1981 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1981 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1981
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 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


NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
December 5
Campus Sites
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


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