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1972 NAIA Division I football season

The 1972 NAIA Division I football season, as part of the 1972 college football season in the United States, was the 17th season of college football sponsored by the NAIA and the third season of the league's two-division structure.

1972 NAIA Division I football season
Regular seasonAugust–November 1972
PostseasonNovember 25–December 9, 1972
National ChampionshipMemorial Stadium
Commerce, TX
ChampionsEast Texas State

The season was played from August to November 1972 and culminated in the 1972 NAIA Champion Bowl, played on December 9, 1972 in Commerce, Texas.[1]

East Texas State (now Texas A&M–Commerce) defeated Carson–Newman in the Division I Championship Bowl, 21–18, to win their first NAIA national title.[2]


November 25, 1972
1972 Champion Bowl
December 9, 1972
Commerce, TX
Livingston 7
Carson–Newman* 7
Carson–Newman 18
East Texas State* 21
Central State (OK) 0
East Texas State* 54
  • The game ended in a tie, but Carson–Newman advanced based on having more total penetrations within the 20 yard line.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "NAIA Championship History" (PDF). NAIA. pp. 4–11. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "1972 Division I NAIA Football Playoffs". Retrieved November 27, 2015.