team has 26 straight losses, it's tough to choose just one, but the September 5, 2009 meeting with the Tennessee Volunteers is their worst loss to date.

    In Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin's debut, QB Jonathan Crompton threw five TD passes en route to a 63-7 spanking of the Hilltoppers.


North Texas Mean Green

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    It's not technically a loss, but in 1964 the Mean Green tied UTEP 0-0.

    UTEP went 0-8-2 that season.

    So it at least deserved mention, but UNT's worst loss was to Rice in 2008.

    Yeah, the team that has old English script across the front of their jerseys beat UNT 77-20.

    Not fun.

Lousiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

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    The Ragin' Cajuns have one of the best mascots in the game, if only because they remind us of Bobby Boucher.

    They have also had some brutal scores not in their favor.

    Just as a snapshot, let's take the 1997 season.

    As an independent, the Cajuns lost to Texas A&M in September, 66-0.

    They followed that up on November 1 by getting hammered 56-0 at home by Tulane.

    Then they decided to go all out and lost the next weekend to Washington State 77-7.

    Hey, at least they beat Arkansas State that season.

Florida Atlantic Owls

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    In Florida Atlantic's short time as a member of the Sun Belt conference, they have had some tough losses.

    We are gonna have to go with their 2006 loss to South Carolina, 45-6, which marked the fourth straight week the Owls had allowed at least 45 points and scored only in single digits...

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks

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    The Warhawks' worst loss came in 1977, when they were completely dismantled by a Cincinnati team that finished the season 5-4-2.

    Final score: Bearcats - 63 Warhawks - 0

    I guess a conglomerate of four-legged wild beasts takes down a fighting bird every time...

Arkansas State Red Wolves

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    In a battle that was obviously not fair, the Red Wolves were trapped by LSU, 70-14.

    This was in 1991, and LSU finished the season at 5-6, while ASU finished 1-10...

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders

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    Adrian Peterson scored on three TD runs, and Oklahoma went into halftime up 45-0 en route to a 59-0 obliteration of MTSU.

    The Blue Raiders accumulated a measly 95 yards in the debacle.

Troy Trojans

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    The Trojans were in the middle of a four game winning streak when the Arkansas State Indians (at the time) came to Troy, Alabama on November 18, 2006.

    ASU RB Cedric Wilkerson scored with :17 on the clock to win it for the Indians, and salted away Troy's chances at a perfect conference record.

Florida International Golden Panthers

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    Admit that's one of the meanest crosses to the jaw ever you have ever seen...

    In a year that saw the Golden Panthers win only one contest, their last of the season, it was an inauspicious start and a harbinger of things to come when they lost to Penn State 59-0.

San Jose State Spartans

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    The losses to Alabama, Utah and Boise State were awful last year, however, SJSU lost 29-27 to the lowly New Mexico State Aggies.

    In the this one, the Spartans snatched defeat right out of the jaws of victory by allowing a 79 yard drive in the last :52 of game time.

    Aggies' WR Taveon Rogers caught the winning score with no time left on the clock...

New Mexico State Aggies

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    For the record, when your team loses to an opponent that Sports Illustrated dubbed "Futility U", that is a bad loss.

    In the late 80s and early 90s, there was no more awful a football program than the Aggies, and their drubbing at the hands of the Wildcats was the apex of their awfulness.

Utah State Aggies

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    In 1957, the Aggies were a member of the Skyline conference, and took on Iowa on the road.

    Bad idea.

    Utah State was flummoxed by Iowa on both sides of the ball, and ended up on the wrong end of a 70-14 score.

Idaho Vandals

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    Listen, the Vandals have had some blowout losses, and some tough losses.

    That being said, their biggest loss was their credibility when they decided to go with the logo over the butt move.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

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    A loss at Doak Walker Stadium to the 'Noles is bad enough when the final score is 66-3.

    The Seminoles beat down everyone in '88.

    But a loss at home to an eventual 9-3 Houston team by a final tally of 60-0?


