(Sports Network) - Sacramento State has played Pac-12 spoiler before, shocking Oregon State to open last season.
On Saturday, the Hornets took down another Pac-12 opponent, Colorado, 30-28, on their way to yet another FCS victory over an FBS program in 2012.
Later in the day, that number went to seven when defending FCS national North Dakota State won at Colorado State, 22-7, and then eight when Northern Arizona then beat UNLV, 17-14.
Sacramento State coach Marshall Sperbeck called upon an unlikely member of his team - his walk-on place-kicker Edgar Castaneda - with the game on the line.
As time expired, Castaneda not only kicked a game-winning 30-yard field goal, but he also earned a scholarship along the way.
Sperbeck told his team the news in his postgame speech after the Hornets (1-1) left Boulder with a few hundred thousand dollars and the stunning win.
Sophomore quarterback Garrett Safron threw for 312 yards on 25-of-37 passing. It was a career-best performance in Sacramento State's first win of the season.
Receivers Morris Norrise and Chris Broadnax combined for 12 receptions for 196 yards.
Earlier in the day, Illinois State became the fifth FCS program this season to defeat an FBS opponent with an impressive 31-14 victory at Eastern Michigan.
Illinois State trailed 14-10 at halftime, but scored 17 straight in the second half.
The Redbirds (2-0) torched the Eagles for 216 yards behind Darrelynn Dunn (32 carries, 129 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and Jonathon Miller, who scored on a 58-yard first-quarter run.
Quarterback Matt Brown threw for 155 yards and a 22-yard touchdown to Donovan Harden.
North Dakota State improved to 6-3 against FBS teams since joining the FCS in 2006.
Andy Wilder's 33-yard field goal with 12 seconds left gave Northern Arizona its first win over an FBS opponent since 1987 .
The Sports Network FCS Top 25
No. 1 Sam Houston State (1-0) 54, Incarnate Word (1-1) 7
The Bearkats humbled future Southland Conference member Incarnate Word, putting up 484 yards of offense compared to just 88 for the Cardinals. Incarnate Word rushed 20 times for minus-46 yards.
No. 2 North Dakota State (2-0) 22 Colorado State (1-1) 7
The stingy Bison defense allowed Colorado State to convert just one third-down play and posted four sacks.
The Citadel (2-0) 23, No. 3 Georgia Southern (1-1) 21
Redemption was sweet for the Bulldogs, who beat Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern for the first time since 2006, on Thomas Warren's 37-yard field goal with 35 seconds left.
In last year's 14-12 loss, The Citadel could only blame poor special teams play for the defeat. This year, it was Georgia Southern which missed a late 31-yard field goal.
No. 4 Montana State (2-0) 34, Drake (1-1) 24
Montana State scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to escape on the road with a win. Quarterback DeNarius McGhee threw for 206 yards and one touchdown, with two interceptions.
No. 5 James Madison (2-0) 42, Alcorn State (1-1) 3
JMU senior quarterback Justin Thorpe was 14-of-18 for 140 yards and threw two touchdowns, while rushing for 101 yards and one score. The Dukes had a four- touchdown lead at halftime and averaged 7.5 yards per rush.
No. 6 Youngstown State (2-0) 59, Valparaiso (0-2) 0
Youngstown State didn't have a let-down after its victory over Pittsburgh one week ago. Valparaiso gave up 334 yards on the ground, while Youngstown's Torrian Pace accounted for 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
No. 7 Old Dominion (2-0) 45, Hampton (0-2) 7
Old Dominion collected 350 yards of total offense and quarterback Taylor Heinicke passed for three touchdowns to three different receivers for 213 yards.
No. 8 Northern Iowa (1-1) 59, Central State (0-2) 0
In his second start under center for the Panthers, Sawyer Kollmorgen passed for three touchdowns and 229 yards. Austin Ebertowski rushed for 87 yards and three touchdowns.
Washington State (1-1) 24, No. 9 Eastern Washington (1-1) 20
The Eagles' bid for a second straight upset over an FBS program fell short after a late fourth-quarter rally. Quarterback Kyle Padron threw for 379 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions.
No. 10 Wofford (2-0) 82, Lincoln, Pa. (0-2) 0
Brian Kass directed a Wofford triple option run attack which rushed for over 400 yards for the second week in a row. Wofford totaled 602 yards.
No. 11 Appalachian State (1-1) 35, No. 12 Montana (1-1) 27
The Mountaineers won one of the most anticipated games in FCS regular-season history. Quarterback Jamal Jackson threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 65 yards and one TD.
No. 13 Towson (0-1), Idle
The defending CAA Football champion has two weeks to prepare for its conference and home opener against William & Mary.
Minnesota (2-0) 44, No. 14 New Hampshire (1-1) 7
UNH lost its starting quarterback Sean Goldrich to a shoulder injury on the offense's second play of the game.
No. 15 Delaware (1-1) 38, Delaware State (1-1) 14
The Blue Hens led 28-7 at halftime and never looked back. Signal-caller Trent Hurley passed for 149 yards and two touchdowns in Delaware's fourth straight win over Delaware State.
No. 16 Lehigh (2-0) 34, Central Connecticut State (0-2) 14
Senior running back Zach Barkat led the Mountain Hawks rushing attack, which totaled 148 yards and four touchdowns, in their second straight non-conference win.
No. 17 Stony Brook (2-0) 77, Pace (0-2) 7
The Seawolves scored at least 21 points in every quarter except the fourth on its way to a convincing victory. They totaled 693 yards of offense while allowing only 104 total yards.
No. 18 Illinois State (2-0) 31, Eastern Michigan (0-2) 14
The dynamic running duo of Darrelynn Dunn and Jonathon Miller rushed for three touchdowns on a combined 41 carries. The Redbirds held Eastern Michigan to just 103 rushing yards.
Southern Methodist (1-1) 52, No. 19 Stephen F. Austin (1-1) 0
Stephen F. Austin outgained SMU 476-328, but it turned the ball over 10 times. Lumberjack signal-callers Joe Minden and Brady Attaway combined for six interceptions
Boston College (1-1) 34, No. 20 Maine (0-1) 3
The Black Bears led 3-0 after one quarter, but that was the closest it would be all game.
No. 21 Eastern Kentucky (1-1) 24, Morehead State (1-1) 17
Senior running back Matt Denham carried the ball 34 times for 166 yards and one touchdown for Eastern Kentucky's first win of the season. Morehead State passed for 304 yards, but managed just nine yards rushing.
No. 22 McNeese State (2-0) 69, McMurry (0-2) 7
McNeese State used a balanced attack (202 passing yards, 282 rushing yards) in its home-opening win. The Cowboys scored four times on the ground with four different players.
No. 23 Indiana State (1-1) 44, Quincy (0-2) 0
The Sycamores, who are known for its rushing attack, played lights out defensively. Division II Quincy totaled only 114 yards.
No. 24 Jacksonville State (1-1) 27, Chattanooga (0-2) 24
Griffin Thomas kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to help Jacksonville State come away with the victory.
No. 25 Central Arkansas (1-1) 42, Murray State (1-1) 20
Quarterbacks Wynrick Smothers (358 yards, five touchdowns, one interception) and Casey Brockman (445 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions) put up video game-like numbers in an offensive battle. Despite giving up 537 yards of total offense, Central Arkansas came away with the win.