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"The fight started like their first one— Brock used his secret technique of being fifty times stronger to hold Frank down by his neck and face and punch him. The only moves Frank managed to land were several thumbs up to his corner to signal that he was still alive, somewhere under the feasting manananggal."

Running up the score (as it's known) is generally frowned at, due to the perceived lack of class and sportsmanship. However, some sports coaches justify this by stating that their job is to score points, and it was the opposing team's job to keep their team from scoring.


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  • The 1940 NFL championship game remains the most lopsided defeat in NFL history. Final score: Chicago Bears 73, Washington Redskins 0. Towards the end of the game, the referee asked the Bears to run or pass for their conversions instead of kicking field goals (the two-point conversion did not exist yet), as the officials were running low on footballsnote , and they were afraid that if the Bears kept scoring, the game would have to be called.
  • On December 4, 1976, the Los Angeles Rams blew out the Atlanta Falcons 59-0. This, alongside the New England Patriots beating the Tennessee Titans by the exact same score in 2009 (see below), are the largest margins of victory in the Super Bowl Era
  • Super Bowl XIX was expected to be an epic struggle between two great teams: the 1984 Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. The first quarter proceeded as everyone had expected; that it would be a fantastically exciting battle between the top two offenses - between Dan Marino and Joe Montana. Then they played another three quarters... The Dolphins went scoreless after halftime and the 49ers ended up winning 38–16.
    • Another notable one involving Marino was his final pro game, a 2000 playoff game where the Jacksonville Jaguars clown-stomped his Dolphins 62–7.
    • The 49ers had a tendency to do this a lot during their "dynasty" years during the late 1980s-early 1990s. They stomped the John Elway-led Denver Broncos 55–10 in Super Bowl XXIV; this 45-point win is the largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history.
    • The 49ers did it again in 1995 with a 49–26 victory in Super Bowl XXIX over San Diego, a team that was just happy to be there. In fact, the Chargers weren't even expected to make the playoffs that season! It was only due to great performances by Stan Humphries and Junior Seau. Also, they achieved one of the most shocking upsets of the '90s when they beat the heavily-favored Pittsburgh Steelers 17–13 in the 1994 AFC Championship Game. To be fair, San Diego tried their best, scoring 26 points against an elite Niners defense, but they couldn't live up to Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, and a lot more superstars on the 49ers team. Even the Vegas betting odds knew this, where San Francisco was favored by 18½ points, which remains a record to this day for the largest margin a team has been favored by in a Super Bowl.
    • In the 1993 NFC Divisional Round, the 49ers clobbered the New York Giants 44-3. Marking it is the worst lost for the Giants in the Lawrence Taylor era and it was also the last game for the hall of fame linebacker as he retired a few weeks after the game. It was also the final game for Phil Simms as he would turn to television right after his retirement.
    • The Giants seven years earlier in 1986 beat down the 49ers 49-3 in the Divisional Round. The highlight of the game was Giants nose tackle Jim Burt crushing Joe Montana on an attempted pass that was intercepted by Lawrence Taylor who returned it for a 34 yard touchdown. Then the Giants followed that up with a 17-0 shutout of the Washington Redskins in the NFC Championship Game.
    • The Dallas Cowboys' 52–17 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII was not as close as the score makes it appear. In fact, the score would've been even higher had Leon Lett not given up what should have been an easy touchdown by celebrating too early, resulting in him having the ball stripped from him.
  • The Denver Broncos started off with an infamously terrible track record in Super Bowls, getting stomped by at least 17 points in their first four trips to the game, although shaking it off somewhat after finally winning two in a row in 1997 and 1998. They also have the dubious honor of having lost three of the five Super Bowls that were decided by 30 or more points, losing 42-10 to the Redskins in Super Bowl XXII, 43-8 to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, and 55-10 to the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV, the most lopsided in the game's history.
    • Super Bowl XLVIII, between the Seahawks and Broncos, was a particularly shocking one. Going into the match, the narrative was the battle between the #1 defense in the league (the Seahawks) and the most lethal, highest-scoring offense in NFL history (the Broncos). The end result? A 43–8 massacre in favor of the Seahawks that you could say was practically decided on the very first playnote . Future first-ballot Hall of Famer Peyton Manning was limited to throwing a single touchdown (right at the end of the third quarter, long after the game was decided).
  • Played With at Super Bowl VII with the Miami Dolphins vs. the Washington Redskins. The Redskins were scoreless through the entire game until the final two minutes, when Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian (attempting to pass following his field goal attempt being blocked) lost control of the football, which Washington Redskins cornerback Mike Bass returned for a touchdown. Although they didn't get their shut-out win, the Dolphins still won the Super Bowl and became, to date, the only team with an entirely perfect season.
  • The Chicago Bears had three through the 1985 Playoffs. Their first game in the Divisional Round was against the New York Giants where they won 21-0. Then in the NFC Conference Championship, they beat the Los Angeles Rams 24-0. Finally in Super Bowl XX, they beat the New England Patriots 46-10.
  • The Buffalo Bills demolished the Raiders 51–3 in the AFC Championship game in January 1991.
  • The Detroit Lions' only postseason win in the Super Bowl era happened during the 1991-92 NFC divisional playoffs, where they beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-6. Sadly, shortly afterwards, they found themselves on the receiving end of one, losing 41-10 to the Washington Redskins during the NFC Championship Game.
  • January 14, 2001: NFC Championship Game, New York Giants shut out the Minnesota Vikings 41–0. The Giants then ended up on the other end of this in Super Bowl XXXV, on January 28, 2001. The Baltimore Ravens won 34–7 and the farthest the Giants' offense got down the field was the Ravens' 29-yard line. Their only points came on a kickoff return for a touchdown, which the Ravens answered by returning the next kickoff for a touchdown themselves.
  • In 2008, the Detroit Lions became the first team to go a whole 16-game season with zero wins and ties, finishing five of those games on the receiving end of blowouts. The worst of these was their Thanksgiving Day game with the Tennessee Titans on November 27, 2008, who trounced the Lions 47–10.
  • That same year, Week 17. The famed NFC East rivals Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys were ready to face off at the Linc to determine who would get the second NFC Wild Card spot. The Eagles were 8-6-1 in the wake of a sloggish loss to the Redskins, and the Cowboys entered December at 8-4, but a win against their other division rival and the defending Super Bowl champion Giants was sandwiched in between losses to the Steelers and Ravens. To start, the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders would have both had to win against the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers respectively (the latter on the road), otherwise Philly would be done. But both of those things happened, so it was on. And yet, it was never a game. After a very slow first half, the Eagles spent the night torturing the Cowboys, as they ripped off a whopping 41 straight points which were aided by two fumble returns in the Eagles' red zone sent back all the way back for touchdowns (73 and 96 yards). The final score was a 44-6 embarrassment that epitomized Dallas' late season meltdown, and that granted the Eagles the second Wild Card spot.
  • On December 6, 2010, the New York Jets faced the New England Patriots. In previous weeks it seemed like it was going to be a difficult game for the Patriots, with both teams coming in at 9–2. However... when it came down to it, the Patriots won 45–3. It is worth noting that the Jets got their revenge by knocking the Patriots out of the playoffs that same year.
    • The aftermath of the above was even weirder — the Patriots went into Chicago during the first big snowstorm of the season in the upper Midwest and delivered a full-service beat-down to the 9–3 Bears, blanking them at the half 33–0 for a final score of 36–7. Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan was openly mocked in the New York papers and they lost the next game to the mediocre Miami Dolphins in a 10–6 snoozer. (In soccer terms, that's sort of equivalent to grinding out a 2–2 tie and losing on a penalty kick.) Some Pats fans noted that there might be a touch of irony that a previous generation's Pats lost Super Bowl XX to the 1985 Bears in a curb-stomp almost as humiliating as the current team had delivered to the Jets the previous week.
    • It's even stranger when you remember that that's one of New England's smaller curb stomps. Ever since 2007, the Patriots have usually had at least one game like this per season. This includes the 2007 season's 52–7 win over the Washington Redskins, 56–10 win over the Buffalo Bills, the 2008 season's 41–7 win over the Denver Broncos, 47–7 win over the Arizona Cardinals, and the 2009 season's ridiculous 59–0 win over the Tennessee Titans (which took place in a snowstorm). The Patriots would repeatedly stomp Andrew Luck's Colts (59–24 in 2012, 43–22 in the 2013 AFC Divisional, and in 2014, 42–20 in Week 11 and 45–7 in the 2014 AFC Championship game, the latter game which started the Deflategate scandal).
    • Not to mention a repeat curb-stomp of the Jets in the 2012 Thanksgiving evening game, winning 49–19. They racked up 35 points in the 2nd quarter alone, including a mind-boggling 21 points in less than a minute (aided by a number of Jets bloopers, including Mark Sanchez's infamous "Butt Fumble").
    • The Patriots themselves were also on the receiving end of some blowouts; they lost 46–10 to the Bears during Super Bowl XX, 30–10 by the Dolphins in 2001 (which prompted Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to bury the game ball in front of the team the next day), 31–0 to the Bills in 2003, 41–17 to the Chargers in 2005, three of the five losses (Dolphins, Chargers, and Steelers) in the 2008 season (who were without Tom Brady) were blowouts, including in Week 3, when they were caught off-guard by the Wildcat Dolphins, 33–14 to the Ravens in the AFC Wild Card game in the 2009 season, 28-13 to the Ravens again in the AFC Championship in the 2012 season (mostly in the second half, where Bernard Pollard's hit on Stevan Ridley turned the tide), and in 2014, when they were blown out 41–14 by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football (which caused sports commentators to question Brady's performance).
  • The 2010 NFC Divisional Round playoff between the No. 1 seed Atlanta Falcons and the No. 6 seed Green Bay Packers. Atlanta took an early lead, but Green Bay held on to tie the game at 7 and again at 14. With 40 seconds to go in the first half, the Packers scored a touchdown to take a 21-14 lead, and then promptly scored again on an interception return to increase their lead to 28-14 going into halftime. From that moment on it was a blowout, with Green Bay dominating the second half to defeat Atlanta 48-21.
  • October 23, 2011: The Super Bowl XLIV rematch between New Orleans Saints vs. the Indianapolis Colts football game on October 23, 2011 didn't go as expected, with the Saints throttling the Colts 62-7. It should be noted that the Colts that year were without their QB, Peyton Manning, who missed the entire 2011 season due to him undergoing multiple neck surgeries in the off-season.
  • On Christmas Eve 2011, the Jets would play the Giants in their quadrennial "Battle for New York". The Jets, coming off of two deep playoff runs the previous year and eyeing their third in a row, with both teams facing elimination upon losing the game. Rex Ryan talked up how the Jets were the real toast of New York and the Giants were a relative backwater in the football world, and proceeded to cover up the Giants' super bowl mural in MetLife Stadium (shared by both teams). The Giants proceeded to blow out the Jets 29–14 (with the second Jets touchdown coming when the game had already been decided), aided by a 99-yard touchdown reception by Victor Cruz and 6 sacks on Mark Sanchez (his most humiliating performance until the aforementioned Butt Fumble the following year). The Giants would defeat the Patriots in the Super Bowl that year, and consider that touchdown to be the point where they knew they had the potential to do so. The Jets, meanwhile, would never recover.
  • The December 9, 2012 game between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals ended with the Seahawks winning 58–0 (the highest score in franchise history) after forcing eight turnovers and limiting the Arizona offense to a grand total of 43 rushing yards. In the next two games the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Buffalo Bills 50–17 and the San Francisco 49ers 42–13 for a combined three-game stretch 150–30.
  • September 18, 2014: The Thursday Night game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended with the Falcons winning 56–14. The Falcons scored eight touchdowns in the first three quarters; the Buccaneers only scored in the 4th quarter.
  • November 30, 2014: A game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders ended with the Rams winning 52–0. The only other time the Raiders lost worse was in 1961, when they lost to the Houston Oilers, 55–0.
  • January 24, 2016: The NFC Championship between the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals ended with the Panthers winning 49-15. The Cardinals suffered seven turnovers (4 interceptions and two lost fumbles by Carson Palmer, and a muffed punt return by Patrick Peterson).
  • October 22, 2017: The Super Bowl LI rematch, with the Atlanta Falcons facing the Patriots who stunned us all with an obscene comeback against them earlier that year by overcoming a 25-point deficit and then winning in overtime. Understandably so, this would be a very highly anticipated game, with many hoping the Falcons would get their revenge. Nope! This time, they never had a lead to blow, with their only score being a touchdown over 90% of the way through the game as the Patriots dominated through a dense fognote  to win 23–7. While that score might not be an overly drastic routing, the fact that it was such a highly anticipated game that ended on a hard note to make an already miserable fanbase feel even worse makes it worthy of mention.
  • January 21, 2018: The NFC Championship Game. After winning against the New Orleans Saints with a miracle play, the Vikings thought they would be able to play in Super Bowl LII, in their home stadium. But in their game against the Philadelphia Eagles, they lost 38-7, despite scoring an early touchdown on an otherwise perfect opening drive.
  • November 1, 2018: The final "Battle of the Bay" between the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. Going into the game, both teams had only one win for their seasons, so performance expectations were lownote . In addition, the 49ers had to start Nick Mullens, a third-string quarterback from Southern Mississippi who never started an NFL game in his life before, since the other 49ers quarterbacks were both injured. All that said, Oakland left on the tail end of a 34–3 beatdown, all 34 of San Francisco's points going unanswered after the Raiders were limited to a field goal in the first quarter. Mullens finished with a passer rating of 151.9 (the highest ever for a 49er QB starter's debut), and got verified on Twitter and his own Wikipedia page mid-game, a sign that things wouldn't end well for Oakland.
  • November 18, 2018: When the Philadelphia Eagles were scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome, people believed in the spring that while the Saints would be favored, it would be a game that both teams would provide quality play during and make for one of the best games of the season. But the Eagles were struggling heavily thanks to multiple factors such as injuries, while the Saints were dominating their foes in commanding fashion. What was seen in April by many as a potential NFC Championship preview was instead a team in full cruise control facing a team in disarray looking to end in disaster. The final product turned out to be every bit as bad as they had feared, as it was 60 minutes of the Saints torturing the Eagles in a 48-7 thrashing where Carson Wentz threw three interceptions. It was the worst loss of any defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history, and the worst that Philly had went through since a 42-0 beatdown against the Seattle Seahawks in 2005, making for an insanely disappointing result even by expectations. Ironically, the two actually would end up having a rematch in the playoffs, which the Saints won by the much more subdued score of 20-14.
  • Very few people had high expectations for the Miami Dolphins at the start of the 2019-20 season, since it was abundantly clear the team was trying hard to tank for draft picks, and had even traded away almost all of their best players. That said, most people were still surprised by just how bad the season started. In the season opener on September 8, they hosted the Baltimore Ravens and ended up on the receiving end of a 59-10 shellacking. Lamar Jackson threw more touchdown passes in this one game than he did in all of the previous season, on the way to the highest score in Ravens' history. After the game, several Dolphins players requested trades. They followed this up by getting crushed at 43-0 by the New England Patriots (the largest shutout the Dolphins had ever suffered at home), 31-6 by the Dallas Cowboys, and 30-10 by the Los Angeles Chargers. All told, the Dolphins entered their week 5 bye week having been outscored 163-26.
    • However, after starting 0-7, they decided in the second half that they were going to actually play. They went 5-4, including winning at home against their division rival New York Jets 26-18, beating Frank Reich's Colts in Indianapolis 16-12note , stunning the visiting Philadelphia Eagles at home 37-31 where they scored five straight touchdown drives (including two on 4th down and one of which consisted of an insane trick play from their kicker), and three weeks later, blowing a 23-point fourth quarter lead against the Cincinnati Bengals but winning in overtime 38-35 on a field goal at the gun. But the icing on the cake would come right after that, against those aforementioned Patriots in Foxborough, who were 17-point favorites. They were stunned 27-24 with the game-winning touchdown pass coming with under 30 seconds left, which denied the Patriots a first round byenote  and forced them to play on Wild Card Weekend for the first time in a decade. Where they would lose at home to a Titans team led by Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry.
  • The 2019-20 season ended with the Green Bay Packers being on the receiving end of two of these from that year's eventual NFC Champions, the San Francisco 49ers. When the two teams first met in week 12 of the season, the 49ers crushed the Packers, 37-8. The teams met again in the NFC Championship, only for San Francisco to win again, 37-20. At halftime in the first meeting, the 49ers led 23-0; at halftime in the second meeting, they led 27-0. And while the score ended slightly better in Green Bay's favor the second time, it came after being pummeled on the ground by the Niners. The ground game proved so effective on the Packers that 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo only threw the ball eight times in that game, including zero pass attempts in the third quarter.
  • Double Subverted during the 2019-20 AFC divisional game between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans leaped to a 21-0 by the end of the first quarter, capitalizing on sloppy play by the Chiefs. But after extending their lead to 24-0 early in the second quarter, the Chiefs soon rebounded, scoring 28 points in under 10 minutes before halftime and ultimately winning 51-31. So, the Texans were outscored 51-10 across 3 quarters, making them the first team in NFL postseason history to lose by 20 or more points after leading by 20 or more points.
  • In Week 9 of the 2020 season, Sunday Night Football featured Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, which was looking to be a great division game between the league's two premier veterans and leaders in touchdown passes. But the Bucs did not get a single first down until early into the second quarter, which was immediately followed by a tipped interception by Brady. Later on, they faced a 1st and goal from the Saints' 1-yard line and failed to score a touchdown despite having four chances to do so. All of that served as a microcosm of the 38-3 loss. Tampa Bay only had five rushing attempts the entire night, which set an NFL record for fewest in a game. It was the worst loss of Brady's career, and the first time he had ever been swept in the regular season series by a division rival. However, the Buccaneers would eventually get the last laugh, as they beat the Saints 30-20 in the Superdome in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, and went on to win the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
  • Bill Belichick is infamous for giving rookie quarterbacks a hard time, boasting a 20-5 record against them since joining the Patriots in 2000. When the team visited rookie QB Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13 of the 2020 season in the freshly built SoFi Stadium, the Patriots proceeded to crush the Chargers 45-0, primarily due to the former's defense shutting down any attempts by Herbert to move the ball.note  On Thursday Night, however, the Patriots themselves would be on the receiving end of a blowout in the same building, losing 3-24 to the Los Angeles Rams.
  • Week 16 of the 2020 season saw the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Detroit looking to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2007. Brady, who is no stranger to delivering these during his time with the Patriots, led the Bucs to a 47-7 slaughter of the Lions to easily clinch a NFC Wild Card spot. To make matters worse, two of the Bucs' touchdowns came from backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who is known to be a less than stellar player during his time starting for several teams in his career.
  • Week 17 in the same season was a crucial week for the Miami Dolphins, where a win over the AFC East champions Buffalo Bills would send them to the playoffs. Despite being favored by 3 points, the Dolphins instead laid an egg in the last game of the season, as they would get destroyed by the Bills 56-26 in a game that was even worse than the score indicated, knocking the Dolphins out of playoff contention. And that includes the three touchdowns by the Bills in the fourth quarter after star quarterback Josh Allen sat out the entirety of the second half.
  • Super Bowl LV was a highly anticipated matchup, with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. What was expected to be an epic quarterback battle between Brady and Mahomes turned out to be an ugly game for the Chiefs, as their normally explosive offense was shut down by the Bucs' defense note  and were held without a touchdown for the first time in Mahomes' career as a starter, as he threw two interceptions in a 31-9 loss - the first double digit loss of his NFL career, no less - while Brady would win his seventh Super Bowl. To make matters worse, the Chiefs' offensive line, which was left threadbare by injuries, did Mahomes no favors as he was pressured a record 29 times, costing the Chiefs any chance of winning the game.
  • Week 1 of the 2021 NFL Season featured the Green Bay Packers visiting the New Orleans Saints in Jacksonville because Caesars Superdome was unusable due to Hurricane Ida. The Packers were the subject of heavy scrutiny during the offseason due to their franchise QB Aaron Rodgers wanting out of the team, only being persuaded to stay just over a month before the start of the season. Furthermore, the Saints lost their franchise QB Drew Brees to retirement as well as much of their other talent due to the salary cap. The result? The Saints blow out the Packers 38-3, with Rodgers throwing 2 interceptions and no touchdowns and one of the most turnover-prone QBs in the league in Jameis Winston managing 5 touchdowns and no interceptions despite having not even 200 passing yards. It is the first time the Packers have lost their week 1 matchup since 2014, as well as the worst blowout in Aaron Rodgers' career.

