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FCS Recap: The Scores and Historic FAIL in the 2009 D-I Championship Quarterfinals

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Since 1981, the first time the NCAA Division I Championships had a round of four games, the four losing teams averaged 76 points combined every year with 1996 being the least amount at 52 points.

This year, three of the four losing teams; Stephen F. Austin, Southern Illinois, and New Hampshire combined for just 10 points! Even though the last losing team Richmond scored 31 points, it was a record-setting day of low scoring in defeat of 41 combined points.

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Only in 1981, ‘87, ‘95, and ‘96 was a single team shut out in those games. Add 2009 to that list.

Besides how good their opponents played, these are all very good teams, how did this quartet round of playoff games feature so many dismal performances by the vanquished teams?

It’s not like this was typical scoring output for these teams except for Richmond. Stephen F. Austin had been averaging 38 points per game, Southern Illinois 37, New Hampshire 34, and Richmond 30. What happened today?

Southern Illinois got on the board first against William and Mary with a field goal and dominated the first quarter, outgaining the Tribe 102 to 2 yards. Perhaps key though were the points SIU didn’t score, having a long play to the Tribe six called back on a penalty then missing another field goal. After that it was all William and Mary as they took away the Saluki run game and outgained SIU 371 to 85 yards. Final score: William and Mary 24, Southern Illinois 3.

Stephen F. Austin had not been shut out all season but their blank against Montana might be attributed to their 10, yes 10 turnovers. Enough said. Final score: Montana 51, Stephen F. Austin 0.

New Hampshire had beaten Villanova earlier this regular season, 28-24, but this time the game was at ‘Nova. In a raging snowstorm, the very first play for UNH saw the shotgun snap get past their quarterback and returned by the VU defense for a touchdown. Something snapped at that point and UNH did not get a first down or score until late in the second half. Ever see a predominantly passing team excel in a blizzard? Didn’t see one in this game either. UNH avoided its first shutout since 1996 by scoring a single time. Final score: Villanova 46, New Hampshire 7.

Only the so-called “Clash of the Titans” game with Appalachian State at Richmond lived up to its billing, with the Mountaineers scoring the decisive touchdown against the Spiders in the waning seconds to dethrone the reigning national champs, 35-31.

So what was shaping up to be a great round of games turned out to be, unless your alma mater won, a real snoozefest of historic failure.

Playoff Year - Total combined points of the four losing teams
‘81 - 60
‘82 - 65
‘83 - 61
‘84 - 93
‘85 - 73
‘86 - 73
‘87 - 83
‘88 - 69
‘89 - 70
‘90 - 113
‘91 - 75
‘92 - 63
‘93 - 87
‘94 - 78
‘95 - 69
‘96 - 52
‘97 - 74
‘98 - 92
‘99 - 54
‘00 - 76
‘01 - 93
‘02 - 65
‘03 - 76
‘04 - 102
‘05 - 72
‘06 - 55
‘07 - 99
‘08 - 87
‘09 - 41

FCS vs. FCS Scores

Appalachian State 35, Richmond 31
Butler 28, Central Conn. State 23 (Gridiron Classic)
Montana 51, Stephen F. Austin 0
Texas Southern 30, Southern 25
Villanova 46, New Hampshire 7
William & Mary 24, Southern Illinois 3