Yeah I know, it's the Mid-American Conference and some think it's not much above the Football Championship Subdivision but that conference is in the Football Bowl Subdivision and a pair of MAC schools got schooled by a couple of Big South schools.
Gardner-Webb travelled to Akron, Ohio and to take on the Akron Zips and took the zip out of tire town. The Runnin' Bulldogs defeated Akron in overtime 38-37.
It was the first time Gardner-Webb had defeated a FBS team.
You can see the pictures from Akron below. (Thanks Akron Zip Clips/Youtube.com)
“Obviously we are very excited as a football team right now,” Gardner-Webb head coach Steve Patton said. “I was most proud of the way our kids did not quit in this game and kept fighting. [The win] was a direct result of those kids playing for 60 minutes. We’ve come close before, down at Georgia Tech [in 2008] comes to mind, so this is a great result for us. We’re showing improvement and playing hard, and that’s all you can ask for.”
The Runnin' Bulldogs were led by their redshirt freshman quarterback Chandler Browning who led the comeback by throwing two touchdowns in the second half to James Perry III.
One hero for Gardner-Webb was senior cornerback Bryce Nixon who blocked the PAT after Akron scored in the first overtime. Then Juanne Blount then scored on a 4- yard run for the Runnin' Bulldogs and Ryan Gates nailed the extra point and Gardner-Webb pulled off the upset.
You know they are celebrating in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
Then it was Liberty's turn to pull off an upset as the Flames scortched Ball State 27-23.
Liberty quarterback Mike Brown threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another in the win for the Flames.
If you keep score of such things, that's five wins by FCS teams this season over FBS teams, three this Saturday.
Photo Courtesy: libertyflames.com