1981 NCAA Division II football season

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The 1981 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1981, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 12, 1981 at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas. During the game's five-year stretch in McAllen, the "City of Palms", it was referred to as the Palm Bowl. The Southwest Texas State Bobcats defeated the North Dakota State Bison, 42–13, to win their first Division II national title.[1]

Conference standings[edit]

1981 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Southwest Texas State ^ 6 1 0     13 1 0
Texas A&I 5 2 0     9 2 0
Abilene Christian 5 2 0     8 2 0
Angelo State 5 2 0     8 3 0
East Texas State 4 3 0     7 4 0
Sam Houston State 2 5 0     3 7 0
Howard Payne 1 6 0     3 7 0
Stephen F. Austin 0 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant


1981 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
NE Missouri State 4 1 0     6 4 0
Missouri-Rolla 3 1 1     6 3 1
NW Missouri State 3 2 0     6 4 0
Central Missouri State 2 2 1     4 4 3
SE Missouri State 2 3 0     2 9 0
Lincoln (MO) 0 5 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant


Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Union
Far Western Football Conference – UC Davis and Cal State East Bay
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Gulf South Conference – Jacksonville State
Lone Star Conference – Southwest Texas State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Northeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota State–Moorhead
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Shippensburg
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – New Mexico Highlands
South Atlantic Conference – Elon
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Alabama A&M

Postseason[edit]

1981 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site Veterans Stadium
McAllen, TX
Champions Southwest Texas State (1st title)
Runner-Up North Dakota State (1st championship game)
Semifinalists Northern Michigan
Shippensburg State

The 1981 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the ninth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas for the first time.

Playoff bracket[edit]

First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
McAllen, TX
                 
Northern Michigan 55
Elizabeth City State 6
Northern Michigan 0
Southwest Texas State 62
Southwest Texas State 38
Jacksonville State 22
Southwest Texas State 42
North Dakota State 13
North Dakota State 24
Puget Sound 10
North Dakota State 18
Shippensburg State 6
Shippensburg State 40
Virginia Union 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.