JAY DAVIS: Impossible to prove, but it has to be a record
Five touchdowns in one game? Not a record. Three interceptions in one game? Not a record. Three interceptions on three consecutive plays by the opponent? That has to be a record.
Mason Keller had one heck of a ball game on Friday. His five touchdowns were a remarkable feat. His three interceptions were also quite the deal.
We’ve seen players have those kinds of nights before. Bailley Friesz scored five touchdowns against Chamberlain in 2010. My teammate Jay Shillingstad had a four-interception game back in 1976.
But three interceptions on three consecutive snaps, well, that’s kind of unheard of. I tried looking up records, but there is no category for that. I guess we’ll just have to put Keller in the ranks with Joe DiMaggio and his 56-game hitting streak or Wilt Chamberlain and his 100-point game. By the way, my tongue was planted firmly in my cheek as I typed that last sentence.
That is not to make light of a remarkable performance by the junior quarterback on Friday. And Mason, there is no pressure to try and pull something like that off again. Just go out and be the field general who leads his team to victory on Friday.
I did get led into looking into the way-back machine to see if I could find the Tiger record for touchdowns scored in a game.
But maybe I didn’t.
Back in 1920, Webb Nichols scored seven touchdowns in a 73-0 win over Gettysburg.
In 1922, Tuffy Martin scored seven touchdowns (Nichols had six) in a 95-0 win over Milbank.
Here is where the seven-touchdown game might not be a record. That 1922 team not only beat Milbank by 95, they also beat Selby 119-0. Unfortunately, the Tribune did not give a full report on the scoring. It did say that Nichols scored two touchdowns the first two times he touched the ball in the second half, but that is about it. Nichols and Miller both played in that game, so the real touchdown record might be seven or eight or nine. Who knows?
The 1923 Tigers beat Pierre Indian School 99-0, but the paper back then does say that the JV played most of the second half.
You know the old saying that records are made to be broken. Well, don’t expect to see four interceptions on four straight plays by one player anytime soon.