The FCS championship 2011 was held right before the BCS. However, this year’s FCS championship was held much later than usual, as it often takes place in mid-December. But thanks to the BCS title being decided on January 10, the sub division decided to hold their final game at around the same time. Other than that, the two divisions are nothing alive, since the smaller one actually has a playoff. Their postseason system provided an FCS championship game that Eastern Washington narrowly won over Delaware, 20-19.
The Eastern Washington Eagles and Delaware Blue Hens were not the top two seeds in the 20-team tournament. In the BCS, that would have ruled them out, but here, they played their way into the championship game anyway.
The FCS championship appeared set to go to Delaware early, as the Blue Hens jumped to a 19-0 lead. However, the extra point on their first touchdown was blocked, and they were held to two more field goals in the first half.
Those ordeals came back to haunt Delaware, once Eastern Washington finally got going. The Eagles broke through with a 22-yard touchdown reception by Brandon Kaufman, yet they missed a two point conversion. But they scored another touchdown in the fourth, to cut it to 19-13.
After forcing a three and out, the FCS championship 2011 was decided on one drive. Eastern Washington drove to the Delaware 11 with under three minutes left, where Bo Levi Mitchell connected on his third touchdown of the game, and second to Kaufman. He got one foot down in the back of the end zone, and an extra point finally gave the Eagles the 20-19 lead.
Although Delaware’s offense was clamped down for much of the second half, they still went down to the Eastern Washington 39 at the end. Yet the Eagles got a sack on second down, and stopped the Blue Hens one yard short on fourth down to seal the game.
By winning the FCS championship 2011, the Eagles took their 11th straight win after a 2-2 start. As for the Blue Hens, they failed to become the second straight team from the Atlantic 10 to win it all, after Villanova triumphed last year. Fittingly, Eastern Washington beat Villanova on their red turf to get here.
This was Eastern Washington’s first ever FCS championship, in their first ever title game appearance. Delaware was looking for their second, after their 2003 victory. Instead, they dropped to 1-3 all time in title games.
Now that the subdivision of college football has a champion, the stage is clear for the BCS to decide theirs on Monday night – with much more of a dispute.
NBC Montana- “Eastern Washington Rallies To Win FCS National Championship Over Delaware 20-19”