1989 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game

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1989 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship
I-AA National Championship Game
1234 Total
Stephen F. Austin 710107 34
Georgia Southern 146017 37
DateDecember 16, 1989
Season1989
StadiumPaulson Stadium
LocationStatesboro, Georgia
RefereeWally Righton[1]
Attendance25,725[1]
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN
AnnouncersBarry Tompkins (play-by-play), Stan White (color)[2]
NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship
 < 1988 1990

The 1989 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game between the Georgia Southern Eagles and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. The game was played on December 16, 1989, at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Georgia. The culminating game of the 1989 NCAA Division I-AA football season, it was won by Georgia Southern, 37–34.[3]

Teams[edit]

The participants of the Championship Game were the finalists of the 1989 I-AA Playoffs, which began with a 16-team bracket.[4] The location of the final, the Georgia Southern Eagles' Paulson Stadium, had been predetermined via a three-year agreement the university reached with the NCAA in February 1989.[5]

Georgia Southern Eagles[edit]

Georgia Southern finished their regular season with an 11–0 record.[6] Ranked first in the final NCAA I-AA in-house poll[7] and seeded first in the tournament, the Eagles defeated Villanova, Middle Tennessee State, and Montana to reach the final. This was the fourth appearance for Georgia Southern in a Division I-AA championship game, having two prior wins (1985 and 1986) and one prior loss (1988).

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks[edit]

Stephen F. Austin finished their regular season with a 9–1–1 record (5–0–1 in conference); their only loss was an away game against Boise State.[8] Ranked third in the final NCAA I-AA in-house poll[7] and seeded third in the tournament, the Lumberjacks defeated Grambling State, Southwest Missouri State, and second-seed Furman to reach the final. This was the first appearance for Stephen F. Austin in a Division I-AA championship game.

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP SFA GSC
1 10:41 6 66 2:42 GSC Raymond Gross 34-yard touchdown run, Mike Dowis kick good 0 7
1 7:58 6 45 2:20 GSC Gross fumble into end zone recovered by Terrance Sorrell for a touchdown, Dowis kick good 0 14
1 0:19 6 20 2:51 SFA Todd Hammel 1-yard touchdown run, Chuck Rawlinson kick good 7 14
2 8:50 8 83 2:56 SFA Larry Centers 12-yard touchdown reception from Hammel, Rawlinson kick good 14 14
2 4:27 8 52 4:23 GSC 30-yard field goal by Dowis 14 17
2 0:21 6 7 2:38 GSC 37-yard field goal by Dowis 14 20
2 0:00 1 29 0:21 SFA 53-yard field goal by Rawlinson 17 20
3 11:19 5 11 2:06 SFA 53-yard field goal by Rawlinson 20 20
3 5:27 11 79 4:34 SFA Joe Bradford 7-yard touchdown reception from Hammel, Rawlinson kick good 27 20
4 14:57 16 86 5:30 GSC Joe Ross 2-yard touchdown run, Dowis kick good 27 27
4 12:32 5 67 2:25 SFA Centers 46-yard touchdown reception from Hammel, Rawlinson kick good 34 27
4 5:58 6 51 1::32 GSC Ernest Thompson 1-yard touchdown run, Dowis kick good 34 34
4 1:41 9 27 3:17 GSC 20-yard field goal by Dowis 34 37
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 34 37

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Game statistics[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lumberjacks 7 10 10 7 34
Eagles 14 6 0 17 37
Statistics SFA GSC
First downs 18 21
Plays–yards 73–377 81–387
Rushes–yards 32–74 66–274
Passing yards 303 113
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 15–41–5 7–15–0
Time of possession 26:50 33:10
Team Category Player Statistics
Stephen F. Austin Passing Todd Hammel 15–40, 303 yds, 3 TD, 5 INT
Rushing Larry Centers 22 car, 63 yds
Receiving Joe Bradford 4 rec, 102 yds, 1 TD
Georgia Southern Passing Raymond Gross 7–15, 113 yds
Rushing Joe Ross 31 car, 152 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Karl Miller 2 rec, 53 yds

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "NCAA Official Scoring Summary" (PDF). December 16, 1989. Retrieved April 21, 2019 – via Amazon Web Services.
  2. ^ Inman, John (December 15, 1989). "I-AA championship notebook". Longview News-Journal. Longview, Texas. p. 5-B. Retrieved April 21, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Georgia Southern Gets Its Kicks for I-AA Title". Los Angeles Times. AP. December 17, 1989. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Smith III, Willie T. (November 20, 1989). "Primed for the playoffs". The Greenville News. Greenville, South Carolina. p. 1D. Retrieved April 21, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Georgia Southern to host NCAA title". Rocky Mount Telegram. Rocky Mount, North Carolina. AP. February 24, 1989. p. 11. Retrieved April 21, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Georgia Southern Eagles 1989 Schedule". cfbinfo.com. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "NCAA Division I-AA final poll". The Times and Democrat. Orangeburg, South Carolina. November 20, 1989. p. 1A. Retrieved April 21, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 1989 Schedule". cfbinfo.com. Retrieved April 21, 2019.

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