1995 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1995 NCAA Division I-AA season
Regular season
DurationAugust – November 1995
Playoff
DurationNovember 25 –
December 16, 1995
Championship dateDecember 16, 1996
Championship siteMarshall University Stadium, Huntington, West Virginia
ChampionMontana Grizzlies
Payton AwardDave DickensonQB (Montana)
Buchanan AwardDexter 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 Marshall University 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  
No. 4 Murray State $^   8 0         11 1  
No. 10 Eastern Kentucky ^   7 1         9 3  
No. 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
Saint 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.