1980 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1980 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1980
Duration December 13–20, 1980
Championship site Charles C. Hughes Stadium,
Sacramento, California
Champion Boise State Broncos
Division I-AA football season

The 1980 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level. The third season of Division I-AA football began in August 1980 and four teams were selected for the postseason, with the national semifinals played on December 13. The national championship game was the Camellia Bowl on December 20 at Charles C. Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California.[1][2]

In a game with multiple lead changes, the Boise State Broncos won their only I-AA championship, defeating the defending national champion Eastern Kentucky Colonels 31−29.[3] With less than a minute to play, the Broncos drove eighty yards for the winning touchdown, a 14-yard pass from quarterback Joe Aliotti to tight end Duane Dlouhy with twelve seconds remaining.[4]

Conference Champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Boise State
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – South Carolina State
Ohio Valley Conference – Western Kentucky
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Grambling State and Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Boston University


NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

During its first three seasons, Division I-AA selected only four teams for postseason play.

December 13
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 20
Charles C. Hughes Stadium
Sacramento, CA
Eastern Kentucky 23
Lehigh* 20
Eastern Kentucky 29
Boise State 31
Grambling State 9
Boise State* 14

* Denotes host institution


  1. ^ "Boise State moves into I-AA finals". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. December 14, 1980. p. 7B. 
  2. ^ "Camellia: Who vs. who?". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. December 20, 1980. p. 24. 
  3. ^ "1980 NCAA Division I Football Championship". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Broncos squeak by Colonels, take title". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. December 21, 1980. p. B2.