October 18, 2010

College Football Upset stories in the SI Vault

The SouthwestBy SI Staff, September 21, 1959Upsets are the rule not the exception in a flamboyant area.

Comeback For The CollegesBy Mervin Hyman, November 06, 1961Upsets and surprise techniques have lured back lost fans in many sections of the U.S.

Football's WeekBy Gwilym Brown, October 11, 1965On a weekend filled with upsets, there were strange scores and last-ditch victories. SMU, crushed 42-0 by Illinois the week before, tied and almost beat Purdue, the nation's top-ranked team. Pittsburgh rolled up 48 points but was hardly in the game, giving up an inglorious 63 to West Virginia. Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford and Texas Tech were all losers with less than two minutes to play, all winners at the end.

Very Small But Very Deadly By Happy Fine, January 10, 1983Tiny Chaminade pulled the upset of the ages by beating No. 1 Virginia.

The Mighty Keep FallingBy Douglas S. Looney, November 26, 1990This most exciting and madcap of college football seasons has produced upstarts and upsets aplenty.

Shock TroopsBy Tim Layden, October 16, 1995Upsets became the norm on a wild weekend, with Kansas leading the way Tim Layden.

Top 10 Amazing Facts About Temple's 28-24 Upset Of Virginia TechBy Ivan Maisel, October 26, 1998The Owls, losers of eight straight, were 35-point underdogs.

Silence In The Big HouseBy Austin Murphy, September 10, 2007Using its speed and spread-option attack to run circles around the bewildered defense of No. 5 Michigan, Division I-AA Appalachian State kicked off an otherwise uneventful opening week with one of the biggest upsets in the history of the game.

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