FCS wins vs. FBS teams: All-time victories, upsets

FCS wins vs. FBS teams: All-time victories, upsets

There's a rich history of FCS (and I-AA) schools upsetting FBS or I-A teams. Since NCAA Division I football was divided into I-A and I-AA for the 1978 season, there have been some monumental upsets.


This list goes back to 1978 and also includes the upsets since 2006, when I-A became the FBS and I-AA became the FCS.


Along with all these games, five FCS/I-AA classified teams have upset ranked FBS/I-A teams: Cincinnati surprised No. 20 Penn State in 1983 (see below), Appalachian State beat No. 5 Michigan in 2007, James Madison defeated No. 13 Virginia Tech in 2010, Eastern Washington knocked off No. 25 Oregon State in 2013 and North Dakota State shocked No. 13 Iowa in 2016. These five games are in bold below.


FCS wins vs. FBS teams: All-time victories, upsets


2018 season


































Date FCS team Score FBS team
Aug. 30 UC Davis 44-38 San Jose State
Sept. 1 Nicholls State 26-23 OT Kansas
Sept. 1 Northern Arizona 30-10 UTEP
Sept. 1 Villanova 19-17 Temple
Sept. 2 North Carolina A&T 28-23 East Carolina
Sept. 8 Maine 31-28 Western Kentucky
Sept. 22 Illinois State 35-19 Colorado State

2017 season










































Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Aug. 31 Tennessee State 17-10 Georgia State
Sept. 2 Howard 43-40 UNLV
Sept. 2 James Madison 34-14 East Carolina
Sept. 2 Liberty 48-45 Baylor
Sept. 9 New Hampshire 22-12 Georgia Southern
Sept. 9 South Dakota 35-27 Bowling Green
Sept. 16 Idaho State 30-28 Nevada
Sept. 16 North Carolina A&T 35-31 Charlotte
Sept. 23 Western Illinois 52-10 Coastal Carolina

2016 season














































Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Sept. 2 Albany 22-16 Buffalo
Sept. 3 Eastern Washington 45-42 Washington State
Sept. 3 Northern Iowa 25-20 Iowa State
Sept. 3 Richmond 37-20 Virginia
Sept. 10 Eastern Illinois 21-17 Miami (OH)
Sept. 10 Illinois State 9-7 Northwestern
Sept. 10 North Carolina A&T 39-36 4OT Kent State
Sept. 17 North Dakota State 23-21 No. 13 Iowa
Sept. 24 Central Arkansas 28-23 Arkansas State
Sept. 24 Western Illinois 28-23 Northern Illinois

After beating AP No. 13 Iowa, North Dakota State received 74 votes in the AP Poll, barely missing out on a Top 25 ranking. The Bison ranked 27th that week. The 74 votes are the most ever earned by an FCS program in the AP Poll. NDSU would reach the FCS semifinals.


2015 season










































Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Sept. 4 Fordham 37-35 Army
Sept. 5 North Dakota 24-13 Wyoming
Sept. 5 Portland State 24-17 Washington State
Sept. 5 South Dakota State 41-38 Kansas
Sept. 19 Furman 16-15 UCF
Sept. 26 James Madison 48-45 SMU
Oct. 3 Liberty 41-33 Georgia State
Oct. 10 Portland State 66-7 North Texas
Nov. 21 The Citadel 23-22 South Carolina

Portland State's 59-point win over North Texas is the largest by an FCS team against an FBS program.