Fresno State Bulldogs

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    In 1982, Fresno State rolled into October 5-0.

    They played I-AA Nevada in Reno, and lost 40-26.

    This ended up being the Bulldogs only loss of the season.

Hawaii Warriors

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    Hawaii was untouchable.

    Their QB, Colt Brennan, was a Heisman finalist, and a school from a "small" conference was finally going to show the big boys how to play.

    Except Hawaii forgot how.

    After running through their schedule to a perfect 12-0, the Warriors were pummeled by the 'Dawgs, 41-10.

    Brennan said this after the game: "It was the fastest team I've probably ever seen. We just couldn't get into our groove and do what we wanted to do."

    Hawaii averaged over 46 PPG to lead the nation, and Georgia held them to 10.

Nevada Wolf Pack

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    Nevada finished the season 13-1 in 2010.

    They lost only to Hawaii.

    They have never won on the islands since joining the WAC.

    Maybe this is why they are leaving the WAC.

Wyoming Cowboys

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    In 1912, apparently the Cowboys had a tough season.

    They won only two games, against Chadron State and the South Dakota Mines team.

    One of their losses was a 75-0 blowout by Colorado.

    That's brutal.

New Mexico Lobos

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    At the beginning of their second straight 1-11 season back in 2010, the Lobos laid an egg for the ages.

    Now we know Oregon is good; they were the eventual runner-up.

    However, a 72-0 score is embarrassing, no matter who you play.

UNLV Runnin' Rebels

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    in 1989, the Runnin' Rebels apparently forgot how to run, losing to Houston 69-0.

    This tops the list of UNLV inadequacies.

Colorado State Rams

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    In 1919, the Rams were a perfect 7-0 before they ran into the powerhouse that was Colorado College.

    Colorado State lost that game 13-0, losing their chance at a perfect season in the last game they played.

Boise State Broncos

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    Could it be anything else.

    After hearing from pundits and average football fans across the country that BSU belonged in the BCS National Championship after they beat Oregon State and Virginia Tech last season, the Broncos must have started to believe it.

    What they couldn't believe was the Brotzman Botch that ruined their perfect season and saw the Broncos' dreams of a BCS game go up in smoke.

San Diego State Aztecs

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    Other than Brady Hoke?

    In the early 70s, the Aztecs were quite a force in the PCAA.

    They went 10-1 in '72.

    That one loss was a 49-14 smack by the Houston Cougars.

    No second undefeated season for the Aztecs...

Air Force Falcons

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    In 1985, the Falcons outscored opponents 470-179.

    Unfortunately, they lost to conference foe BYU 28-21 on 11/16, marring their otherwise perfect season.

TCU Horned Frogs

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    WR Mike Renfro was a stud for the 1976 Horned Frogs.

    Too bad they finished without a victory.

    Miami was an awful team back then, and this team was so bad, that they lost to the 'Canes 49-0.

Eastern Michigan Eagles

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    Easily last year's shellacking by Northern Illinois.

    The Huskies hung 71 on the Eagles, and held their offense to 11 yards passing...

Central Michigan Chippewas

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    In '94, the Chippewas made it to the Las Vegas Bowl.

    They lost 52-24 to none other than UNLV.

    It was only their third loss of the season.

Ball State Cardinals

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    The Cardinals rolled through the '08 season undefeated all the way to the MAC championship game.

    They faced the Buffalo Bulls.

    They couldn't hang onto the ball, and a great season was erased in a night full of miscues and four fumbles, 42-24.

Western Michigan Broncos

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    2004 was a year to forget for the Broncos.

    They lost to Va. Tech 63-0, and Bowling Green 52-0.

    But probably their most backbreaking loss that season came at the hands of Central Michigan, 24-21 in OT.

Toledo Rockets

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    From '69-'71, the Rockets did not lose.

    In the opening game of 1972, against Tampa, they were blanked 21-0.

    But their worst "loss" was a 28-28 tie with Miami (OH), which denied them their first perfect season since '71.

Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Gonna have to go with the Huskies loss to the Southern Illinois Salukis in '76.

    The Salukis hammered them by a final of 54-0.

Akron Zips

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    On the road to visit a Central Michigan team that finished 5-6, the Zips laid an egg.

    They fell 42-0 to a less than stellar Chippewas squad.

Buffalo Bulls

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    The Bulls lost to lowly Rutgers, 59-0 back in 2000 to ring in the new millennium the right way.

    The awful level of Rutgers play only magnifies the complete and total low spot buffalo hit with this loss.

Bowling Green Falcons

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    In 2007, BGSU was invited to the GMAC to take on a 9-4 Tulsa team.

    It was a bloodbath.

    Tulsa came out the victor, 63-7.

    The Falcons had four fumbles and less than half of Tulsa's yards at the end of the debacle.

Kent State Golden Flashes

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    A 118-0 loss to Baldwin Wallace College in 1923 is nullified by the fact that the Golden Flashes were not division I-A back then, so we have to go with the 56-0 loss to Miami (OH) in '98.

Temple Owls

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    A 69-7 loss to Bowling Green in '05 has to take the cake here.

    BGSU QB Omar Jacobs threw for 326 yards and four TDs in the rout.

Ohio Bobcats

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    Ohio held the banner of the MAC high in 2002, when they suffered a 31-0 defeat at the hands of the division I-AA Northeastern Huskies.

    Not something to write home about.

Miami (OH) Redhawks

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    In their only loss from '73-'75, the Redhawks fell to Michigan State 14-13 on September 20, 1975.

    The Spartans proved too tough for Miami, barely pulling it out, and denying the Redhawks their third undefeated season in a row...

BYU Cougars

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    Legendary BYU coach LaVell Edwards would like to forget this one.

    On October 26, 1985, the BYU Cougars were 35 point favorites headed into El Paso to take on the lowly Miners.

    UTEP came out on top, 23-16.

    Over the previous 11 seasons, the Miners had only won 14 games, while the Cougars won 13 in 1984 alone.

    BYU had won 30 of 31 games and 25 conference bouts in a row...

Army Black Knights

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    Once again, this one is not technically a loss, but it's not a win, and it carried a certain sting to it.

    From 1944-1946, the Army never lost a game, and they beat their bitter rivals, Notre Dame in both '44 and '45.

    But in '46, Notre Dame fought the might Army squad to a 0-0 tie, effectively ending one of the best winning streaks in college football history.

Navy Midshipmen

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    Navy was at home for this one, a 70-7 bushwhacking by Georgia Tech.

    The Yellow Jackets led 42-0 at half, and Navy could not stop Tech's second string or third string in the second half, to run the score up to it's grand total.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    In head coach Gerry Faust's final game, the Irish were humiliated by Miami 58-7.

    Chalk one up for the convicts...

    Also of note, the 41-9 beat-down by Oregon State in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.

    And who could forget the "Bush Push."

Tulane Green Wave

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    The Green Wave took a beating at the hands of Southern miss, 59-6 in 2001.

    Tulane has a long, proud history, and has had much success over the years, but this game was an epic fail.

Rice Owls

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    59-0 at half, a 2009 rout by Case Keenum led Houston to a 73-14 blowout.

    Rice got caught on their heels and completely knocked backward in this one.

UTEP Miners

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    UTEP's worst loss came at the hands of Hawaii in 2001.

    The Miners suffered a demoralizing 66-7 loss to the Warriors on the island.

Houston Cougars

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    November 10, 1990, the undefeated Cougars faced off against one-loss Texas.

    The Cougars were manhandled by the 'Horns, losing by a final tally of 45-24.

    The loss was the only blemish on the Cougars' perfect season.

Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

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    Tulsa knows how to put points on the board now, but back in 1968, it apparently wasn't as easy.

    The Golden Hurricanes were owned by Houston, 100-6, which is the most points ever scored on a major college by it's opponent.

    By the way, Dr. Phil was a linebacker on that Tulsa team.


    I think not.

