Northern Colorado Bears football

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Northern Colorado Bears
2016 Northern Colorado Bears football team
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First season 1893[1]
Head coach Earnest Collins Jr.
6th year, 21–46 (.313)
Stadium Nottingham Field
Seating capacity 8,533[2]
Location Greeley, Colorado
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Big Sky Conference
All-time record 428–450–27 (.488)
Claimed nat'l titles 2 (D-II)
(1996, 1997)[1]
Conference titles 12 (D-II)
RMAC - 4
GPAC - 3
NCC - 5 [1]
Colors Blue and Gold[3]
         
Website uncbears.com
For information on all University of Northern Colorado sports, see Northern Colorado Bears

The Northern Colorado Bears football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Northern Colorado located in Greeley, Colorado. The team competes in the Big Sky Conference[4] at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The university's first football team was fielded in 1893.[5] The team plays its home games at the on campus 8,533 seat[2] Nottingham Field. The Bears are coached by Earnest Collins.

Conference affiliation[edit]

Source:[1]

Below is the list of conferences in which Northern Colorado has been a member.

First Year End Year Conference
Conference Affiliation
1923 1972 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
1973 1976 Great Plains Athletic Conference
1980 2002 North Central Conference
2004 2005 Great West Football Conference
2006 present Big Sky Conference

As of the 2014 season.

Championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

Northern Colorado made two appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game. The Bears defeated Carson–Newman, 23-14 in 1996, and later defeated New Haven, 51-0 in 1997.

Year NCAA Division Coach Record National Championship Game Opponent PF PA Location
1996 II Joe Glenn 12-3 1996 Division II National Championship Carson–Newman 23 14 Florence, AL
1997 II Joe Glenn 13-2 1997 Division II National Championship New Haven 51 0 Florence, AL
Total national championships 2

Playoff appearances (NCAA Division II)[edit]

Source:[1]

The Bears have appeared in the NCAA Division II playoffs six times with an overall record of 12–7.

Year Round Opponent Result
NCAA Division II Playoffs
1980 First Round
Eastern Illinois
L 14–21
1990 First Round
North Dakota State
L 7–17
1991 First Round
Portland State
L 24–28
1995 First Round
Pittsburg State
L 17–36
1996 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Pittsburg State
NW Missouri State
Clarion
Carson-Newman
W 24–21
W 27–26
W 19–18
W 23–14
1997 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Pittsburg State
NW Missouri State
Carson-Newman
New Haven
W 24–16
W 35–19
W 30–29
W 51–0
1998 First Round
Quarterfinals
North Dakota
NW Missouri State
W 52–28
L 17–42
1999 First Round
Quarterfinals
Pittsburg State
NW Missouri State
W 34–31
L 35–41
2002 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Central Missouri State
NW Missouri State
Grand Valley
W 49–28
W 23–12
L 7–44

Attendance[edit]

Highest attendance[edit]

Source:[1]

Below is a list of the Bears best-attended home games at Nottingham Field.

Rk. Date Opponent Attendance
Highest attendance
1 October 1, 2005 Cal Poly 9,145
2 October 29, 2005 Fort Lewis 8,561
3 October 2, 2010 Montana 8,105
4 September 3, 2005 Colorado School of Mines 7,554
5 October 23, 1998 South Dakota 7,520
6 October 9, 1999 Nebraska-Omaha 7,499
7 November 21, 1998 North Dakota 7,312
8 September 20, 1998 Texas State 7,246
9 October 19, 2002 South Dakota 7,198
10 October 10, 1998 South Dakota 7,135

As of the 2014 season.

Yearly attendance[edit]

Source:[1]

Below is the Bears home attendance by season at Nottingham Field.

Season Total Average High
Northern Colorado Bears
2015
2014 21,037 4,207 6,348
2013 23,990 3,998 4,619
2012 21,240 4,248 5,136
2011 23,428 3,905 5,692
2010 27,919 5,584 8,105
2009 21,111 3,518 5,247
2008 21,676 4,355 7,246
2007 20,441 4,088 6,684
2006 28,857 6,219 4,810
2005 37,549 7,510 9,142
2004 27,370 4,562 6,481
2003 28,730 5,746 6,660
2002 34,898 5,816 7,198
2001 26,153 4,359 5,488
2000 29,162 6,352 4,860
1999 46,552 6,650 7,520
1998 40,690 5,813 7,312
1997 25,302 4,217 6,345
1996 27,282 4,547 6,318
1995 25,067 4,364 7,024

As of the 2014 season.

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Northern Colorado Record Book" (PDF). Northern Colorado Bears Athletics. December 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Gameday at Northern Colorado". University of Northern Colorado. Retrieved September 4, 2015. Stadium Capacity: 8,533 
  3. ^ UNC Style Guide (PDF). 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Member Institutions". Big Sky Conference. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Northern Colorado Football Weekly Release, September 5, 2015" (PDF). University of Northern Colorado Athletics. p. 2. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 

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