1996 NAIA Division II football season

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1996 NAIA Division II football season
Regular season August–November 1996
Postseason November–December 1996
National Championship Jim Carroll Stadium
Savannah, Tennessee
Champions Sioux Falls

The 1996 NAIA Division II football season, as part of the 1996 college football season in the United States and the 41st season of college football sponsored by the NAIA, was the 27th (and final) season of play of the NAIA's lower division for football.

The season was played from August to November 1996 and culminated in the 1996 NAIA Division II Football National Championship, played at Jim Carroll Stadium in Savannah, Tennessee.[1]

Sioux Falls defeated Western Washington in the championship game, 47–25, to win their first NAIA national title.

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champion Record
Columbia Western Washington 4–1
Heart of America Evangel 9–0
Kansas Bethany 8–0
Mid-South Lambuth 8–0
Mid-States Mideast Division: Geneva, Malone, and Westminster (PA)
Midwest Division: Findlay
Nebraska-Iowa Northwestern (IA) 5–1
North Dakota Valley City State
Northwest Willamette 5–0
South Dakota-Iowa Sioux Falls 6–0


1996 Division II NAIA Football Championship
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Western Washington 15 0 10 0 25
Sioux Falls (SD) 17 10 10 10 47
Date December 21, 1996
Stadium Jim Carroll Stadium
City Savannah, Tennessee
MOP (Offense) Kurtis Riggs, Sioux Falls
MOP (Defense) Travis Dumke, Sioux Falls
NAIA Football National Championship


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The 1996 NAIA Division II Football Championship Series concluded on December 21, 1996, with the championship game played at Jim Carroll Stadium in Savannah, Tennessee. The game was won by the Sioux Falls Cougars over the Western Washington Vikings by a score of 47–25.[2]


1st Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship
Bethany (KS) 35
Willamette (OR) 56
Willamette (OR) 12
Western Washington 13
Pacific Lutheran (WA) 20
Western Washington 21*
Western Washington 28
Findlay (OH) 21
Westminster (PA) 27
Clinch Valley (VA) 20
Westminster (PA) 9
Findlay (OH) 28
Geneva (PA) 13
Findlay (OH) 38
Western Washington 25
Sioux Falls (SD) 47
Valley City State (ND) 7
Northwestern (IA) 14
Sioux Falls (SD) 52
Northwestern (IA) 21
Sioux Falls (SD) 56
Mary (ND) 19
Sioux Falls (SD) 28
Evangel (MO) 21
Hardin-Simmons (TX) 23
Evangel (MO) 45
Evangel (MO) 28
Lambuth (TN) 27
Benedictine (KS) 20
Lambuth (TN) 34
  •  * denotes OT.

See also[edit]