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1995 NCAA Division I-AA football season

The 1995 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-AA level, began in August 1995, and concluded with the 1995 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 16, 1995, at Marshall University Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The Montana Grizzlies won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd by a final score of 22−20.[1]

1995 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton AwardDave Dickenson (QB, Montana)
Buchanan AwardDexter Coakley (LB, Appalachian State)
Playoff
DurationNovember 25–December 16
Championship dateDecember 16, 1995
Championship siteMarshall University Stadium
Huntington, West Virginia
ChampionMontana Grizzlies
Division I-AA football season

Contents

Conference changes and new programsEdit

One team upgraded to Division I-A and two new programs upgraded from Division II.

School 1994 Conference 1995 Conference
Hampton CIAA (II) MEAC (I-AA)[2]
North Texas Southland (I-AA) I-A Independent
Wofford D-II Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standingsEdit

1995 American West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Sacramento State $ 3 0 0     4 6 1
Cal Poly 2 1 0     5 6 0
Cal State Northridge 1 2 0     2 8 0
Southern Utah 0 3 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Montana $^ 6 1 0     13 2 0
#17 Idaho ^ 4 3 0     6 5 0
#21 Boise State 4 3 0     7 4 0
#22 Northern Arizona 4 3 0     7 4 0
Weber State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Idaho State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Montana State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Eastern Washington 1 6 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Montana earned automatic berth and
    Idaho earned at-large berth in I-AA playoffs.
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA poll
1995 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12 Eastern Illinois +^   5 1         10 2  
#18 Northern Iowa +^   5 1         8 5  
#24 Indiana State   3 3         7 4  
Illinois State   3 3         5 6  
Southern Illinois   2 4         5 6  
Western Illinois   2 4         4 7  
Southwest Missouri State   1 5         4 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Princeton $ 5 1 1     8 1 1
Penn 5 2 0     7 3 0
Cornell 5 2 0     6 4 0
Dartmouth 4 2 1     7 2 1
Columbia 3 4 0     3 6 1
Brown 2 5 0     5 5 0
Yale 2 5 0     3 7 0
Harvard 1 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
1995 MAAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Duquesne $   7 0         10 1  
Georgetown   5 2         6 3  
Marist   4 3         6 4  
Canisius   4 3         4 6  
St. John's   3 4         4 6  
Iona   3 4         3 6  
Saint Peter's   2 5         2 7  
Siena   0 7         0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 Florida A&M $   6 0         9 2  
Delaware State   5 1         6 5  
South Carolina State   4 2         6 4  
Howard   2 4         6 5  
North Carolina A&T   2 4         4 7  
Bethune–Cookman   2 4         3 8  
Morgan State   0 6         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Murray State $^   8 0         11 1  
No. 10 Eastern Kentucky ^   7 1         9 3  
No. 25 Middle Tennessee State   6 2         7 4  
Southeast Missouri State   5 3         5 6  
UT Martin   4 4         5 6  
Austin Peay   2 6         3 8  
Tennessee Tech   2 6         3 8  
Morehead State   1 7         2 8  
Tennessee State   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Lehigh $ 5 0 0     8 3 0
Bucknell 4 1 0     7 4 0
Lafayette 3 2 0     4 6 1
Fordham 2 3 0     4 6 1
Holy Cross 1 4 0     2 9 0
Colgate 0 5 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from poll=The Sports Network poll
1995 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Drake $ 5 0 0     8 1 1
Dayton 4 1 0     9 2 0
San Diego 3 2 0     5 5 0
Evansville 1 4 0     5 5 0
Valparaiso 1 4 0     5 5 0
Butler 1 4 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1995 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Appalachian State $^   8 0         12 1  
#6 Marshall ^   7 1         12 3  
#15 Georgia Southern ^   5 3         9 4  
Furman   5 3         6 5  
East Tennessee State   4 4         4 7  
VMI   3 5         4 7  
Chattanooga   2 6         4 7  
Western Carolina   2 6         3 7  
The Citadel   0 8         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1995 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 McNeese State $^ 5 0 0     13 1 0
#5 Stephen F. Austin ^ 4 1 0     11 2 0
Northwestern State 2 3 0     6 5 0
Sam Houston State 2 3 0     5 5 0
Southwest Texas State 2 3 0     4 7 0
Nicholls State 0 5 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1995 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#14 Jackson State $^   7 0         9 3  
#11 Southern   6 1         11 1  
Alabama State   5 2         8 3  
Grambling State   4 3         5 6  
Alcorn State   3 4         4 7  
Mississippi Valley State   2 5         2 9  
Texas Southern   1 6         2 8  
Prairie View A&M   0 7         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1995 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
New England
Rhode Island x 6 2 0     7 4 0
#23 Connecticut 5 3 0     8 3 0
New Hampshire 4 4 0     6 5 0
UMass 3 5 0     6 5 0
Boston University 1 7 0     3 8 0
Maine 1 7 0     3 8 0
Mid-Atlantic
#7 Delaware x$^ 8 0 0     11 2 0
#13 James Madison ^ 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19 William & Mary 5 3 0     7 4 0
#20 Richmond 5 3 0     7 3 1
Northeastern 2 6 0     4 7 0
Villanova 2 6 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
1995 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Troy State ^ 0 0 0     11 0 0
#9 Hofstra ^ 0 0 0     10 1 0
Saint Mary's 0 0 0     8 2 0
Wagner 0 0 0     8 2 0
Hampton 0 0 0     8 3 0
Liberty 0 0 0     8 3 0
Monmouth 0 0 0     7 3 0
Samford 0 0 0     7 4 0
Robert Morris 0 0 0     6 4 0
Towson 0 0 0     6 4 0
UCF 0 0 0     6 5 0
UAB 0 0 0     5 6 0
Wofford 0 0 0     4 7 0
Buffalo 0 0 0     3 8 0
Youngstown State 0 0 0     3 8 0
Central Connecticut 0 0 0     2 8 0
Western Kentucky 0 0 0     2 8 0
Davidson 0 0 0     1 8 1
Charleston Southern 0 0 0     1 10 0
Saint Francis 0 0 0     0 10 0
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Conference championsEdit

