4 FBS schools embarrassingly lost to FCS schools during opening week
Call it stubbing your toe, or just a forgettable weekend, but either way, four FBS schools had reason to be extremely disappointed after Week 1 of the college football season. Particularly if you hail from the American Athletic Conference.
ECU was the latest victim Sunday at the hands of North Carolina A&T, a 28-23 result. N.C. A&T took a 21-20 lead with 14:31 to play and held on. The Pirates not only led at halftime, but also had a 224-113 edge in total yards.
In Philadelphia on Saturday, Zach Bednarczyk passed for three touchdowns and Elijah Trent made interceptions on Temple’s last two drives as Villanova made the upset, 19-17. The Wildcats have made somewhat of a habit of springing the upset. They beat Rutgers in 2002 and Temple earlier in 2003 and 2009.
Kansas’ struggles continued as the Jayhawks lost to Nicholls, 26-23 in overtime, following a late, game-tying field goal. It’s perhaps the beginning of the end for Kansas coach David Beaty, who was 1-11, 2-10 and 0-12 in his first three seasons leading the Jayhawks.
The first FCS-FBS upset came in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday when Jake Maier passed for 446 yards and three touchdowns to lead UC-Davis over San Jose State. UC Davis pulled ahead with a 21-point second quarter, and held on for a 44-38 victory.