The longest winning streak in FCS football history has come to an end. The North Dakota State Bison saw their 39-game winning streak interrupted Saturday with a 38-14 loss at Southern Illinois.
With Bison’s historic streak officially terminated, the longest active winning streak in NCAA football now belongs to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Nick sabanprogram of they have won 14 consecutive games since last season.
Crimson Tide’s current 14-game winning streak began with a 35-16 loss to Michigan in the Citrus Bowl, then ran the table in 2020, putting together a perfect 13-0 season en route to a national championship.
Alabama is the only NCAA football program with an active double-digit winning streak. The Division III Trinity program has the second-longest active streak in the NCAA with nine wins, followed by Oklahoma and Texas A&M with eight, while Ball State, Louisiana and John Carroll (DIII) have each won seven in a row.
North Dakota state struggled for something to come off offensively Saturday against the Salukis when they fell to a 17-0 hole in the second quarter. The only points for the Bison in the first half came on the last play of the second quarter when Zeb Noland connected with Jake Lippe for a 37-yard touchdown to cut it to 17-7 at halftime.
But that 10-point margin was as close as possible.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Salukis put together three consecutive touchdowns in the fourth quarter to open the game before Bison scored a late touchdown in trash time to make the final score 38-14.
This is the first loss for the Bison since November 4, 2017, when they suffered a loss on Highway 33-21 to the state of South Dakota. But the state of North Dakota bounced back from that loss to win its last six games that season en route to its first of three consecutive FCS national championships. They finished 15-0 in 2018 and 16-0 in 2019.
Not only was the 39-game winning streak the longest in FCS history, it was also the third longest in NCAA history, behind only Oklahoma and Washington. The Sooners won 47 consecutive games from 1953 to 1957, while the Huskies had a winning streak of 40 consecutive games from 1908-14.
Next up for the Bison (2-1) is a road trip to face Missouri State (0-3) on Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT and the game will air live on ESPN +.