College Football

  • This is sometimes planned in college football. Big schools with well funded football teams full of top recruits will often pay huge guarantees to smaller schools with less-competitive football teams to play them (thus boosting the bigger school's number of wins), which often results in ridiculously horrible losses.
    • For example, the University of Miami (5 time AP National champions) played Savannah State University in 2013 and beat them 77–7. It got so bad that the two coaches agreed to shorten the 4th quarter to 12 minutes. And it wasn't even Savannah State's worst loss. The year before they lost to Oklahoma State 84–0. And in 2018, Savannah State went up against Miami again and lost 77-0, which was very similar to their previous meeting.
    • September 21, 2013 saw traditional Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State, ranked fourth nationally at the time, host Florida A&M for a body-bag game. It was already 21–0 in four OSU offensive plays (the combined times of which made less than a minute) within six minutes, and Florida A&M only got its first first down when it was already down 48–0. Even when Ohio State replaced its entire team with backups and made no effort to score, the Buckeyes continued to score until they won 76–0. From then on, Ohio State and the rest of the Big Ten made a point of phasing out FCS teams for future schedules.
    • Boston College took on Howard on September 12, 2015. BC beat Howard so badly, the second half had to be shortened to get the game over with. All told, the final score was 76–0, with BC winning. To make this curbstomp even more painful, BC ended the year 3–9, with two wins, including this one, coming against FCS competition.
    • On the other hand, there was an October 10, 2015 game where FBS North Texas hosted FCS Portland Statenote , only to be on the butt-end of a 66-7 shellacking, with the seven points being made in garbage time. The result, which is the most shocking margin by an FCS team vs. an FBS team, was so humiliating that North Texas fired their head coach on the spot.
    • On August 25, 2018, The UMass Minutemen crushed the Duquesne Dukes 63–15. To add insult to injury for Duquesne fans, UMass ended up being on the receiving end of this trope in a 55–21 beat-down by the Boston College Eagles the following week.
  • The 1916 college football match between Georgia Tech and Cumberland remains the most brutal curb-stomping in the history of organized American football. Tech won the game 222–0, scoring touchdowns on almost every single offensive play, racking up almost 1,700 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns, and not even attempting a single pass play, despite the fact their coach was the one who invented the forward pass. Cumberland finished the game with -82 offensive yards.
    • In fairness to Cumberland, they had cancelled their football program before the season, but remained contractually obligated to play this game, so they made a team of fourteen young men who would clearly not have made any team under normal circumstances. Also, Georgia Tech coach John Heisman (for whom the Heisman Trophy was named) wanted to challenge the notion that had sprung up in college football that margin of victory mattered more than the quality of your opponent. By utterly demolishing a clearly outclassed opponent, Heisman proved that who you play matters.
    • However, Cumberland may not have had totally clean hands. Earlier that year, Cumberland's baseball team laid a similar curb-stomping on Georgia Tech, winning 22–0. The Cumberland team allegedly featured several professional players posing as students, which apparently angered Tech's baseball coach... one John Heisman. In later years, Heisman himself wrote that his running up the score was partially in revenge for the baseball game.
    • As for the game itself, it was an utter disaster for Cumberland due to the inexperience of their team. One of the quarterbacks got knocked out three separate times, there was at least two occasions of the Cumberland players cowering and dropping down in fear rather than making any attempt to stop Georgia Tech from scoring, and four players went and hid behind a fence, including one who was known only as "Pee Wee", who was thrown back onto the field for fear that he'd give away their hiding spot. One Cumberland player had a good chance to score, only to trip and fall over a teammate who was on the field searching for his glasses. The only truly good thing the Cumberland team did was a "climb the ladder" play on the final moment of the game to block an extra point attempt, but, of course, this lead to a poor player getting massive damage to his face when the ball hit him right on it.
  • The most lopsided game between two major college teams was the Houston Cougars' 100–6 victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on November 23, 1968. This was the result of several converging factors: Tulsa had beaten Houston the year before so revenge was on UH's mind, the Tulsa team had been ravaged by flu, and Houston coach Bill Yeoman was notorious for running up the score. After Tulsa scored early in the 3rd quarter to cut Houston's lead to 24–6, the Cougars scored 27 more points in the 3rd quarter and 49 in the 4th.
    • Nearly 21 years later, on October 21, 1989, Houston, led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Andre Ware, took on the Southern Methodist University Mustangs, who were in their first year back after having received the NCAA "death penalty" for repeated recruiting violations; most of their remaining scholarship players had transferred to other schools in the interim (Houston itself was on NCAA probation for similar recruiting violations). Oddsmakers sensed that this was a huge mismatch, installing Houston as a 59-point favorite. That was way too conservative, as the Cougars obliterated the Mustangs 95-21, amassing 1,021 yards of offense during the game (which equals about 3/5ths of a mile or a little over a kilometer of territory), still a single game team record on any level of college football. It could've been worse, too: Houston led 59-14 at the half. The defeat was so bad that Mustangs head coach Forrest Gregg refused to shake hands with Cougars head coach Jack Pardee after the game was over.
    • It was Houston's turn to be on the butt end of this against Army in the Armed Forces Bowl on December 22, 2018. Most observers were expecting a reasonably close game. It was anything but. The Cougars had no answer to the Black Knights' option attack, which racked up more than 500 yards on the ground on the way to a 70–14 laugher. The 70 points equaled the record for a single team in any bowl gamenote , and the victory margin equaled Tulsa's record from the 2008 GMAC Bowl mentioned below. As another note for the game, Army traditionally has the cheer squad do as many pushups as their score after a successful drive, so audiences get to see 385 pushups.
  • A few weeks after the Houston blowout in 1989, Notre Dame smothered SMU by the score of 59-6. Irish head coach Lou Holtz actually went easy on them as he wasn’t a big fan of playing against SMU anyway because of the talent difference between the two teams.
    • Notre Dame was also on the receiving end of this as well against Miami in 1985 as the Hurricanes beat the Irish down 58-7. A lot of people felt that it was uncalled for by the Canes because it was the final game for Notre Dame head coach Gerry Faust, who had already had a very poor tenure in South Bend but Miami Head Coach Jimmy Johnson defended his reasoning for the team putting the points up by saying “My team played well. I can’t defend the other team for playing poorly”
    • The blowout kickstarted a fierce rivalry between the two schools.
  • A lot of football experts thought Florida in 1995 would beat Nebraska. However, Nebraska had the last laugh, as the Cornhuskers beat the Gators 62–24 to win its second straight national title.
  • Remember Tulsa from 1968? Well, almost 40 years later, the Golden Hurricane would be on the winning side of a historic blowout. In the 2008 GMAC Bowl (part of the 2007 season), they annihilated Bowling Green 63–7, setting a new record for victory margin in a bowl game. (This record would be tied in 2018... see below.)
  • In 2009, Jim Harbaugh's Stanford Cardinal stomped Pete Carroll's USC Trojans, 55–21; post-game, Carroll infamously asked Harbaugh, "What's your deal?" The rivalry between Harbaugh and Carroll carried over to the NFL; in December 2012, Carroll's Seahawks stomped Harbaugh's 49ers 42–13, and again on September 2013, to the tune of 29–3.
  • The 2012 Orange Bowl pitted ACC champions Clemson against Big East champions West Virginianote , and at first it seemed like a competitive game with a 17-14 lead by Clemson in the first half. Then the second quarter happened, with a 35-3 run from West Virginia, which included a 99-yard fumble return by safety Darwin Cook. The game ended in West Virginia's resounding 70-33, which set the record at the time for a single team's score.
  • In 2014, Ohio State needed to prove they were worthy of the first College Football Playoff, and despite being 4 point underdogs against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship, OSU won 59–0, making it the biggest spread upset in college football history.
  • The 2015 season opener between Notre Dame and the Texas Longhorns ended with Texas losing 38–3.
  • In two successive years, Oregon was in the butt-end of one, both at home:
    • On September 26, 2015, the 13th-ranked Ducks hosted the 18th-ranked Utah Utes in Eugene, Oregon, the Ducks being favored by at least ten points. What resulted was a lopsided 62–20 victory for the Utes, a remarkable feat given Autzen Stadium's difficulty for visiting teams, and the most points ever allowed by Oregon at home at the time. This included a 28–0 3rd quarter, as well as touchdowns from defense and special teams.
    • October 8, 2016 was even more humiliating, given that the Ducks were having a very down year at the time and their hated Washington Huskies came in ranked 5th and fresh off a decisive rout over Pac-12 powerhouse Stanford. Leading up to this game, Oregon beat Washington twelve straight years, often by wide margins. Only this time, the Huskies prevailed to the tune of 70–21, which only contributed to Oregon's deteriorating season that saw head coach Mark Helfrich fired by the end of the year.
  • October 8, 2016 brought us the Michigan Wolverines vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights, which ended in an ugly 78–0 thrashing. Not only that, but Rutgers was limited to a total of 39 yards, with only six in the first half and only managing a first down late in the fourth quarter. One would be forgiven for assuming this is a body bag game instead of an in-conference match, since both are in the Big Ten.
  • October 27, 2018 was humiliating for Florida State fans, as the Seminoles got smashed by conference rival Clemson 59–10 at home. Not only was this tied for the worst loss in program history with a loss to in-state rival Florida in 1973, but this was their worst home loss.
    • This wasn't even Clemson's biggest blowout win in 2018. On October 6, the Tigers thrashed the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 63–3 in Winston-Salem.
    • On November 3, 2018 Clemson destroyed the Louisville Cardinals 77–16. Granted, the Tigers were already huge favorites at home coming into the game and Louisville was having a very down year, but this was still a lopsided score.
    • Even the College Football Playoff Championship on January 7, 2019 was a blowout in Clemson's favor. The Tigers, who were 6-point underdogs against Alabama, proceeded to overwhelm the Crimson Tide 44–16, including a second-half shutout. What is even more impressive is that Alabama had never lost by more than 14 points under Nick Saban, and the Tide's last loss by more than 17 points had been against LSU. In 2003. Ironically enough, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was a former player at Alabama.
  • On October 27, 2018 the Princeton Tigers crushed the Cornell Big Red 66–0 in an Ivy League conference matchup.
  • The 2017 Uteck Bowl, the national semi-final of university football in Canada, featured the Western Mustangsnote  destroying the Acadia Axemen 81–3. Acadia, however, had been dealing with a Thursday Night Football-grade four-day turnover between the Uteck Bowl and the Atlantic conference's championship game, since it was delayed to the Tuesday prior to the bowl due to a legal dispute involving an ineligible player on the opposing team.
  • Actually fairly common in the NCAA's lower divisions and the NAIA, since there's often a huge talent gap between good teams and bad teams. The two most recent three digit margins were the Central State Marauders' 101-0 drubbing of the Lane Dragons in 1989 (Lane's coach motioned to end the game with 11:00 left in the 4th quarter and the referees agreed) and the Rockford Regents defeating the Trinity Bible Lions 105–0 in 2003 (Rockford scored touchdowns on their first six possessions en route to a 63-0 halftime lead, while Trinity Bible only crossed midfield once the entire game).
    • Triple digits almost happened in the opening game for two Minnesota-based NCAA Division III schools in 2017, when the Saint John's Johnnies pulverized the St. Scholastica Saints, 98–0. As in the Rockford/Trinity Bible game, the halftime score was 63–0 and the losing team only made it past the 50-yard line once. What made this remarkable is that while Saint John's is considered an elite team in D-III, St. Scholastica is generally a decent second-tier team. In fact, St. Scholastica went on a seven-game winning streak after the loss, before dropping their final two games to finish with a 7–3 record. Then fast-forward to 2021: St. Scholastica has now become a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the home of Saint John's. Would they be more evenly matched with the Johnnies now that they're conference peers? Nope. Saint John's jumped out to a 54–0 halftime lead, then went on cruise control in the second half, winning 81–0.
  • Clemson's beatdown of Alabama wasn't even close to being the biggest blowout of the 2018 bowl season.
    • Then, six days later in the Music City Bowl, Auburn entered as a 3½-point favorite over Purdue. By the end of the first quarter, Auburn was up 28–7. And by halftime, 49–7... with the Tigers setting a new record for most points in any half of any bowl game. The final was 63–14, and it could have been worse—neither team scored in the fourth quarter. It became even more of a downer for Boilermaker fans on New Year's Day, when the team's biggest inspiration during that season, Tyler Trent, lost his battle with a rare form of bone cancer. Trent, a Purdue student who had been forced to drop out due to his illness, had made national headlines for his perseverance in the face of death, and had been flown to the game on the Indianapolis Colts' team plane, thanks to the team owner.
  • Ohio State was on both sides of this in the final two weeks of the 2021 regular season, both of which were against their rivals from the state of Michigan:
    • In a highly pivotal game against #7 Michigan State, the Buckeyes proceeded to blow out the Spartans 56-7, which had some people believe they were a lock for the Big Ten Championship and a Playoff team.
    • The #2 Buckeyes were on the receiving end when they played their Arch-Enemy Michigan, well known for not beating the Buckeyes in a decade with much of the mockery and criticism being aimed at Jim Harbaugh since his first season in 2015. While the #5 Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes 42-27, the game was not as close as the score indicated, as Michigan dominated with the running game that that accounted for all six of their touchdowns, knocking their sworn enemies out of not only the conference championship berth, but also Playoff contention as well.
  • One of the criticisms of the College Football Playoff is that the semifinal games usually fall under this trope.
    • The very first College Football Playoff semifinal game, taking place on New Years Day 2015 in the Rose Bowl, was between the second-seeded Oregon Ducks and the third-seeded defending national champions Florida State Seminoles. The Ducks, who were eight-point favorites to begin with, proceeded to throttle the Seminoles 59-20, with nearly half of the points coming in the third quarter.
    • The December 2015 Cotton Bowl, which was between the Michigan State Spartans and Alabama Crimson Tide, started slow (the first points were scored in the 2nd quarter), but then Alabama thrashed right through Michigan State in the second half, winning 38-0. ESPN's attempts to deliberately drive people away nearing halftime by advertising Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in the middle of the game was perhaps a subtle prediction that it wasn't going to end well for the Spartans.
    • The December 2016 Fiesta Bowl between the Clemson Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes did not go very well for the Buckeyes. Clemson would dominate Ohio State in humiliating fashion, shutting out the Buckeyes 31-0. It certainly didn't help that the Playoff committee was criticized for selecting the Buckeyes despite the fact that they did not win their conference championship and some fans wished that Big Ten champions Penn State should have been selected instead.
    • The 2018 Sugar Bowl, which was the third consecutive playoff meeting between Alabama and Clemson, resulted in the Tide's defense dominating the Tigers, which led to a 24-6 Alabama victory.
    • The following season had the 2018 Cotton Bowl, featuring the Clemson Tigers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, both of which were undefeated heading into the game. In what was seen by fans as a Foregone Conclusion, the Tigers controlled most of the game in a 30-3 blowout victory after a first quarter tie.
    • The 2019 Peach Bowl was perhaps the largest stomp in a semifinal game in the Playoff era, as the LSU Tigers, who were already dominant on offense with Heisman winner Joe Burrow to begin with, obliterated the Oklahoma Sooners 63-28 in a record-breaking performance by Burrow.
    • The January 2021 Sugar Bowl, taking place in the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic, saw Ohio State finally get their first win over Clemson in a game that was unexpectedly a rout in the Buckeyes' favor, winning 49-28. This is especially notable because many were expecting yet another Alabama vs. Clemson championship rematch and the Buckeyes had only played six games as opposed to the other playoff teams having played at least eleven games. And just to rub salt on the wound for Clemson, Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney put the Buckeyes at No. 11 in the Coaches Poll prior to the game, which might've been motivation for the Buckeyes.


