2003 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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2003 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 2003
Playoff
Duration November 29 – December 19, 2003
Championship site Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
Champion Delaware
Payton Award Jamaal BranchRB (Colgate)
Buchanan Award Jared AllenDE (Idaho State)
Division I-AA football season

The 2003 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 2003, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 19, 2003, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Colgate Raiders by a final score of 40−0[1]

Conference Standings[edit]

2003 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Delaware ^   8 1         15 1  
#11 UMass ^   8 1         10 3  
#20 Northeastern   6 3         8 4  
#25 Villanova   5 4         7 4  
Maine   4 4         6 5  
William & Mary   4 4         5 5  
James Madison   4 5         6 6  
New Hampshire   3 6         5 7  
Rhode Island   3 6         4 8  
Hofstra   2 6         2 10  
Richmond   1 8         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2003 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Wofford ^   4 3         8 3  
Appalachian State   4 3         6 5  
#24 Georgia Southern   3 4         7 4  
Furman   3 4         6 5  
The Citadel   2 5         3 7  
Western Carolina   2 5         4 7  
Chattanooga   2 5         2 9  
East Tennessee State   2 6         5 7  
Elon   1 7         2 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference – Delaware and Massachusetts
Big Sky Conference – Montana, Montana State, and Northern Arizona
Big South Conference – Gardner-Webb
Gateway Football Conference – Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois
Ivy League – Penn
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – North Carolina A&T
Northeast Conference – Albany (NY) and Monmouth
Ohio Valley Conference – Jacksonville State
Patriot League – Colgate
Pioneer Football League – Valparaiso
Southern Conference – Wofford
Southland Conference – McNeese State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Southern

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
November 29
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 6
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 13
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 19
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
               
McNeese State* 3
Northern Arizona 35
Northern Arizona* 25
Florida Atlantic 48
Bethune-Cookman* 24
Florida Atlantic 32
Florida Atlantic* 24
Colgate 36
Colgate* 19
Massachusetts 7
Colgate* 28
Western Illinois 27
Montana* 40
Western Illinois 43**
Colgate 0
Delaware 40
Wofford* 31
North Carolina A&T 0
Wofford* 34
Western Kentucky 17
Western Kentucky* 45
Jacksonville State 7
Wofford 9
Delaware* 24
Delaware* 48
Southern Illinois 7
Delaware* 37
Northern Iowa 7
Northern Iowa* 35
Montana State 14

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2003 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 16. Retrieved December 29, 2013.