Labor Day weekend was plum full of great college football. If that wasn’t enough, we also had two amazing upsets. From Howard, a 45 point underdog led by Cam Newton’s younger brother defeating UNLV, to Liberty upsetting Baylor on their own turf in Waco, Texas.
Liberty’s upset of Baylor was the biggest in FPI in the last 10 years … until Howard took down UNLV two hours later (1.2% chance to win). pic.twitter.com/EOYsqb34v3
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 3, 2017
My oh my do I love to see former Huskers do well. On second thought, exclude ex-Athletic Director Steve Pederson from that previous sentence. Literally everyone else, I’m pulling for you.
Turner Gill and a group of former Huskers took down Baylor in front of 45,000 Bears fans in McLane Stadium. The game was a huge step in the right direction for the FCS program who will join the FBS ranks next season.
— Liberty Football (@LibertyFootball) September 4, 2017
Turner Gill took over the head coaching position at Liberty University in 2012. In that time, he has won 4 Big South Conference titles. Coach Gill’s staff is now comprised of a group of former Husker coaches and players. Joe Dailey, a former Husker quarterback is the offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach. Ron Brown, who spent 24 years as an assistant coach at Nebraska, is Gill’s Associate Head Coach. Former Husker assistants, Scott Downing and Aaron Stamm are also assistant coaches for Liberty University as well.
Liberty University achieved their first ever victory of a Power-5 program this weekend. It was also Baylor’s first loss to an FCS program since 1981. The game was an offensive shootout. Liberty dropped 585 yards of total offense on the Bears, picking apart the injury riddled Baylor secondary. Baylor would answer with offensive firepower of their own, putting up 532 yards of offense and 45 points. However, Liberty was able to match Baylor’s efforts winning 48-45. According to the FPI index, Liberty had a 2.2% chance of defeating Baylor. They did just that and put a damper on Baylor’s new head coach, Matt Rhule’s debut.
Stephen “Buckshot” Calvert. School-record 447 passing yards, 3 TDs to lead Liberty to upset of Baylor. Former Carol City QB. pic.twitter.com/UjQywT08U7
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) September 3, 2017
Oh yea, and Liberty canceled class on Monday in order to celebrate.
— Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) September 3, 2017