Jason Collins, No. 10 of the Howard Bison, runs against defensive lineman Jason Fao, No. 95 of the UNLV Rebels, during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

If you were a betting person and put down $100 on the Howard University-vs.-UNLV football game Saturday, you would have walked away with $55,000.


That’s because the Bison pulled off the largest point spread upset in college history—45 of them—led by Caylin Newton, the younger brother of famed quarterback Cam Newton. The Bison beat the Rebels 43-40 in Vegas.

Sports Illustrated reports:

Caylin threw for 140 yards and a touchdown while under center for Howard. He really shined with room to run, totaling two rushing touchdowns and 190 yards on the ground. Newton led the Bison to the game-winning score with 7:34 still to go in the game, following a 42-yard pass to Anthony Philyaw with a four-yard dash into the end zone to put Howard up 43–40.

In UNLV’s three subsequent drives, the team punted, fumbled and failed to score in their final play with 13 seconds remaining. That secured the first-ever win at Howard for head coach Mike London, who formerly served as Virginia head coach from 2010 to ’15, and a historic, unforgettable loss for the Rebels.

Moral: Always bet on black (schools).

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Deputy Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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