Southern Methodist Mustangs

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    The 1916 edition of the Mustangs gave us a less than memorable performance against Rice.

    The final read 146-3.

    Maybe they should have taken the "death penalty" before that season and spared themselves.

Memphis Tigers

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    A 21-7 loss to Mississippi in '62 prevented Memphis from completing a perfect season.

    We are reasonably certain nobody took SAT or ACT tests for any of the Tiger's athletes back then...

UAB Blazers

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    On October 8, 1871, the city of Chicago nearly burnt to the ground.

    But that's a story for another day, the UAB Blazers managed to give a game away while going for their fourth win in a row against the Mustangs of SMU.

    The Blazers prevent defense allowed SMU to drive 80 yards in :23 with no timeouts to snatch the victory, 28-27.

Marshall Thundering Herd

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    Marshal had an inexcusable seven turnovers in a 2002 loss to lowly Akron.

    The Herd were en route to a perfect record in the conference, but an injury to star QB Byron Leftwich and the turnovers doomed them to an execrable showing against one win Akron...

Southern Miss Golden Eagles

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    Losing 69-7 to in-state rival Mississippi marks the low point of the Golden Eagles' football.

    A loss that bad to an in-state rival is almost as bad as sitting through another "Scream" movie...

East Carolina Pirates

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    The Pirates' 14-7 loss to Furman back in '65 prevented them from going undefeated.

    That's a tough one, as was the 45-0 loss to Toledo in '71.

    The Pirates have made a reputation for bad losses, but are turning things around...

UCF Knights

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    LaRod Stephens Howling proved to be the kryptonite to UCF's superman in this one, as Pitt crushed the Knights, 52-7.

    Howling ran for 135 yards and three TDs, averaging over seven yards per touch.

Wisconsin Badgers

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    In 1998, the Badgers went to the Rose Bowl after a 10-1 season.

    Rival Big Ten foe Michigan granted the Badgers their only loss, 27-10 in the Big House, denying the Badgers a shot at their first national title since before Pearl Harbor was bombed...

Purdue Boilermakers

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    There was a loss back in 1922 to Iowa that we won't talk about, but this one was heart-breaking.

    In a 2004 battle of the unbeatens, the Boilermakers hosted Wisconsin.

    Purdue led, 17-7 with under six minutes remaining.

    The Badgers scored a TD with 5:29 on the clock.

    Then, with 2:36 left in the game, Heisman hopeful QB Kyle Orton scrambled for a first down on a naked bootleg, only he never got there.

    Badger's corner Scott Starks and safety Robert Brooks hit Orton, hard, flipping him into the air and causing a fumble, which Starks promptly returned 40 yards for the go ahead score.

    The Boilermakers fell apart after that game, losing their next three games and four out of their last six.

Northwestern Wildcats

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    While Wisconsin's 70-23 blow out of the Wildcats deserves honorable mention here, clearly a 58-0 loss to Ohio State back in 1913 takes the top spot.

    The Buckeyes hung that many on the Wildcats before the forward pass was even perfected...

Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Hey, it may have happened back in 1889, but the "Lehigh Lashing" was brutal.

    The Nittany Lions lost to the Lehigh Mountain hawks 106-0.

    Now granted, PSU only had nine players until halftime, and they had just played two days previous, but Joe Paterno says this game was the worst defeat he ever witnessed...

Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Nebraska suffered it's worse loss ever at the hands of Texas Tech in 2004.

    The Red Raiders put away the Huskers 70-10.

    Honorable mention goes to the 2001 game when Colorado turned the "blackshirts" into the "blackskirts."

Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Ohio State stormed through the Big Ten in 2006, and arrived on the scene in Glendale, AZ for the national championship against the Florida Gators.

    What followed was a good, ol' fashioned curb stomping.

    Heisman winner Troy Smith and the Jim Tressel coached Buckeyes were supposed to be too much for Florida to handle.

    Highlights for the Buckeyes ended pretty much after Ted Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff 96 yards and hurt himself in the celebration...

