10 unique SEC school records that will never be broken
So, how was your summer vacation?
While all you readers were out basking in the sun and having the time of your life, we had our noses buried in SEC football media guides trying to ensure you had something interesting to read at your pool-side cabana.
I hope you’re happy with this arrangement.
One of the projects we took on during the summer was finding five “unbreakable” records for each SEC school. You can review all 70 of them at the links below:
Here’s a look at 10 of the uniquely interesting school records we came across along the way, in no particular order.
- Kick-blocking bonanza (Kentucky): Former WR Lonnell Dewalt played one season at Kentucky in 2004, making his mark in the record book not for the 11 passes he hauled in, but for the seven kicks he blocked. With field-goal blocks against Louisville, Florida, Alabama, Ohio, Vanderbilt and Tennessee, as well as an extra-point block against the Volunteers, Dewalt became known around the league for his ability to disrupt an opponent’s kicking game. The record-setting seven blocks since have been matched during a four-year career by Matt Roark (2008-11), but the single-season record likely will never be approached.
- Tim Tebow’s career rushing yards by a quarterback (Florida): Barring a switch to the single-wing offense for future Gators quarterbacks, the numbers Tim Tebow put up as a rushing quarterback in his four years at Florida are going to be tough to match. In particular, Tebow’s 2,967 rushing yards seem like a record that is very unlikely to be approached. The next closest Gators quarterback was 786 yards from Larry Libertore from 1960-62. To break this record, a quarterback would need to be a three-year starter averaging nearly 1,000 rushing yards per season or a four-year starter averaging nearly 750 yards per season. Tebow’s 57 rushing touchdowns are also unlikely to ever be touched by another quarterback.
- Derrick Thomas, QB sacking machine (Alabama): Derrick Thomas was truly a special player. Nearly 30 years later, his quarterback sack numbers accumulated while at Alabama are still staggering. In 1988, Thomas set the Alabama single-season record for sacks with 27, surpassing his previous record of 18 that he set in 1987. The closest person to this record not named “Derrick Thomas” is Emmanuel King with 11 sacks in 1983. Thomas’ career sacks total (52) seems equally untouchable. Kindal Moorehead, who tallied 25 sacks from 1998-2002, holds second place on the Crimson Tide all-time sack list. He did not make it even half way to Thomas’ total.
- Steve Little’s long kick (Arkansas): Former Arkansas kicker Steve Little tied an NCAA record with a successful 67-yard field goal against Texas in 1977. It is a Razorbacks record that is likely to stand the test of time. But the story for the strong-legged Little turned tragic a few short years later. He was involved in a single-car accident in 1980, shortly after being cut by the St. Louis Cardinals, which broke his neck and left him paralyzed at 24. He died at 43. Here is a video of Little’s kick.
- Chris Gaines’ tackling records (Vanderbilt): Former Vanderbilt LB Chris Gaines had a season for the record book as a senior in 1987. The local product set a Vanderbilt record with a staggering 214 tackles in just 11 games, earning All-American honors in the process. His amazing season of tackling was highlighted by a 37-tackle performance in a 27-17 loss to Tulane.
- Herschel Walker, most rushes in three seasons (Georgia): Walker carried the ball a staggering 994 times during his three-year career at Georgia from 1980-82, which set an NCAA record that has stood uncontested for more than 30 years. In order to get to this total, Walker set the SEC record for carries per game in a career (30.1) and carries per game in a single season (35.0). While all of the above are likely to remain school records, the 994 carries in a three-year period should remain a NCAA record for decades to come.
- Jarrett Lee’s record number of touchdown passes to the other team (LSU): No one said playing quarterback in the SEC was easy. As a redshirt freshman in 2008, seven of Lee’s SEC-high 16 interceptions were returned for touchdowns, a dubious record. A third-teamer at the conclusion of fall practice, Lee ascended to a starting role following Ryan Perrilloux’s suspension and backup Andrew Hatch’s injury in the third game of the season. Adjusting to the speed of the game wasn’t easy and resulted in a bevy of turnovers and ill-timed throws to the edge. There was a silver lining in Lee’s 4-4 record in eight starts: Against Troy, Lee led the largest comeback in program history after helping the Tigers erase a 28-point deficit in the third quarter to win, 40-31.
- One shy of the century mark (Missouri): Back in 1968, the Colorado Buffaloes defense must have had a tough time stopping the run, or at least they did one occasion that fall. Missouri rushed the ball a school-record 99 times on the way to a 27-14 victory against Colorado at Faurot Field. The Tigers finished with 421 yards on the ground that day, which was 95 short of the team record set against Colorado in 1964. The run-heavy day for Mizzou accounted for nearly 16 percent of the Tigers’ 625 rushing attempts in the 1968 season, which ended with a 35-10 win against Alabama in the Gator Bowl.
- Stifling defense (Texas A&M): 1939 was a good year for the Texas A&M football program. The Aggies won the AP national championship with a perfect 11-0 record, capped by a 14-13 win against Tulane in the Sugar Bowl. That season, Homer Norton’s defense set an NCAA record by allowing just 1.71 yards per play. The Aggies gave up just 763 yards on 447 plays from scrimmage. More than 75 years later, it remains a number that is unlikely ever to be touched in the Texas A&M record book.
- Showboatin’ at the Egg Bowl (Ole Miss): Arnold “Showboat” Boykin had himself a day on Dec. 1, 1951, and he did it on just 14 carries. The 187 rushing yards Boykin gained on that day are good for 12th on the Rebels’ all-time list for a single game, but that’s not what made the day special. Boykin scored all seven touchdowns in a 49-7 win against Mississippi State, setting a school record for rushing touchdowns that isn’t likely to be broken. Boykin owns a share of the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns in a game against a “major-college opponent,” along with hall-of-famer Marshall Faulk and three others. Illinois RB Howard Griffith once scored eight rushing touchdowns in a game in 1990, but it was against Southern Illinois.