Saturday, September 11, 2010
FCS over FBS equals one big mess
By Stats & Info
Less than two weeks into the 2010 college football season and five FCS schools have defeated FBS teams, matching the total number from a season ago.
James Madison 21, No. 13 Virginia Tech 16
After losing Monday night to No. 3 Boise State, Virginia Tech loses at home to James Madison - an FCS school. It's Tech's first loss to an FCS school in 12 games against such opponents dating back to 1985 (Richmond). JMU defeats an FBS school for the first time since 1990 when it took down Navy. Though the Hokies outgained the Dukes by over 125 offensive yards (362-235), Tech lost the turnover battle. JMU did not commit a turnover while VT lost a pair of fumbles and Tyrod Taylor was intercepted once.
JMU's ensuing drive off the interception resulted in the go-ahead touchdown. The loss snaps Virginia Tech's streak of 32 straight non-conference home wins. Virginia Tech is just the second ranked FBS school to lose to an FCS school ever, joining 5th-ranked Michigan's infamous Appalachian State loss in 2007.
South Dakota 41, Minnesota 38
South Dakota QB Dante Warren accounted for 433 yards of total offense, threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as the Coyotes of the FCS Great West Conference took the lead midway through the first quarter and never relinquished it in upsetting Minnesota on Saturday in Minneapolis in the first meeting between the two schools in 80 years. Will Powell had eight catches for 156 yards and 2 TD for the Coyotes (1-1), who lost their opener last week at Central Florida. Adam Weber passed for 258 yards and three touchdowns and Duane Bennett rushed for 102 yards and 2 TD in a losing cause for Minnesota (1-1), which lost at home to an FCS team for the second time in four years. In 2007, the Gophers lost to North Dakota State.
Starting at 6ET tonight, 14 more FCS teams will battle FBS teams, including Tennessee Tech at No. 4 TCU.