Michigan Wolverines

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    Appalachian State was bad.

    But really, their 2006 loss to Ohio State, 42-39 was worse.

    Had the Wolverines managed to pull it out, they would have had a shot at being Florida's sacrificial lamb in the national championship, instead of the Buckeyes.

    That loss to Toledo stung too.

Michigan State Spartans

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    January 1, 2011.

    After finishing the season with only one loss and tied for first in the Big Ten, the Spartans got relegated to the Capitol One Bowl due to BCS rules.

    Ohio State and Wisconsin got the nod to go to BCS games ahead of the Spartans.

    It was a chance for MSU to make a statement against a solid 'Bama team.

    And make a statement they did.

    The Spartans were trounced by the Tide on New Year's Day, 49-7.

    Proving without a doubt that Ohio State and Wisconsin playing in the BCS made for more entertaining football.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    South Dakota beat the Gophers in 2010, but this one was worse.

    Minnie once lost to Nebraska, 84-13 in 1983.

    So the Gophers should be happy to welcome them back to the Twin Cities for some more football.

    On that day, Husker WR Irving Fryar gained 138 yards receiving...on two catches, and the Huskers racked up 790 yards of offense.

Iowa Hawkeyes

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    The Hawkeyes were 8-0 in 2009 when they ran into the buzzsaw that was...Nothwestern.

    The Hawkeyes perfect season came to an end in a blaze of flaming crap, as the Hawks fell 17-10 on a sunny November day.

Illinois Fighting Illini

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    The Illini were going to "Juice" the USC Trojans in the '08 Rose Bowl.

    Instead QB "Juice" Williams was less than stellar, throwing two picks, and the Trojans racked up 633 total yards, a new Rose Bowl record as they trounced the Illini, 49-17.

Indiana Hoosiers

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    In Camp Randall Stadium in the middle of November, the Hoosiers would normally be expected to lose.

    But not by 63 points.

    The Wisconsin Badgers put up 83 points against the Hoosiers in their meeting last season, even without starting RB John Clay.

    At one point, the Badgers third string QB scrambled for a TD and looked like he was running in quicksand, he was so slow...

Texas Longhorns

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    "Rout 66"

    In 1997, the Horns took a brutal beating by UCLA, 66-3.

    On the plus side, third string quarterback Marty Cherry's career as a model took off that day when he was discovered by a photographer, and it was the beginning of the end for head coach John Mackovic.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    In 2008, the Red Raiders entered their late November showdown with Oklahoma a stellar 10-0 and hitting on all offensive cylinders.

    Too bad they forgot the defense against the Sooners.

    OU hung 65 on TTU in their only loss of the regular season.

Texas A&M Aggies

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    November 8, 2003

    77-0 beat-down by Oklahoma was brutal to watch.

    OU scored on 10 of their first 11 possessions, and practically ran the ball straight to the defenders in the fourth quarter to avoid running up the score even more...who said Coach Stoops isn't a compassionate guy?

Baylor Bears

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    Prior to their 1980 match-up with San Jose State, Baylor hosted photographers from SI as the sports publication was planning on a piece about the undefeated Bears.

    Unfortunately, they were ambushed by SJSU and dropped the game, their only loss of the regular season, 30-22.

Oklahoma Sooners

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    Look, you could argue about this one all day long, but to have Boise State outsmart you in a BCS bowl is brutal.

    Especially when the final score at the Fiesta Bowl that day read 43-42.

    And then to have a proposal take place?

    Come on, that's rough.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    The Cowboys had just one loss heading into Bedlam last season.

    They came out of a tough one with two.

    In a thrilling back and forth battle, the 'Pokes came out on the short end, 47-41 to crush their BCS game hopes for last season, and give rival Oklahoma a shot at the Big XII Championship.

Missouri Tigers

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    Missouri was No. 19 in the polls heading into the 2004 season, and had Heisman candidate Brad Smith at the helm of the offense.

    The Tigers were on the rise.

    Not so fast!

