2009 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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The 2009 NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) football season, part of the college football season, began in August 2009 and concluded with the national championship game on December 18, 2009, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, won by Villanova 23–21 over Montana.[3]

Rule changes for 2009[edit]

The NCAA football rules committee proposed several rule changes for 2009.[4] Before these rules were officially adopted, the proposals had to be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. The rule changes include the following:

  • If the home team wears colored jerseys, the visiting team may also wear colored jerseys; so long as the two teams have agreed to do so.
  • If the punter carries the ball outside of the tackle box, he is no longer protected under the roughing the kicker penalty.
  • Deliberately grabbing the chin strap is now included as part of the face mask penalty.
  • The edge of the tackle box is defined as being 5 yards to the left and right of the snapper, rather than 2 parallel lines from the position of the offensive tackles.

FCS team wins over FBS teams[edit]

In the 2009 season, FCS teams played a total of 91 games against FBS opponents. Notably, four of the five victorious FCS teams—all except Central Arkansas—were members of the Colonial Athletic Association. All four made that season's playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals. Richmond lost in that round to Appalachian State, while Villanova defeated both New Hampshire (quarterfinals) and William & Mary (semifinals) on its way to the national title.

Notable upsets[edit]

Dropped programs[edit]

After Northeastern's final game of the season, a 33–27 win over Rhode Island on November 21, the school announced that it was dropping the football program.[5] The Huskies ended their 74th season with a 3–8 record, but school officials cited that losing seasons were not the determining factor.[5]

On December 3, Hofstra also announced that it was dropping their football program in favor of academic funding.[6] The football team, which finished the season 5–6 after a 52–38 win over Massachusetts, ended their program after 73 years.

The Colonial Athletic Association, where both teams had been placed, will replace the two programs with new programs at Old Dominion and Georgia State in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Old Dominion started its program during the 2009 season; Georgia State started theirs in 2010.

Eastern Illinois coach's death[edit]

On Saturday, November 28, just hours after Eastern Illinois lost to Southern Illinois 48–7 in the first round of the FCS playoffs, Eastern Illinois' offensive coordinator Jeffrey O. Hoover, age 41, was killed in a car accident.[7] The single-vehicle accident occurred south of Effingham when Hoover, his family and EIU strength coach Eric Cash struck a deer while driving home from Carbondale, the home of SIU.[8]

Hoover's death was the second Eastern Illinois coaching death within a month. On November 4, assistant women's basketball coach Jackie Moore, 28, died after collapsing during a workout on campus.[7]

Conference standings[edit]

2009 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Montana ^   8 0         14 1  
#13 Eastern Washington ^   6 2         8 4  
#17 Weber State ^   6 2         7 5  
Montana State   5 3         7 4  
Northern Arizona   4 4         5 6  
Sacramento State   4 4         5 6  
Northern Colorado   1 7         3 8  
Portland State   1 7         2 9  
Idaho State   1 7         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#22 Liberty §   5 1         8 3  
Stony Brook §   5 1         6 5  
Charleston Southern   4 2         6 5  
Gardner–Webb   3 3         6 5  
Coastal Carolina   3 3         5 6  
VMI   1 5         2 9  
Presbyterian   0 6         0 11  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#7 New Hampshire x^   6 2         10 3  
Maine   4 4         5 6  
Hofstra   3 5         5 6  
UMass   3 5         5 6  
Northeastern   3 5         3 8  
Rhode Island   0 8         1 10  
South
#1 Villanova x§^   7 1         14 1  
#5 Richmond x§^   7 1         11 2  
#4 William & Mary ^   6 2         11 3  
Delaware   4 4         6 5  
James Madison   4 4         6 5  
Towson   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
x – Division champion/co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 Great West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
UC Davis   3 1         6 5  
North Dakota   2 2         6 5  
South Dakota   2 2         5 5  
Southern Utah   2 2         5 6  
Cal Poly SLO   1 3         4 7  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#20 Penn   7 0         8 2  
Harvard   6 1         7 3  
Brown   4 3         6 4  
Columbia   3 4         4 6  
Princeton   3 4         4 6  
Yale   2 5         4 6  
Dartmouth   2 5         2 8  
Cornell   1 6         2 8  
† – Conference champion
  • The Ivy League does not participate in the FCS Playoffs
    Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8 South Carolina State ^   7 1         10 2  
#23 Florida A&M   6 2         8 3  
Norfolk State   5 3         7 4  
Morgan State   4 4         6 5  
Bethune-Cookman   4 4         5 6  
Delaware State   4 4         4 7  
Hampton   3 5         5 6  
North Carolina A&T   2 5         4 6  
Howard   0 8         2 9  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 MVFC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Southern Illinois ^   8 0         11 2  
#11 South Dakota State ^   7 1         8 3  
#18 Northern Iowa   5 3         7 4  
Illinois State   5 3         6 5  
Missouri State   4 4         6 5  
Youngstown State   4 4         6 5  
North Dakota State   2 6         3 8  
Indiana State   1 7         1 10  
Western Illinois   0 8         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Central Connecticut State   7 1         9 3  
Albany   6 2         7 4  
Wagner   5 3         6 5  
Robert Morris   5 3         5 6  
Monmouth   4 4         5 6  
Bryant   4 4         5 6  
Duquesne   2 6         3 8  
Sacred Heart   2 6         2 8  
Saint Francis (PA)   1 7         2 9  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 Jacksonville State   6 1         8 3  
#19 Eastern Illinois ^   6 2         8 4  
Tennessee Tech   5 3         6 5  
Eastern Kentucky   5 3         5 6  
UT Martin   4 4         5 6  
Tennessee State   3 4         4 7  
Austin Peay   3 5         4 7  
Murray State   2 6         3 8  
Southeast Missouri State   1 8         2 9  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Jacksonville State had the best record in conference play, but was not eligible for the FCS playoffs because of APR violations.
    Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#14 Holy Cross ^   5 1         9 3  
#21 Colgate   4 2         9 2  
#24 Lafayette   4 2         8 3  
Lehigh   4 2         4 7  
Fordham   2 4         5 6  
Bucknell   2 4         4 7  
Georgetown   0 6         0 11  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Butler §   7 1         11 1  
Dayton §   7 1         9 2  
Drake   6 2         8 3  
Jacksonville   6 2         7 4  
Marist   5 3         7 4  
San Diego   3 5         4 7  
Davidson   3 5         3 7  
Campbell   2 6         3 8  
Morehead State   1 7         3 8  
Valparaiso   0 8         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Appalachian State ^   8 0         11 3  
#9 Elon ^   7 1         9 3  
Furman   5 3         6 5  
Chattanooga   4 4         6 5  
Georgia Southern   4 4         5 6  
Samford   3 5         5 6  
Wofford   2 6         3 8  
The Citadel   2 6         4 7  
Western Carolina   1 7         2 9  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#10 Stephen F. Austin §^   6 1         10 3  
#12 McNeese State §^   6 1         9 2  
#25 Texas State   5 2         7 4  
Southeastern Louisiana   4 3         6 5  
Sam Houston State   3 4         5 6  
Central Arkansas   2 5         5 6  
Nicholls State   2 5         3 9  
Northwestern State   0 7         0 11  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alabama A&M x   4 3         7 5  
Alcorn State   3 4         3 6  
Jackson State   3 5         3 7  
Alabama State   1 6         4 7  
Mississippi Valley State   1 7         3 8  
West
#15 Prairie View A&M x   7 0         9 1  
Grambling State   5 3         7 5  
Texas Southern   5 2         6 5  
Arkansas-Pine Bluff   4 4         6 5  
Southern   3 5         6 6  
Championship: Prairie View A&M 30, Alabama A&M 24
December 12, 2009
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Old Dominion           9 2  
North Carolina Central           4 7  
Lamar           2 8  
Savannah State           2 8  
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