  • During the 2013 IFAF Women's World Championship, The United States women's national football team did this to all of their opponents, defeating Sweden 84-0 in their first game of the tournament, then Germany 107-7 in the other group stage game, that touchdown being the only points scored on the US team in any world championship, they closed this out with a 64-0 victory against Canada in the gold medal match. In the same tournament, Spain lost all of their matches in this fashion, but not quite as badly, 47-0 against Finland and 50-0 against Canada in group play, and in the fifth place match, losing to Sweden 64-0. They did not score once in the entire tournament.
  • France beat Australia in their second match of the 2015 IFAF Senior Men's World Championship in Canton 53-3, before preceding to fall to the United States 82-0 in the semifinal. The United States men's team has heavy restrictions as to who can even play for the national team, including being no more than one year removed from college graduation and not being a pro, and requirements to have players from all NCAA divisions and NAIA giving them a weaker player pool, while France can choose to use their professional players if they wanted.
  • IMG Academy, a preparatory school in the Tampa Bay area, is one of the premier high school programs in the country with among some of the best college football Division 1 prospects. On August 29, 2021 they were scheduled to play in a nationally-televised game in Canton, OH against Bishop Sycamore, who claimed to ESPN's promoters that they have hot D1 prospects in their roster. Even while the latter was determined to be a scam with no physical campus and lack of equipment, having already played a game two days prior and largely consisting of JUCO dropouts in their twenties, they had been thoroughly beaten 58-0. In a nationally televised game where color commentators can't even tell who the players are since they don't appear in any recruiting databases.
  • For many years the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference had a rule where a coach would be suspended for a game if their team beat another opponent by 50 points or more. However there were many instances where losing coaches would vouch for the winning coach by stating that they followed all the “big lead protocols” by playing their deepest reserves and only doing handoffs for runs up the middle, etc. Plays where the intent is to run out the clock as opposed to score more points. They stated that the only alternative the leading team would’ve had would be to take a knee on every play, punt on first down, etc. That would be more humiliating than a higher final score. The CIAC instituted a running clock rule which most states already use.
  • One high school football game between two high school teams in California, Morningside and Inglewood, saw an unbelievable blowout as Inglewood won the game 106-0. The coach of Inglewood's team has drawn criticism for questionable sportsmanship during this game; sports analysts agree that the blowout got that bad due to said coach, Mil'von James, engaging in aggressive and intense Unsportsmanlike Gloating, far beyond what is normally expected in American football, in order to demoralize Morningside into losing the will to compete. This includes keeping Inglewood's star quarterback Justyn Martin in play at all times no matter how big their lead got; showing off Martin's touchdowns on social media where Morningside's people could see it; denying all of Morningside's requests for the mercy rule, which in this case would have sped up the clock to get the game done sooner; and executing an unnecessary 2-point conversion at the end of the game to boost their margin of victory that little bit higher.

    Association Football/Soccer 

English Premier League

  • 1994-95: Man Utd 9-0 Ipswich
  • 1998-99: Nottingham Forest 1-8 Man Utd
  • 2009-10: Tottenham 9-1 Wigan
  • 2009-10: Chelsea 8-0 Wigan
  • 2009-10: Chelsea 7-0 Stoke
  • Sunday 28 August 2011, Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Man City and Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal.
  • From the 2011-12 season: Man City 6-1 Man United (tying the three previous biggest blowouts of Manchester derby; another 6-1 for City and two 5-0 scorelines, one for City and one for United)
  • 2012-13: Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa (setting a new record loss for Aston Villa in the process)
  • March 22, 2014. Arsène Wenger's 1000th game in charge of Arsenal is at the home of title rivals Chelsea. After three minutes, Arsenal's Olivier Giroud is denied by Chelsea's Petr Čech and a minute later Chelsea are ahead. After 22 minutes Arsenal are 3-0 down and with a player sent off in a case of mistaken identity. Final score: Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0.
  • 2014-15: Southampton 8-0 Sunderland
  • 2019-20: Man City 8-0 Watford
  • 2019-20: Southampton 0-9 Leicester City
  • 2020-21: Manchester United 9-0 Southampton

Other British Domestic Competitions

  • 1885-86: Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord (Scottish FA Cup, round 1)
  • 1885-86: Dundee Harp 35-0 Aberdeen Rovers (Scottish FA Cup, round 1)note .
  • 1887-88: Preston North End 26-0 Hyde (FA Cup, First Round)
  • 1933-34: Stockport County 13-0 Halifax Town (Third Division North) – joint record win in Football League.
  • 1946-47: Newcastle United 13-0 Newport County (Second Division) – joint record win in Football League.
  • 1891-92: West Bromwich Albion 12-0 Darwen (First Division) – joint record win in top tier.
  • 1908-09: Nottingham Forest 12-0 Leicester Fosse (First Division) – joint record win in top tier.

La Liga (Spain)

  • In 2010 FC Barcelona recorded a 5-0 win against Real Madrid, the most expensive team in the world.
  • In 2015-16, Real Madrid won 10-2 against Rayo Vallecano, a team from the same city that for less than a quarter hour was winning the match.

Other Domestic Leagues/Competitions

  • On February 12, 1997, Federico Pisani, a popular young player with Italian team Atalanta, died in a road accident. On the following Sunday, 15, Atalanta were scheduled to play Vicenza at home (the town of Bergamo). The stadium was full to the brim, the players keyed up to the most tremendous pitch. They won the game 3-1, but that does not give the dimension of their dominance; in that kind of mood, they'd have beaten Brazil. Hapless Vicenza were overwhelmed and did extraordinarily well to limit the loss to three goals. The players had placed Pisani's no.14 shirt on the net of their goal, and at each goal they scored, the scorer ran all the way back and kissed it. After the game the team retired the no.14 shirt permanently.
  • "El Alcorconazo" — October 27, 2009, Copa del Reynote : In the round of 32, Alcorcón, a team from the Madrid area that then played in Segunda División B (Spain's third level), was drawn against La Liga superpower Real Madrid. Just how different were they? (1) Alcorcón's total payroll that season was less than €1 million, while Real's was €110 million. (2) Real had spent over €250 million on new players the previous summer. (3) The day before the first leg of the cup tie, one of Real's sponsors gave the entire senior squad new cars worth a combined €2 million. (4) The average salary of an Alcorcón player that season was less than what new Real signing Cristiano Ronaldo was making per day. (5) Finally, at the time of the match, Real's youth side was in Segunda B alongside Alcorcón — and had lost only once in the teams' seven meetings. And what happens? Alcorcón wins the first leg at home 4–0. Oh yeah... Real's best player in that match was their goalkeeper. The second leg was 1–0 to Real, not enough to overcome the disaster in Alcorcón.
  • The Copa del Rey saw another curb-stomping in the final of its 2017/18 edition pitting Sevilla FC against FC Barcelona. Less than a month earlier, Sevilla had come very close to handing Barça its first league loss of the season (they had manage to equalize the game with two late goals and arrived at the cup final still undefeated in the league). This time around, however, Sevilla fizzled out early and Barcelona destroyed them 0-5 to win the Cup for the 30th time, in captain Andrés Iniesta's last final with the team. Sevilla head coach Vincenzo Montella was fired shortly thereafter.
  • Happened to Aston Villa versus Arsenal in the 2015 FA Cup Final, to the surprise of many. Arsenal's league form had stuttered slightly, and had developed a reputation for fizzling out in big games. Villa had seen a upturn in fortunes thanks to Tim Sherwood and an in-form Christian Benteke. After 40 minutes it looked like it would be tight, then Arsenal scored via Theo Walcott, and then added three more in the second half. Villa had no response to this domination, with Benteke being tightly marked by the Arsenal defense. To rub salt into the wound, Prince William: Duke of Cambridge, a well known Aston Villa fan and head of the FA was presenting the trophy, and it was clear to all how disappointed he was.
  • Any given year, you can expect Bayern Munich to score 5-0 or more at least once in the Bundesliga. Hamburg in particular has been one of their biggest victims (including two 8-0 and a 9-2).
  • On June 19, 2020, PFC Sochi hosted FC Rostov in a Russian Premier League match. Rostov was driving for a UEFA Champions League place, while Sochi was in a relegation dogfight. Result? Sochi blows out Rostov 10–1. However, this ESPN story pointed out that there were major extenuating circumstances. This was the first match for both sides after a three-month hiatus due to COVID-19, and just two days before, six of Rostov's first team tested positive for the virus. Under the league's COVID-19 protocol, the entire first-team squad and staff were forced into quarantine for 2 weeks. Sochi was insistent on playing the fixture, placing Rostov in a bind—league regulations also mandate that a team forfeiting two matches during the season is automatically expelled from the top flight. Rostov's solution was to have their 17-and-under team play the match. (This was possible because while Russia's pro leagues restarted, the age-group leagues had yet to do so.) Rostov's kids actually opened the scoring, but it was downhill from there. Nonetheless, the league named Rostov's goalkeeper the man of the match... while he did let in 10 goals, he also set a new league record with 15 saves, including one penalty. And may we add, this was a 17-year-old who hadn't trained in three months trying to hold his own against older professionals who had been back in training. One of Sochi's players went on Instagram to praise the Rostov youngsters' effort.
  • On October 24, 2020, Dutch giants Ajax faced VVV-Venlo in a Dutch Eredivisie match. Ajax were winning 4-0 at half time, but the curb-stomping truly began when VVV-Venlo had a player sent off early in the second half. The final score? 13-0 to Ajax. Teenager Lassina Traore did most of the curb-stomping himself, scoring five goals and assisting three others. This was the biggest-ever win in the Eredivisie, and VVV-Venlo's heaviest-ever defeat, but remarkably, it wasn't Ajax's biggest-ever win; in 1984, they faced Luxembourger side Differdange in the UEFA Cup and beat them 14-0!
  • On November 27th 2021, Benfica were playing Belenenses in a Portuguese Primeira Liga match. Belenenses were 7-0 down by half time, could only start the match with 9 players due to the fact a COVID-19 outbreak had taken out 17 of their team, and had to start with two goalkeepers on the pitch, with one playing in defence. Only seven Belenenses players came out after half time, and when another of their players went down injured, it meant that Belenenses couldn’t then field the minimum amount of players for the game (in soccer, the minimum amount of players on the pitch for a team can be 7) forcing the match to be abandoned by the referee before the score could get any higher. Benfica, for their part, were extremely embarrassed by the result, even claiming that the match shouldn’t have gone ahead, but the authorities wouldn’t postpone it.