    Tiny Troy State humbled Missou on national TV 24-14, and the Tigers were not the same after that, finishing the season at 5-6.

Kansas State Wildcats

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    A 68-0 thrashing by Oklahoma in '44 was brutal, and "Futility U" was awful in the 80s.

    But one loss that stands out happened in '45.

    Who is Olathe-Navy?

    One of the military "lend -lease" players who helped save college football during WWII.

    What's significant is they beat KSU  34-12 on October 6, 1945.

    It's not easy being purple...

Kansas Jayhawks

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    In 1942, the Jayhawks suffered what could be, arguably, their worst defeat.

    It was the season opener, and the Jayhawks lost 61-0.

    I'm not sure how good their opponent, the Iowa Pre-Flight school was at the time, but any season opener loss is a disappointment, especially by 61.

Iowa State Cyclones

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    Oklahoma had a great year in 1987, posting only one loss.

    Unfortunately for the Cyclones, it was not to them. Oklahoma absolutely decimated ISU, putting up 56 points to the Cyclones' three.

Virginia Cavaliers

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    It was rough playin' Princeton back then, as evidenced by Virginia's 115-0 loss to the Tigers.

Duke Blue Devils

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    There are just too many to choose from, so to sum up Duke's ineptitude on the gridiron, let's here from their own lawyer:

    On summary judgment, the court agreed:

North Carolina Tar Heels

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    North Carolina lost to Penn in 1945, 49-0.

    While this is not the largest margin of defeat the Tar Heels have suffered, it is definitely tough losing to an Ivy league school.

Maryland Terrapins

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    Ralph Friedgen may be the Terp's worst loss ever...

    But seriously, the Terps lost  to Penn State 57-0 and 62-0.

    Couple this with the loss to I-AA American the next season, and you may have the worst triumvirate of games in history.

Virginia Tech Hokies

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    While the loss to James Madison was reprehensible, and many fans would label it the worst loss of all time, it came before that Hokie team had been tested.

    However, in 1998 the Hokies were 5-0, and headed into a match-up with the 0-6 Temple Owls.

    The Owls were a 35 point underdog and had never won a  Big East game on the road.

    They ruined homecoming for the Hokies that day, coming back from 17-0 to win 28-24.

Florida State Seminoles

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    After defeating the Gators 24-21 November 30, FSU faced them again in the Sugar Bowl on January 2.

    The outcome was quite a bit different in this one, as the third ranked Gators ambushed the top ranked 'Noles, 52-20.

North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    1912; it was a good year.

    But not for the Wolfpack.

    In an era before the forward pass and the explosive scoring we see today, they suffered a devastating loss at the hands of Georgetown 48-0.

    Just six years later in 1918, State again placed it's mark in football annals by losing to Georgia Tech, 128-0.

    Anytime a team hangs triple digits on you, it's tough...

Boston College Eagles

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    In 1950, Boston College football was basically an exercise in futility, losing all but one game, and tying Wake Forest 7-7 in that one.

    The most demoralizing loss of the season came at the hands of rival Holy Cross, who beat BC 32-14 after the Eagles spanked them 76-0 the season before.

Clemson Tigers

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    In 2001, the Tigers had some momentum going for them heading into homecoming vs. North Carolina.

    Julius Peppers and Co. quickly deflated their hopes.

    The stingy Tar Heel defense only allowed three points as they put away Clemson, 38-3.

    Also of note was the Tiger's loss to Georgia Tech in 2001 when they were 8-0.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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    On September 30 1908, the hapless Demon Deacons took on North Carolina State.

    They came away hurting from the 76-0 loss they were handed.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    The Georgia Tech/Georgia rivalry is heated and usually good for a tight game highlighted by great play on both sides.

    Not in 2002.

    The Bulldogs obliterated the Yellow Jackets 51-7.

Miami Hurricanes

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    The 2005 Peach Bowl loss, 40-3 to LSU always sticks in the craw of Miami fans, as does the Doug Flutie disaster and the always memorable 31-30 loss to Notre dame in the original "Catholics vs. Convicts."