2014 season






































Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Aug. 30 Bethune-Cookman 14-12 Florida International
Aug. 30 North Dakota State 34-14 Iowa State
Sept. 6 Eastern Kentucky 17-10 Miami (OH)
Sept. 13 Abilene Christian 38-35 Troy
Sept. 13 Indiana State 27-20 Ball State
Sept. 20 Northwestern State 30-27 Louisiana Tech
Sept. 27 Yale 49-43 OT Army
Oct. 11 Liberty 55-48 OT Appalachian State

2013 season






































































Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Aug. 29 Southern Utah 22-21 South Alabama
Aug. 29 Towson 33-18 Connecticut
Aug. 30 North Dakota State 24-21 Kansas State
Aug. 30 Samford 31-21 Georgia State
Aug. 31 Eastern Illinois 40-19 San Diego State
Aug. 31 Eastern Washington 49-46 No. 25 Oregon State
Aug. 31 McNeese State 53-21 South Florida
Aug. 31 Northern Iowa 28-20 Iowa State
Sept. 7 Chattanooga 42-14 Georgia State
Sept. 7 Maine 24-14 UMass
Sept. 7 Nicholls State 27-23 Western Michigan
Sept. 14 Bethune-Cookman 34-13 Florida International
Sept. 14 Fordham 30-29 Temple
Sept. 21 Jacksonville State 32-26 OT Georgia State
Nov. 9 Old Dominion 59-38 Idaho
Nov. 23 Georgia Southern 26-20 Florida

2012 season














































Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Aug. 30 Eastern Washington 20-3 Idaho
Aug. 30 McNeese State 27-21 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 1 Tennessee-Martin 20-17 Memphis
Sept. 1 Youngstown State 31-17 Pitt
Sept. 8 Illinois State 31-14 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 8 North Dakota State 22-7 Colorado State
Sept. 8 Northern Arizona 17-14 UNLV
Sept. 8 Sacramento State 30-28 Colorado
Sept. 15 Cal Poly 24-22 Wyoming
Sept. 29 Stony Brook 23-3 Army

2011 season






























Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Sept. 3 Richmond 23-21 Duke
Sept. 3 Sacramento State 29-28  Oregon State
Sept. 17 Indiana State 44-16 Western Kentucky
Sept. 24 North Dakota State 37-24 Minnesota
Sept. 24 Sam Houston State 48-45 OT New Mexico
Sept. 24 Southern Utah 41-16 UNLV

2010 season


































Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Sept. 4 Jacksonville State 49-48 2OT Ole Miss
Sept. 4 North Dakota State 6-3 Kansas
Sept. 11 James Madison 21-16 No. 13 Virginia Tech
Sept. 11 Gardner-Webb 38-37 OT Akron
Sept. 11 Liberty 27-23 Ball State
Sept. 11 South Dakota 41-38 Minnesota
Oct. 2 UC Davis 14-13 San Jose State

2009 season


























Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Sept. 3 Villanova 27-24 Temple
Sept. 5 Richmond 24-16 Duke
Sept. 5 William & Mary 26-14 Virginia
Sept. 12 New Hampshire 23-16 Ball State
Sept. 19 Central Arkansas 28-7 Western Kentucky

2008 season














Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Aug. 30 Cal Poly 29-27 San Diego State
Sept. 6 New Hampshire 28-10 Army

2007 season










































Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Sept. 1 Appalachian State 34-32 No. 5 Michigan
Sept. 1 Nicholls State 16-14 Rice
Sept. 8 Northern Iowa 24-13 Iowa State
Sept. 8 Southern Illinois 34-31 Northern Illinois
Sept. 15 McNeese State 38-17 Louisiana-Lafayette
Sept. 15 New Hampshire 48-35 Marshall
Sept. 22 North Dakota State 44-14 Central Michigan
Oct. 20 North Dakota State 27-21 Minnesota
Oct. 27 Delaware 59-52 Navy

Appalachian State's stunning win against No. 5 Michigan meant the Wolverines dropped out of the next AP Poll — the first time a program dropped from the top 5 to out of the poll because of one game. This result also led to the "Appalachian State rule," meaning AP Poll voters were now allowed to rank FCS teams. Appalachian State would go on to win its third consecutive national title this season.


