Wednesday, November 2, 2016
How rare? Ask Grambling, which, up until a few days ago, hadn't recorded a shutout against a Division I team since 2008 when the Tigers blanked Alcorn State, 29-0.
The Tigers were able to pull one off over the weekend with a 70-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, a feat that prompted coach Broderick Fobbs to reach into his ever-growing bag of peculiar analogies.
"To get a shutout today, in 2016, in this day and age, it's almost like a purple unicorn. It's not done too often," Fobbs joked Monday.
It's not as rare as one would think, but it's still uncommon. A total of 47 games have been played by Southwestern Athletic Conference teams this year with five shutouts. That amounts to about 10 percent of games resulting in shutouts. Two have come in league play, and Grambling is responsible for one.