(STATS) – The top two teams in the FCS opened the action Saturday with surprising results.
The one that was expected to lose, top-ranked North Dakota State, upset FBS No. 13 Iowa 23-21, and the one expected to win, No. 2 Richmond, was handled 42-14 by Stony Brook in a CAA Football opener.
Add in Top 25 matchups pitting No. 17 Coastal Carolina against No. 4 Jacksonville State and No. 10 Northern Iowa against No. 8 Eastern Washington, and the FCS continued to have huge games to start the young season.
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North Dakota State's sixth straight win over an FBS opponent was delivered on Cam Pedersen's 37-yard field goal as time expired at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.
“You can't tell anybody in our locker room we're not good enough to beat anybody. That's the heart of a champion,” said NDSU coach Chris Klieman, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, and a graduate of Northern Iowa.
Richmond was no match for Stony Brook as Stacey Bedell rushed for 100 yards and four touchdowns. The Seawolves helped overcome Spiders quarterback Kyle Lauletta's 411 passing yards with three interceptions.
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No. 1 North Dakota State (3-0) 23, Iowa (2-1) 21
NDSU matched James Madison's 21-16 win over No. 13 Virginia Tech in 2010 for the second-highest FBS team to lose to an FCS team. Appalachian State stunned No. 5 Michigan 35-32 to open the 2007 season.
The Missouri Valley Conference power imposed its will by possessing the ball for 36 minutes, 40 seconds and outgaining the Hawkeyes 363-231. Running back King Frazier carried the ball 16 times for 99 yards and a touchdown.