2006 season


































Date FCS Team Score FBS Team
Sept. 2 Montana State 19-10 Colorado
Sept. 2 Portland State 17-6 New Mexico
Sept. 2 Richmond 13-0 Duke
Sept. 9 New Hampshire 34-17 Northwestern
Sept. 16 Southern Illinois 35-28 Indiana
Sept. 23 North Dakota State 29-24 Ball State
Oct. 28 Cal Poly 16-14 San Diego State

2005 season


This is was the last season of I-AA and I-A before the designations changed to FCS (from I-AA) and FBS (I-A).














Date I-AA Team Score I-A Team
Sept. 1 Northwestern State 27-23 Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 17 UC Davis 20-17 Stanford

2004 season






























Date I-AA Team Score I-A Team
Sept. 4 Florida Atlantic 35-28 OT Hawaii
Sept. 11 Florida Atlantic 20-13 North Texas
Sept. 11 New Hampshire 35-24 Rutgers
Sept. 18 Florida Atlantic 27-20 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 18 Maine 9-7 Mississippi State
Sept. 25 Eastern Illinois 31-28 Eastern Michigan

NOTE: Florida Atlantic was transitioning from I-AA to I-A.


2003 season














































DATE I-AA Team Score I-A Team
Aug. 28 Florida Atlantic 20-19 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 4 Western Illinois 34-12 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 6 Cal Poly 34-13 UTEP
Sept. 6 Eastern Washington 8-5 Idaho
Sept. 6 Stephen F. Austin 23-21 Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 6 Villanova 23-20 Temple
Sept. 13 Colgate 38-15 Buffalo
Sept. 20 Northwestern State 14-10 Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 27 Montana 41-28 Idaho
Oct. 25 Delaware 21-17 Navy

2002 season






































DATE I-AA Team Score I-A Team
Aug. 29 Lehigh 37-26 Buffalo
Aug. 31 Villanova 37-19 Rutgers
Sept. 7 Holy Cross 30-21 Army
Sept. 7 Northeastern 31-0 Ohio
Sept. 14 McNeese State 24-19 Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 21 Western Illinois 29-26 Northern Illinois
Sept. 28 Southeast Missouri State 24-14 Middle Tennessee
Oct. 5 Montana 38-31 Idaho

2001 season






































DATE I-AA Team Score I-A Team
Sept. 1 Sam Houston State 20-9 Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 8 Eastern Washington 35-17 UConn
Sept. 22 Indiana State 21-14 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 22 Jacksonville State 31-28 Arkansas State
Sept. 22 Northern Iowa 42-39 Ball State
Sept. 22 Northwestern State 27-24 TCU
Nov. 22 Nicholls State 28-22 Arkansas State
Nov. 24 Montana 33-27 Idaho

2000 season






































































DATE I-AA Team Score I-A Team
Aug. 31 Appalachian State 20-16 Wake Forest
Sept. 2 Sam Houston State 21-14 Louisiana-Lafayette
Sept. 9 Montana 45-38 Idaho
Sept. 9 Portland State 45-20 Hawaii
Sept. 9 Western Illinois 24-14 Ball State
Sept. 16 Stephen F. Austin 34-31 Louisiana Tech
Sept. 16 Youngstown State 26-20 Kent State
Sept. 23 Northeastern 35-27 UConn
Sept. 23 Northwestern State 23-21 Louisiana-Lafayette
Sept. 30 Richmond 30-27 Arkansas State
Sept. 30 Southwest Texas State 27-7 Louisiana-Monroe
Nov. 11 Jacksonville State 28-14 Louisiana-Lafayette
Nov. 11 Rhode Island 26-21 UConn
Nov. 18 Idaho State 27-24 Utah State
Nov. 18 South Florida 59-0 Austin Peay
Nov. 18 Wofford 24-6 Louisiana-Monroe

1999 season






























Date I-AA Team Score I-A Team
Sept. 2 Western Illinois 27-21 Northern Illinois
Sept. 11 Northern Iowa 36-21 Ohio
Sept. 11 Troy State 31-24 Cincinnati
Sept. 18 UConn 23-0 Buffalo
Oct. 30 Furman 28-3 North Carolina
Nov. 6 Hofstra 20-13 Buffalo

