The Howard University football team is the sports nation’s talk of the moment.
Howard’s 43-40 upset over FBS member UNLV Saturday night, according to experts, is the biggest point-spread upset in college football history after entering the contest a 45-point underdog.
BIGGEST UPSET in CFB History!
Howard +45 beats UNLV
$100 on outright win pays $55,000!!
— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) September 3, 2017
Here’s what folks on Twitter had to say. We start with none other than Howard alumnus Jay Walker:
Proudest HU football moment since 1996. HU you know!!! pic.twitter.com/EnyTENZP3a
— Jay Walker (@JayWalkerSky) September 3, 2017
The fact that UNLV paid Howard to come to Vegas and @HUBISONFOOTBALL Won. Oh man. I am so f*&$in happy right now
— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) September 3, 2017
— MEAC (@MEACSports) September 3, 2017
UPDATE: Howard had a 1.2% chance to beat UNLV, so that’s now the biggest FPI upset in the last 10 years pic.twitter.com/opLdRu0iGU
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 3, 2017
I’ve covered UNLV football as a reporter and watched as a fan since 1984. This will be the worst loss in #Unlvfb history
— Howard Stutz (@howardstutz) September 3, 2017
Just noticed Howard (QB Caylin Newton is Cam’s brother) shocked UNLV as 45 pt dog- biggest upset in history! Congrats to the Bison!
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) September 3, 2017
— Jonas Pope IV (@JEPopeIV) September 3, 2017
Howard beats UNLV, but Morgan falls to Towson. pic.twitter.com/sRV0bK2JUQ
— Jarrett Carter Sr. (@JLCS06) September 3, 2017
The Bison, opening the season under new head coach Mike London (former head coach at Virginia) and freshman quarterback Caylin Newton (younger brother of Cam Newton), were picked to finish ninth in the conference.
UNLV paid Howard a $600,000 guarantee.