Skip to main content

5 Nastiest Blowouts in College Football History

5 Nastiest Blowouts in College Football History

5 Nastiest Blowouts in College Football History

One of the college football's cupcake weekends is upon us. You know, when most of the major programs pay an FCS or non-Power 5 opponent to come their stadium for what should be an easy win. Occasionally, the massive underdog surprises a big-time program with an upset or unexpectedly close game. However, most of the time, an outmatched opponent is throttled, given its money, and sent home with its tail between its legs. Here are five truly rough beatdowns.

5. Houston 84, Eastern Washington 21

Nov. 17, 1990 — Houston

There are other blowouts with higher margins, but this makes the list because Houston quarterback David Klingler threw an NCAA-record 11 touchdown passes. Why was he in the game long enough to throw 11 touchdown passes? Exactly. Eastern Washington was a last-minute fill-in for Temple and got $175,000 for its trouble.

4. Kansas State 76, Ball State 0

Sept. 16, 2000 — Manhattan, Kan.

Ball State had a rough start to its 2000 season. First, the Cardinals traveled to Gainesville, where they were manhandled by Florida in a 40-19 loss. Then, they were upset at home by I-AA (now FCS) Western Illinois. For the third game, they took $300,000 to play Kansas State in Manhattan. Any hopes of turning the season around ended when the Wildcats jumped out to a 34-0 first quarter lead. Kansas State held Ball State to 51 yards of offense and this margin of victory remains the largest in program history.

3. Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0

Sept. 21, 2013 — Columbus, Ohio

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

The increase in payouts on this list gives you a sense of what programs are willing to pay for a cupcake matchup. The Rattlers were given $900,000 to come to Columbus and found themselves down 55-0 at the half, while Buckeye quarterback Kenny Guiton threw six touchdown passes.

2. Oklahoma State 84, Savannah State 0

Sept. 1, 2012 — Stillwater, Okla.

Savannah State traveled to Stillwater to play their first FBS opponent ever and got a nasty introduction to big-time college football. The Cowboys had nine rushing touchdowns and scored 35 points in the first quarter. The Tigers got $385,000 for their efforts, but both Savannah State head coach Steve Davenport and Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens questioned whether the outing was a worthwhile endeavor for either team.

1. Houston 100, Tulsa 6

Nov. 23, 1968 — Houston

Tulsa is by no means a cupcake program, but had lost most of its team to the flu coming into the game, which was played in the Astrodome. Already wounded and facing Houston’s revolutionary veer offense, the Golden Hurricane held the Cougars to 24 points in the first half, but truly ran out of gas in the second. Houston scored 76 more points to record the last hundred-point game in college football history.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

(Top photo courtesy of