DENTON, Texas - Navy and North Texas set a major-college record by combining for 136 points in the Midshipmen's 74-62 win yesterday.
It wasn't the highest-scoring game of the season, though. Weber State and Portland State racked up 141 for the all-division record two weeks ago. Weber State won, 73-68, in a Championship Subdivision game.
The previous record for college football's top tier of competition was 133 points in San Jose State's 70-63 win over Rice Oct. 2, 2004.
Rice also had the highest score by a losing team in that game, a distinction the Mean Green missed by a point.
Navy, the nation's best rushing offense, set a school record by running for 572 yards with eight rushing TDs a week after snapping a 43-year losing streak to Notre Dame.
The Midshipmen (6-4), who became bowl eligible, tied a school record by scoring at least 30 points for the eighth straight game. They scored their most points in a game since beating Colby, 121-0, in 1919.
Zerbin Singleton ran for three touchdowns, including a 65-yard run midway through the third quarter that pushed Navy ahead, 58-49.
Singleton's 65-yard score was set up after Ram Vela intercepted a pass by Giovanni Vizza, who was 40-of-50 passing for 478 yards and an NCAA freshman-record eight touchdown passes.
The 94 first-half points, and the 63 combined points in the second quarter, both set major college scoring records.