NAIA Football National Championship

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NAIA Football National Championship
In operation 1956–present
Preceded by Small college polls &
NAIA Division II Championship
Number of playoff teams 16
Television partner(s) ESPN3
Most playoff championships Texas A&I (7)
Current champion Marian (2)
Website NAIA Football

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football National Championship is decided by a post-season playoff system featuring the best NAIA college football teams in the United States. Under sponsorship of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the championship game has been played annually since 1956.[1] In 1970, NAIA football was divided into two divisions, Division I and Division II, with a championship game played in each division. In 1997, NAIA football was again consolidated into one division. The game is currently played at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach, Florida.[2]

Texas A&I (now known as Texas A&M–Kingsville) have been the most prolific program with seven NAIA championships. Carroll (MT) are the most successful team still playing at the NAIA level, with 6 national titles.

Marian are the current champions, having defeated Southern Oregon in the 2015 championship, 31-14

Results[edit]

Game name[edit]

Over the years, the NAIA championship games were played under a variety of names:

The separate NAIA Division II Football National Championship was played between 1970 and 1996, when there were two divisions at the NAIA level.

Year Champion Score Defeated Site
1956 Montana State
Saint Joseph's (IN)
0–01 Little Rock, Arkansas
1957 Pittsburg State 27–26 Hillsdale Saint Petersburg, Florida
1958 Northeastern State 19–13 Arizona State-Flagstaff Saint Petersburg, Florida
1959 Texas A&I 20–7 Lenoir-Rhyne Saint Petersburg, Florida
1960 Lenoir-Rhyne 15–14 Humboldt State Saint Petersburg, Florida
1961 Pittsburg State 12–7 Linfield Sacramento, California
1962 Central State 28–13 Lenoir-Rhyne Sacramento, California
1963 Saint John’s 33–27 Prairie View A&M Sacramento, California
1964 Concordia-Moorhead
Sam Houston State
7–71 Augusta, Georgia
1965 Saint John’s 33–0 Linfield Augusta, Georgia
1966 Waynesburg 42–21 Wisconsin–Whitewater Tulsa, Oklahoma
1967 Fairmont State 28–21 Eastern Washington Morgantown, West Virginia
1968 Troy State 43–35 Texas A&I Montgomery, Alabama
1969 Texas A&I 32–7 Concordia-Moorhead Kingsville, Texas
1970 Texas A&I 48–7 Wofford Greenville, South Carolina
1971 Livingston 14–12 Arkansas Tech Birmingham, Alabama
1972 East Texas State 21–18 Carson-Newman Commerce, Texas
1973 Abilene Christian 42–14 Elon Shreveport, Louisiana
1974 Texas A&I 34–23 Henderson State Kingsville, Texas
1975 Texas A&I 37–0 Salem Kingsville, Texas
1976 Texas A&I 26–0 Central Arkansas Kingsville, Texas
1977 Abilene Christian 24–7 Southwestern Oklahoma Seattle, Washington
1978 Angelo State 34–14 Elon McAllen, Texas
1979 Texas A&I 20–14 Central Oklahoma McAllen, Texas
1980 Elon 17–10 Northeastern State Burlington, North Carolina
1981 Elon 3–0 Pittsburg State Burlington, North Carolina
1982 Central State (OK) 14–11 Mesa State Edmond, Oklahoma
1983 Carson-Newman 36–28 Mesa State Grand Junction, Colorado
1984 Carson-Newman
Central Arkansas
19–191 Conway, Arkansas
1985 Hillsdale
Central Arkansas
10–101 Conway, Arkansas
1986 Carson-Newman 17–0 Cameron Jefferson City, Tennessee
1987 Cameron 30–2 Carson-Newman Lawton, Oklahoma
1988 Carson-Newman 56–21 Adams State Jefferson City, Tennessee
1989 Carson-Newman 34–20 Emporia State Jefferson City, Tennessee
1990 Central State (OH) 38–16 Mesa State Grand Junction, Colorado
1991 Central Arkansas 19–16 Central State (OH) Wilberforce, Ohio
1992 Central State (OH) 19–16 Gardner-Webb Boiling Springs, North Carolina
1993 East Central 49–35 Glenville State Ada, Oklahoma
1994 Northeastern State 13–12 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, Arkansas
1995 Central State (OH) 37–7 Northeastern State Tahlequah, Oklahoma
1996 Southwestern Oklahoma 33–31 Montana Tech Weatherford, Oklahoma
1997 Findlay 14–7 Willamette Savannah, Tennessee
1998 Azusa Pacific 17–14 Olivet Nazarene Savannah, Tennessee
1999 Northwestern Oklahoma State 34–26 Georgetown (KY) Savannah, Tennessee
2000 Georgetown (KY) 20–0 Northwestern Oklahoma State Savannah, Tennessee
2001 Georgetown (KY) 49–27 Sioux Falls Savannah, Tennessee
2002 Carroll 28–7 Georgetown (KY) Savannah, Tennessee
2003 Carroll 41–28 Northwestern Oklahoma State Savannah, Tennessee
2004 Carroll 15–13 Saint Francis (IN) Savannah, Tennessee
2005 Carroll 27–10 Saint Francis (IN) Savannah, Tennessee
2006 Sioux Falls 23–19 Saint Francis (IN) Savannah, Tennessee
2007 Carroll 17–9 Sioux Falls Savannah, Tennessee
2008 Sioux Falls 23–7 Carroll Rome, Georgia
2009 Sioux Falls 25–22 Lindenwood Rome, Georgia
2010 Carroll 10–7 Sioux Falls Rome, Georgia
2011 Saint Xavier 24–20 Carroll Rome, Georgia
2012 Marian 30–27 (OT) Morningside Rome, Georgia
2013 Grand View 35–23 University of the Cumberlands Rome, Georgia
2014 Southern Oregon 55–31 Marian Daytona Beach, Florida
2015 Marian 31-14 Southern Oregon Daytona Beach, Florida

Notes[edit]

1 Game ended in a tie, and both teams are co-champions.

Championships by school[edit]

Team Championships Winning years
Texas A&I (Texas A&M–Kingsville) 7 1959, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979
Carroll 6 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010
Carson-Newman 5 1983, 19841, 1986, 1988, 1989
Central Arkansas 3 19841, 19851, 1991
Central State (OH) 3 1990, 1992, 1995
Sioux Falls 3 2006, 2008, 2009
Pittsburg State 2 1957, 1961
Saint John's (MN) 2 1963, 1965
Abilene Christian 2 1973, 1977
Elon 2 1980, 1981
Central State (OK) (Central Oklahoma) 2 1962, 1982
Northeastern State 2 1958, 1994
Georgetown (KY) 2 2000, 2001
Marian 2 2012, 2015
Montana State 1 19561
Saint Joseph's (IN) 1 19561
Lenoir-Rhyne 1 1960
Concordia–Moorhead 1 19641
Sam Houston State 1 19641
Waynesburg 1 1966
Fairmont State 1 1967
Troy State 1 1968
Livingston 1 1971
East Texas State (Texas A&M–Commerce) 1 1972
Angelo State 1 1978
Hillsdale 1 19851
Cameron 1 1987
East Central (OK) 1 1993
Southwestern Oklahoma 1 1996
Findlay (OH) 1 1997
Azusa Pacific 1 1998
Northwestern Oklahoma 1 1999
Saint Xavier 1 2011
Grand View 1 2013
Southern Oregon 1 2014

1 indicates title was shared

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NAIA Football Championship History". National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  2. ^ http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=205337130