Move over Virginia and make some room Buffalo. You have company.
Friday, the latter team lost to an FCS squad. Earlier in the day Saturday, the former did the same, becoming the first Power Five program this season to get rolled by a lower-level team. Later in the day Saturday, Washington State and Iowa State joined UVa. in ignominy.
For the second straight season, Wazzu opened the season with a loss to an FCS school as Eastern Washington held on for a 45-42 win. EWU quarterback Gage Gubrud strafed the Wazzu defense for 474 yards and five touchdowns in the win.
Last season, Wazzu lost to Portland State in the opener; the Cougars went on to win nine of their last 12 games, including the Sun Bowl over Miami.
In Ames, and in Matt Campbell‘s debut as the Cyclones’ head coach, ISU dropped a 25-20 decision to Northern Iowa. This is the third time in four years that ISU has lost to an FCS program; one of those losses came at the hands of Northern Iowa in 2013, the other to North Dakota State in 2014.