St. Thomas, which had received NCAA approval to jump from Division III to D-I in the summer of 2020, was the only FCS or FBS team not to play a game last fall or spring. Then the 2021 season opener was one of three games canceled because of COVID-19, meaning the Tommies went 95 weeks between games.
It is the first time in 28 years a school has jumped two divisions, the last being Buffalo and Dayton in 1993. Those schools only moved up in football that year but St. Thomas joined the Pioneer League for football and the Summit League for 18 other sports.
The Huskies (1-1) took a 6-0 lead when Fred Kemp returned a blocked punt 38 yards in the first quarter, but that extra point was blocked. The teams traded field goals in the second quarter.
St. Thomas, which plays at FCS Northern Iowa next week, played D-III for 115 years.
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