Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller has made history as the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game, kicking off for Vanderbilt against Missouri.
CHANGING THE GAME 👏
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 28, 2020
I freely admit to knowing very little about football, and if you’re in my football-less boat, here’s what “Power 5” refers to, per Wikipedia: “In college football, the term Power Five conferences refers to five athletic conferences whose members are part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate football in the United States.” I also freely admit to wishing that the sport of football be abandoned and left as a relic of the past, but if we must have football, I’m here to celebrate Fuller’s barrier-breaking and history-making moment.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 28, 2020
History is made by the bold.
— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) November 28, 2020
NPR writes that the decision to add Fuller to Vanderbilt’s roster as a kicker came earlier in the week, reportedly “after several team specialists entered quarantines related to COVID-19.” Fuller was already well-known in Vanderbilt sports, serving as a goalkeeper of the women’s soccer team.
Fuller’s historic kickoff in the third quarter of Saturday’s game sent the ball 30 yards to the opposing team’s 35-yard line. Missouri did not return the kick. Despite Fuller making college football history, Vanderbilt was crushed by Missouri, losing the game 0-41.
Fuller is just the third woman to play in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, after Katie Hnida of New Mexico and April Goss of Kent State, according to ESPN. Liz Heaston was the first woman to play — and score — in a college football game, kicking two extra points that helped lead Willamette University to victory against Linfield College on Oct. 18, 1997.
I am just a
🔘 sports fan
Looking for a
🔘 single competent drive from the Vandy offense so Sarah Fuller can get into field goal range
— Andy Yamashita (@ANYamashita) November 28, 2020
Also, she was great:
Sarah Fuller squibbed it exactly where she was supposed to (watch Vanderbilt’s coverage guys all funneling short right) and left it un-returnable for Mizzou. Probably one of Vandy’s best executed plays of the day in all honestly pic.twitter.com/7cEY8j9rnN
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) November 28, 2020
My own personal feelings about football notwithstanding, this is an important day in sports history. Fuller’s accomplishment will mean a lot to many people watching, and the impact of her out on that field will resound.
— Sarah Fuller (@SarahFuller_27) November 27, 2020
Sarah Fuller just changed the game. pic.twitter.com/T6MwJPRG4M
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 28, 2020
Here’s why the Sarah Fuller story is awesome, whether she plays today or not. My teenage daughter came downstairs just now and immediately said, “Let’s check in on the Vanderbilt game.” pic.twitter.com/kh1QarFbH9
— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) November 28, 2020
— Kelly McGugan (@KellyMcGugan) November 27, 2020
Good Morning to those that smash barriers. Today, Sarah Fuller becomes the first woman to play in a Power 5 college football game when she lines up at kicker for the Vanderbilt Commodores. I don’t normally watch Vandy games, but yeah, Imma catch this one. pic.twitter.com/pmDRMxUxli
— Terry Biggs (@TeeBiggs) November 28, 2020
Football history may happen today.
Good luck to @VanderbiltU’s Sarah Fuller, goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, who is dressing for their football team as its place-kicker.
If she plays, she will be the 1st woman to do so in Power 5 football.
Women belong in the game! https://t.co/XouFpvMRgd
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) November 28, 2020
Sports figures all over were rooting for Sarah Fuller on her historic day 🙌 pic.twitter.com/KXCQujBFGe
— ESPN (@espn) November 28, 2020
(via NPR, image: Twitter screengrab)
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