The Howard University football team beat UNLV on Saturday in Las Vegas, 43-40. Thatâ€™s notable 'cause Howardâ€™s been really dreadful for a while, and itâ€™s an FCS team thatâ€™s now punched up to beat an FBS squad on its home field. But mainly, 'cause of this:
Howard +45 leads UNLV in the 4th Q
This would be the BIGGEST UPSET IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY!
â€” RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) September 3, 2017
The spreadâ€™s 45.5 in some places. Thatâ€™s the biggest point-spread upset ever. (The biggest upset overall? Thatâ€™s Appalachian State over Michigan, yet still.)
Howardâ€™s star player is Cam Newtonâ€™s little brother. Caylin Newton had 140 yards passing and 190 rushing, with three total touchdowns. Here was Caylin in high school:
Winning while plus-45 in Vegas breaks a record previously held by a Stanford win over USC in 2007.
The- Cardinal were about 40-point underdogs in in that game, depending on where you placed your bet. Stanfordâ€™s win helped to kick off a long-running argument between Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll, the Stanford and USC coaches at the time.
Here, a 45-point announce wasnâ€™t even unreasonable, considering Howard has:
- In 2016, lost 52-13 to Maryland and 52-14 to Rutgers
- In 2015, lost 49-0 to Appalachian State and 76-0 to Boston College
The Bison went 3-19 over the last two years. Those 76 points they gave up to Boston College are probably more points than Boston College has scored in a decade against all other opponents. Theyâ€™ve been one of the worst teams in all the land, and theyâ€™ve done an especially offensive job when theyâ€™ve punched up against FBS teams.
The decisive play for Howard:
Maybe this is a new era, though. Thatâ€™d be great.
The Bison have a new head coach in ex-Virginia boss Mike London, and his debut couldâ€™ve hardly gone better. Congrats to HU on overcoming the longest Vegas odds any team in college football history has ever overcome.
If youâ€™re a UNLV fan, youâ€™re not having a acceptable night.
I’ve covered UNLV football as a reporter and seen as a fan since 1984. This will be the worst loss in #Unlvfb history
â€” Howard Stutz (@howardstutz) September 3, 2017