FIFA World Cup

  • For the group stage, it's usually big/traditional team vs. Naïve Newcomer/hopeless small country. The biggest one is Hungary's 10-1 win over El Salvador in 1982.note  Hungary had also set the previous record during the "Magical Magyars" era in 1954, with a 9-0 win against South Korea (they also beat West Germany 8-3... but only because the coach deliberately spared some of their best players, to ensure they could only see the Magical Magyars again in the final; they did, but this time Germany won 3-2), a score equaled by Yugoslavia against Zaire in 1974. However, the 2014 World Cup warranted a case of "two powerhouses, yet the perceived favorite is the slaughtered one" (Netherlands 5-1 Spain, where the Spaniards scored first and the first half ended 1-1) and big/traditional team vs. traditional-yet-mediocre (Germany 4-0 Portugal, who had The Ace Cristiano Ronaldo but basically no one else).
  • Knockout-stage blowouts are rare (one of those was by Spain, who in 1986 managed to oust a Danish team that had rolled through the group stage by 5–1), but in the first semifinal match of the 2014 World Cup, Germany beat Brazil 7–1, with Brazil as hosts, and the undermanned (they did not have their captain and their striker) and unprepared players, especially their defense, being so lost and startled the Germans scored five goals in the first half alone, four of those within six minutes of each other. It was so bad that several Brazilian players and a good part of the Brazilian spectators were collectively sobbing by the end (including several fans walking out after the first half - the rest just started booing Brazil and cheering Germany's good plays), and the completely unexpected humiliation immediately reached Internet meme status (including the alleged flooding of the "public humiliation" category of a porn site), as well as quite the shocker for Brazilians (to the point that "7-1" became local vernacular for a curb stomp battle).
  • In the final, the most comprehensive wins have been 1958 (Brazil 5-2 Sweden), 1970 (Brazil 4-1 Italy) and 1998 (France 3-0 Brazil) on the men's side, and 2015 (USA 5–2 Japan) on the women's.
    • Speaking of the 2015 women's final, it was a rematch between defending champion Japan and runner-up USA. Four years prior, the two teams had met in the 2011 Women's World Cup Final, a close game that was decided by penalty kicks. Not this time. Team USA managed to score 4 goals in the first 16 minutes of the match. The last of these was on a ridiculous shot from the midfield stripe by team captain Carli Lloyd, giving her a hat trick. Needless to say, Japan never recovered.
  • June 11, 2019, Women's World Cup, group stage: USA 13-0 Thailand. It was simultaneously the most goals scored in World Cup history, and the largest-ever World Cup margin of victory. Alex Morgan scored five goals, one of seven different players to score a goal in that game. Ten of those goals came in the second half.
  • While one sided score lines might be rare in the actual tournament itself, during qualification, it’s a whole different matter, as teams are drawn into groups depending on their geographical location, meaning that you end up with power houses of the sport playing some countries that can barely put a team together. Curb stomp battles are common - see below for some further details…

Other International Competition

  • During qualification for UEFA Euro 1984, Spain were second in their group going into the final match, and in order to win the group and qualify, they would need to score 11 goals in that match. December 21, 1983: Spain 12 - Malta 1.
  • The biggest wins in the UEFA Champions League final:
    • 1959-60: Real Madrid 7–3 Eintracht Frankfurt
    • 1968–69: AC Milan 4-1 Ajax
    • 1988-89: AC Milan 4-0 Steaua Bucharest
    • 1993-94: AC Milan 4-0 Barcelona
    • 1999-2000: Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia
    • 2003-04: Porto 3-0 AS Monaco
    • 2016-17: Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus
  • The Copa Libertadores isn't as prone to blowouts as the Champions League, but the South Americans at times get uneven. São Paulo of Brazil has the biggest finals victories (5-1 over Universidad Católica of Chile in 1993, 4-0 over fellow Brazilians Atlético-PR in 2005) and Peñarol of Uruguay, the group stage ones (11-2 on Valencia of Venezuela in 1970, 9–1 on Ecuador's Everest).
  • During the latter half of The New '10s, FC Barcelona started being outed in the Champions League with such games: 3-0 to Juventus in 2017note  and Roma in 2018, 4-0 to Liverpool in 2019, and finally 8-2 to Bayern Munich in 2020 (combining that with Barça letting his fellow striker Luis Suárez go, and Lionel Messi wants to leave the club).
  • During their World Cup bid in 1998, Maldives ended up with a scoring record of 59-0 over the course of six games, including a 17-0 loss to Iran.
  • Guam didn’t fare much better in 2000 when they tried to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, losing 16-0 to Tajikistan and then 19-0 to Iran.
  • On 9 April 2001, Australia beat Tonga 22-0 in a World Cup qualifier, breaking the record for the largest-ever international victory. Just two days later, they faced American Samoa and beat them 31-0, with striker Archie Thompson scoring 13 goals. The sheer gulf in quality between Australia and every other team in Oceania (barring New Zealand, and even they are some way behind) led to Australia moving to the Asian confederation a few years later.
  • While we're on the subject of Oceania, Tahiti qualified for the 2013 Confederations Cup after a Dark Horse Victory in the 2012 OFC Cup... and were drawn against a regional powerhouse (Nigeria) and two former world champions (Spain and Uruguay). Tahiti was easily trounced, scoring only one goal in the whole tournament while their opponents had a field day (1-6, 0-10, 0-8).
  • Speaking of Oceania: During the 2015 Pacific Games, the Fiji U-23's demolished the Micronesia U-23's with a final score of 38-0, a full 7 goals above Australia's 31 goal thrashing of American Samoa. Thankfully for the Micronesians, they managed to avoid replacing the world record due to the fact that Micronesia was not a FIFA member, and that the match involved U-23 teams rather than the main National Teams. Such a formality wouldn't comfort Micronesia though; they were humiliated 0-30 by the above-mentioned Tahiti in an earlier match at the tournament. A few days later, Micronesia was curb-stomped again in the Pacific Games. This time, they were creamed 0-46 by Vanuatu, a full 8 goals more than their humiliation by Fiji a few days earlier (thanks to the above formalities though, they're spared of the ignominy of breaking the previous record). All of Micronesia's losses gave them a -114 goal differential to end the group stage of the tournament.
    • Like Tahiti, Fiji became Oceania's representative in a big tournament in Brazil, the 2016 Olympics, and were promptly trounced by two local powerhouses (South Korea, Mexico) and the reigning World Cup champions (Germany). The result was an almost identical series of curb-stompings: 0-8, 1-5, 0-10.
  • Copa América Centenario, a collaboration of CONCACAF and CONEMBOL that celebrated its 100th anniversary of Copa América since its first in 1916, had Chile vs Mexico in the Quarterfinals which the Chileans won 7-0 (with four goals made by Chile's star player Eduardo Vargas).
  • A friendly match played in 2018 between Spain and Argentina (with no Lionel Messi): Spain 6-1 Argentina.
    • An earlier friendly against Bolivia in 2009 ended in a shock 6-1 win for Bolivia. Admittedly, that match was played in La Paz, at the extreme altitude of 3,637 m (nearly 12,000 ft), but a shocker nonetheless.
  • 2018: When Liverpool's Everton decided to take on a fifth-division Austrian team, ATV Irdning, Everton defeated Irdning 22-0.
  • Qualification matches in 2021 for the 2022 World Cup threw up some of these including Japan beating Mongolia 14-0, England (who were playing with what was effectively the B team) beating San Marino (who were the worst ranked side in the world according to FIFA) 10-0, and Germany beating Liechtenstein 9-0. It should be noted that San Marino and Liechtenstein tend to be the whipping boys of European football, along with Andorra (who actually managed to win two matches this time around - against the aforementioned San Marino) and Gibraltar.
  • The European Qualifying round of the Women’s World Cup 2023 in 2021 was full of these, the most notable being France beating Greece 10-0, Northern Ireland beating North Macedonia 11-0, The Republic of Ireland beating beating Georgia 11-0, Spain beating the Faroe Islands 12-0 (They had already beaten them 10-0 in a previous qualifying match), Belgium beating Armenia 19-0 and England beating Latvia 20-0 (Having already putting 10 past them in another qualifying match), which was the second biggest score in Women’s international football (The biggest was Canada beating Puerto Rico 21-0 in 1998), and the biggest ever score by any full England international team, men or women.

  • May 18, 1912: Philadelphia Athletics 24, Detroit Tigers 2. In protest over a suspension handed down by American League President Ban Johnson against star player Ty Cobb, the rest of Cobb's Tigers teammates went on strike. The League threatened Detroit's owner with a $5000-per-game fine if he didn't field a team, so he ordered manager Hughie Jennings to find some replacement players. Jennings cobbled together a lineup of sandlot amateurs from the local neighborhoods and threw them out on the field against the Athletics, with predictable results. Cobb persuaded his teammates to end their strike the next day.
  • October 2, 1936: In Game 2 of the World Series, the New York Yankees bounced back from a 6–1 loss to the New York Giants in Game 1 by shellacking the Giants 18–4 in Game 2, which is still the most lopsided game in World Series history. There wasn't much doubt who was going to win the Series after that.
  • Subverted in the 1960 World Series. The Yankees won Games 2, 3, and 6 16–3, 10–0, and 12–0 respectivelynote  they outscored the Pirates 55–27, outhit them 91–60, posted a .338 batting average to Pittsburgh's .256, and hit 10 home runs to Pittsburgh's four (they hit three in Game 7). However, when the dust cleared, the Pirates won the Series 4–3.
  • September 16, 1975: Pittsburgh Pirates 22, Chicago Cubs 0. Modern baseball's most lopsided shutout.note  Pirates second baseman Rennie Stennett had 7 of the Bucs' 24 hitsnote  (the Cubs only mustered 3 hits). In the post-game interview, announcer Jack Brickhouse told Cubs outfielder José Cardenal that he seemed distracted in the outfield during the late innings. Cardenal replied, "I was watching a spider crawl through the ivy. What else can you do in a game like that?"
  • In 1990, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Boston Red Sox 18–0. Making this curb-stomp more embarrassing for Boston, the Brewers did not have Paul Molitor or Jim Gantner in the lineup, and pulled Robin Yount in the 7th inning.
  • September 30, 2000: Oakland Athletics 23, Texas Rangers 2. Needing a win to stay ahead of Seattle in the standings and stay on track for their first playoff berth since 1992, the Athletics pounded out 24 hits including 4 home runs, scoring 9 runs in the first inning, 5 in the fifth, and 8 in the seventh. Texas manager Johnny Oates said after the game, "Custer must have felt like this."
  • The ninth inning of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. The Diamondbacks had their way with Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer ever who only managed to get one out. Game 6 as well; facing elimination, the Diamondbacks scored 15 runs off the Yankees pitching staff.
  • August 31, 2004: Cleveland Indians 22, New York Yankees 0. Indians would end the season two games under .500, Yankees won 101 games.
  • August 22, 2007: Texas Rangers 30, Baltimore Orioles 3. Texas scored all of their runs after the Orioles had already jumped out to a 3–0 lead. And the game was in Baltimore. Texas became the first major league baseball team to score 30 runs in a game in 110 years.
  • On April 22, 2010, the Pirates suffered their worst defeat in the 124 years of the club, losing to the Milwaukee Brewers 20–0. The defeat was so bad that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printed the image of the scoreboard on the front page, devoting an article to discussing where the franchise went wrong. Relief pitcher Brendan Donnelly was quoted as saying, "We should all be embarrassed to have Major League Baseball uniforms on our back today. It was an atrocity. We set a record. We should all be embarrassed about it. That's how I feel."
  • April 21, 2016: Chicago Cubs 16, Cincinnati Reds 0. And to add insult to injury, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta no-hit the Reds in that game.
  • July 2, 2016: Los Angeles Angels 21, Boston Red Sox 2. The Angels' high point was an 11-run 7th inning.
  • April 30, 2017: Washington Nationals 23, New York Mets 5. Nats third baseman Anthony Rendon went 6-for-6 with 3 homers, and batted in 10 runs.
  • April 7, 2018: Philadelphia Phillies 20, Miami Marlins 1. 12 of those runs came off a home run: Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr each hit a grand slam, with Carlos Santana hitting a 3-run homer.
  • June 27, 2003: The Marlins suffer a 25–8 beating at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. The first two pitchers gave 11 runs without recording an out.
  • April 14, 2018, high school game: Old Rochester 82, Notre Dame Cristo Rey 0. Old Rochester scored 12 runs just in the first inning, 20 in the second, and it snowballed from there. It got to the point that the coach of the winning team tried to just have the game called, but the umpires refused. The coach even instructed his team to just bunt and jog as opposed to swinging at pitches when he saw how badly the other team was losing.
  • June 29-30, 2018: European Championship, Pool B Playoff Series. Austria wins the series over Lithuania 2-0. This series went through two mercy rules, with neither game making it to the full nine innings. Game one was the tamer of the two, with a final score of 10-0(7 innings). Game two is where it becomes a true curb-stomp. With six runs scored by Austria and a pitching change in the first, Lithuania already starts on the back foot, and proceed to score only four runs for the entire game. Austria on the other hand, keeps their foot on the gas and score nineteen more runs, for a final score of 25-4(5 innings).
  • July 11, 2018: Noticeable for two cases happening on the same day with the winning teams scoring at least 17 runs in the first four innings: Colorado Rockies 19, Arizona Diamondbacks 2, and Cleveland Indians 19, Cincinnati Reds 4.
  • July 31, 2018: Washington Nationals 25, New York Mets 4. It was simultaneously the highest score in Nationals history, the most runs scored by any MLB team in over a decade, and the biggest margin of loss in Mets history. It was 19–0 after five innings, with the Nats scoring at least three runs in each of those innings; such a thing hadn't happened in Major League Baseball since 1876. After the game, Mets manager Mickey Callaway simply said "we've got to do better than that."
  • October 8, 2018: Boston Red Sox 16, New York Yankees 1. It was the biggest margin of loss in Yankees postseason history; in all of the Yankees' (at the time) 54 trips to the playoffs, the team had never previously lost by 15 runs.
  • October 9, 2019: The St. Louis Cardinals put up ten runs on the Atlanta Braves... in the first inning. Final score: Cards 13-3. Less than the others, but would you keep playing after that?
    • A little over a year later on October 14, 2020, the Los Angeles Dodgers put up 11 runs on the Braves in the first inning as well, with a final score of 15-3. And did we mention both of these losses came in the playoffs?
  • September 9, 2020: Atlanta Braves 29, Miami Marlins 9. Adam Duvall drove in 9 runs, including a grand slam, and Freddie Freeman drove in 6 more.
  • July 10, 2021: Los Angeles Dodgers 22, Arizona Diamondbacks 1. Justin Turner and Mookie Betts both hit grand slams, Turner’s first in his 11-year career.
  • July 16, 2021: San Diego Padres 24, Washington Nationals 8. Highlights include Wil Myers hitting a grand slam, Tommy Pham stealing home, and Jake Cronenworth completing a cycle.



