McNeese State shocked the college football world yesterday with a 53-21 shellacking of South Florida. FCS schools aren’t suppose to defeat FBS schools- especially those from automatic-qualifying conferences. And if they do win it’s usually by the skin of their teeth, note North Dakota State’s 24-21 victory over Kansas St. this past Friday night.
However, McNeese State broke all of those rules with a 32-point victory over South Florida; the most lopsided win by a FCS (I-AA) school over a FBS (I-A) opponent since 1996.
McNeese State also set the record for greatest margin of victory by a FCS (I-AA) school over a FBS (I-A) opponent from a power conference. The previous mark was 25 points; a record held by 1986 Texas St. (31-6 over Southwest Conf. Rice), and 1999 Furman (28-3 over the ACC’s North Carolina).
The most lopsided victory by a FCS (I-A) school against any FBS (I-AA) opponent – from a power conference or not – belongs to Lehigh. Back in 1981, Lehigh defeated the Ivy League’s Pennsylvania 58-0. Note: It was the Ivy League’s last season as a I-A conference.
Most Lopsided FCS (I-AA) over FBS (I-A) Victories
|Season||FCS (I-A) Winner||FBS (I-AA) Loser||Score||Margin|
|1983||North Texas||at||New Mexico St.||49-3||+46|
|1978||Eastern Kentucky||vs.||East Tennessee St.||49-6||+43|
|1983||Southern Illinois||vs.||New Mexico St.||41-3||+38|
|1991||Boise St. (ID)||vs.||Cal St.-Long Beach||48-14||+34|
|1994||Youngstown St. (OH)||vs.||Akron (OH)||41-7||+34|
|1983||Idaho St.||vs.||Cal St.-Fullerton||43-10||+33|
|1996||Cal St.-Northridge||at||New Mexico St.||33-0||+33|
Most Lopsided FCS (I-AA) over FBS (I-A) Victories – Only Schools from Power Conferences
|Season||FCS (I-A) Winner||FBS (I-AA) Loser||Conf.||Score||Margin|
|2013||McNeese St. (LA)||at||South Florida||AAC||53-21||+32|
|1986||Texas St.||at||Rice (TX)||SWC||31-6||+25|
|1999||Furman (SC)||at||North Carolina||ACC||28-3||+25|
|1985||Furman (SC)||at||North Carolina St.||ACC||42-20||+22|
|2002||Villanova (PA)||at||Rutgers (NJ)||Big East||37-19||+18|
|1985||Grambling St. (LA)||n||Oregon St.||Pac-10||23-6||+17|
|1986||Northern Iowa||at||Kansas St.||Big 8||17-0||+17|
|1992||Northern Iowa||at||Iowa St.||Big 8||27-10||+17|
|2006||New Hampshire||at||Northwestern (IL)||Big Ten||34-17||+17|