London delivers huge upset in debut as Howard’s coach

By JOE REEDY

Associated Press

It didn’t take Mike London long to deliver a signature win at Howard University.

The former Virginia coach pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football history in his Bison debut. Howard’s 43-40 win over UNLV on Saturday night is believed to be the biggest outright win by a team according to the point spread.

The Bison, a Football Championship Subdivision school, was a 45-point underdog to the Rebels. According to Pregame.com, which supplies odds to The Associated Press, a $100 bet on Howard to win outright would have paid $55,000.

The previous largest upset was in 2007 when Stanford defeated USC as a 39-point underdog. That win also featured another first-year coach in Jim Harbaugh.

“We’re all ruled by the psychology of results. In terms of culture, perception and being competitive this is huge,” London told the AP.