While both shocking and exciting, it happens every year and practically every week.
A FCS team rises up and knocks off a Power Five team. Everyone remembers the blocked field goal in 2007 that enabled Appalachian State to defeat Michigan, a game most regard as the biggest upset in college football history.
With the Deacs hosting perennial FCS powerhouse Delaware Saturday, Four Downs looks at four FCS upsets over Power Five teams that have already taken place this season.
Richmond 37 Virginia 20
Richmond showed they can beat ACC teams not named “Duke” by completely controlling this game from the start. The Spiders put up more than 500 yards of total offense and nearly doubled up the Cavs (39:46-20:14) in time of possession.
Many believe first-year UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall will get it down, but an 0-2 start and a first-week loss to FCS Richmond certainly isn’t a smooth start.
Illinois State 9 Northwestern 7
The Duke Blue Devils’ next opponent, Northwestern fell to 2-0 Saturday at the hands of No. 10 FCS ranked Illinois State on a last-second game-winning field goal.
This was also far from a “fluky” win for an FCS team, as Illinois State outgained Northwestern, had more first downs and won the time of possession battle. The game-winning field goal was the culmination of an 11-play, 71-yard drive for the Cardinals that began at their own 13 yard line.
Northern Iowa 25 Iowa State 20
Northern Iowa racked up 22 first downs on 232 rushing yards while possessing the ball for more than 35 minutes in the win over the Cyclones.
Despite controlling the offensive line of scrimmage, Northern Iowa had to capitalize on a late 4th quarter Iowa State interception to secure the victory. A 5-play, 36-yard touchdown drive provided the victory for Northern Iowa after the pick.
Eastern Washington 45 Washington State 42
Eastern Washington gained 606 total yards — 496 in the air - in this shootout over Pac 12 member Washington State in their opening game of the season.
The Eastern Washington Eagles promptly went out the following week and lost 50-44 to North Dakota State.