Most Penalty Yards in a College Football Game

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The Pat Tillman statue in the second half during an NCAA college football game between Arizona State and New Mexico State, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State defeated New Mexico State 37-31.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jan 11, 2024, 3:58 PM

The FBS record for most penalty yards in a college football game is held by Arizona State. 

On Nov. 11, 1961, the Sun Devils were tagged with 13 flags for 238 penalty yards in a game at UTEP – a record that hasn’t been broken in the 60+ ensuing years of FBS college football.

For the record, Arizona State still won the game 48-28. 

Here’s the appropriate section from the current NCAA record book:

For a total game record involving both teams, wind the clocks to 1977, the lone year where both Grambling and Texas Southern played as Division I teams before they reclassified to I-AA. 

The dueling Tigers played an immensely sloppy game on Oct. 29, 1977, that resulted in a whopping 421 yards of total penalties. Grambling was responsible for 16 flags for 216 yards, while Texas Southern was penalized 17 times for 205 yards.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.