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Vanderbilt's Fuller makes CFB history

Vanderbilt senior Sarah Fuller becomes the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game.

Posted: Nov 28, 2020 7:16 PM

Columbia, Missouri - History was made Saturday in college football.

Wearing a helmet displaying the words “Play Like a Girl” Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game when she sent a low kick to the 35-yard line where it was downed by Missouri in the second half. According to ESPN, her coach Derek Mason said she executed the so-called squib kick “exactly as it was designed.”

Vanderbilt lost a number of players due to COVID-19 restrictions. On Monday, Coach Mason asked Fuller if she'd like to try out. She did well enough to became the only kicker on the travel roster. 

Fuller is a senior goalkeeper for Vanderbilt, the reigning SEC Women’s Soccer champions.

The 21 year-old becomes the third woman to participate in an FBS football game, following Katie Hnida of New Mexico and April Goss of Kent State.

She said that her message to girls is that you can do anything you set your mind to.

Despite Fuller’s historic accomplishment, the Commodores fell to Missouri 41-0.

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