University Challenge — Miscellaneous Statistics

At the moment, I can conjecture that the highest losing score, and the highest aggregate score were both scored in the same match in 1987. In the semi-final match University College, Oxford beat the Open University by 405-335 giving a total score of 740!

The highest combined points total in a single show since 1994 is 570 for Trinity, Cambridge vs New, Oxford (390-180) in the 1995 final, and the lowest combined points total for a single show is 155 for Wolfson, Cambridge vs St John's, Oxford (40-115) in the 1st round in 2020.

The highest losing score since 1994 is Clare, Cambridge's 250 in the 2012 Quarter Final. And the lowest winning score is 115 in Bristol's quarter-final victory over Darwin, Cambridge in 2019, later equalled by St John's, Oxford in 2020.

Highest-scoring games since 1994

1Trinity, CambridgeNew, OxfordFinal95570
2WarwickImperial, LondonSF96530
3ManchesterClare, CambridgeQF12520
4Trinity, CambridgeQueen's, Belfast2nd95515
5CityBalliol, OxfordHSL99510
6OpenMagdalen, Oxford2nd98500
7DurhamTrinity, CambridgeQF99500
8AberystwythDurhamQF00500
9LSEImperial, LondonFinal96495
10OpenLancaster1st99495
11GlasgowDurham2nd99495
12Oriel, OxfordLeicesterQF99495
13Trinity, CambridgeSt AndrewsQF95490
14Selwyn, CambridgeLSESF96490
15HullSheffield2nd01490
16Trinity, CambridgeManchesterQF14490
17Pembroke, OxfordSwansea2nd96485
18King's Medical School, LondonDurham2nd00485
19HullSomerville, Oxford1st02485
20NottinghamChrist Church, Oxford2nd08485

Lowest-scoring games since 1994

1Wolfson, CambridgeSt John's, Oxford1st20155
2Sheffield HallamNewcastle1st18210
3Royal Holloway, LondonGreyfriar's Hall, Oxford1st05210
4Darwin, CambridgeBristolQF19220
5EdinburghRoyal Holloway, London2nd05225
6Wadham, OxfordBristol1st13225
7GlasgowEdinburgh1st05225
8GlasgowManchesterQF19225
9Emmanuel, CambridgeCorpus Christi, OxfordQF17225
10Jesus, OxfordCourtauld Institute of Art, LondonQF20225
11Corpus Christi, CambridgeRoyal Northern College of Music1st04230
12WarwickBristolQF17230
13Clare, CambridgeQueen's, BelfastQF14230
14St AndrewsBangor1st13230
15ManchesterStrathclyde2nd21235
16BangorEdinburgh1st08235
17LancasterReading2nd05235
18London Institute in ParisGoldsmith's, London1st19235
19Oxford BrookesBristolQF15235
20BathLiverpool1st13235