  • On December 17, 1991, the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Miami Heat. Cleveland ended up setting a still-standing NBA record for margin of victory by winning 148–80.
  • February 27, 1998: The Indiana Pacers become the only team in NBA history to double their opponent's score in a game by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 124–59.
  • Game 3 of the 1998 NBA Finals saw the Chicago Bulls embarrass the Utah Jazz 96–54 in a game that saw the Jazz not only set a record for the fewest points ever scored in an NBA Finals game, but was at the time the fewest points scored in an NBA game since the shot clock was introduced in 1954note .
  • At Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics managed to wrap up the series and win their 17th NBA title by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 131–92. The 39-point margin is the largest margin of victory of a series-winning game in the history of the NBA Finals.
  • The entire 2017 playoffs was one of these for the Golden State Warriors on a series basis. The only team to give them any semblance of trouble were the Cavaliers in the Finals, who won all of one game; every other opponent got swept. It was even worse in the following year's NBA Finals as the Warriors played the Cavaliers again, and this time, the Warriors swept the Cavaliers.
  • For the Phoenix Suns' 50th anniversary season, they opened up with the worst opening game loss in NBA history on October 18, 2017. What started out as a respectable game in the first quarter (with a promising start for the Suns) quickly went out of control and turned to Portland's favor, which led to a final score of 124–76 favoring the Portland Trail Blazers. Considering the Suns repeated that kind of deficit later on in the season (that one to their [former] rivals, the San Antonio Spurs) even with a different head coach going forward that season, it's reasonable to say the Suns would like to have a do-over on that season especially, never mind their Dork Age that was The New '10s.
  • December 27, 2020: the winless Dallas Mavericks jumped out to a 36–13 lead over the Los Angeles Clippers at the end of the first quarter, which got extended to an incredible 50-point halftime lead, 77–27, setting a new NBA record for a halftime margin. The Clippers managed to keep things more respectable in the second half, but still lost by 51 points, 124–73.
  • April 2, 2021: Stephen Curry and Draymond Green were ruled out for a matchup against the Toronto Raptors. Despite a respectable first quarter, what followed afterwards was the Raptors routing the crippled Golden State Warriors, with a final score of 130-77.
  • The 2020-21 Oklahoma City Thunder started off somewhat competitive for the first 2/3 of the season, but that was before they started to actively tank their games. After March was done with, they saw 14 unanswered losses with a -299 point differential before a win in Boston against a Celtics team with neither Jayson Tatum nor Kemba Walker playing. That was followed by 9 more unanswered losses with a -191 point differential - the biggest of them all being on May 1 at home against a short-handed Indiana Pacers team with a final score of 152-95, the worst regular season loss by any home team in NBA history - before concluding their season with a win against the Clippers, who were resting Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. So, they lost 23 of their last 25 games by an average of 21.3 points. Interestingly, while other teams started off with no fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 Pandemic before eventually being able to allow some (and then more of them) into their buildings, the Thunder were the only team in the league to not have any fans in attendance all season long, and mercifully so, because fans would've felt jobbed paying to watch that kind of effort.

College Basketball

  • In a 1990 college game, UConn jumped out to a 32–0 lead over New Hampshire. UNH scored their first point (a free throw) with 8:12 left in the first half and finally made their first basket about two minutes later. UConn also managed a 21-0 run in the second half on their way to a 85–32 win.
  • The NCAA Final Four, the semifinals of the NCAA's men's college basketball tournament, generally produces close match-ups. Not so in 2016, when the Villanova Wildcats defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 95–51, the largest margin of victory in Final Four history. An even more insane stat to consider: Even if they hadn't scored at all in the first half, Villanova would still have won the game.
  • The record for victory margin in D-I women's basketball was set in 2016, when highly-ranked Baylor annihilated Winthrop 140–32. Making this more impressive is that Winthrop is also a D-I school, though worlds behind Baylor when it comes to women's basketball tradition. The previous record margin for any D-I team had been 102 points; in games that involved two D-I teams, the previous record had been 101. And Baylor's coach Kim Mulkey wasn't trying to run it up—she started rotating players in the first quarter, no player saw more than 21 minutes of action (out of 40), and all 12 players available to play were on the floor for at least 10 minutes. Winthrop's coach went out of his way to tell Mulkey after the game, in all seriousness, that he appreciated her effort to keep the score down. Later in the same season, Baylor wiped the floor with Texas Southern, winning 119–30 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA tournament. The 89-point margin was the greatest ever in the D-I women's tournament, surpassing the previous record of 74 points.
    • The next season, UConn fell one point short of tying the record with their 88-point defeat of Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) in the first round, 140-52, though the 140 set the single game scoring record for the tournament (the previous mark of 121 had been set in a quadruple overtime game). The Huskies led 55-19 at the end of the first quarter and 94-31 at halftime. That 94 points was the most in a half by any women's team in any level of college basketball!
  • The 2018 UMBC–Virginia game in the first round of the NCAA D-I men's tournament was a huge shock not only because it was the first-ever win for a men's 16-seed over a 1-seed after 135 losses, but because the game wound up becoming this. The back-and-forth first half saw the teams go to the locker room tied 21. But in the second half the UMBC Retrievers humiliated the Cavaliers, shooting an incredible 68% from the field on the way to a 74–54 blowout win. Another statistic is telling here: UMBC's second-half point total was only a fraction of a point less than UVA had averaged giving up per game going into the NCAA tournament.
  • On three occasions, NCAA men's teams have scored at least 200 points in a game. In the first two cases, the victors won by more than 100 points. Both games were against non-NCAA opponents—Troy (still a Division II school at the time) racked up a 258-141 win over Devry Institute of Atlanta in 1992, and Lincoln (Pennsylvania, a Division II school now but Division III at the time) thrashed Ohio State-Marion 201-78 in 2006. Both winners took huge halftime leads (123-53 for Troy, 97-44 for Lincoln), then ran roughshod over their outmatched opponents in the second half (Devry only had seven players in uniform, while OSU-Marion had six). The third time, it was Division III Greenville, who led 97-70 at halftime en route to a 200-146 win in a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game against Fontbonne in 2019.
  • Virginia Tech defeated North Carolina State 47–24 in an Atlantic Coast Conference game in 2019. The 23-point margin and low overall score may not compare with some of the other games mentioned here, but it absolutely belongs in this trope because of NC State's abysmal performance in the game. The Wolfpack shot a jaw-droppingly awful 9 of 54 from the field (a 16% rate), including a dumbfounding 2 of 28 from 3-point range. Special note goes to guard Braxton Beverly, who was held scoreless in the game on 0 for 12 shooting in 33 minutes of play. Tech didn't exactly shoot the lights out either, but still made 7 more baskets with 9 less shot attempts than NC State. Even crazier, both teams were ranked in the Top 25 at the time, and were two of the top three scoring teams in the league!
  • When they met in 2019, Utah and Mississippi Valley State were men's programs heading in very different directions. Utah, from the traditionally strong Pac-12 Conference, had six consecutive winning seasons. MVSU, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, generally rated as the weakest Division I conference, had seven consecutive seasons of single-digit victory totals, so it was no surprise that Vegas oddsmakers made Utah a 30-point favorite in the game. That turned out to be way too conservative, as the Utes defeated the Delta Devils 143–49. The 94 points set the NCAA men's record for victory margin in a game between two Division I schools. The Utes led 70–20 at halftime, then opened the second half on a 33–9 run to grab a 103–29 lead with 12:00 still left to go. They wound up rotating 13 different players on the floor over the course of the game. If anything, the stat lines show that it could've been much, much worse: Utah outrebounded MVSU 68–28, and made 63% of their shots to MVSU's 26%.

International Competition

  • Team USA has a tradition of curb stomping most of the planet during the Olympic Games.
    • It started when NBA players were allowed for Barcelona 1992, leading to "The Dream Team", containing 11 hall-of-famers such as Michael Jordan and is pretty much the greatest team of all time. In any sport. Period. It utterly humiliated any and all of the outclassed teams it came into contact with, from the opener against Angola (won by 68) to the Gold Medal game against Croatia (won by 32), with coach Chuck Daly never feeling he had to call a timeout. Likewise, the 1996 was only slightly less dominant, winning each of its games by an average of 31.8 points. It wasn't until the 2000 team (which won gold, but only after several close calls) and the 2004 team (known as the "nightmare team", losing to Puerto Rico, Lithuania, and Argentina before beating Lithuania in the rematch for the bronze) that it ever seemed like the rest of the world wasn't going to be forever curb-stomped on the court.
    • In the 2000s, following a decade with the rest of the world catching up with US basketball, Beijing 2008 featured the "Redeem Team", which was as dominant as the 1992 squad. They beat China by 31 points, Angola by 21 points, Greece by 23 points, reigning World Champion Spain by 37, then beat Germany by 49 points and easily made it to the knockout round. Once there, they beat Australia by 31 points in the first round, Argentina (who was the favorite coming into the Olympics) by 20 in the second round, then faced a rematch with Spain in the finals. Even though it was the only game the USA played that was remotely close, they still won the Gold Medal by a score of 118 to 107.
    • Come 2012, the United States did it again. They won their group undefeated with a point differential of +191 and won the gold medal with only two close wins throughout the entire tournament: an unusual five-point victory over Lithuanianote  and a seven-point win over perennial contender Spain in the finals. And let's not even get started on the US women's team, who won their fifth consecutive (seventh overall) gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
    • The 2014 US team fielded for the FIBA World Cup (the new rebranding of the FIBA World Championship) cruised to the championship. None of their opponents got closer than 21 points.
    • In the 2016 Olympics, the USA men won the gold unbeaten again, though they had a bit more difficulty than in 2012, winning group games against Serbia and France by only 3 points each, and winning a 6-point semifinal battle against Spain. The final, a return match with Serbia, was this trope—Team USA won by 30, its biggest win in the men's final since the Dream Team. The women, on the other hand, were utterly dominant again, winning their group with a +204 point differential and coasting to the gold. The only team to get within 20 of Team USA was France... which lost by 19.
  • The 2013 FIBA Asia Basketball 2013 had Malaysia suffering two of these in a row, 115–25 to Iran and 113–22 to China. (the third was a "meager" 22 to South Korea)
  • In the 2015 Southeast Asian Games Basketball tournament, newcomers Timor Leste had the misfortune of going up against regional powerhouses the Philippines, and defeat was all but certain for the Timorese. Once the dust cleared, the Filipinos outright DESTROYED the Timorese by 105 points to finish with a final score of 126-21. To make matters worse for Timor Leste, the Filipinos fielded their Under-21 team, which was composed only of College Players: in essence, the Timorese had the unfortunate distinction of being destroyed by the Philippine National Team's B-Team! The beating was so bad that by the 4th Quarter, even the FILIPINOS started cheering for Timor Leste out of pity and also out of admiration, as the Timorese played hard despite the COLOSSAL odds against them. (It helps that the 2 countries have a lot in common: both have a high poverty rate, both are the only countries in Asia to be predominantly Catholic, and both were under the influence of Iberian powers (Spain for The Philippines, Portugal for Timor Leste). It also helps that Timor Leste fits the role of The Woobie in Southeast Asia: They went through a long and violent struggle with Indonesia for independence from 1975 to 2002.).
  • Perlas Pilipinas (the Philippine ladies' team) won a very dominating match against Laos in Southeast Asian Games Women's Basketball 2016. The score? 179-32.
  • During both of their 2017 meetings the Philippines CRUSHED Myanmar. The first was during Myanmar's SEABA debut during the 2017 SEABA Championship where they suffered a 147-40 defeat at the hands of the Philippine national team, they also met the same fate at the hands of the Philippine B-Team during the Southeast Asian Games where they lost 129-34. At both games the Filipino crowd cheered for both Myanmar and Aung Wana for their determination.


  • This high school girls' basketball game had a final score of 108-3.
  • Any shutout win in basketball. Ever. Most of them like this seem to be amongst high school girls though. However, this one (a regional boys' tournament in Stockholm, Sweden) takes the cake; Mats Wermelin scored all 272 points in a 272-0 win.

