1996 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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The 1996 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 1996, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 21, 1996, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The Marshall Thundering Herd won their second I-AA championship, defeating the defending national champion Montana Grizzlies by a final score of 49−29[1]

Conference standings[edit]

1996 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Marshall ^   8 0         15 0  
#7 East Tennessee State ^   7 1         10 3  
#9 Furman ^   6 2         9 4  
#22 Appalachian State   5 3         7 4  
The Citadel   3 5         4 7  
Georgia Southern   2 6         4 7  
VMI   2 6         3 8  
Chattanooga   2 6         3 8  
Western Carolina   1 7         4 7  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Montana
Gateway Football Conference – Northern Iowa
Ivy League – Dartmouth
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Florida A&M
Northeast ConferenceMonmouth and Robert Morris
Ohio Valley Conference – Murray State
Patriot League – Bucknell
Pioneer Football League – Dayton
Southern Conference – Marshall
Southland Conference – Troy State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – William & Mary

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

  First Round
November 30
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 7
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 14
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 21
Edwards Stadium
Huntington, WV
                             
 Nicholls State 3  
 Montana* 48  
   Montana* 44  
   East Tennessee State 14  
 Villanova 29
 East Tennessee State* 35  
   Montana* 70  
   Troy State 7  
 Florida A&M 25  
 Troy State* 29  
   Troy State* 31
   Murray State 3  
 Western Illinois 6
 Murray State* 34  
   Montana 29
   Marshall 49
 Delaware 14  
 Marshall* 59  
   Marshall* 54
   Furman 0  
 Furman 42
 Northern Arizona* 31  
   Marshall* 31
   Northern Iowa 14  
 Eastern Illinois 14  
 Northern Iowa* 21  
   Northern Iowa* 38
   William & Mary 35  
 Jackson State 6
 William & Mary* 45  

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1996 NCAA Division I Football Championship". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved December 28, 2013.