2002 NCAA Division II football season

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The 2002 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 on September 7, 2002, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 2002 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Grand Valley State Lakers defeated the Valdosta State Blazers, 31–24, to win their first Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Curt Anes, quarterback from Grand Valley State.

Conference standings[edit]

2002 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
NW. Missouri State ^   9 0         12 1  
Central Missouri State ^   8 1         10 2  
Emporia State   6 3         9 3  
Pittsburg State   5 4         8 3  
Missouri Western State   4 5         6 5  
Truman State   4 5         5 6  
Missouri Southern State   3 6         5 6  
Washburn   3 6         3 8  
Southwest Baptist   2 7         3 8  
Missouri-Rolla   0 9         0 11  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Fayetteville State
Columbia Football Association – Central Washington
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Gulf South Conference – Valdosta State
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&M–Kingsville
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State
North Central Conference – Northern Colorado
Northeast-10 Conference – C.W. Post
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Duluth
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg (East), Indiana (PA) (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State and Nebraska-Kearney
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Tuskegee
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – West Virginia Wesleyan

Postseason[edit]

2002 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 16
Finals Site Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champions Grand Valley State (1st title)
Runner-Up Valdosta State (1st championship game)
Semifinalists Texas A&M–Kingsville
Northern Colorado

The 2002 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 29th 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 15th time.

Playoff bracket[edit]

  First round
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
                             
 Valdosta State 24  
 Catawba 7  
   Valdosta State 31  
 
   Carson–Newman 28  
 Carson–Newman 40
 Fayetteville State 27  
   Valdosta State 21  
   Texas A&M–Kingsville 12  
 UC Davis 24  
 Central Washington 6  
   UC Davis 20
 
   Texas A&M–Kingsville 27*  
 Texas A&M–Kingsville 58
 Nebraska–Kearney 40  
   Valdosta State 24
   Grand Valley State 31
 Grand Valley State 62  
 C.W. Post 13  
   Grand Valley State 62
 
   Indiana (PA) 21  
 Indiana (PA) 27
 Saginaw Valley State 23  
   Grand Valley State 44
   Northern Colorado 7  
 Northwest Missouri State 45  
 Minnesota–Duluth 41  
   Northwest Missouri State 12
 
   Northern Colorado 23  
 Northern Colorado 49
 Central Missouri 28  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2000-2004 Grand Valley State Schedules". College Football Warehouse. cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2002 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved January 19, 2014.