    By far the worst loss the 'Canes have suffered was the last ever game at the Orange Bowl.

    Miami managed an atrocious send-off for the venerable arena, losing to lowly Virginia 48-0.

UConn Huskies

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    In 2001, as an independent, UConn faced 3-7 Temple to finish out the season.

    It was an embarrassment, as the Owls shellacked the Huskies 56-7.

Pitt Panthers

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    September 21, 1996, Ohio State 72 Pitt 0

    The Buckeyes scored on their first 10 possessions, out-gained the Panthers 602-120 in total yards and had a 29-4 advantage in first downs.

    This game was so bad the Buckeye's back-up QB, Joe Germaine, threw two TD passes both in the first half, to go with 8-8 passing.

Louisville Cardinals

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    Eastern Kentucky is not exactly a well known school for their football prowess.

    But they used to be pretty decent for a division I-AA school under coach Roy Kidd.

    Louisville suffered a 45-21 loss to the Colonels in 1985 that should be forever remembered as one of the worst losses in Cardinals history...

USF Bulls

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    The Bulls haven't been around as long as some others on this list, so there are not as many amazing debacles to choose from.

    Their worst performance to date was in 2008, when they lost at home to Rutgers by a score of 41-14.

Syracuse Orange

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    Syracuse has been brutal on the gridiron the last decade or so, and the beginning of the end was their loss to Rutgers, 24-21 in 1999.

    Anyone who can remember Rutgers abysmal record to that point will understand that losing to Rutgers in football back then is the equivalent to losing to Western Kentucky now.

West Virginia Mountaineers

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    October 22, 1904.

    Michigan was great at scoring points back then.

    How great?

    They outscored WVU 130-0 on this particular day.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Rutgers has it's ups and downs, but a November 3, 2001 loss to West Virginia was particularly brutal.

    It's brutality was not due to the score, although 80-7 is pretty atrocious, but due to the fact that the Mountaineers had lost their previous three contests by a combined 114-27.

Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Back when Cinci was an independent, they used to make routine trips to Miami (Fl) and Florida State to get spanked.

    On the road against those schools in the 80s and 90s, not many people won.

    However, a loss in '89 to Northern Illinois at home to the tune of 56-0 earns the top honors here.

Washington Huskies

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    In 1953, the Huskies lost a tough one to Michigan, 50-0.

    If one checks their history, the Huskies were surprisingly successful in their early seasons, however.

    Who woulda thunk it?

Washington State Cougars

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    November 1 2008.

    58-0 Stanford.

    There are really just so many to choose from with the Cougars...

Colorado Buffaloes

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    The 1999 Rocky Mountain Showdown was forgettable for the Buffs, but their first lost to a Division 1-AA foe tops that one.

    On September 2, 2006 Colorado fell to mighty Montana State 19-10.

Utah Utes

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    In a much hyped battle of two top five teams, the Utes took on TCU at home last season.

    When the dust settled, the Horned Frogs had manhandles the Utes 47-7, effectively crushing their BCS hopes.

Oregon State Beavers

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    Oregon State has improved their football program recently, but has taken some bad losses.

    Some things never change.

    Back in 1952, the Beavers lost to UCLA 57-0.

    This all but nailed down a 2-7 season for the Beavers.

Oregon Ducks

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    These days it's usually Oregon absolutely smashing opponents with a very large score.

    But it hasn't always been that way.

    Back in '74, the Ducks were crushed 66-0 by a Washington team that finished the season 5-6.

Arizona State Sun Devils

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    In '68, the Sun Devils lost to Wisconsin 55-7.

    But a 51-26 loss to a Washington State game that tied with Army the next week and then lost seven in a row takes the cake.

Arizona Wildcats

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    1980 home loss to Arizona State.

    Nothing hurts worse than getting beat by a rival.

    Especially when the score is 44-7.

Cal Golden Bears

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    Cal was ranked number six in the country back in 2009.

    They lost to Oregon 42-3.