Conference champions[edit]

Automatic berths[edit]

Invitation[edit]

In order to be eligible for the playoffs, these teams must have a minimum of eight Division I wins, with at least two against teams in automatic bid conferences. They also must be ranked an average of 16 or better in the national rankings, made up of the following components:

  • The Sports Network media poll
  • The FCS Coaches poll
  • A variation of the Gridiron Power Index, using only five of the computer rankings used in that system

No team in the invitational conferences qualified. Starting in 2010, the Big South and NEC will become automatic bid conferences with the expansion of the playoff field to 20 teams.

Abstains[edit]

(Overall Record, Conference Record)

Postseason[edit]

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
November 28
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 5
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 11 and December 12
Campus Sites
National Championship Game

December 18
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

                       
South Dakota State (8–3) 48
1 Montana* (11–0) 61
1 Montana* 51
Stephen F. Austin 0
Eastern Washington (8–3) 33
Stephen F. Austin* (9–2) 44
1 Montana* 24
Appalachian State 17
Elon (9–2) 13
4 Richmond* (10–1) 16
4 Richmond* 31
Appalachian State 35
South Carolina State (10–1) 13
Appalachian State* (9–2) 20
1 Montana 21
2 Villanova 23
Holy Cross (9–2) 28
2 Villanova* (10–1) 38
2 Villanova* 46
New Hampshire 7
New Hampshire (9–2) 49
McNeese State* (9–2) 13
2 Villanova* 14
William & Mary 13
Eastern Illinois (8–3) 7
3 Southern Illinois* (10–1) 48
3 Southern Illinois* 3
William & Mary 24
Weber State (7–4) 0
William & Mary* (9–2) 38

* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game[edit]

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 12 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Prairie View A&M Alabama A&M Prairie View A&M 30–24

Gridiron Classic[edit]

The Gridiron Classic is an annual game between the champions of the Northeast Conference and the Pioneer Football League that has been held since December 2006.

Date Location Venue NEC Champion PFL Champion Result
December 5 Indianapolis Butler Bowl Central Connecticut State Butler Butler 28–23

Final poll standings[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Armanti Edwards wins 2009 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Arthur Moats captures 2009 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  3. ^ "2009: 32nd Annual Division I Championship". NCAA. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  4. ^ Kristin L. Musall. "NCAA Football Rules Committee proposed changes (PDF)". NCAA. Archived from the original on 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  5. ^ a b Ryan, Andrew (23 November 2009). "Northeastern calls an end to football". boston.com. Archived from the original on 26 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Hofstra to End Intercollegiate Football Program to Invest in Academic Initiatives". Press release. Hofstra University. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Mitchell, Fred (30 November 2009). "Eastern Illinois assistant football coach dies in car crash". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Huffman, Tony (30 November 2009). "EIU football coach killed in I-57 accident". Effingham Daily News. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 

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