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FCS Football: A Recap of Week 1 Games

ByCorey Ghee

Published on Fri Sep 10 2021

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2 min read

FCS Football: A Recap of Week 1 Games

Week 1 was an eventful stretch of football for the FBS. We saw upsets, nailbiters, blowouts and most importantly, great football. A few programs rose to the occasion this weekend to provide their schools with moments fans won't forget.

Montana upsets No. 20 Washington

The Montana Grizzlies were able to pull off a big upset for their program, region and the FCS. After giving up a score on the opening possession, Montana held Washington scoreless and hounded them defensively. The Grizzlies would sack UW quarterback Dylan Morris three times and force three turnovers en route to a hard fought 13-7 victory over their border rival.

Eastern Washington beats UNLV

The Eastern Washington Eagles took their aerial assault to Las Vegas and picked up the overtime victory over the UNLV Rebels. The Eagles took a 20-6 lead into the fourth before the Rebels stormed back to tie things up in the fourth. After two overtime periods, the Eagles walked away with the win, 35-33. Third-year starter Eric Barriere threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns.

UC Davis beats Tulsa

The UC Davis Aggies were able to defeat the AAC's Tulsa Golden Hurricane after a pair of second half interceptions. Returning starter Hunter Rodrigues was solid on the road, going 28-35 for 311 yards and a touchdown.

Delaware takes down Maine

One of the more notable rivalries in the FCS gave us another solid installment. Maine jumped out to a 24-17 halftime lead, before stalling offensively in the second half. Delaware would score 17 unanswered en route to a 34-24 victory. The senior wideout tandem of Gene Coleman II and Thyrick Pitts was dynamic, each catching five passes, eclipsing 100 yards, and snagging a touchdown.

South Dakota State beats Colorado State

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits went into this one as underdogs but after jumping out to an early 21-7 lead, they never looked backed, picking up the 42-23 win. The Jackrabbits were very effective through on the ground, and star back Patrick Strong had 138 rushing yards and two scores.

South Dakota can't top Kansas

The South Dakota Coyotes weren't able to defeat the Kansas Jayhawks, but they came awfully close to taking down their border rival. SD led most of the second half before a late touchdown for KU put them over the top. Neither team eclipsed 300 yards as this was a physical, defensive contest.

Northern Iowa almost upsets Iowa State

The Northern Iowa Panthers played their in-state rivals really tough last weekend. A pair of interceptions halted their comeback attempts in the fourth, but they came really close to pulling off a top-ten upset. The Panthers held star ISU quarterback Brook Purdy to under 200 passing yards.

Incarnate Word comes close against Youngstown State

The Incarnate Word Cardinals and the Youngstown State Penguins gave fans a shootout, combining for 85 points. A tale of two tapes, the Cardinals high powered passing attack was countered by a powerful Penguins run game. Youngstown State would pick up the 44-41 victory in overtime behind a career-high 242 rushing yards and two touchdowns from senior back Jaleel McLaughin.

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