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Tried a web search on this and came up empty. Question: Was there a time in college football when a team that scored would then RECEIVE the ensuing kickoff?

This came up because this week's Sports Illustrated stated that Mount Union's 52 first quarter points against Averett last week set an NCAA all-division record. But I knew Georgia Tech had hung some outrageous number on somebody way back when. Googled it and sure enough, in 1916 the Yellow Jackets put up 63 first quarter points before holding off Cumberland College in a 222-0 nailbiter. :blink:

During my research I found this play-by-play, and it clearly shows Cumberland kicking off after Georgia Tech touchdowns. What's up with that? Reminds me of the old playground basketball "make 'em take 'em" rule. :D

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Shaver gained 25 yards at left end for Tech. Strupper hit the same spot for 10 yards and a touchdown. Preas converted. Now 28-0 Tech.

McDonald kicked off for Cumberland to Shaver who returned the ball 70 yards to the Cumberland 10. Strupper Got 9 yards at right end. Alexander scored from the 1. Preas' conversion made it 35-0 Georgia Tech.

McDonald kicked off for Cumberland again, this time to Carpenter who returned 5 yards to the Tech 40. Strupper ran 60 yards for the score. Preas converted. Tech 42, Cumberland 0.

McDonald kicked off for Cumberland to Carpenter who returned 10 yards to the Tech 35. Shaver got 25 at right end. Puckett hit the middle for 5 to the Cumberland 35. Spence scored on the next play and Preas' conversion put Tech on top 49-0.

Spence kicked off for Tech to McDonald who was tackled for no gain on the Cumberland 10. McDonald attempted two passes, both incomplete. McDonald punted 35 yards to Strupper who returned the kick 45 yards for a Tech touchdown. Preas converted. Georgia Tech 56, Cumberland 0.

McDonald kicked off for Cumberland to Spence who took the ball on the Tech 10 and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown. Preas got his ninth conversion of the quarter to make it 63-0, Georgia Tech.

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Tried a web search on this and came up empty. Question: Was there a time in college football when a team that scored would then RECEIVE the ensuing kickoff?

IIRC, this was abolished in the sweeping rule changes instituted by the NCAA in 1932.

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