Everyone knows the "mercy rule" in sports where teams come to a mutual agreement to shorten or end a game if one team is losing quite handily with no foreseen chance of coming back. That rule is done away with usually before high school, but it was put into place on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, when the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Savannah State Tigers 77-7.
By the time the fourth quarter of the game had started, the Hurricanes had scored 77 points in the first 45 minutes of the game. There was no way of Savannah State coming back so the teams of both coaches agreed to shorten the final quarter to 12 minutes.
Not just that, the game also featured a running clock for the final quarter as well.
"Both coaches have agreed to shorten the 4th quarter to 1 12 minute quarter." - BrianTheBeastLondon (@MiamiRadioBeast)
The ACC single-game record for points scored is 82.
If this type of situation comes up, the "running clock" is usually what teams will decide upon. Earlier in the day, Louisville and Florida International agreed to a running clock for the final 18 minutes of the Cardinals' 72-0 victory. This keeps the game at a full 60 minutes.
In Las Vegas, Miami was a 60-point favorite heading into the game.