Week 2 of the 2016 college football season has an FCS vs. FBS upset as after an ugly game the Illinois State Redbirds took down the Northwestern Wildcats 9-7 after one of the worst offensive performances in Northwestern’s history.
Illinois State kept itself in a low scoring game for all four quarters on the road. The Redbirds took a 6-0 lead after a touchdown run from George Moreira with 32 seconds left in the second quarter, putting Northwestern on upset alert as the two schools went to the locker room.
After a scoreless third quarter, Northwestern finally pulled in front in the fourth quarter. Clayton Thorson found Austin Carr in the endzone to give the Wildcats a 7-6 lead as Northwestern appeared to turn things around after trailing for most of the second half.
To ISU’s credit, they would stay in the game long enough to have a chance at a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter. Redbirds quarterback Jake Kolbe came up clutch with the game on the line, working his team down the field with a chance at a memorable upset on the line, eventually finding Christian Gibbs for an 11-yard catch to put Illinois State on the Northwestern 18-yard line with a chance to kick a game-winning field goal.
Kicker Sean Slattery would hit the 33-yard field goal as time expired, making up for his missed PAT in the first half and giving the Redbirds a massive win over Northwestern, who had double-digit wins last season.
Losing to an FCS school, Northwestern will now be in crisis mode after a dismal performance in which their offense put up just seven points. After losing to Western Michigan last week, the Wildcats have a ton of questions to answer as they now stare at a 0-2 record with two bad losses to open their season.