1998 season






























Date I-AA Team Score I-A Team
Sept. 3 Northern Iowa 13-10 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 12 Northwestern State 24-22 SW Louisiana
Sept. 12 Youngstown State 24-10 Kent State
Sept. 19 Eastern Illinois 24-10 Northern Illinois
Oct. 3 Appalachian State 30-27 Wake Forest
Oct. 3 William & Mary 45-38 Temple

1997 season






















Date I-AA Team Score I-A team  
Aug. 30 Cal State Northridge* 63-23 Boise State
Sept. 6 Youngstown State 44-23 Kent State
Oct. 4 Cal Poly 38-35 New Mexico State
Nov. 1 Eastern Washington 24-21 Idaho
*Win vacated

1996 season


































Date 1-AA Team Score I-A Team
Aug. 29 Eastern Illinois 28-20 Western Michigan
Sept. 7 Montana 35-14 Oregon State
Sept. 7 Western Illinois 17-0 Northern Illinois
Sept. 14 Eastern Washington 27-21 Boise State
Sept. 21 Cal State Northridge 33-0 New Mexico State
Sept. 28 Northwestern State 20-16 Boise State
Sept. 28 Texas State 27-21 Idaho

1995 season


































DATE 1-AA Team Score I-A Team
Aug. 31 Appalachian State 24-22 Wake Forest
Sept. 9 Boise State 38-14 Utah State
Oct. 7 Troy State 20-10 Northeast Louisiana
Oct. 14 UAB 19-14 North Texas
Oct. 21 Northwestern State 42-39 Northeast Louisiana
Oct. 28 UCF 34-14 Northeast Louisiana
Nov. 4 Youngstown State 24-10 Akron

1994 season










































Date 1-AA Team Score I-A Team
Sept. 3 Northern Iowa 28-14 Iowa State
Sept. 17 Boise State 37-27 Nevada
Sept. 17 Idaho 48-38 UNLV
Sept. 17 Troy State 39-20 Louisiana-Lafayette
Oct. 15 UCF 33-16 Northeast Louisiana
Oct. 15 Youngstown State 28-14 Kent State
Oct. 22 Jacksonville State 32-28 Northeast Louisiana
Nov. 5 Eastern Washington 49-31 Utah State
Nov. 12 Boston University 21-12 Army

1993 season






























Date I-AA Team Score I-A Team
Sept. 2 Youngstown State 17-13 Western Michigan
Oct. 9 Cal State Northridge 24-18 UNLV
Oct. 23 Weber State 47-30 Nevada
Nov. 6 Northeast Louisiana 42-10 Arkansas State
Nov. 20 UCF 38-16 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 20 Youngstown State 19-0 Akron

1992 season










































Date 1-AA Team Score I-A Team
Sept. 5 The Citadel 10-3 Arkansas
Sept. 12 Idaho 37-34 Colorado State
Sept. 19 Boise State 17-7 Pacific
Sept. 26 The Citadel 15-14 Army
Sept. 26 Northern Iowa 27-10 Iowa State
Oct. 3 Middle Tennessee State 21-13 Northern Illinois
Oct. 3 Northwestern State 24-18 Arkansas State
Oc. 31 Weber State 23-21 Nevada
Nov. 7 Youngstown State 28-20 Ohio

NOTE: Youngstown State tied Akron, 10-10


1991 season






































DATE 1-AA Team Score I-A Team
Aug. 31 Northeast Louisiana 21-10 Louisiana-Lafayette
Sept. 7 Nevada 50-8 UNLV
Sept. 14 Boise State 48-14 Long Beach State
Sept. 14 Illinois State 25-3 Akron
Sept. 21 William & Mary 26-21 Navy
Oct. 5 Appalachian State 17-3 Wake Forest
Oct. 12 The Citadel 20-14 Army
Oct. 26 Delaware 29-25 Navy