Conference Champions

American West Conference – Sacramento State
Big Sky Conference – Montana
Gateway Football Conference – Eastern Illinois and Northern Iowa
Ivy League – Princeton
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Florida A&M
Ohio Valley Conference – Murray State
Patriot League – Lehigh
Pioneer Football League – Drake
Southern Conference – Appalachian State
Southland Conference – McNeese State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Delaware

PostseasonEdit

The site of the title game, Marshall University Stadium, had been determined in March 1994.[3]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracketEdit

First Round
November 25
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
December 2
Campus sites
Semifinals
December 9
Campus sites
National Championship Game
December 16
Marshall University Stadium
Huntington, West Virginia
            
15 Idaho 3
1 McNeese State* 33
1 McNeese State* 52
8 Delaware 18
11 Hofstra 17
8 Delaware* 33
1 McNeese State* 13
5 Marshall 25
16 Northern Iowa 35
4 Murray State* 34
16 Northern Iowa 24
5 Marshall* 41
12 Jackson State 8
5 Marshall* 38
5 Marshall 20
6 Montana 22
13 James Madison 24
2 Appalachian State* 31
2 Appalachian State* 17
7 Stephen F. Austin 27
9 Eastern Illinois 29
7 Stephen F. Austin* 34
7 Stephen F. Austin 14
6 Montana* 70
14 Georgia Southern 24
3 Troy State* 21
14 Georgia Southern 0
6 Montana* 45
10 Eastern Kentucky 0
6 Montana* 48

* Denotes host institution
Source: [4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1995 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Jennifer L. Williams (18 Aug 1995). "HU football out of race for MEAC title". Daily Press. p. C1. Retrieved 20 January 2019. Although Hampton was a member of the MEAC, it was ineligible for the conference title in 1995, and its four games against MEAC opponents did not count in the MEAC standings.
  3. ^ "Marshall to host next two I-AA football finals". The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Waterloo, Iowa. AP. March 18, 1994. p. C3. Retrieved April 17, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Division I-AA championship". The News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. November 20, 1995. p. B3. Retrieved February 9, 2019 – via newspapers.com.