Sunday, September 4, 2011

Shout-Out To Our Football Brethren

It was a nice, competitive day in Big Sky football, which should be recognized.

The biggest game of the day was Sacramento State football shocking Oregon State, 29-28 in OT. Displaying the "nothing-to-lose" attitude that we all love, Sacramento State was down 28-21 in OT when they scored a TD, and then went for the win instead of kicking the PAT to send it to a second OT.

The Hornet victory was the first against a Football Bowl Subdivision team in 11 tries and snapped a streak of 49-straight losses by Big Sky Conference schools against FBS foes dating back to 1996. In addition, the win snapped a 29-game losing streak by Big Sky teams against Pac-10 teams. The last Big Sky win against the Pac-10 came on Sept. 7, 1996 when Montana beat Oregon State 35-14.
Of course, the Big Sky almost got a couple more.

Defending FCS champion Eastern Washington lost a barnburner to Washington, 30-27. And in a late game, Weber State missed a late FG, but they put together a great effort against Wyoming, losing 35-32.

Ultimately, any publicity for the Big Sky for any sport will help the conference, and that is what happened Saturday. With one victory and two narrow losses to the FBS opponents, it was definitely a great day for Big Sky football.

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