2001 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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2001 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 2001
Playoff
Duration December 1 – December 21, 2001
Championship site Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
Champion Montana Grizzlies
Payton Award Brian WestbrookRB (Villanova)
Buchanan Award Derrick LloydLB (James Madison)
Division I-AA football season

The 2001 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 2001, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 21, 2001, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Montana Grizzlies won their second I-AA championship, defeating the Furman Paladins by a final score of 13−6[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

School 2000 Conference 2001 Conference
Austin Peay I-AA Independent Pioneer
Davidson I-AA Independent Pioneer
Florida Atlantic New Program I-AA Independent
Georgetown I-AA Independent Patriot
Jacksonville I-AA Independent Pioneer
Morehead State I-AA Independent Pioneer
South Florida I-AA Independent I-A Independent
Troy State Southland I-AA Independent
Western Kentucky Ohio Valley Gateway

Conference standings[edit]

2001 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Hofstra +^   7 2         9 3  
#10 Maine +^   7 2         9 3  
#20 Villanova +   7 2         8 3  
#17 William & Mary +^   7 2         8 4  
#21 Rhode Island   6 3         8 3  
Delaware   4 5         4 6  
Northeastern   4 5         5 6  
UMass   3 6         3 8  
Richmond   3 6         3 8  
New Hampshire   2 7         4 7  
James Madison   0 9         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2001 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Furman $^   7 1         12 3  
#3 Georgia Southern $^   7 1         12 2  
#6 Appalachian State ^   6 2         9 4  
Western Carolina   5 3         7 4  
East Tennessee State   4 4         6 5  
Wofford   3 5         4 7  
The Citadel   2 6         3 7  
Chattanooga   1 7         3 8  
VMI   1 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2001 Southland Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Sam Houston State $^ 5 1 0     10 3 0
#13 McNeese State ^ 5 1 0     8 4 0
#14 Northwestern State ^ 4 2 0     8 4 0
Stephen F. Austin 4 2 0     6 5 0
Jacksonville State 2 4 0     5 6 0
Nicholls State 1 5 0     3 8 0
Southwest Texas State 0 6 0     4 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference – Hofstra, Maine, Villanova, and William & Mary
Big Sky Conference – Montana
Gateway Football Conference – Northern Iowa
Ivy League – Harvard
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Florida A&M
Northeast Conference – Sacred Heart
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Illinois
Patriot League – Lehigh
Pioneer Football League – Dayton
Southern Conference – Furman and Georgia Southern
Southland Football League – McNeese State and Sam Houston State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Grambling State

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
December 1
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 8
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 15
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 21
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
               
Montana* 28
Northwestern State 19
Montana* 49
Sam Houston State 24
Sam Houston State* 34
Northern Arizona 31
Montana* 38
Northern Iowa 10
McNeese State* 10
Maine 14
Maine 28
Northern Iowa* 56
Eastern Illinois* 43
Northern Iowa 49
Montana 13
Furman 6
Georgia Southern* 60
Florida A&M 35
Georgia Southern* 38
Appalachian State 24
Appalachian State* 40
William & Mary 27
Georgia Southern* 17
Furman 24
Lehigh* 27*
Hofstra 24
Lehigh 17
Furman* 34
Furman* 24
Western Kentucky 20

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 16. Retrieved December 29, 2013.