1990 season










































Date 1-AA Team Score I-A Team
Sept. 1 Southwest Missouri State 31-24 UNLV
Sept. 1 Montana 22-15 Oregon State
Sept. 22 Youngstown State 24-14 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 29 Youngstown State 28-23 Akron
Oct. 6 North Texas 14-7 SMU
Oct. 20 The Citadel 38-35 South Carolina
Oct. 20 Nevada 26-14 UNLV
Oct. 27 James Madison 16-7 Navy
Nov. 3 Youngstown State 27-0 Ohio

1989 season


























































Date I-AA team Score I-A team
Sept. 9 Appalachian State 15-10 Wake Forest
Sept. 9 Arkansas State 17-13 Memphis
Sept. 9 Lamar 21-19 UTEP
Sept. 16 Northern Iowa 10-8 Kansas State
Sept. 23 The Citadel 14-10 Navy
Sept. 23 Youngstown State 20-17 Akron
Oct. 14 Eastern Illinois 21-17 Akron
Oct. 14 Liberty 25-24 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 21 Youngstown State 30-3 Central Michigan
Oct. 28 James Madison 24-20 Navy
Nov. 11 Morehead State 13-10 Cincinnati
Nov. 11 Nevada 45-7 UNLV
Nov. 18 Delaware 10-9 Navy

1988 season














































DATE I-AA team Score I-A team
Sept. 3 Boise State 29-10 Long Beach State
Sept. 3 North Texas 29-24 Texas Tech
Sept. 10 Marshall 31-14 Ohio
Sept. 17 Idaho 36-26 Pacific
Sept. 17 McNeese State 46-19 Toledo
Sept. 24 The Citadel 42-35 Navy
Oct. 1 Louisiana Tech 31-28 Kansas State
Oct. 8 Arkansas State 13-12 Akron
Nov. 19 Arkansas State 38-21 Louisiana-Lafayette
Nov. 19 North Texas 33-17 Rice

NOTE: Appalachian State tied Wake Forest, 34-34.


1987 season










































































DATE I-AA team Score I-A team
Sept. 5 Austin Peay State 26-22 Kansas State
Sept. 12 Holy Cross 34-24 Army
Sept. 12 Illinois State 20-6 Western Michigan
Sept. 12 Lamar 39-35 Northern Illinois
Sept. 12 William & Mary 27-12 Navy
Sept. 12 Youngstown State 20-17 Bowling Green
Sept. 19 Lehigh 24-9 Navy
Sept. 26 Louisiana Tech 16-11 Kansas
Oct. 10 Marshall 34-31 Louisville
Oct. 17 Colgate 22-20 Army
Oct. 17 Delaware State 52-26 Akron
Nov. 7 East Tennessee State 29-14 North Carolina State
Nov. 7 Indiana State 40-16 Cincinnati
Nov. 7 Northeast Louisiana 34-24 Southern Miss
Nov. 7 Northern Arizona 24-20 Tulsa
Nov. 21 Indiana State 24-23 Ball State
Nov. 21 Youngstown State 10-6 Akron

NOTE: Arkansas State tied Memphis State, 21-21


1986 season






































































DATE I-AA team Score I-A team
Aug. 30 Louisiana Tech 22-17 Tulsa
Aug. 30 Nevada 49-3 Cal State Fullerton
Sept. 13 Akron 17-7 Kent State
Sept. 13 Arkansas State 30-10 Memphis State
Sept. 13 Marshall 21-7 Ohio
Sept. 13 Northern Iowa 17-0 Kansas State
Sept. 20 Idaho 25-17 Cal State Fullerton
Sept. 20 Morehead State 36-35 Wichita State
Sept. 20 Southwest Texas State 31-6 Rice
Sept. 27 Western Illinois 10-0 Northern Illinois
Oct. 18 Holy Cross 17-14 Army
Oct. 18 North Texas 24-20 TCU
Oct. 18 Penn 30-26 Navy
Nov. 1 William & Mary 41-37 Virginia
Nov. 8 Illinois State 17-10 Wichita State
Nov. 15 Delaware 27-14 Navy

NOTE: Arkansas State tied Mississippi 10-10 and Furman tied Georgia Tech 17-17.


