The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater‘s 46-game win streak, which is the longest active streak in college football, ended Saturday with a 7-6 loss to Buffalo State at Whitewater. It was also the Warhawks of Whitewater’s first loss at home in 30 games.
If you’re somewhat familiar with Division III football, you know that Whitewater has met powerhouse Mount Union for the last seven years in the national championship game in Salem, Va. The two teams are far more talented than anyone other school at the D3 level and always battle it out come December.
The crazy thing here is not just the winning streak that came to an end, but who it came to an end against: Buffalo State. Whitewater wins more games a year (15) then Buffalo State has in the last six years total. Their conferences are miles apart as far as talent goes and the Bengals of Buffalo State probably haven’t had as many fans in their stands combined in the past 20 years as Whitewater had in theirs (5,872) on Saturday.
You wouldn’t know this all happened unless you visited d3football.com Saturday evening, which about ten people probably did. Everyone else was more concerned with watching Alabama beat up on Arkansas or Notre Dame shut down Michigan State.
It’s still an incredible story and Buffalo State deserves the game ball of the day in my opinion. More then two thirds of the college football world will never know or even care that it happened.
On a Saturday filled with upsets at the FBS level, this one is the biggest of them all.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.