1995 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1995 NCAA Division I-AA season
Regular season
Duration August – November 1995
Playoff
Duration November 25 –
December 16, 1995
Championship date December 16, 1996
Championship site Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, West Virginia
Champion Montana Grizzlies
Payton Award Dave DickensonQB (Montana)
Buchanan Award Dexter CoakleyLB (Appalachian State)
Division I-AA football season

The 1995 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 1995, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 17, 1994, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The Montana Grizzlies won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd by a final score of 22−20.[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

One team upgraded to Division I-A and two new programs upgraded from Division II.

School 1994 Conference 1995 Conference
Hampton CIAA (II) MEAC (I-AA)
North Texas Southland (I-AA) I-A Independent
Wofford D-II Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standings[edit]

1995 American West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Sacramento State $ 3 0 0     4 6 1
Cal Poly 2 1 0     5 6 0
Cal State Northridge 1 2 0     2 8 0
Southern Utah 0 3 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Montana $^ 6 1 0     13 2 0
#17 Idaho ^ 4 3 0     6 5 0
#21 Boise State 4 3 0     7 4 0
#22 Northern Arizona 4 3 0     7 4 0
Weber State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Idaho State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Montana State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Eastern Washington 1 6 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Montana earned automatic berth and
    Idaho earned at-large berth in I-AA playoffs.
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
1995 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12 Eastern Illinois +^   5 1         10 2  
#18 Northern Iowa +^   5 1         8 5  
#24 Indiana State   3 3         7 4  
Illinois State   3 3         5 6  
Southern Illinois   2 4         5 6  
Western Illinois   2 4         4 7  
Southwest Missouri State   1 5         4 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Princeton $ 5 1 1     8 1 1
Penn 5 2 0     7 3 0
Cornell 5 2 0     6 4 0
Dartmouth 4 2 1     7 2 1
Columbia 3 4 0     3 6 1
Brown 2 5 0     5 5 0
Yale 2 5 0     3 7 0
Harvard 1 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
1995 MAAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Duquesne $   7 0         10 1  
Georgetown   5 2         6 3  
Marist   4 3         6 4  
Canisius   4 3         4 6  
St. John's   3 4         4 6  
Iona   3 4         3 6  
Saint Peter's   2 5         2 7  
Siena   0 7         0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 Florida A&M $   6 0         9 2  
Delaware State   5 1         6 5  
South Carolina State   4 2         6 4  
Hampton   3 1         8 3  
Howard   2 4         6 5  
North Carolina A&T   2 4         4 7  
Bethune–Cookman   2 4         3 8  
Morgan State   0 6         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Murray State $^   8 0         11 1  
#10 Eastern Kentucky ^   7 1         9 3  
#25 Middle Tennessee State   6 2         7 4  
Southeast Missouri State   5 3         5 6  
UT Martin   4 4         5 6  
Austin Peay   2 6         3 8  
Tennessee Tech   2 6         3 8  
Morehead State   1 7         2 8  
Tennessee State   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Lehigh $ 5 0 0     8 3 0
Bucknell 4 1 0     7 4 0
Lafayette 3 2 0     4 6 1
Fordham 2 3 0     4 6 1
Holy Cross 1 4 0     2 9 0
Colgate 0 5 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from poll=The Sports Network poll
1995 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Drake $ 5 0 0     8 1 1
Dayton 4 1 0     9 2 0
San Diego 3 2 0     5 5 0
Evansville 1 4 0     5 5 0
Valparaiso 1 4 0     5 5 0
Butler 1 4 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Appalachian State $^   8 0         12 1  
#6 Marshall ^   7 1         12 3  
#15 Georgia Southern ^   5 3         9 4  
Furman   5 3         6 5  
East Tennessee State   4 4         4 7  
VMI   3 5         4 7  
Chattanooga   2 6         4 7  
Western Carolina   2 6         3 7  
The Citadel   0 8         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1995 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 McNeese State $^ 5 0 0     13 1 0
#5 Stephen F. Austin 4 1 0     11 2 0
Northwestern State 2 3 0     6 5 0
Sam Houston State 2 3 0     5 5 0
Southwest Texas State 2 3 0     4 7 0
Nicholls State 0 5 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1995 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#14 Jackson State $^   7 0         9 3  
#11 Southern   6 1         11 1  
Alabama State   5 2         8 3  
Grambling State   4 3         5 6  
Alcorn State   3 4         4 7  
Mississippi Valley State   2 5         2 9  
Texas Southern   1 6         2 8  
Prairie View A&M   0 7         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1995 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
New England
Rhode Island x 6 2 0     7 4 0
#23 Connecticut 5 3 0     8 3 0
New Hampshire 4 4 0     6 5 0
UMass 3 5 0     6 5 0
Boston University 1 7 0     3 8 0
Maine 1 7 0     3 8 0
Mid-Atlantic
#7 Delaware x$^ 8 0 0     11 2 0
#13 James Madison ^ 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19 William & Mary 5 3 0     7 4 0
#20 Richmond 5 3 0     7 3 1
Villanova 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northeastern 2 6 0     4 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
1995 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Troy State ^ 0 0 0     11 0 0
#9 Hofstra ^ 0 0 0     10 1 0
St. Mary's 0 0 0     8 2 0
Wagner 0 0 0     8 2 0
Liberty 0 0 0     8 3 0
Monmouth 0 0 0     7 3 0
Samford 0 0 0     7 4 0
Robert Morris 0 0 0     6 4 0
Towson 0 0 0     6 4 0
UCF 0 0 0     6 5 0
UAB 0 0 0     5 6 0
Wofford 0 0 0     4 7 0
Buffalo 0 0 0     3 8 0
Youngstown State 0 0 0     3 8 0
Central Connecticut 0 0 0     2 8 0
Western Kentucky 0 0 0     2 8 0
Davidson 0 0 0     1 8 1
Charleston Southern 0 0 0     1 10 0
Saint Francis 0 0 0     0 10 0
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

American West Conference – Sacramento State
Big Sky Conference – Montana
Gateway Football Conference – Eastern Illinois and Northern Iowa
Ivy League – Princeton
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Florida A&M
Ohio Valley Conference – Murray State
Patriot League – Lehigh
Pioneer Football League – Drake
Southern Conference – Appalachian State
Southland Conference – McNeese State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Delaware

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
November 25
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
December 2
Campus sites
Semifinals
December 9
Campus sites
National Championship Game
December 16
Edwards Stadium
Huntington, West Virginia
        
Idaho 3
McNeese State* 33
McNeese State* 52
Delaware 18
Hofstra 17
Delaware* 33
McNeese State* 13
Marshall 25
Northern Iowa 35
Murray State* 34
Northern Iowa 24
Marshall* 41
Jackson State 8
Marshall* 38
Marshall 20
Montana 22
James Madison 24
Appalachian State* 31
Appalachian State* 17
Stephen F. Austin 27
Eastern Illinois 29
Stephen F. Austin* 34
Stephen F. Austin 14
Montana* 70
Georgia Southern 24
Troy State* 21
Georgia Southern 0
Montana* 45
Eastern Kentucky 0
Montana* 48

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1995 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved December 28, 2013.