Sep 022012
 

From their season closing game last year to their season opener this year, West Virginia has scored a combined 139 points. It’s the most points scored from a season closing game to a season opener in major college football since 1920.

Most Points from the Season’s Closing Game to the Next Season’s Opener

Note: Only includes programs that were considered major at the time.

Rk Points Team Opponents Dates Score
1 236 Nebraska vs. Haskell Institute (KS) 11/24/1910 W 119-0
vs. Nebraska-Kearney 10/7/1911 W 117-0
2 172 Florida at Vedado Tennis Club (Cuba) 12/25/1912 W 28-0
vs. Florida Southern 10/6/1913 W 144-0
3 151 Arkansas n Louisiana St. 11/24/1910 W 51-0
vs. Missouri St. 9/30/1911 W 100-0
4 150 Cornell (NY) vs. Saint John’s Military (NY) 12/06/1890 W 82-4
vs. Syracuse (NY) 10/03/1891 W 68-0
4 150 Utah St. at Utah 11/29/1917 W 14-0
vs. Idaho St. 10/11/1919 W 136-0
Rk Points Team Opponents Dates Score
6 147 Williams (MA) vs. Union (NY) 11/05/1887 W 94-0
vs. Amherst (MA) 10/13/1888 W 53-0
7 143 Centre (KY) at Georgetown (KY) 11/27/1919 W 77-7
vs. Charleston (WV) 10/2/1920 W 66-0
8 140 Oklahoma n Oklahoma St. 11/30/1916 W 41-7
n Central Oklahoma 9/22/1917 W 99-0
9 139 West Virginia n Clemson 1/4/2012 W 70-33
vs. Marshall 9/1/2012 W 69-34
10 138 Carlisle Indian School (PA) at Phoenix Indian School (AZ) 12/27/1899 W 104-0
vs. Lebanon Valley (PA) 9/22/1900 W 34-0
Rk Points Team Opponents Dates Score
11 137 Michigan n Stanford (CA) 1/1/1902 W 49-0
vs. Albion (MI) 9/27/1902 W 88-0
11 137 Texas A&M vs. Camp Travis (TX) 12/7/1918 W 60-0
vs. Sam Houston St. (TX) 9/27/1919 W 77-0
13 136 Nebraska vs. Colorado St. 11/24/1921 W 70-7
vs. South Dakota 10/7/1922 W 66-0
13 136 Vanderbilt (TN) vs. Sewanee (TN) 11/30/1911 W 31-0
vs. Bethel (TN) 9/28/1912 W 105-0
13 136 Yale (CT) n Wesleyan (CT) 11/26/1885 W 61-0
vs. Wesleyan (CT) 10/06/1886 W 75-0
Rk Points Team Opponents Dates Score
16 135 Houston (TX) n Arizona St. 12/2/1990 W 62-45
vs. Louisiana Tech 8/31/1991 W 73-3
17 134 Princeton (NJ) at Pennsylvania 11/26/1885 W 76-10
vs. Stevens Tech (NJ) 10/09/1886 W 58-0
18 133 Hawaii vs. Brigham Young (UT) 12/8/2001 W 72-45
vs. Eastern Illinois 8/31/2002 W 61-36
19 129 Miami (OH) vs. Akron (OH) 11/18/1995 W 65-0
vs. Kent St. (OH) 8/31/1996 W 64-6
20 128 Washington & Lee (VA) n North Carolina St. 11/25/1915 W 48-13
vs. Randolph-Macon (VA) 9/30/1916 W 80-0

 

Additional Info

  • The 2011-2012 West Virginia Mountaineers, join 1885-’86 Princeton, 1885-’86 Yale, and 1990-’91 Houston, as the only major teams to score more than 130 points in a season closer to a season opener, while playing major opponents in both games.
  • Nebraska is the only major college football program to ever follow a 100-point game in a season closer with a 100-point game in a season opener.

 

Source: Game scores retrieved from College Football Data Warehouse.

  3 Responses to “College Football: Most Points from the Season’s Closing Game to the Next Season’s Opener”

  1. Where’s the Defense? Great research and findings!

    Always look forward to your next post–especially when it relates to college football–so, I can learn more about its stathistory–from your perspective.

    Keep-up the outstanding job!

  2. Under additional Info, should read West Virginia Mountaineers 2011-2012 NOT clemson

  3. Thanks for pointing out the error. West Virginia beat Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Opposite error. Ah!

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