USC Trojans

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    Notre Dame has dealt USC some huge losses, but that used to happen so often there is nothing special about it.

    The 2007 upset by Stanford deserves a mention here as well.

    But top of this list is the beat down the Trojans received at the hands of Oregon in 2009.

    The Trojans were sitting at number five in the country, but a 47-20 loss to the Ducks pretty much blew up their pipe dreams of winning the PAC-10.

UCLA Bruins

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    In 1929, USC beat UCLA 76-0.

    In 1930, it was only 52-0.

    But as far as demoralizing goes, the 2008 Max Hall led BYU team takes the cake.

    Final score BYU - 59 UCLA - 0

Stanford Cardinal

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    'Nuff said.

Vanderbilt Commodores

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    In 1945, the Crimson Tide decimated Vandy 71-0.

    What's worse is the game was played in Nashville.

Kentucky Wildcats

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    To Vanderbilt.

Tennessee Volunteers

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    The 2001 SEC championship game loss was difficult to take, as was the loss to Wyoming in 2008 and the 1990 9-6 loss to an awful Alabama squad.

    But when a team led by Peyton Manning loses on a touchdown with 40 seconds left to go, it has to top this list.

Ole Miss Rebels

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    Without a doubt, the 49-48 double overtime loss to FCS Jacksonville State tops this one.

    Especially when you consider the Rebels led 31-10 at the half.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Listen, any time a team gets shut out it's rough.

    But 52-0 is ridiculous.

    And that's the score the Bulldogs lost to Florida by in 2001.

Auburn Tigers

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    In 1902, the Tigers tied one win Tulane, 0-0.

    That's pretty rough.

    But in the 1920s, Auburn had a yearly tradition: get curb-stomped by Georgia Tech.

    There were several brutal beatings, but the worst had to be in '28, when Tech hammered the Tigers 51-0.

    And this was before the days of the spread offense and running up the score to influence the BCS...

South Carolina Gamecocks

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    It's a toss-up between two losses to the Gators here.

    There was the 63-7 drubbing in '96 or the 56-6 massacre in '08 as the Gamecocks sought to bolster Tim Tebow's Heisman hype.

Georgia Bulldogs

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    The Gator's revenge for the "Gator Stomp" has to go here.

    While both teams were in the top 10, Florida absolutely dominated the Dawgs, winning 49-10.

    Later in the season, in another candidate for this list, Georgia would lose to rival Georgia Tech 45-42.

Florida Gators

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    The 2009 SEC Championship debacle almost made it here, as did the choke at Doak, even though it was a tie.

    The game that makes the top of this list, and Gator fans, feel free to dispute this, is the loss to Nebraska in the '96 Fiesta Bowl.

    The Gators were too speedy and would run right by those massive, corn-fed hicks...

    Not how the night played out.

    On the opening kick-off, the Huskers set the tone for what would be a night full of punishment, absolutely destroying WR Jacquez Green on the return, and sending him to the sidelines with a dislocated hip.

    Final score - Huskers 62 Gators 24

Arkansas Razorbacks

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    In 1919, the Razorbacks lost to Tulsa 63-7.

    But today's winner for worst loss took place on September 27, 1987.

    Miami QB Steve Walsh threw five touchdown passes en route to a 51-7 thrashing of the Razorbacks.

Alabama Crimson Tide

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    'Bama has suffered some difficult losses, last year's Iron Bowl.

    That Sugar Bowl game a few year's back we won't talk about.

    But to find the absolute bottom of the barrel, one must go back over a hundred years, to the early 1900s.

    The Tide had home losses to powerhouses like Sewanee and Cumberland.

    But on October 20, 1906, the Tide laid an O-fer against Vanderbilt, losing by a final of 78-0.

    It was their only loss of the season.

LSU Tigers

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    Many LSU fans would point to the team's time under head coach Curley Hallman in the early 90s and say "pick a game."

    However, the worst loss the Tigers have suffered was in 1993, during their centennial season, when Florida trounced them Tiger Stadium.

    How embarrassing.