A tale of two programs: Soccer fastest to 800 wins, football first to 700 losses — on consecutive nights

On Friday night in Bloomington, the No. 16-ranked Indiana men’s soccer program (6-2-4, 2-1-3 B1G) became the fastest program to reach 800 wins with a victory over No. 25 Penn State.

IU is the seventh program to ascend to 800 wins, but the only one to do so within 50 seasons.  They are also the winningest program, by percentage, in NCAA Division One men’s soccer history (800-191-109 – .777).

Since becoming a varsity sport in 1973, the men’s soccer program boasts eight national titles, 21 College Cup appearances, 17 Big Ten Championships, 15 Big Ten Tournament Championships, and 35 Straight NCAA Tournaments.

To state the obvious, men’s soccer is IU Athletics’ signature program in terms of sustained success.

Sustaining success has been more than a century-long problem for the IU football program.

And a day later, just down the street, the IU football program reached a far less impressive milestone.  They became college football’s inaugural member of the 700 Club.

The football Hoosiers became the first Division One program to reach 700 losses after their 38-33 defeat at the hands of Maryland on Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium.

IU football has been tracking their games since 1887 and they have amassed a record since then of 505-700-45.  According to Winsipedia, IU has lowest all-time winning percentage among Power Five programs, and the ninth lowest among all Division One programs.

In its 138 seasons, IU football has reached the postseason just 12 times and hasn’t won a bowl game since 1991.

The Hoosiers appeared to be starting a new era with a 14-7 record over the 2019-20 seasons, but they’ve reverted back to their old ways since.  Indiana is just 5-15 in 2021-22.

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