  • In 1919, at Toledo, Ohio, excitement was rising for a boxing match for the World Heavyweight Title. It was Jess Willard -who had a serious weight and height advantage over his opponent- versus Jack Dempsey. In the first round, Dempsey knocked Willard over seven times, reputedly causing a broken jaw, broken ribs, fractured cheek bones, and a number of broken teeth. Willard looked like he'd been through a car accident.
  • Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling II, 1936 and 1938. Schmeling had handed Louis his first defeat, which was considered by Nazi Germany to be a triumph for the "Aryan race". Two years later, the two fighters faced down in a rematch. This time, Schmeling went down in two minutes and four seconds, after being knocked down three times and throwing only two punches in the entire fight.
  • One of the most famous curb-stompings in boxing is Muhammad Ali's first-round trouncing of Sonny Liston in their 1965 re-match fight. Subverted in that historians today are in agreement that Liston took a dive; he was declared beaten without even a ten-count and wasn't even hit by the punch that supposedly knocked him out (something Ali himself noted: "Did I hit him?").
  • In the 1970s, Joe Frazier and Ken Norton were both world-class heavyweights who held heavyweight titles in their lives and famously each had three-fight rivalries with peer competitor Muhammad Ali. Coincidentally, each won one fight and lost two, with one of each of their losses being clean and the other being heavily disputed in points. As such, everyone was suitably impressed when up and comer George Foreman knocked out both Norton and Frazier within two rounds, practically back to back.
  • Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks in 1988. Going into the fight, Spinks was an undefeated champion of both the light heavyweight and heavyweight classes with a record of 31-0 (21 knockouts). He was coming off of two wins against the legendary Larry Holmes, and had never so much as been knocked down a single time in his professional career. Yet against Tyson, a blind guy in a wheelchair could've put up a better fight than Spinks did.
    • Mike Tyson's famous comeback bout in 1995 against Peter McNeeley. The much-hyped fight broke the record for Pay-Per-View earnings. McNeeley took such a pounding his trainer entered the ring and called off the fight after just 89 seconds in the ring. There were accusations that the fight was set up to guarantee a victory within the first 90 seconds, while Tyson was angry that he wasn't able to properly finish the fight.
    • A 1986 bout saw Mike Tyson defeat Marvis Frazier (son of boxing legend Joe Frazier, and a respectable fighter in his own right with a 19-2 record including victories over Joe Bugner and Bonecrusher Smith) by knockout in just 30 seconds. Actually, nearly every boxer who faced Mike Tyson ended up unconscious.
    • The 2000 comeback bout with Lou Savarese. Nobody thought that Savarese would win, but Savarese was still good enough to have knocked out Buster Douglas in one round and gone the distance against WBU/lineal heavyweight champion George Foreman in a very close fight (that some critics contend he won), so a few rounds were at least expected. Instead, literally the first punch Tyson landed sent Savarese to the canvas. He got back up only to get utterly mauled by Tyson, who continued wailing on the defenseless Savarese even after the ref told him to stop; Tyson was so caught up in the curb-stomp that he shoved the ref to the ground so he could continue the stomping! When he was finally pulled off, the ref declared the fight over by technical knockout. It had lasted 38 seconds, the second shortest match of Tyson's career.
    • Tyson's 2000 fight with Andrew Golota was probably his best post-prison performance. Golota was a dangerous high-ranked heavyweight who had famously given former unified champion Riddick Bowe absolute hell in their two fights, dominating him both times, repeatedly knocking him down, and only losing because Golota was disqualified for low blows near the end- TWICE!. He also had six inches and twenty pounds on Tyson, who was widely considered washed up despite still technically being high-ranked. But when they fought, Tyson quickly beat Golota to a pulp, dropping him in the first round with hooks and battering him mercilessly. By the end of the first round Golota wanted to quit, but was convinced to go out for the second round by his corner. The second round was just as one-sided as the first and Golota flatly refused to answer the bell for the third round, awarding Tyson the victory by technical knockout. Quitting turned out to be the right choice, as Golota's hospital visit after showed that Tyson had opened a large cut above his left eye, fractured his left cheekbone, caused a herniated disc, and gave him a severe concussion.
  • Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson. Tyson talked up a big game and even started fights at promotion events with Lewis, confident that he'd win against his former sparring partner in one of the most anticipated boxing events of all time. This... did not happen; the much taller, stronger, and more technical Lewis pretty easily kept Tyson outside of range and jabbed him, with any attempt to get inside Lewis's reach by Tyson being handily repelled via clinching. While he got in a few good hits at first, by the fourth round Tyson had effectively been rendered unable to defend himself, and Lewis was pounding him at will. In that round Lewis opened up a cut above Tyson's eye and knocked him down, and Tyson's face started to swell. By round six Tyson was barely landing anything and had lacerations above both eyes. In rounds six and seven Lewis landed literally ten times as many punches as Tyson. Shortly into round 8, Tyson was knocked down again and made no attempt to get back up, leaving Lewis the winner by KO. Tyson's face looked like mulch at this point, while Lewis wasn't even particularly winded. In the post-fight interview, Tyson groveled before Lewis and requested a rematch. Lewis never bothered to set one up, as he (and everyone else in attendance) knew that the bout was one-sided enough that Lewis had nothing left to prove, despite Lewis being the older of the two.
  • While the first fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury fight ended in a controversial draw, with Wilder sending Fury to the canvas twice, Wilder was absolutely destroyed by Fury in their rematch. Despite Fury being known more for his elusiveness than his power (even though he's actually bigger than Wilder).note  Fury repeatedly walked him down and gave him the beating of his life for nearly 20 minutes straight, knocking Wilder down three times,note  consistently bullying him in the clinch, and taking every single round. The craziest part? Fury most likely would’ve finished him much sooner if referee Kenny Bayless hadn’t repeatedly given Wilder extra time to recover. By the end of the fight, Fury was spotless while Wilder was bleeding from mouth, nose, and ear, had noticeable swelling, was obviously concussed, and could barely raise his arms.
  • The vast majority of fights involving world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitsckho, who currently has by far the longest title reign of any heavyweight in history, and the most victories in world title fights of any heavyweight in history. Unlike previous champs such as Ali and Tyson, who earned their victories in slug fests that could see them in trouble at several points, Wladimir hardly lost a single round during his reign. It didn't matter how good his opponent was or how impressive their records were; it didn't matter if they were bigger than him or smaller than him; it didn't matter what style they used; Wlad used a Simple, yet Awesome style emphasizing his jab, cross, and minimalist footwork that was so ridiculously effective (in combination with his size and strength; 6'6 and 245 pounds of pure muscle) that he made them all look like helpless children. Casual fans often deride the Klitsckho era as boring, because Wlad really was just that much better than everyone else. Highlights:
    • An early example, back when he only held the WBO belt, would be Wladimir's 2002 domination of the then top ten ranked Jameel McCline. McCline never held a title, but was ranked in the top ten for several years and had a lot of great performances, including wins over Shannon Briggs and Michael Grant and a close decision loss to Chris Byrd. He was also much bigger than Klitschko: they were about the same height, but McCline was 263 pounds to Klitschko's 240. It didn't help. McCline got crushed from beginning to end, losing every single round, getting out-landed three to one in punches throughout the fight, and being knocked down near the end of it. His corner mercifully stopped the bout in the tenth.
    • Slick 6'2, 213 pound southpaw and two-time, two-title world heavyweight champion Chris Byrd (at the time 39-2 with 20 knockouts) challenged Klitsckho for his title in 2006, after losing a decision to him in 2000 (a one-sided match itself, but one that went the distance). Klitsckho had improved since then; Byrd, while a great fighter, was still more or less the same. Result: Byrd loses every round, is knocked down early, and is out-landed 2.4 to 1 in punches.note  Klitsckho's left hook finishes off Byrd in the seventh round for a technical knockout victory. The announcer said it best:
    If Byrd was hoping to wear Klitschko out with his face and his head by taking all those blows, then that is not a good strategy.
    • Single-title world heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster, at 6'3 and 229 pounds, with a record of 33-3 and 29 knockouts, faced Klitsckho in a rematch title defense in 2007 after scoring an upset knockout win over him several years prior. Klitsckho proved that his first loss was a fluke by utterly thrashing Brewster for five rounds, in which Klitsckho won every round, landed nearly three times as many punches as his opponent,note  and hurt him so badly that Brewster's trainer flatly refused to send him out for the sixth, handing Klitsckho the victory by technical knockout.
    • One of Klitsckho's most one-sided bouts was his fight with Hasim Rahman in 2008. Rahman was a 6'2, 255 pound, two-time, five-title world heavyweight champion, with a record of 45-7 and 41 knockouts. A terrifying force in any era. But when he went up against Klitsckho, he, like many before him, lost every single round and was utterly toyed with. CompuBox had Klitsckho landing six times as many punches as Rahmannote  with on average three and a half times the accuracy.note  Rahman got knocked down and nearly KO'd in the sixth round, but managed to drag himself into the seventh round, where he continued to take unprotected crosses and hooks to the face until the referee called off the fight and ruled it a technical knockout to save Rahman from further damage.
    • Two-time, six-title cruiserweightnote  world champion Jean-Marc Mormeck was never expected to put up much of a fight in 2012; with a 36-4 record (23 knockouts), and coming into the bout at 216 pounds and highly fit, he looked appropriately tough, but Klitsckho had long been established as essentially unbeatable. When he stepped into the ring, the audience was reminded that Klitsckho was half a foot taller and thirty pounds heavier than Mormeck, but even that didn't prepare them for the level of mismatch. Klitsckho landed thirteen times as many punches as Mormecknote  and knocked him unconscious at the start of the fourth round. And this was the day after Wlad got out of the hospital for an operation, too! Mormeck ultimately became Wlad's 50th knockout.
    • Klitschko's 2014 fight with Kubrat Pulev was the cherry on top of his utterly dominant career. Coming into the fight, the 6'5, 248 pound Pulev was ranked #1 heavyweight in the world by both the December 2013 issue of The Ring magazine and the October 2014 press release of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Even as of this writing (2020), when he's 39 years old, Pulev is still ranked among the world's top ten heavyweights by both sources. You would never know this just from watching his fight with Wladimir Klitschko. Pulev was brutally battered, losing every single round and getting knocked down four times en route to a fifth round stoppage, leaving Klitschko the winner by technical knockout. It was his 53rd and final knockout.
  • All but one of the fights involving Wladimir Klitschko's brother, Vitali Klitschko. While he didn't reign as long as his brother, he is the only heavyweight champion to never lose more than two rounds in any fight, has the highest heavyweight KO to fight ratio in history,note  and is one of only two heavyweight champions (along with Oliver McCall) to have never been knocked down. The one exception to his otherwise hilariously one-sided career was his fight with Lennox Lewis, which was a slug fest.note 
  • In 1998, the World Wrestling Federation hosted the Brawl for All, a legitimate Toughman Contest-style tournament amongst wrestlers who were Real Life tough-men. Surprising everyone, perennial curtain-jerker Bart Gunn ended up winning. As a true test, he was pitted in a match at WrestleMania XV against Toughman legend Eric "Butterbean" Esch, a massive man known for his knockout power. Butterbean knocked Gunn unconscious in 27 seconds, effectively killing his career in North America.Postscript 
  • 7 April 2007's Joe Calzaghe vs Peter Manfredo Jr. Despite remaining totally unbeaten throughout his career, Calzaghe still somehow managed to gain a mild reputation as being an overrated fighter with a habit of dodging his way out of "proper" fights. Peter Manfredo Jr., winner of Sylvester Stallone's television reality series The Contender, judging from pre-fight interviews, evidently agreed with this summation. Thought the ensuing match didn't exactly put paid to the nastier rumours surrounding Calzaghe's prowess, it certainly brought Manfredo Jr. down a few pegs:
  • The lead up to 2009's Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton fight was built as perhaps the toughest challenge of the rising Pacquiao's career, who himself had curb-stomped his last two opponents, including the great (albeit way past his prime) Oscar de la Hoya. Hatton was close to his peak, bigger, and was unbeaten at 140 lbs, "his" weight. Come fight night, Pacquiao proceeded to absolutely destroy Hatton, using his blazing speed to beat Hatton consistently to the punch. He knocked Hatton down twice in the first round (the first one a right thrown before a Hatton left hook which Pacquiao smoothly ducked under in the same motion), then proceeded to put the solid-chinned Hatton out cold with a massive left hand at the end of the second round.
  • August 26, 2010: In a MMA vs. Boxing fight at UFC 118, Randy "The Natural" Couture fought James "Lights Out" Toney. James threw exactly one weak, wild punch before being taken to the mat and forced to submit to an arm triangle at 3:19 of the first round.
  • During the making of Enter the Dragon, a Too Dumb to Live challenger to Bruce Lee broke into his home and scared his children, Brandon and Shannon. An enraged Lee sent him to the hospital with one kick.
    • Heck, Bruce developed Jeet Kune Do because he felt his curb-stomp battles were taking a tad too long.
    • Bruce took down a Black-Belt Karateka in 15 seconds.
    • One of Bruce's film extras once taunted him, calling him "more actor than fighter." This kid was fast, strong, and bigger than Bruce Lee, and a "damned good martial artist." Bruce went on to drop the kid to the ground, and nail him repeatedly in the face until he was out.
  • Out of many examples of him making world class fighters look like beginners, superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s biggest example of dominance was against the late great Diego Corrales. Diego was known as a dangerous counter puncher with knockout power in both hands and was seen by both critics and fans as Mayweather's most dangerous opponent to date. However, during the fight, Mayweather knocked down Corrales 5 times before his corner threw in the towel.

  • In the 1963-64 US Championship, Fischer won every game, finishing 11-0. Hans Kmoch jokingly congratulated Larry Evans, second with 7.5 points, on winning the tournament, while congratulating Fischer on winning the exhibition.
  • Bobby Fischer's wins in the candidates' matches: 6-0 against Mark Taimanov (the Communist Party was not amused) followed by the same score against Bent Larsen, widely thought to be the best player outside the Soviet Union. Both of them were rated in the top ten in the world before the matches. After that, he somewhat relaxed and clobbered Tigran Petrosian (a former world champion and renowned defender) 6.5-2.5.
  • In the 2nd Sinquefield Cup in September 2014, Fabiano Caruana, then the world #3, scored 8.5-1.5 (starting 7-0, then finishing with three draws) against a field consisting entirely of top-10 players: Magnus Carlsen (world #1 and current world champion), Levon Aronian (#2), Hikaru Nakamura (#5), Veselin Topalov (#8, twice a challenger for the world championship), and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (#9). Carlsen was a distant second with 5.5 points.

