In 1941, legendary Wisconsin coach Bud Foster — in his seventh of what would be 25 years in Madison — led his Badgers to their only NCAA championship, via a 39-34 win over Washington State. 

To this day, that is the lowest-scoring national championship in history. We watched game film from the matchup to figure out what happened.

But first, some background. The 1941 NCAA tournament was just the third in history, and had eight teams — Wisconsin, Dartmouth, North Carolina and Pittsburgh in the East, and Washington State, Creighton, Wyoming and Arkansas in the West. 

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The nine games that tournament averaged a combined point total of 88 points.

In the 80 NCAA tournaments since the first in 1939, the average combined point total in a championship game is 135.6 points. Winning teams score an average of 72.4 points, while the runners-up score 63.2. So, how did Wisconsin and Washington State combine to score 63 fewer points than average? 

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Luckily for us, a silent video from the game was uploaded to YouTube by Washington State University’s Libraries, and features almost 11 minutes of action. It doesn’t show the whole game and cuts between plays often. As such, it’s impossible to know the score at any given point, and pretty difficult to identify players. Regardless, there is plenty to learn from game film of the lowest-scoring championship game in history.

Here is what we saw, with timestamped videos of each moment: