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RollTide1987
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The most random winning streak of all-time
When you think of the all-time great winning streaks in the history of college football, you think of the 47-game winning streak of 1953-57 Oklahoma or the 34-game winning streaks of 2000-2002 Miami and 2003-2005 USC. But how many think of the 35-game winning streak of 1968-1971 Toledo?

Other than '53-'57 Oklahoma, they are the only team in the modern era to put together a win streak that exceeded 34 straight games. What's more it just seemed to come out of nowhere. Going into the '68 season, their cumulative record as a program in the 60s had been a very mediocre 33-52-2. They were 5-4-1 the year prior to the beginning of their run.

From 1968-1971, the Rockets would go 11-0, 12-0, and 12-0 respectively. Each year they would finish #1 in the nation in total defense, outscoring the opposition by a combined 1,152-344. They finished #20 in the final AP poll in '69 and rose to finish in the Top 15 in both 1970 and 1971. And then, just like that, they disappeared from the face of the earth, going 6-5 in 1972 and 3-8 in 1973.

I had never known about this winning streak until I saw a list of the longest winning streaks in college football history during the replay of the 2006 Rose Bowl. And it's just striking to me that the Toledo Rockets of all teams claim the second longest one of the modern era. What's even more striking is how it was sandwiched between such mediocrity. I think that makes it the most random winning streak of all-time.


RedHawk
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
Well we have officially bottomed out.
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SpartyGator
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
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But how many think of the 35-game winning streak of 1968-1971 Toledo?


Holy Toledo


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PhillyTiger90
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
Undertaker winning 21 straight matches at Wrestlemania


DBG
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
Not a winning streak, but LSU hasn’t returned a kickoff for a TD at home since 1981. That streak just baffles me.


SpartyGator
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
Even with Trindon Holliday or Skyler Green? That is interesting


TexasBuckeye
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
And what’s most interesting is that the quarterback Chuck Ealey was 35-0 with them.. correct me if I’m wrong but I believe he’s the only quarterback to go undefeated over his entire career (covering multiple seasons.)


VermilionTiger
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
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Undertaker winning 21 straight matches at Wrestlemania



fricking Peej somehow jinxed a scripted outcome


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Not Cooper
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
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Even with Trindon Holliday or Skyler Green? That is interesting

We've returned kickoffs for Tds, just not at home. Very weird.


ShamelessPel
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
Didn’t the Rockets in the 2000s run off an ungodly number in a row, a chunk of which was without one of their two superstars?


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blueridgeTiger
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Ancient Astronaut
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
Great reason why there should be an 8 team playoff.


Cannon
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
I guess I am suffering from the Mandela affect because I wanted to say Domanick Davis ran back a kickoff against Tulane in like 2001. I guess he just almost did. Or who knows what memories I'm mixing together.

Eta: looks like Davis returned season opening kickoff 58 yards. On the first play from scrimmage, Toefield took it the remaining 28 for a TD.
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chalmetteowl
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
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Undertaker winning 21 straight matches at Wrestlemania

well he was the Phenom...


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SpartyGator
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
That's very odd. I'd think at least one kickoff return for a TD a home.


jimlsu1
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
Chuck Ealey was 68-0 in high school and college. 33 wins in high school without a lose.
Played pro ball in Canada.
Thanks for catching that.


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sicboy
Member since Nov 2010
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
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Great reason why there should be an 8 team playoff


How many Oklahoma playoff losses are you going to need to see before you drop this?


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sicboy
Member since Nov 2010
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
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That's very odd. I'd think at least one kickoff return for a TD a home.



Quite a few memorable punt returns for TD's, even OBJ had a fg return for a TD. But no kickoffs.


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FightinTigersDammit
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
Who was coaching that team?


dukke v
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re: The most random winning streak of all-time
I remember that. Though the competition they faced was not on par with the others. Still impressive though.


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