  • In cricket, a follow-on is when the second team to bat achieves a total much less than the first team to bat, and are made to bat again. This has happened nearly 300 times in Test cricket, and usually results in the following-on side losing. The three exceptions are 1894 (England follow-on vs Australia at Sydney), 1981 (England follow-on vs Australia at Headingley), and 2001 (India follow-on vs Australia at Eden Gardens). On the last occasion, India got as many runs in their second innings as Australia did in both of theirs—and also declared their second innings, meaning that they didn't even have all 11 of their players bat.note 
  • June 1899: In a house match at Clifton College, Bristol, schoolboy batsman A. E. J. Collins scored 628 runs out of 836 all out, and then took 11 wickets for 63 as the opposing North Town House were bowled out twice to lose by an innings and 688.
  • 20-24 August 1938: England (903 for 7 declared) beat Australia (201 and 123) by an innings and 579 runs. The great Australian batsman Donald Bradman and his teammate Jack Fingleton were both injured in the field during England's innings and were unable to bat, which may offer some explanation, but even so...
  • A first-class match in Lahore, Pakistan in 1964 ended with Railways (910 for 6 declared) beating Dera Ismail Khan (32 and 27) by an innings and 851 runs.
  • An ODI match played on 29 October 2000 between India and Sri Lanka, featured Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya scoring 189 runs in the team's total score of 299. India's whole team was out for a grand total of 54 runs. Thus, just one player scored over 3 times more than the entire opposition.
  • And in the Indian Premier League, people saw Royal Challengers Bangalore (263 for 5) rip Pune Warriors India (133 for 9) a new one on April 23, 2013. Special credit goes to Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle for blasting the records of Fastest Century not just in the IPL, but in the history of professional cricket as a whole by scoring a century in just 30 balls. He also broke the record of Highest Individual Score in IPL History scoring unbeaten 175 runs and also broke the record of most number of Sixes in a IPL Innings, hitting 17 sixes in the match. That's right: the entire Pune team were beaten singlehandedly by the Jamaican. As if that wasn't impressive enough, Gayle got the rare opportunity to bowl during the final over. The results? Two wickets for only 5 runs.

  • Generally, handball matches between the top nations in Europe (hard top is currently Denmark, France, Spain and Croatia; while a handful of other nations can be expected to curbstomp most non-Europeans as well) and any non European nation, except Brazil, Argentina, probably Tunisia and South Korea (the latter only during the Olympics) will generally be expected to be one of these.
  • In handball, Australia is usually a well liked underdog, who often gets curb stomped by the biggest nations in the sport, especially Scandinavians. Iceland 55-15 Australia (2003) is the biggest win since 1958, and Australia got curb-stomped by runners-up Denmark at the last world championships (2011, 47-12). Australia has only ever won one match (while they've participated in 6 tournaments), which was against Greenland (in 2003). Got a 51-11 against them when they played against Spain at the 2013 world championships.
  • In the round of 16 of the handball Champions League 2012, Barcelona played against Montpellier. Barcelona in handball are comparable to, well, Barcelona in football, while Montpellier is the best teams in the French league (one of the best leagues in the world). Montpellier recorded a two goal victory at home, but when they came to Barcelona to play, the home team won 36-20.
  • The 2013 handball world championship final. Spain 35-19 Denmark. Biggest victory ever in a world championship final.


National Hockey League:

  • On January 23, 1944, the Detroit Red Wings delivered one to the New York Rangers, a 15–0 blowout, which remains the largest margin of victory by one NHL team to this day.
  • While the 1980s were full of high-scoring games, a particularly notable one is a 1983 match where the Edmonton Oilers trounced the New Jersey Devils 13-4, leading Wayne Gretzky (who scored thrice and had five assists) to note "Well, it’s time they got their act together. They’re ruining the whole league. They had better stop running a Mickey Mouse organization and put somebody on the ice." (by the next time the Oilers came, with Devils fans wearing Mickey garb, it was a closer 5-4)
  • The 1991 Stanley Cup finals were scrappy underdog Minnesota North Stars against the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins. While Minnesota won the first game, the others showed how much of a mismatch it was - culminating in the Penguins clinching it with an 8–0 massacre.
  • In the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the New York Rangers swept the New York Islanders 6–0, 6–0, 5–1 and 5–2.
  • Patrick Roy has been the victim of two curb stomp battles, both against the same team (the Detroit Red Wings). The first was on December 2, 1995, when Roy's Canadiens lost 11–1, and Roy was only pulled after allowing nine goals in two periods, five of them coming in the first. This resulted in Roy (who felt the coach, Mario Tremblaynote , left him out on purpose to humiliate him) demanding a trade, and he moved to the Colorado Avalanche. His second came in Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals. While the blowout wasn't as bad (a 7–0 loss this time), Roy still allowed six goals (out of 16 shots) in the first two periods before being benched.
  • Every now an then, a Game 7 ends with that. And when the home team is the one getting trounced (0-5, 1-6), it's one hell of a Gut Punch, to the point once the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final 4–0, a riot ensued.
  • 2011-12. Calgary Flames 0, Boston Bruins 9.
  • November 4th, 2016: Montreal Canadiens 0, Columbus Blue Jackets 10. Ironically, on December 10 of the same season, Montreal themselves went on to destroy the Colorado Avalanche 10–1.
  • October 5th, 2017: Pittsburgh Penguins 1, Chicago Blackhawks 10. This was the Blackhawks' season opener and the Penguins entered the season as the Stanley Cup Champions.
  • April 16th, 2018: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1, Game 3 - Anaheim Ducks 1, San Jose Sharks 8. This game holds the largest playoff blowout suffered by the Ducks (their previous record was 2017 Round 2 Game 6's 7–1 loss at the Edmonton Oilers).
  • And on both those notes, while one cross-state beatdown was going on, so was another as the aforementioned defending champions were up against their hated rival Philadelphia Flyers, who they swept in the regular season. They faced off in the first round as the Penguins trounced the Flyers in a 7-0 slaughter at PPG Paints Arena. Philly would take the next game 5-1, but their momentum shriveled as they dropped both games at home in Wells Fargo Center 5-1 and 5-0, the first of which they would give up two goals within six seconds of each other. They took Game 5 on the road 4-2, and in Game 6 the wheels fell off after a 4-2 lead in the second, as the Penguins rattled off five unanswered goals including two within ten seconds of each other. That final score would be 8-5. So the Flyers were outscored 26-6 in their losses, including 19-6 between all three home games.
  • 17 March 2021: The New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 9-0. What REALLY makes this embarrassing for Philly is seven of those goals were scored in ONE period, a player who had been suffering a scoring slump ended up with a hat trick, the Rangers technically didn't have a coaching staff because all of them had entered COVID protocols, so they were making do with the coaching staff from their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, and said Wolf Pack coach, Kris Knoblauch, had been fired from the Flyers.
  • June 21st, 2021: New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 5 ended 8-0 in favor of the Lightning. The Islanders would bounce back in Game 6 to win in overtime, only to lose Game 7 with a final score of 1-0.

International Competition

  • The usual result of a game between a "Big Six" team note  and any other team (with a few exceptions).
  • 2011 Ice Hockey World Championship final. Sweden (5 championships) was confident that it would easily defeat Finland (1 championship). Finland proceeded to win 6-1, with the only Swedish goal scored by a half-Finn...
  • The Bulgarian Women's Ice Hockey Team suffered four of these in the 2010 Winter Olympics Qualifiers, losing 82-0 to Slovakia, 41-0 to Italy, 39-0 to Latvia, and 30-1 to Croatia, conceding a total of 192 goals in four games. Keep in mind a hockey game is 60 minutes long and each goal only counts for one point: the Slovakians were scoring, on average, once every 43 seconds.
    • Then Canada curb stomped Slovakia 18-0 in the actual Olympic tournament.
    • Speaking of Canadian curb stomps, the Canada-Russia game on the men's side of the same Olympics has to be mentioned. Many of the best NHL players play for either team, so everyone naturally assumed this would be a close affair. What actually happened was, as some forum-goers put it, Team Canada utterly dominating the Russians 7-3. While the score doesn't seem that one-sided, keep in mind that the score at one point was 6-1.
    • China also got on the wrong side of this trope, losing 12-1 to the USA.
  • The Soviet Hockey Team dominated international competition between 1954-1991 winning seven of nine Olympic Golds and twenty of thirty one World Championship Gold Medals in that span. Many of their wins were in dominating fashion. However this also comes with a bit of an asterisk as these were all amateur events and the Soviet definition of amateur wasn’t exactly the same as the definition in Capitalist nations.
    • The Soviet team is Mostly Remembered though for losing the Miracle on Ice game to the USA in 1980. However they went 6-1 in the tournament outscoring their opponents by a combined total of 67-19. They even defeated the USA 10-3 at Madison Square Garden just a few days before the Olympics in an exhibition game.


    Mixed Martial Arts 
  • Anderson Silva, former Middleweight UFC champion, has delivered a few of these. Coming off a lukewarm record in other promotions, Silva made his UFC debut by mauling the rugged Chris Leben in only 36 seconds. He next faced Rich Franklin, the two-time defending middleweight champ. Silva pummeled Franklin with punches and knees for three minutes before Franklin dropped with a shattered nose. When Silva moved up a weight class to face James Irvin, some wondered if Silva could handle a seasoned striker who outweighed him. Silva knocked Irvin out with a single punch just 1:01 into the first round. When Silva went up in weight again, he faced the former light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin. Silva massacred Forrest in under four minutes, spending most of the fight with his hands down and contemptuous of Griffin's power.
  • UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida (15-0, 7-0 UFC) had an odd form of curbstomping where he would make good opponents look bad by nullifying all of their offense and landing perfectly timed strikes. Machida uses a family variant of Shotokan karate combined with other MMA disciplines in a unique style that perplexed his opponents. FightMetric has the numbers, along with his career numbers. However, Machida's dominance would fall threatened after lackluster performance against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
  • Controversial heavyweight slugger Kimbo Slice was scheduled to fight Ken Shamrock in the main event for Elite XC: Heat until Shamrock dropped out. Seth Petruzelli, a virtually unknown light heavyweight with a mediocre record, was pulled from his scheduled fight literally minutes before the event to face Kimbo. Petruzelli dropped Kimbo with a jab in 14 seconds. This one was so bad that Elite XC folded almost immediately after the fight note .
  • In 2003, Fedor Emelianenko challenged the then-greatest heavyweight ever in Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. He was viewed as not standing a chance. He proceeded to spend twenty minutes absolutely torturing Nogueira, assailing him with unbelievably powerful punches. In December of 2004, he did it again. Fedor has gone on to crush many more opponents, but he's always the clear favorite.
  • Pretty much the only way to describe BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez UFC 107, where the victor took more strikes to the head celebrating than his opponent landed in five rounds.
  • The very first UFC champion, Royce Gracie, curbstomped just about everything in sight from UFC 1-5 due to his opponents' unfamiliarity with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. UFC 2 was the most telling, as both he and Patrick Smith demolished three opponents to reach the final, and he proceeded to demolish Smith.
  • Bas Rutten, a great fighter from the early days of MMA, did this to Jason Delucia in a Pancrase fight. Throughout the fight Delucia claimed Bas punched him in the face multiple times (closed fist strikes to the face were banned). After getting a yellow and red card, essentially losing 30% of his paycheck, Rutten proceeds to utterly demolish Delucia with body shots so powerful he actually ruptures Jason's liver.
  • In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Roger Gracie went on an unprecedented streak in the 2009 and 2010 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship ("Mundials") of sixteen straight submission victories, submitting everyone he faced except for the 2010 super heavyweight division finals... who instead was defeated on points, 13 to 2. (His "absolute" division finals opponent was injured, so Roger won that by default.) Just to make it crazier, in the 2009 Mundials every submission was by mounted choke.
  • Thai folklore contains an example of a mythological MMA curbstomp battle. From The Other Wiki:
    At the time of the fall of the ancient Siam capital of Ayutthaya in 1763, the invading Burmese troops rounded up a group of Thai residents and took them as prisoners. Among them were a large number of Thai kickboxers, who were taken by the Burmese to the city of Ungwa.
    In 1774, in the Burmese city of Rangoon, the king of the Burmese, Hsinbyushin (known in Thai as "King Mangra"), decided to organize a seven-day, seven-night religious festival in honor of Buddha's relics. The festivities included many forms of entertainment, such as the costume plays called likay, comedies and farces, and sword-fighting matches. At one point, King Hsinbyushin wanted to see how Muay Boran would compare to the Burmese art Lethwei[citation needed]. Nai Khanom Tom was selected to fight against the Burmese champion. The boxing ring was set up in front of the throne and Nai Khanom Tom did a traditional Wai Kru pre-fight dance, to pay his respects to his teachers and ancestor, as well as for all the spectators, dancing around his opponent, which amazed and perplexed all the Burmese people. When the fight began, he charged out, using punches, kicks, elbows, and knees, pummeling his opponent until he collapsed.
    The referee however stated that the Burmese opponent was too distracted by the kick, and the knockout was invalid. The King then asked if Nai Khanom Tom would fight nine other Burmese champions to prove himself. He agreed and fought them all, one after the other with no rest periods in between. His last opponent was a great kickboxing teacher from Ya Kai City. Nai Khanom Tom mangled him by his kicks and no one else dared to challenge him any further.
    King Mangra was so impressed that he remarked, "Every part of the Thai is blessed with venom. Even with his bare hands, he can fell nine or ten opponents. But his Lord was incompetent and lost the country to the enemy. If he would have been any good, there was no way the City of Ayutthaya would ever have fallen."
  • On the women's side, there's Ronda Rousey; she's won 9 of her 12 fights (1 in King of the Cage, one in Hard Knocks, 4 in Strikeforce, 6 in UFC) in 1 minute, 6 seconds or less. She won her fight vs. Alexis Davis in sixteen seconds, and her match against Cat Zingano, which was hyped up as her toughest challenge yet, lasted all of fourteen seconds, a UFC record for shortest fight. Her first eight wins all came by armbar submission, leading to the popular slogan "Death. Taxes. Rousey by armbar." In her match against Bethe Correia (which Correia had made rather personal), she exclusively used what everyone considered to be her biggest weakness: striking. The fight was still over in only 34 seconds: Rousey hit a right hook on Correia's face, and Correia's face hit the ground immediately.
    • Rousey herself was on the receiving end of one at UFC 193 by Holly Holm, who was able to easily counter Rousey's aggressive fighting style and avoid falling victim to the armbar. Holm proceeded to beat up Rousey for the duration of the fight, before knocking her out with a hard kick to the head early in the second round.
    • Happened again more brutally to Rousey in her comeback fight against Amanda Nunes. Nunes stopped her in 48 seconds of the first round, ruining what was supposed to be a triumphant return for Rousey.
  • UFC 239: Jorge Masvidal knocked out Ben Askren in just five seconds with a flying knee to Askren's head, recording the fastest knockout in UFC history. After the fight was over, Askren would summarize the fight succinctly on Twitter: "Well, that sucked."
  • When the high-ranked contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone returned to welterweight, his first match ended up being against Conor McGregor, who was coming off a loss against Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor quickly caught his opponent with a hard head kick that disoriented him and then ruthlessly capitalized on the advantage, and as a result Cerrone was TKO'd in the first round of a fight that lasted less than forty seconds.


