Hall of Pain – Miners Stop the Bleeding

UTEP fans in Houston last week shout their approval as the Miners beat Rice to end a 20-game losing streak.
UTEP fans in Houston last week shout their approval as the Miners beat Rice to end a 20-game losing streak.

Now that the UTEP losing streak is over, we can talk about it. Talk about it, in hushed tones, as it were a car wreck that happened years ago. Or, a marriage gone bad. A business gone bust.

Painful as it was, the Miners’ 20-game dry spell throughout 2017 and eight games deep into this season was a hangnail compared to other losing streaks. Rice has now lost nine in a row, Tulsa seven.

 

All-Time Losing Streaks
Northwestern (1979-82)        34 games
Virginia (1958-61)                 28 games
Kansas State (1945-48)        28 games
N.M. State (1988-90)            27 games
E. Michigan (1980-82)          27 games

 

For all-time Division-1, our Miners were not even in the same Agony Area. To qualify for the historic bottom five, you needed to lose 27 straight. Northwestern set the standard for Limbo Rock – “how low can you go?” – at 34 consecutive losses.

Even that, however, is nothing compared to the 47 straight defeats suffered by Waco University High, a regrettable string snapped earlier this season by a 37-0 win over Austin Travis.

According to our crack research staffers, the longest college losing streak they can find is an 80-game death march by Prairie View A&M, broken in 1998. A high school in Georgia once lost 82 straight, with no confirmed suicides. — By Mark S. McDonald, executive editor

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