1987 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1987 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1987
Playoff
Duration November 28 – December 19, 1987
Championship site Mini Dome, Pocatello, ID
Champion Northeast Louisiana Indians
Payton Award Kenny GambleRB (Colgate)
Division I-AA football season

The 1987 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 1987, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 19, 1987, at the Mini Dome in Pocatello, Idaho. The Northeast Louisiana Indians (now known as the Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks) won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd by a final score of 43-42.[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

  • The Gulf Star Conference folded after the 1986 season when four of its founding members, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, Southwest Texas State, and Stephen F. Austin, joined the Southland Conference. The Gulf Star's remaining football member, Nicholls State, opted to become an Independent. Three former Southland Conference members, Arkansas State, Lamar, and Louisiana Tech, moved to D-IAA Independent status following their joining the newly formed, non-football, American South Conference as charter members.
School 1986 Conference 1987 Conference
Akron Ohio Valley Independent (I-A)
Arkansas State Southland I-AA Independent
Davidson Southern Colonial
Eastern Washington I-AA Independent Big Sky
Lamar Southland I-AA Independent
Louisiana Tech Southland I-AA Independent
Nicholls State Gulf Star I-AA Independent
Northwestern State Gulf Star Southland
Sam Houston State Gulf Star Southland
Southwest Texas State Gulf Star Southland
Stephen F. Austin Gulf Star Southland
Towson State D-II Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standings[edit]

1987 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Idaho $^ 7 1 0     9 3 0
Weber State ^ 7 1 0     10 3 0
Montana 5 3 0     6 5 0
Boise State 4 4 0     6 5 0
Nevada 4 4 0     5 6 0
Northern Arizona 4 4 0     7 4 0
Idaho State 3 5 0     3 7 1
Eastern Washington 2 6 0     4 7 0
Montana State 0 8 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Idaho earned automatic berth and
    Weber State earned at-large berth in I-AA playoffs.
Template:1987 Colonial League football standings
1987 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Harvard $ 6 1 0     8 2 0
Brown 5 2 0     7 3 0
Yale 5 2 0     7 3 0
Princeton 4 3 0     6 4 0
Cornell 4 3 0     5 5 0
Penn 3 4 0     4 6 0
Dartmouth 1 6 0     2 8 0
Columbia 0 7 0     0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
Template:1987 Gateway football standings Template:1987 MEAC football standings Template:1987 Ohio Valley football standings
1987 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Appalachian State $^   7 0         11 3  
Marshall ^   4 2         10 5  
Furman   4 3         7 4  
Chattanooga   4 3         6 5  
VMI   2 4         4 7  
Western Carolina   2 4         4 7  
East Tennessee State   2 5         5 6  
The Citadel   1 5         4 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1987 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Northeast Louisiana $^ 6 0 0     13 2 0
#19 Sam Houston State 5 1 0     8 3 0
#16 North Texas State ^ 5 1 0     7 5 0
Northwestern State 3 3 0     6 5 0
SW Texas State 2 4 0     4 7 0
Stephen F. Austin 1 5 0     3 7 1
McNeese State 1 5 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
Template:1987 SWAC football standings
1987 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#17 Richmond +^ 6 1 0     7 5 0
#13 Maine +^ 6 1 0     8 4 0
Connecticut 5 2 0     7 4 0
New Hampshire 4 3 0     7 3 0
Delaware 2 5 0     5 6 0
UMass 2 5 0     3 8 0
Boston University 2 5 0     3 8 0
Rhode Island 1 6 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
Template:1987 Division I-AA independent football standings

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Idaho
Colonial League – Holy Cross
Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference – Northern Iowa
Ivy League – Harvard
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Howard
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Kentucky and Youngstown State
Southern Conference – Appalachian State
Southland Conference – Northeast Louisiana
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Richmond

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
November 28
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 5
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 12
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 19
Mini DomePocatello, ID
               
Richmond 3
Appalachian State* 20
Appalachian State* 19
Georgia Southern 0
Maine 28
Georgia Southern* 31*
Appalachian State* 10
Marshall 24
Weber State 59
Idaho* 30
Weber State 23
Marshall* 51
James Madison 12
Marshall* 41
Marshall 42
Northeast Louisiana 43
North Texas 9
Northeast Louisiana* 30
Northeast Louisiana* 33
Eastern Kentucky 32
Western Kentucky 17
Eastern Kentucky* 40
Northeast Louisiana* 44**
Northern Iowa 41
Youngstown State 28
Northern Iowa* 31
Northern Iowa* 49
Arkansas State 28
Arkansas State 35
Jackson State* 32

* Next to team name denotes host institution

* Next to score denotes host overtime periods

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1987 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 26, 2013.