Photo: USA Football/Ed Hall Jr.
Australia’s 47-6 victory over South Korea was an iconic moment for the sport in Australia, and will be remembered for years to come. With a win this size however, you’d expect that the whole world would sit up and take notice of it’s historical significance.
Incredibly though, their 41-point win was not even in the top 10 for largest margin of victory at the IFAF World Championships. However, there were 10 different records which now need readjusting following Thursday’s match. Let’s start with the one that was broken:
1) Most touchdowns thrown in one game – Jared Stegman with 4 (New IFAF World Championship Record)
Stegman was voted MVP for a reason; not only did he create yardage with his feet on scrambles and read option plays, he also threw four touchdowns and helped create a scoreboard avalanche. Whilst two were on quick screens, and another was wide-open on the one-yard line from a South Korean miscommunication, Stegman certainly deserved his record after correcting his early nerves to guide Australia to victory.
And now for the records that were almost broken:
2) Most individual rushing yards in one game – Conor Foley with 132 (2nd all-time)
Foley’s brilliant display of quickness, elusiveness and toughness was a masterclass, and was part of a pivotal turning point in the early stages of the match. It was hard to keep count of the amount of missed/broken tackles he forced on South Korea, and the extra space/yardage added up the 2nd most of all time. However, Foley will need to almost double his effort to beat the current record holder Lars Gustafsson (232 yards in 1999).
3) Least rushing yards allowed by a team in one game – Australia with -21 (2nd all-time)
Not allowing a single yard, and even gaining yards from another team’s offence, is no mean feat. Whilst South Korea isn’t known as a strong rushing team, the ability to clamp down on a rushing attack to such effect shows a high level of execution and determination from the Outback. When the defensive line wasn’t breaking through, both linebackers and defensive backs alike were quick to attack. As a result, South Korea never had a rush more than 5 yards long.
4) Most individual Tackles For Loss (TFL) in one game – Damien Molloy with 3.0 (equal 2nd)
Molloy was clearly one of Australia’s best defenders in a dominant shutdown effort. Not only did he tally 6 solo tackles to lead all defenders, he also almost equaled a highly impressive record with 3 tackles for loss. As a safety, it’s even more impressive. Molloy’s aggression and instinctive play set a tone for the team to follow, making for a miserly rush defence and entertaining viewing.
5) Most rushing yards per attempt in one game (min 7 attempts) – Conor Foley with 12.0 (3rd all-time)
It’s one thing to accumulate 132 yards, but it’s another thing to only need 11 attempts to do it. Averaging 12 yards per carry means an automatic first down whenever the team called upon his number; Stegman highlighted in his post-match interview how important it was that the running backs were making linebackers miss on their tackles, and Foley’s ability to do that helped him find green grass and extra yardage as a result.
6) Longest touchdown run – Conor Foley with 52 yards (4th all-time)
7) Longest run from scrimmage – Conor Foley with 52 yards (5th all-time)
What a tremendous run this was. Foley seemingly cut in and out of every South Korean defender he could find, and made the early tournament highlight reel on his way to another top 5 placing in the record books.
8) Least first downs allowed in one game – Australia with 5 (5th all-time)
9) Least amount of total yards allowed in one game – Australia with 69 (6th all-time)
10) Most rushing yards by a team in one game – Australia with 247 (7th all-time)
Written by Chris Guscott – @Chris_Guscott