Formula One

  • Back in the 1952 season, when things were a little less organized, Alberto Ascari entered 6 of the 7 races that year (not counting the Indy 500, which was part of the F1 championship in those days). He won them all... and set the fastest lap in all of them... and took pole position in all but one. Since only the best four results counted towards the championship that year, Ascari effectively won the maximum number of points possible (if that system hadn't been in place, he would have scored double what the runner-up got, making it even more of a Curb-Stomp Battle).
    • Jim Clark did this twice. In 1963 he won seven races out of 10, when only the top six results counted - but not only that, he took seven pole positions and six fastest laps, set the record for highest percentage of laps led in a season (which still stands!), and scored more total points than the next two guys (Graham Hill and Richie Ginther) put together. In 1965, when again only the top six results counted, Clark went on to win six of the first seven races. The one he didn't win? That was Monaco, and he didn't even enter it - because he was in America, winning the Indy 500!note 
  • McLaren almost did the same thing as Michael Schumacher below in 1988, when they had Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, two of the greatest drivers of the era, in the same team. Thanks to the rivals' season-long battle (which Senna eventually won), McLaren won all but one racenote  and scored 199 points, while the other teams combined scored 201. McLaren got triple the points of the team in second!
  • 1992 was this for the Williams team and Nigel Mansell. After hiring Adrian Newey, they managed to secure a deal for Renault engines, and developed several innovative (at the time!) systems such as traction control, active suspension, a semi-automatic gearbox and other little features. They then convinced Mansell not to retire, such was the potential strength of the package. The result was a car that is still considered to be one of the most advanced to ever race in the sport, and it shows. Mansell had the championship wrapped up by the 10th race, the car won 10 out of 16 races and was so good the team were able to keep using an updated version in 1993, where Prost and Hill took the majority of the wins and both titles. The domination was only stopped when the FIA banned such devices for 1994.
  • The 2002 season in particular stands out, with Michael Schumacher winning a then-record 11 of the 17 races and finishing second in all but one of the others (where he finished third, meaning Schumacher got a podium on every single race on the season). He ended the season with 144 out of a possible 170 points, almost double the points tally of the nearest challenger (his team-mate). To top it all off, in the Constructors' Championship, Schumacher's Ferrari team scored the same number of points as all the other teams combined. Such was Schumacher's dominance in 2002 that the FIA actually changed the scoring system to try and make the championship closer (2nd place now scored 8 points instead of 6, for example). It worked the first year, with Schumacher winning by just 2 points... then in 2004 he won 12 of the first 13 racesnote , smashing his own record as well as everyone else's title hopes.
  • On a single-race level, the 1969 Spanish Grand Prix is one of the biggest curbstomps in Formula One history, with winner Jackie Stewart finishing two laps ahead of Bruce McLaren, who came in second. This happened again at the 1995 Australian Grand Prix, with Damon Hill beating Olivier Panis to the finish by two laps.


  • The 1994 Indianapolis 500 - Roger Penske utilized a little bit of Loophole Abuse (since at the time the Indy 500 was run under slightly different rules than the rest of IndyCar) to put a ridiculously overpowered Mercedes-Benz/Ilmor "stock block" engine in his team's cars. Emerson Fittipaldi and Al Unser Jr. were the drivers, and they basically walked the race (leading all but 7 of the 200 laps). By Lap 175 Fittipaldi had a 25-second lead over his teammate in second, and 5 laps later Fittipaldi was the only car on the lead lap. It was only because of a crash 6 laps from the finish that Fittipaldi didn't win, while Unser drove his machine to Victory Lane. This ended up being a major Pyrrhic Victory for Penske, though: the loopholes that allowed the stock block engines were closed, and Penske's cars failed to qualify for the 1995 Indy 500. Furthermore, Penske's performance in the 1994 Indy 500 was a major factor in Speedway president Tony George announcing the formation of the Indy Racing League that summer, effectively starting the CART/IRL split from which IndyCar racing is only now in 2018 starting to recover from.
  • In the early days of NASCAR, especially until The '70s, it was pretty common to see a driver won by having everyone else (in several cases, except several few of them, usually other powerhouse teams) lapped. The main reason of this is because there were only a few professional teams during the early days, thus most often the cars were self-owned cars. More competitive racing, and the rise of professional teams started in The '80s have curbed the win by a lap performances, with the last one coming in the fall 1994 race at North Wilkesboro, won by Geoff Bodine. The most extreme cases of this happened in two races in 1965, both won by Ned Jarrett. In the Southern 500, Jarrett won with a gap of 14 laps or 19.25 miles, the largest distance-based gap in NASCAR history. Meanwhile in a race in Spartanburg that same year, Jarrett won by a gap of 22 laps (admittedly, the track length is shorter than Darlington, but still), the largest lap amount-based gap in NASCAR history. Both records still stand to this day, and they are extremely unlikely to be beaten.

    Olympic Games 
  • Aleksandr Karelin is widely considered the best Greco-Roman wrestler of all time, with only one defeat in his thirteen-year professional career.note  Almost all these matches ended with his opponents scoreless.
  • Tennis: Serena Williams curb-stomped Maria Sharapova at the 2012 Olympics, winning 6–0, 6–1. As one newspaper noted, "At one point near the end of the first set, Williams had hit more aces than her opponent had won points."
  • The "Final Five", the USA women's gymnastics team at the 2016 Summer Olympics, did this to the rest of the world and then some.
    • They posted the best team score on all four events (balance beam, floor exercise, uneven bars, vault). Without a single noticeable bobble, to boot.
    • Their margin of victory was 8.209 points, absolutely ridiculous in a sport where fractions of points often decide medals. It was the largest team margin in the Games since the USSR stomped Czechoslovakia by 8.997 points in 1960—but back then, six scores in each apparatus were counted instead of three, and the most difficult routines of 1960 would roughly compare to what 10-year-olds can do today. If not younger.
    • Someone with too much time on their hands did this calculation: If the four scores that Simone Biles, the overwhelming favorite to win the individual all-around, posted in the team final are thrown out and replaced with the qualification scores from the gymnast not used in the final note , Team USA would still have won by about 2 points, an impressive margin in itself.
    • And then, in the individual all-around, Biles went out and annihilated the rest of the field, finishing a full 2 points clear of teammate Aly Raisman, and nearly 4 points ahead of bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina (Russia)note . To put this in perspective, Mustafina was separated from the tenth-place finisher by just over one point.
    • And then, in the individual apparatus finals, of the seven routines performed by USA gymnasts, six of them win medals, and the USA takes at least a silver in every final: gold for Biles on vault (a first for the USA), silver for Madison Kocian on bars, silver for Laurie Hernandez and bronze for Biles (with a major mistake) on beam, and gold for Biles and silver for Raisman (the reigning Olympic champion) on floor.note 
  • Also at the 2016 Olympics, Katie Ledecky's victory at the 800 meter freestyle in swimming. Not only did she beat her own world record time by almost two full seconds, the silver medalist finished a full twelve seconds behind Katie. This in a competition where margins of victory are usually decided by hundredths of a second.
  • Also at 2016, in men's rugby sevens, Fiji defeated Japan 20-5 in the semifinals...and then did themselves one better in the final by beating Great Britain 43-7 to win the gold medal. For bonus points, this was Fiji's first ever Olympic medal.
  • Eric Heiden won Gold in all five Speedskating races at the 1980 Winter Olympics. He set the Olympic Record in four of those events and the World Record in the other. He’s the only athlete to win five Gold Medals at a single Winter Olympics.

    Rugby Union 
  • While fifteens can be a defensive affair, there is a gulf between traditional powers, like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, France and the Home Nationsnote , and most others. Over the course of World Cup history, notable curbstomps have included New Zealand's 145-17 thrashing of Japan in 1995, and Australia's 142-0 over Namibia in 2003.
  • Sevens has a relatively level playing fieldnote , and while a century couldn't be attained in a short timespan unlike fifteens, it can be a high-scoring affair. Still, curbstomps have been known to happen, such as in the 2016 Olympic final, with 2015-16 World Sevens Series champion Fijinote  facing Great Britainnote . Not only did Fiji win its very first Olympic goldnote , it did so with a rather dominant 43-7.
  • The 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup also produced a rather ugly stomp, with New Zealand blanking Hong Kong 121-0. A whopping nine tries were scored in the first half, with ten more to finish off the game, with thirteen conversions to complement it all.

    Other Sports 
  • Australian Rules Football: Geelong's defeat of Port Adelaide in the 2007 AFL Grand Final. Geelong: 24.19 (163), Port: 6.8 (44). That's the highest grand final margin EVER. In the 14 years since, Geelong has basically become That One Boss to Port Adelaide, with the latter having only won five matches out of twenty, regardless of either team's seasonal display.
    • The 2019 Grand Final ended with Richmond crushing Greater Western Sydney by a 17.12 (114) to 3.7 (25) margin. Not only was this the biggest upset since 2007, despite the tighter margin of 89,note  but GWS became notorious for having one of the lowest scores in Grand Final history.note 
    • Fitzroy doesn't exist anymore (it was consolidated into the Brisbane Lions) but it still holds the AFL record for biggest margin with their 190 point win (36.22.238 to 6.12.48) over Melbourne in 1979. Melbourne was also on the losing end in 2011, when Geelong led by 114 points at halftime and seemed poised to break the record, but only won by 186 (37.11.233 to 7.5.47). And there have been some truly savage beatdowns in country league games, like Campbells Creek: 100.34 (634) vs Primrose: 3.0 (18) (MCDFNL 1990) and Gordon: 69.22 (436) vs Smythesdale 1.1 (7) (CHFL 2015).
    • Geelong struck again in their Round 22, 2018 win over Fremantle, 24.14 (158) to 3.7 (25). Fremantle actually led by 9 points after one quarter, but the rest of the way, Geelong pummeled them by an otherworldly 142 points (23.9 to 0.5—yes, Fremantle did not score a single goal in the final three quarters).
    • If you turned off the 2021 Grand Final in the third quarter and then learned that the game ended up as a massive blowout, you'd assume that the Western Bulldogs demolished the Melbourne Demons, since the Bulldogs seemed to start pulling away by the middle of the quarter, taking a 9.5 (59) to 5.10 (40) lead. But instead the Demons went on a truly breathtaking run the rest of the way, outscoring the Bulldogs 16.4 (100) to 1.1 (7) en route to a 21.14 (140) to 10.6 (66) win, with Bayley Fritsch scoring six goals (the most for a single player in a Grand Final since 1997) as the Demons won their first premiership since 1964.
  • 2016 the Go KI "AlphaGo" won against world-class Go champion Lee Sedol with 4-1. You may file it under this trope when considering the expert opinion expected rather the opposite result, and anyway, very soon we will have the same situation as in chess.
  • Horse Racing legend Secretariat's thirty-one-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes, which won him the Triple Crown. He set a record for a mile-and-a-half on dirt that is not only still standing but that has not even been approached; then he proceeded to set a track record for the mile-and-five-eighths while coasting out from under the wire.
  • There's a video out there of a karate instructor going to encounter a pimp after his actions caught his attention and interrupting a session with his class. The pimp attempts to intimidate the master, the woman with him trying to pull him back. When the pimp gets too close, the master strikes him with one chop to the neck. As the woman and his driver are trying to get the still knocked-out pimp to his car (a taxi, mind you), the instructor looks back at his filming students and just shrugs his shoulders.
  • Tennis: The 1988 French Open women's final between Steffi Graf and Natalia Zvereva. Graf won 6-0, 6-0 in 32 minutes, making this the shortest ever Grand Slam final in both games and time. Also, it is the only double bagel in a Grand Slam final in history.
  • Even in non-Olympic years, American gymnast Simone Biles is known for this, especially in the all-around competition and on floor exercise — she has won every single all-around or floor exercise final she's competed in since mid-2013. Aly Raisman, the 2012 Olympic champion on floor exercise, once jokingly complained that, "I'm the reigning Olympic champion on floor, my routine is harder than it was in 2012, and I still can't catch Simone!" (Raisman ultimately won silver on that event behind Biles in the 2016 Olympics.) In 2018, Biles won the women's all-around at the world championships with a record margin of victory despite having to count two falls (on vault and balance beam), and went on to win a medal in every single event. While battling a kidney stone.
    • In 2019, while Biles was unable to repeat her feat of winning a medal on every event, she won a record-tying five gold medals (which, even as good as she was, she had never done before). For those keeping track, there are six gold medals total available on the women's side (Team, All-Around, and the four individual apparatus finals).
  • USA women's gymnastics in general has won every World Championships team competition since 2011. If that's not a strong enough statement by itself, there's also the following:
    • In 2011, Alicia Sacramone was injured in training just days before the event and was unable to compete, but team coordinator Marta Karolyi decided not to officially remove her from the team (because the alternate was also slightly injured), so the United States had only five gymnasts competing in the team final as opposed to the standard six, and had also lost by far the most experienced member of the team. Despite this disadvantage, the remaining five team members rallied to pull off a decisive win in the team competition.
    • In 2014, a relatively young Team USA took the team title with a nearly seven-point margin of victory. To put this in perspective, the difference between the second place team and the eighth (last) place team was not even half a point more than the difference between Team USA and the second place team.
    • In 2015, Karolyi again made the decision to have only five team members compete after team member Brenna Dowell turned in low scores on what were usually her best events (uneven bars and floor) in the qualification round. Team USA still won by over five points.
    • In 2018, Team USA won the team competition by almost nine points, despite an unusually troubled performance from American star Simone Biles on balance beam.
    • In 2019, the team was forced to count a fall in the team competition for the first time in nearly a decade, as well as another major mistake. Despite this, they won by over five points.
    • It's also worth noting that, while all but one of these victories involved star gymnast Simone Biles, a similar calculation to the one mentioned under "Olympic Games" showed that the team would still have won all of those titles (albeit by narrower margins) even without Biles. note 
  • Perhaps the most infamous case of this in the Fighting Game Community came about during a first-to-10 showmatch in Mortal Kombat X between Carl "Perfect Legend" White and Dominique "SonicFox" McLean during 2015's Summer Jam 9. SonicFox easily trounced Perfect Legend with a perfect 10-0 rounds, especially glaring since the entire match was based on a rivalry instigated by Perfect Legend — a veteran champion of the FGC — intending to put this hyped-up newcomer in his place. Then he made things even worse for himself by continuing to challenge SonicFox to an additional 3 rounds on his own terms, then proceeded to lose them too, earning him the long-lasting distinction of being the first person to lose 0-13 in a first-to-10. Considering SonicFox would later establish themselves as one of the FGC's all-time greats, many look back at this stomp as a Passing the Torch moment... where the new guard pried the torch from their predecessor's hands, then used it to beat them to death and set them on fire.


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