1987 NCAA Division II football season

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The 1987 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1987, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 12, 1987 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Troy State Trojans defeated the Portland State Vikings, 31–17, to win their second Division II national title.[1]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Johnny Bailey, running back from Texas A&I.

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

  • One program departed Division II for Division I-AA prior to the season.
School 1986 Conference 1987 Conference
Towson State D-II Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standings[edit]

1987 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas A&I + 4 1 0     9 2 0
Angelo State +^ 4 1 0     9 3 0
Eastern New Mexico 3 2 0     9 2 0
Abilene Christian 2 3 0     5 6 0
West Texas State 2 3 0     5 6 0
East Texas State 0 5 0     2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant

Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Winston-Salem State
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Northern Michigan
Gulf South Conference – Troy State
Lone Star Conference – Angelo State and Texas A&I
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Central Missouri State and Southeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – Minnesota State–Mankato
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Morris
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Indiana (PA)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa
South Atlantic Conference – Gardner–Webb
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Alabama A&M and Tuskegee
Western Football LeaguePortland State


1987 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champions Troy State (2nd title)
Runner-Up Portland State (1st championship game)
Semifinalists Northern Michigan
Central Florida

The 1987 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 15th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama for the first time.

Playoff bracket[edit]

First round
Campus sites
Campus sites
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Portland State 27
Minnesota State–Mankato 21
Portland State 13
Northern Michigan 7
Northern Michigan 23*
Angelo State 20
Portland State 17
Troy State 31
Central Florida 12
Indiana (PA) 10
Central Florida 10
Troy State 31
Troy State 45
Winston-Salem State 14


  1. ^ "1987 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.