Dayton looks to keep streak alive
Notes: Youngstown State goes for first 3-0 start since 2005
Avoiding the Goose: Dayton has not been shut out in 399 consecutive games -- the most in college football history. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall on Oct. 16, 1976 when the Herd topped Dayton 9-0. Mount Union has the second-longest streak at 386, which is still active as well. The second-longest current streak among FCS teams is 310 by Montana.
Friendly Coach Clash: Eastern Illinois and Illinois State will meet in the 101st Mid-America Classic this Saturday in Normal, Ill. ISU leads the all-time series 51-40-9. EIU won last year’s meeting which featured the first traveling trophy in the series. EIU head coach Dino Babers and ISU head coach Brock Spack were both assistant coaches at EIU in 1987 on former head coach Bob Spoo’s first EIU staff. Babers and Spack were also both assistant coaches at Purdue in the early 1990s.
Penguin Power: With a 2-0 record, Youngstown State is trying to open a season 3-0 for only the sixth time since 1993 (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2005). The Penguins have outscored their opponents 90-17 this season and face Albany on Saturday.
Last to Start: For the seventh time in the past nine seasons, the Ivy League will claim the distinction of having one of its teams among the last in NCAA Division I (FBS or FCS) to kick off the season. Actually, the last two games this week involve Ivy schools as Penn kicks off on the road against Lafayette at 6 p.m. ET and Dartmouth hosts Butler at 7 p.m. ET. Last year, Cornell claimed the honor with its 6:07 p.m. kickoff against Bucknell on Sept. 17. The Big Red’s start time just beat Penn’s 6:06 p.m. kickoff against Lafayette. Cornell was the final team to open the 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2011 seasons while Penn was the final team to kickoff the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Historically, Ivy League teams are among the last to begin play with their eight season openers usually falling on the third Saturday in September.
Home Cooking: Appalachian State is looking for its 19th consecutive home regular season win Saturday against The Citadel. However, the longest current win streak in FCS (including playoffs) will be put to the test as Jacksonville opens its home slate with a contest against Webber International as the Dolphins look to win number 15 in a row at home.
Upset City: With four more upsets of FBS schools by FCS institutions, it increases the total number for this season to eight. That marks the most wins by FCS schools against the FBS since 2007, when they won nine times. The four upsets last weekend included:
• Illinois State 31, Eastern Michigan 14 -- Recap | Box Score
• North Dakota State 22, Colorado State 7 -- Recap | Box Score
• Northern Arizona 17, UNLV 14 -- Recap | Box Score
• Sacramento State 30, Colorado 28 -- Recap | Box Score
It was the first win against an FBS team for Northern Arizona since 1987, snapping a 21-game losing streak in such games.
More From Upset City: Since 2000, there have been 92 victories by FCS institutions against FBS counterparts. North Dakota State leads the way with six of those wins. New Hampshire has five victories, while Montana, Northwestern State and Richmond all have four.
Going Overtime: Through two weeks of action there have only been four overtime games featuring FCS teams, however, two of those four have gone to three overtime periods.
Looking for a First: Coastal Carolina is looking to start 3-0 for the first time in its 10-year history this weekend when the Chanticleers host No. 25 Eastern Kentucky.
More Than a Passing Fancy: Primarily a running team out of its triple option offense, The Citadel got a touchdown pass from a quarterback for the first time since the 2010 season opener when junior Ben Dupree hit Domonic Jones on a 26-yard score in the first quarter of the win against Georgia Southern last Saturday.
Sweet Fifteen: Idaho State wide receiver Derek Graves caught 15 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in a 38-5 win against Black Hills State. Graves also caught 15 in the opener against Air Force. Graves is the first player in Big Sky history to catch at least 15 passes in back-to-back games. Graves also had a 15 catch game against Northern Colorado in 2011. In the history of the Big Sky Conference, there have only been 19 occasions of a receiver catching 15 passes in a game. Graves is the first player to appear on the list three times.
Game of the Week: Stephen F. Austin is looking to rebound from a 52-0 loss to SMU this past weekend when the Lumberjacks travel to No. 3 Montana State. The Bobcats are looking to go 3-0 to start the season and are coming off a 34-24 victory against Drake. This is the fifth meeting between the two teams as Montana State holds a 3-1 edge in the all-time series.