Sarah Fuller becomes the first woman to play in Power 5 CFB game, sports world reacts to historic moment

Nov 28, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores place kicker Sarah Fuller (32) warms up before a game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Sarah Fuller made history on Saturday, becoming the first woman to play in a Power 5 game in college football history.

With the Vanderbilt Commodores missing multiple specialists due to COVID-19 quarantines, head coach Derek Mason offered Fuller a shot at history. After proving herself in practice this week and earning a spot on the roster, Sarah Fuller took the field for an unforgettable moment against the Missouri Tigers.

Fuller, a senior goalkeeper for Vanderbilt’s women’s soccer team, originally hoped to make her debut on a field-goal attempt. With Vanderbilt’s offense unable to move the ball in the first half, she got her shot on the kickoff to begin the second half.

As Fuller took the field, Missouri’s crowd stood up with loud applause and cheering at the historic moment they witnessed. After getting herself in position, Fuller took the first steps in a moment that sports fans won’t forget.

The squib quick went 30 yards, fielded at the 35-yard line without a return.

We’ll have to see if Vanderbilt’s offense finds a way to get in range for a field-goal attempt on Saturday. Even if it doesn’t happen, the entire sports world lit up with pride and excitement from Sarah Fuller’s historic moment in the 2020 college football season.