1996 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1996 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1996
Playoff
Duration November 30 – December 21, 1996
Championship site Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
Champion Marshall Thundering Herd
Payton Award Archie AmersonRB (Northern Arizona)
Buchanan Award Dexter CoakleyLB (Appalachian State)
Division I-AA football season

The 1996 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 1996, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 21, 1996, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The Marshall Thundering Herd won their second I-AA championship, defeating the defending national champion Montana Grizzlies by a final score of 49−29[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

  • The American West Conference disbanded following the 1995 season and its four remaining members either became independents (Cal Poly, Sacramento State, and Southern Utah) or joined the Big Sky (Cal State Northridge).
  • Prior to the season, the Northeast Conference, a preexisting Division I conference, announced it would add a football for its five members that sponsored the sport.
School 1995 Conference 1996 Conference
Boise State Big Sky Big West (I-A)
Cal State Northridge American West Big Sky
Cal Poly American West I-AA Independent
Central Connecticut State I-AA Independent Northeast
Central Florida I-AA Independent I-A Independent
Eastern Illinois Gateway Ohio Valley
Fairfield New Program MAAC
Idaho Big Sky Big West (I-A)
Jacksonville State D-II Independent Southland (I-AA)
Northeast Louisiana Southland I-AA Independent
Monmouth I-AA Independent Northeast
Morehead State Ohio Valley I-AA Independent
Portland State D-II Independent Big Sky (I-AA)
Robert Morris I-AA Independent Northeast
Sacramento State American West I-AA Independent
St. Francis (PA) I-AA Independent Northeast
Southern Utah American West I-AA Independent
Troy State I-AA Independent Southland
UAB I-AA Independent I-A Independent
Wagner I-AA Independent Northeast

Conference standings[edit]

1996 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Dartmouth $   7 0         10 0  
Columbia   5 2         8 2  
Brown   4 3         5 5  
Cornell   4 3         4 6  
Penn   3 4         5 5  
Harvard   2 5         4 6  
Princeton   2 5         3 7  
Yale   1 6         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
1996 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Marshall $^   8 0         15 0  
#7 East Tennessee State ^   7 1         10 3  
#9 Furman ^   6 2         9 4  
#22 Appalachian State   5 3         7 4  
The Citadel   3 5         4 7  
Georgia Southern   2 6         4 7  
VMI   2 6         3 8  
Chattanooga   2 6         3 8  
Western Carolina   1 7         4 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
1996 Southland Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Troy State $^ 5 1 0     12 2 0
#15 Nicholls State ^ 4 2 0     8 4 0
#21 Stephen F. Austin 3 3 0     7 4 0
Northwestern State 3 3 0     6 5 0
Sam Houston State 3 3 0     4 7 0
Southwest Texas State 2 4 0     5 6 0
McNeese State 1 5 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1996 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
New England
#18 New Hampshire x   6 2         8 3  
Maine   5 3         7 4  
UMass   4 4         6 5  
Connecticut   3 5         4 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         4 6  
Boston University   0 8         1 10  
Mid–Atlantic
#7 William & Mary x$^   7 1         10 3  
#14 Villanova ^   6 2         8 4  
#11 Delaware ^   6 2         8 4  
#23 James Madison   5 3         7 4  
Northeastern   3 5         6 5  
Richmond   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Montana
Gateway Football Conference – Northern Iowa
Ivy League – Dartmouth
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Florida A&M
Northeast ConferenceMonmouth and Robert Morris
Ohio Valley Conference – Murray State
Patriot League – Bucknell
Pioneer Football League – Dayton
Southern Conference – Marshall
Southland Football League – Troy State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – William & Mary

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
November 30
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 7
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 14
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 21
Edwards Stadium
Huntington, WV
               
Nicholls State 3
Montana* 48
Montana* 44
East Tennessee State 14
Villanova 29
East Tennessee State* 35
Montana* 70
Troy State 7
Florida A&M 25
Troy State* 29
Troy State* 31
Murray State 3
Western Illinois 6
Murray State* 34
Montana 29
Marshall 49
Delaware 14
Marshall* 59
Marshall* 54
Furman 0
Furman 42
Northern Arizona* 31
Marshall* 31
Northern Iowa 14
Eastern Illinois 14
Northern Iowa* 21
Northern Iowa* 38
William & Mary 35
Jackson State 6
William & Mary* 45

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1996 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved December 28, 2013.