1981 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1981 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1981
Playoff
Duration December 5–19, 1981
Championship site Memorial Stadium, Wichita Falls, TX
Champion Idaho State Bengals
Division I-AA football season

The 1981 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, began in August 1981, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 19, 1981, at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Idaho State Bengals won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Eastern Kentucky Colonels by a final score of 34−23.[1]

Conference standings[edit]

1981 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Rhode Island §^ 4 1 0     6 6 0
UMass § 4 1 0     6 3 0
Boston University 3 2 0     6 5 0
#10 New Hampshire 2 3 0     7 3 0
Connecticut 1 4 0     4 7 0
Maine 1 4 0     3 7 1
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference champions

Big Sky Conference – Idaho State
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – South Carolina
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Kentucky
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
December 5
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 12
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 19
Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, TX
                 
Delaware 28
Eastern Kentucky* 35
Eastern Kentucky 23
Boise State* 17
Boise State 19
Jackson State* 7
Eastern Kentucky 23
Idaho State 34
Rhode Island 0
Idaho State* 51
Idaho State* 41
South Carolina State 12
Tennessee State 25
South Carolina State* (OT) 26

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 21, 2013.