2002 NCAA Division II football season

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2002 NCAA Division II football season
Regular season September 7 – November 16, 2002
Playoffs November 23 – December 14, 2002[1]
National Championship Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champions Grand Valley State
Harlon Hill Trophy Curt Anes, Grand Valley State

The 2002 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 7, 2002, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 2002 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Grand Valley State Lakers defeated the Valdosta State Blazers, 31–24, to win their first Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Curt Anes, quarterback from Grand Valley State.

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

School 2001 Conference 2002 Conference
Gardner-Webb D-II Independent Big South (I-AA)
Saint Augustine's Program Revived CIAA (D-II)
Savannah State D-II Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standings[edit]

2002 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
NW. Missouri State $^   9 0         12 1  
Central Missouri State ^   8 1         10 2  
Emporia State   6 3         9 3  
Pittsburg State   5 4         8 3  
Missouri Western State   4 5         6 5  
Truman State   4 5         5 6  
Missouri Southern State   3 6         5 6  
Washburn   3 6         3 8  
Southwest Baptist   2 7         3 8  
Missouri-Rolla   0 9         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Fayetteville State
Columbia Football Association – Central Washington
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Gulf South Conference – Valdosta State
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&M–Kingsville
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State
North Central Conference – Northern Colorado
Northeast-10 Conference – C.W. Post
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Duluth
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg (East), Indiana (PA) (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State and Nebraska–Kearney
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Tuskegee
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – West Virginia Wesleyan

Postseason[edit]

2002 NCAA Division II National Football Championship playoffs
Teams 16
Finals Site
Champions
Runner-Up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach
  • championship

The 2002 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 29th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama for the 15th time.

Playoff bracket[edit]

First round
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
               
Valdosta State 24
Catawba 7
Valdosta State 31
Carson–Newman 28
Carson–Newman 40
Fayetteville State 27
Valdosta State 21
Texas A&M–Kingsville 12
UC Davis 24
Central Washington 6
UC Davis 20
Texas A&M–Kingsville 27*
Texas A&M–Kingsville 58
Nebraska–Kearney 40
Valdosta State 24
Grand Valley State 31
Grand Valley State 62
C.W. Post 13
Grand Valley State 62
Indiana (PA) 21
Indiana (PA) 27
Saginaw Valley State 23
Grand Valley State 44
Northern Colorado 7
Northwest Missouri State 45
Minnesota–Duluth 41
Northwest Missouri State 12
Northern Colorado 23
Northern Colorado 49
Central Missouri 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2000-2004 Grand Valley State Schedules". College Football Warehouse. cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2002 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved January 19, 2014.