Top upsets of the fall
Check out some of the best underdog stories this season
Oregon 3, Penn State 1
Penn State entered the season as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Nittany Lions' first opponent was unranked Oregon. The temperature reached 90 degrees in the arena and some of the Oregon players were suffering from dehydration.
Penn State jumped out to a one-set lead in the match and then lost the next three consecutive sets to the Ducks. With the win, Oregon snapped Penn State’s 94-match home winning streak.
"It was an amazing effort by our players, who laid all their hearts on the line, and deserve to celebrate," Oregon head coach Jim Moore said.
It was the first time since 1982 that Oregon defeated a top-ranked team.
Old Dominon 4, Maryland 0
Then-No. 1 Maryland traveled to then-No. 12 Old Dominion. The Terrapins were riding a 17-game winning streak, dating back to the 2010 season. Maryland also defeated Old Dominion in their last 12 meetings. However both streaks ended on Sept. 2 as the Lady Monarchs upended the reigning national champs 4-0.
Senior Emma Batten netted a hat trick against the Terrapins and Old Dominion’s defense held Maryland scoreless and only allowed four shots on goal. The Lady Monarchs went on to win the next 12 games and claim the No. 1 spot in the nation.
West Chester 4, UMass-Lowell 3 (OT)
UMass-Lowell opened the season as the top-ranked team in the nation. They opened at home against then No.5 West Chester with the River Hawks were riding a 24-game winning streak that dated back to 2009.
The Gold Rams were facing a two-goal deficit with 10 minutes left in the game. West Chester rallied back to tally two goals before the end of regulation. The Golden Rams took that momentum into overtime before junior Michele Schrift scored the game-winning goal to give West Chester the win.
“We learned that if you keep competing and play with some heart, then good things will happen,” West Chester head coach Amy Cohen said.
Texas A&M 4, North Carolina 3, (OT)
Then-No.1 North Carolina was hosting unranked Texas A&M. The Tar Heels previously won four consecutive games before their matchup with the Aggies while Texas A&M was coming off a tough loss to Duke.
The Tar Heels grabbed a 3-1 lead with only 20 minutes left in the game. However the Aggies rallied to score two goals, including one in the final 12 minutes, to tie the game at 3-3. Thirty seconds into overtime, freshman Shea Groom scored the game-winning goal to seal the deal for the Aggies.
"I just couldn't be more proud of them for the fight that they put in. To be able to beat North Carolina after being down two goals in the second half and to come back to score three in 21 minutes for the win was a remarkable statement by our players,” Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri said.
It was the first time since 1979 that the Tar Heels led by more then two goals and ended up losing.
Missouri S&T 2, Northern Kentucky 1
Northern Kentucky, the top-ranked team in the country, traveled to then No.17 Missouri S&T. The Norse were off to a 7-0 start before their match with Missouri S&T.
Both Northern Kentucky and Missouri S&T scored a goal in the first half and then stalled after the intermission. In the second half, both teams were scoreless until the 69th minute when Kyle Schraier scored the game-winning goal for the Miners.
For Northern Kentucky, it was the first time it suffered a loss in 11 months, since Oct. 22, 2010.
St. Olaf 30, Bethel (Minn.) 28
Bethel (Minn.) started the season with a 3-0 record, claiming the No. 5 spot in the country. St. Olaf was unranked with a 3-1 record traveling to St. Paul, Minn. to play as part of Bethel's homecoming festivities.
Bethel had an 18-point lead with 13:46 left in the fourth quarter, but the Oles never quit. St. Olaf scored 20 unanswered points to rally back and defeat the Royals. The rally was capped by Dan Dobson's one-yard scoring run with 25 seconds left.
The game seemed to give the Oles the momentum they needed, as they went on to win the next three games, and currently hold a five-game winning streak.
Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma 38
Texas Tech went to Norman, Okla., as an unranked team. The Sooners entered the game as the third-ranked team in the nation.
The Red Raiders quickly jumped out to a 24-7 lead at halftime. It was the second time in the last 20 games that the visiting team was leading Oklahoma on its home field. The Red Raiders eventually held off Oklahoma by a three-point margin and knocked Oklahoma out of the national title picture to change the BCS landscape.
With the win, Texas Tech snapped Oklahoma’s 39-game home winning streak. The last time the Sooners lost at home was in 2005 against TCU.
"It was a big-time win for us. It was a fun night for our football team," Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville said.
Clemson 2, Maryland 1
No. 1 Maryland entered the game with a 13-1-2 record but was on Clemson's home field, where the Tigers were 4-4-1 against top-ranked teams.
In the 23rd minute, Clemson defender Jack Metcalf received a red card and was sent off the pitch. The Tigers had to play the rest of the game a man down.
In the 36th minute the Terrapins scored a goal and held the lead through the first half. The Tigers eventually tied the game on a penalty kick in the beginning of the second period. With less then six minutes left in the game, Phanuel Kavita scored the winning goal and sealed the deal for the Tigers.
For Clemson, it was the eighth No. 1 team it had defeated in program history.
Eckerd 3, Tampa 2
No. 1 Tampa entered the game on a 24-match winning streak. Tampa also featured the nation's leading hitter in Danielle Selkridge. Eckerd was sitting just outside the top 25 and looking for some respect.
Eckerd took the first and third set, while Tampa took sets two and four. In the fifth set, Eckerd kept holding off Tampa and eventually won by the slimmest of margins 15-13.
“Tampa is always a great team and they're tough to beat. This is very special for our seniors, but our fans were amazing. They brought so much energy and it was like having a seventh man on the court,” Eckerd head coach Courtney Draper said.
Eckerd had never beat Tampa in program history before last week.
All information and photos compiled from respective athletic department websites.