Two weeks ago, Vanderbilt soccer player Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power Five NCAA football game, conducting a second-half squib kickoff against Missouri. Fuller was the only kicker on the travel roster that week, with the Commodores’ normal kickers out thanks to COVID-19 quarantines, but she stuck with the team even after their regular kickers returned. And on Saturday against Tennessee, Fuller kicked an extra point, becoming the first woman to score in a Power 5 game:
Sarah Fuller is the first woman to score in a Power 5 game. pic.twitter.com/Paq7WS24zu
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 12, 2020
Women have scored in NCAA Division I football games before, but only twice, and never before in a Power 5 game. April Goss kicked an extra point for Kent State in 2015, and Katie Hnida kicked two for New Mexico in 2003. On Saturday, Hnida retweeted an earlier tweet she had sent congratulating Fuller:
I didn't make history @UNM.
My teammates, my coaches, our support staff, our fans & ABQ community- thank you ❤
— Katie Hnida (@KatieHnida) November 27, 2020
Fuller also received support from other sports legends, including Billie Jean King:
On 11/28, Sarah Fuller became the 1st woman to play in a Power 5 football game.
Today, she made history again as the 1st woman to score in a Power 5 game when she kicked an extra point.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) December 12, 2020
It’s cool to see Fuller make some further history here, and she’d add to it with a second extra point later in the game. And she again did a great job of executing what she was asked to do.
[SEC Network on Twitter; photo from Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today Sports]