1988 NCAA Division II football season

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The 1988 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 1988, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 10, 1988 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the Portland State Vikings, 35–21, to win their fourth Division II national title. The tournament bracket also expanded for the first time, from 8 teams to 16 teams.[1]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Johnny Bailey, running back from Texas A&I, for the second consecutive year.

Conference standings[edit]

1988 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas A&I ^ 6 1 0     10 3 0
East Texas State 5 2 0     8 3 0
Angelo State 5 2 0     6 4 0
Cameron 4 3 0     5 3 1
Central State 4 3 0     4 5 0
Abilene Christian 3 4 0     3 7 0
West Texas State 1 6 0     2 8 0
Eastern New Mexico 0 6 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant


Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Winston-Salem State
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Hillsdale
Gulf South Conference – Jacksonville State, Mississippi College, and Tennessee–Martin
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&I
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Central Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State, and Northeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota State–Moorhead
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Millersville (East), Shippensburg (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman, Catawba, and Lenoir-Rhyne
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State
Western Football League – Portland State

Postseason[edit]

1988 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 16
Finals Site Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champions North Dakota State (2nd title)
Runner-Up Portland State (2nd championship game)
Semifinalists Sacramento Stte
Texas A&I

The 1988 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 16th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama for the third time.

Playoff bracket[edit]

  First round
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
                             
 North Dakota State 41  
 Augustana (SD) 7  
   North Dakota State 36  
 
   Millersville 26  
 Millersville 27
 Indiana (PA) 24  
   North Dakota State 42  
   Sacramento State 20  
 Sacramento State 35  
 UC Davis 14  
   Sacramento State 56
 
   North Carolina Central 7  
 North Carolina Central 31
 Winston-Salem State 16  
   North Dakota State 35
   Portland State 21
 Texas A&I 39  
 Mississippi College 15  
   Texas A&I 34
 
   Tennessee–Martin 0  
 Tennessee–Martin 23
 Butler 6  
   Texas A&I 27
   Portland State 35  
 Portland State 34  
 Bowie State 17  
   Portland State 20
 
   Jacksonville State 13  
 Jacksonville State 63
 West Chester 24  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1988 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.