2006 NCAA Division I FCS football season
|2006 NCAA Division I FCS season|
|Regular season||August 26 – November 18|
|Playoffs||November 25 – December 15|
|National Championship||Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN|
|Champions||Appalachian State Mountaineers|
|Payton Award||Ricky Santos|
|Buchanan Award||Kyle Shotwell|
|Division I FCS football season
The 2006 NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) football season, part of the college football season, began on August 26, 2006 and concluded on December 15, 2006 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated the Massachusetts Minutemen to win the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
Rule changes for 2006
There are several rules that have changed for the 2006 season. Following are some highlights:
- Players may only wear clear eyeshields. Previously, both tinted and orange were also allowed.
- The kicking tee has been lowered from two inches tall to only one inch.
- Halftime lasts twenty minutes. Previously, it was only fifteen minutes.
- On a kickoff, the game clock starts when the ball is kicked rather than when the receiving team touches it.
- On a change of possession, the clock starts when the referee marks the ball ready for play, instead of on the snap.
- The referee may no longer stop the game due to excessive crowd noise.
- When a live-ball penalty such as an illegal formation occurs on a kick, the receiving team may choose either to add the penalty yardage to the end of the return or require the kick to be attempted again with the spot moved back. Previously, only the latter option was available.
- If a team scores at the end of the game, they will not kick the extra point unless it would affect the outcome of the game.
- Instant replay is now officially sanctioned and standardized. All plays are reviewed by the replay officials as the play occurs. They may call down to the on-field officials to stop play if they need extra time to make a review. Each coach may also make one challenge per game. In the case of a coach's challenge, the coach must have at least one time-out remaining. If the challenge is upheld the coach gets the time-out back but the challenge is spent. If the challenge is rejected, both the challenge and the time-out are spent.
FCS team wins over FBS teams
- September 2 - Portland State 17 New Mexico 7
- September 2 – Montana State 19, Colorado 10
- September 2 – Richmond 13, Duke 0
- September 9 – New Hampshire 34, Northwestern 17
- September 16 – Southern Illinois 35, Indiana 28
- September 23 – North Dakota State 29, Ball State 24
- October 28 - Cal Poly SLO 16, San Diego State 14
|Atlantic 10 Conference||Massachusetts|
|Big Sky Conference||Montana|
|Gateway Football Conference||Youngstown State|
|Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||Hampton|
|Ohio Valley Conference||Eastern Illinois and UT Martin|
|Patriot League||Colgate, Lafayette, and Lehigh|
|Southern Conference||Appalachian State|
|Southland Conference||McNeese State|
|Big South Conference||Coastal Carolina|
|Great West Football Conference||North Dakota State|
|Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Duquesne and Marist|
|Pioneer Football League||San Diego|
|Ivy League||Princeton and Yale|
|Southwestern Athletic Conference||Alabama A&M|
NCAA FCS Playoff bracket
December 8 and December 9
|National Championship Game
* Host institution
|Date||Location||Venue||West Div. Champion||East Div. Champion||Result|
|December 16||Birmingham, Alabama||Legion Field||Arkansas-Pine Bluff||Alabama A&M||Alabama A&M, 22–13|
|Date||Location||Venue||NEC Champion||PFL Champion||Result|
|December 2||West Long Branch, New Jersey||Kessler Field||Monmouth||San Diego||San Diego, 27–7|
Final poll standings
Standings are from The Sports Network final 2006 poll.
|1||Appalachian State Mountaineers||14–1|
|4||Youngstown State Penguins||11–3|
|5||North Dakota State Bison||10–1|
|6||New Hampshire Wildcats||9–4|
|7||Southern Illinois Salukis||9–4|
|8||Illinois State Redbirds||9–4|
|9||James Madison Dukes||9–3|
|10||Montana State Bobcats||8–5|
|13||UT Martin Skyhawks||9–3|
|14||Coastal Carolina Chanticleers||9–3|
|15||Eastern Illinois Panthers||8–5|
|16||Cal Poly Mustangs||7–4|
|17||Northern Iowa Panthers||7–4|
|19||Portland State Vikings||7–4|
|20||San Diego Toreros||11–1|
|21||McNeese State Cowboys||7–5|
|22||South Dakota State Jackrabbits||7–4|
|24||Central Arkansas Bears||8–3|
Notes and references
- Associated Press (2007-12-14). "Appalachian State defeats UMass to repeat as I-AA champs". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "Ricky Santos wins the 2006 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "Kyle Shotwell wins 2006 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "2006 Rules Changes" (PDF). NCAA. Archived from the original on 1 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-25.
- Jack Carey (2006-11-07). "Wisconsin finds loophole in speed-up rule". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-11-10.
- "2006 Playoff Bracket". NCAA. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- Associated Press (2006-12-15). "Alabama A&M 22, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 13". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- Associated Press (2006-12-02). "San Diego 27, Monmouth 7". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "Final Sports Network's 2006 FCS College Football Poll". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20.