The narrative of “playing like a girl” just changed a little bit more.
Two weeks after becoming the first woman to play in a Power 5 college football game, Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller became the first woman to score in a Power 5 conference football game when she converted a pair of extra-point kicks in her Commodores’ 42-17 loss to Tennessee on Saturday.
It must be pretty big if Billie Jean King took to Twitter to call Fuller a trailblazer.
It was an unfathomable path last month, when Fuller was the star goalkeeper for Vanderbilt’s Southeastern Conference champions. But when coronavirus depleted the Vanderbilt football team’s kicker ranks, they turned to Fuller.
In the first action, she executed a kickoff for her first appearance, with the words “Play Like a Girl” on her helmet. Listed second on Vanderbilt’s kicker depth chart Saturday after other kickers returned from quarantine, she was called upon for a first-quarter extra point that split the uprights as she pumped her first and received high-fives from teammates. Center judge Chris Garner even chased her down on the sideline to deliver the ball.
She made another extra-point chance in the fourth quarter. While some accused Vanderbilt of a publicity stunt, Vanderbilt coach Todd Fitch said Fuller had proven to be the most accurate on kicks inside the 10-yard line.
“This whole time has been if I can do it, if I’m good enough to do it,” Fuller said after the game. “It wasn’t if I was a girl or not. So that’s something I’ve really appreciated. At the end of the day, they treated me like an athlete, and that’s the best I could ask for.’’
In an 0-9 season, playing Fuller has been the Commodores’ only win.