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Most Points Scored in a College Football Game

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Howard Griffith
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Howard Griffith is one of the best players in the history of Illinois football, holding several school records and helping the Illini win a Big Ten championship in 1990. But Griffith, now a commentator for the Big Ten Network, is probably best remembered for his eight-touchdown performance against Southern Illinois in 1989.

The eight touchdowns gave Griffith 48 points on the day—the most points ever scored by a player in a single game in college football history.

Below is a list of the greatest single-game scoring performances in college football history.

Howard Griffith, Illinois (vs. Southern Illinois) Sept. 22, 1990: 48 points
Marshall Faulk, San Diego State (Pacific) Sept. 14, 1991: 44
Jim Brown, Syracuse (Colgate) Nov. 17, 1956: 43
Fred Wendt, UTEP (New Mexico State) Nov. 25, 1948: 42
Arnold “Showboat” Boykin, Mississippi (Mississippi State) Dec. 1, 1951: 42
Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma State (SMU) Sept. 20, 2003: 42
Montel Harris, Temple (Army) Nov. 17, 2003: 42
Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada (Hawaii) Sept. 22, 2012: 42
Dick Bass, Pacific (San Diego State) Nov. 22, 1958: 38
Jimmy Nutter, Wichita State (Northern State) Oct. 22, 1949: 37
27 different players with 36 points in a game

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