1985 season


















































































































Date I-AA team Score I-A team
Aug. 31 Southwest Missouri State 31-24 Drake
Sept. 7 Southwest Missouri State 40-28 Southern Illinois
Sept. 7 Montana 31-30 Cal State Fullerton
Sept. 7 Richmond 24-14 Virginia
Sept. 14 Akron 24-0 Kent State
Sept. 14 Delaware 16-13 Navy
Sept. 14 Eastern Illinois 39-7 Indiana State
Sept. 14 Louisiana Tech 24-23 Southwestern Louisiana
Sept. 14 Marshall 31-7 Ohio
Sept. 14 Nevada 30-3 Cal State Fullerton
Sept. 14 Northern Iowa 10-6 Kansas State
Sept. 21 Akron 16-12 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 21 Louisiana Tech 20-10 West Texas State
Sept. 28 Furman 42-20 North Carolina State
Sept. 28 Grambling 23-6 Oregon State
Sept. 28 North Texas 22-10 Kansas State
Oct. 5 Texas-Arlington 31-3 Wichita State
Oct. 12 Eastern Illinois 21-14 Illinois State
Oct. 12 Northern Iowa 24-7 Indiana State
Oct. 19 Eastern Washington 30-23 Long Beach State
Nov. 2 Delaware 17-10 Temple
Nov. 2 Northern Iowa 15-3 Illinois State
Nov. 9 Arkansas State 41-12 Southern Illinois
Nov. 9 Nevada 48-7 UNLV
Nov. 16 Eastern Kentucky 45-21 Louisville
Nov. 16 McNeese State 14-3 Southwestern Louisiana
Nov. 16 Western Illinois 14-7 Southern Illinois

NOTE: Murray State tied Memphis State, 10-10


1984 season






































































DATE I-AA team Score I-A team
Sept. 1 Chattanooga 9-7 Southwest Louisiana
Sept. 1 UMass 26-10 Ball State
Sept. 1 Murray State 26-23 Louisville
Sept. 1 Youngstown State 31-7 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 15 Furman 34-30 North Carolina State
Sept. 15 Northeast Louisiana 7-6 Southwestern Louisiana
Sept. 15 Marshall 24-17 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 15 Youngstown State 27-23 Cincinnati
Sept. 29 Idaho 41-22 Oregon State
Oct. 13 Texas-Arlington 17-15 Wichita State
Oct. 20 Delaware 34-19 Temple
Nov. 3 Northwestern State 22-0 Southern Miss
Nov. 10 McNeese State 30-17 Southwestern Louisiana
Nov. 10 Southwest Missouri State 31-6 Southern Miss
Nov. 10 Tennessee State 24-15 Louisville
Nov. 17 Montana State 35-31 Fresno State

1983 season
































































DATE I-AA team Score I-A team
Sept. 3 Akron 13-6 Kent State
Sept. 3 Appalachian State 27-25 Wake Forest
Sept. 10 Akron 13-0 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 10 Colgate 15-13 Army
Sept. 10 Cincinnati 14-3 No. 20 Penn State
Sept. 10 Idaho State 12-10 UTEP
Sept. 10 Northeast Louisiana 31-6 Southwestern Louisiana
Sept. 17 Chattanooga 38-14 Southwestern Louisiana
Sept. 17 Delaware 30-13 William & Mary
Sept. 17 Furman 17-14 Georgia Tech
Oct. 1 Harvard 24-21 Army
Oct. 1 North Texas 18-8 New Mexico
Oct. 8 Boston University 26-17 Richmond
Oct. 8 Texas-Arlington 34-24 Wichita State
Oct. 29 Eastern Washington