1979 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1979 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1979
Playoff
Duration December 8–15, 1979
Championship site Orlando Stadium, Orlando, FL
Champion Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Division I-AA football season

The 1979 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 1979, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 15, 1979, at Orlando Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Lehigh Engineers by a final score of 30−7.[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

School 1978 Conference 1979 Conference
Bethune-Cookman SIAC (II) MEAC (I-AA)
East Tennessee State Ohio Valley (I-AA) Southern (I-A)
Florida A&M SIAC (II) MEAC (I-AA)
Morgan State MEAC (I-AA) D-II Independent
Nevada I-AA Independent Big Sky
North Carolina Central MEAC (I-AA) CIAA (D-II)

Conference standings[edit]

Template:1979 Big Sky football standings Template:1979 MEAC football standings Template:1979 Ohio Valley football standings
Template:1979 SWAC football standings
1979 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
UMass + 4 1 0     6 4 0
#7 Boston University + 4 1 0     8 1 1
Connecticut 3 1 1     3 6 2
New Hampshire 2 2 1     5 4 2
Maine 1 4 0     1 9 1
Rhode Island 0 5 0     2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
1979 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Lehigh ^         10 3 0
Portland State         6 5 0
Lafayette         5 3 2
Bucknell         3 6 0
Northwestern State         1 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant

Conference champions[edit]

Conference champions

Big Sky Conference – Montana State
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Morgan State
Ohio Valley Conference – Murray State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Alcorn State and Grambling State
Yankee Conference – Boston University and Massachusetts

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

Semifinals
December 8
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 15
Orlando Stadium
Orlando, FL
           
Lehigh 28
Murray State* 9
Lehigh 7
Eastern Kentucky 30
Nevada 30
Eastern Kentucky* (2OT) 33

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1979 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 20, 2013.