Tusculum Holds Opponent to Minus 100 Yards

Tusculum Holds Opponent to Minus 100 Yards

On Thursday the Tusculum College Pioneers established two NCAA football defensive records by holding the College of Faith in Greeneville, Tennessee, to minus 100 total yards and minus-124 yards rushing.

During the Pioneers 71-0 rout of the Saints they also tied a NCAA Division-II record by scoring three times on safeties. The Pioneers offense generated the fourth highest single-game points total in the school’s history.

ESPN reported that Tusculum (1-0) smashed the previous defensive record for fewest total yards allowed of minus-69, set by Division II school Fort Valley State against Miles in 1993. The Saints managed to average only -2.0 yards per play against the stingy Pioneers defense.

Not everything was negative for Faith (0-2) thanks to quarterback Travis Singleton, who was able to complete 7 of his 12 passes for a plus 24 yards.

The day went quite a bit better for Singleton’s counterpart. In his collegiate debut, red-shirt freshman quarterback Malcolm Pendergrass went 9-for-14 for 96 yards and passed for three touchdowns in the first half.

The College of Faith knew it was in for a long day after the first kickoff of the game when Tusculum’s Justin Houston ran it back 65 yards for a touchdown. The Saints were down by 23-0 after the first six minutes of play.


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