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Urban Meyer: A third 20-game winning streak

Urban Meyer is the first coach to have three 20-game win streaks in a career.
Urban Meyer is the first coach to have three 20-game win streaks in a career.

Oct. 19, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is one of 41 known head coaches at the highest level of the collegiate coaching ranks (major college, university, Division I, Division I-A and Football Bowl Subdivision) to guide a team to a winning streak of at least 20 games.

Before today, those 41 coaches have led teams to 20-game winning streaks 50 times, with Meyer one of nine coaches to have two such win streaks of at least 20 games. The others: Walter Camp, George Woodruff, Fielding Yost, Robert Neyland, Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer, Joe Paterno and Tom Osborne.

Today, with Ohio State’s 34-24 win over Iowa, Meyer became the first to win at least 20 consecutive games three times in a career.  

Meyer won his last game as coach at Florida (a 37-24 win over Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl) and he is 19-0 at Ohio State. He has an overall record of 123-23 as a head coach for an .842 winning percentage, a figure that is No. 1 among active Division I coaches with at least 10 years of experience as a head coach.
 

20-Game Winning Streaks

47 – Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma (1953-57)

34 – George Woodruff, Pennsylvania (1894-96)

31 – Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma (1948-50)

31 – George Woodruff, Pennsylvania (1896-98)

30 – Darrell Royal, Texas (1968-70)

30 – *Pop Warner, Pittsburgh (1915-18)

29 – Dennis Erickson, Miami (1991-92)

29 – *Fielding Yost, Michigan (1901-03)

28 – Gene Stallings, Alabama (1991-93)

28 – Bear Bryant, Alabama (1978-80)

28 – Barry Switzer, Oklahoma (1973-75)

28 – Biggie Munn, Michigan State (1950-53)

28 – Walter Camp, Yale (1888-89)

27 – Walter Camp, Yale (1890-92)

26 – Tom Osborne, Nebraska (1994-96)


 

 

26 – Gilmour Dobie, Cornell (1921-24)

26 – Fielding Yost, Michigan (1903-05)

25 – LaVell Edwards, Brigham Young (1983-85)

25 – Red Blaik, Army (1944-46)

25 – Howard Jones, USC (1931-33)

24 – Chris Peterson, Boise State (2009-10)

24 – *Larry Coker, Miami (2001-02)

24 – Henry L. Williams, Minnesota (1903-05)

24 – Walter C. Booth, Nebraska (1901-04)

24 – William C. Rhodes, Yale (1894-95)

23 – Lou Holtz, Notre Dame (1988-89)

23 – Bob Devaney, Nebraska (1970-71)

23 – Frank Lauterbur, Toledo (1969-70)

23 – Joe Paterno, Penn State (1968-69)

22 – Robert Neyland, Tennessee (1937-39)

22 – Urban Meyer, Florida (2008-09)

22 – Dan Hawkins, Boise State (2003-04)

22 – Tom Osborne, Nebraska (1982-83)

22 – Woody Hayes, Ohio State (1967-69)

22 – Frank Broyles, Arkansas (1963-65)

21 – Mack Brown, Texas (2004-06)

21 – Frank Leahy, Notre Dame (1946-48)

21 – Bernie Bierman, Minnesota (1933-36)

21 – Fred Folsom, Colorado (1908-12)

21 – Carl Williams, Pennsylvania (1903-05)

20 – Urban Meyer, Florida (2010) and Ohio State (2012-current)

20 – Urban Meyer, Utah (2003-04) and Florida (2005)

20 – Pete Carroll, USC (2003-04)

20 – Bob Toledo, UCLA (1997-98)

20 – Joe Paterno, Penn State (1993-95)

20 – *Terry Bowden, Auburn (1993-94)

20 – Barry Switzer, Oklahoma (1986-87)

20 – Don Coryell, San Diego State (1969-70)

20 – Robert Neyland, Tennessee (1950-51)

20 – Homer Norton, Texas A&M (1938-40)

20 – Knute Rockne, Notre Dame (1919-21)

Notes: List compiled based on communication with Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors and additional research … List identifies streaks by coaches at schools classified as major college, university division, Division I, Division I-A and Football Bowl Subdivision  … Asterisk (*) indicates most consecutive wins to start a tenure at a major college … Pete Carroll won 34 consecutive games at USC between 2003-05, but the final 14 wins were later vacated by the NCAA. 

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