2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game
The 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game that determined a national champion in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision for the 2016 season. It was played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on January 7, 2017, with kickoff at 12:00 noon EST, and was the culminating game of the 2016 FCS Playoffs. With sponsorship from Northwestern Mutual, the game was officially known as the NCAA FCS Football Championship Presented by Northwestern Mutual.
|2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship|
|FCS National Championship Game|
|Date||January 7, 2017|
|MVP||Khalid Abdullah (RB, James Madison)[a]|
|Favorite||James Madison by 9|
|Referee||Marshall Lewis (Sun Belt)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Anish Shroff (play-by-play), Ahmad D. Brooks (color), Quint Kessenich (sideline)|
The participants of the 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game were the finalists of the 2016 FCS Playoffs, which began with a 24-team bracket. No. 4 seed James Madison and unseeded Youngstown State qualified for the final by winning their semifinal games. James Madison was the designated home team for the final game.
Youngstown State PenguinsEdit
Youngstown State finished their regular season with an 8–3 record (6–2 in conference). In the FCS playoffs, they defeated Samford, Jacksonville State, Wofford, and second-seeded Eastern Washington to reach the finals. The Penguins entered the championship game with a 4–2 record in prior FCS/Division I-AA finals, contested during the 1991 through 1999 seasons.
James Madison DukesEdit
James Madison finished their regular season with a 10–1 record (8–0 in conference). Their only loss was to North Carolina of the FBS, 56–28. In the FCS playoffs, they defeated New Hampshire, Sam Houston State, and top-seeded North Dakota State to reach the finals. The Dukes entered the championship game with a 1–0 record in prior FCS/Division I-AA finals, having defeated Montana for the 2004 season title.
|No. 4 Dukes||14||7||7||0||28|
|Time of possession||31:25||28:35|
|Youngstown State||Passing||Hunter Wells||28–47, 271 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT|
|Rushing||Jody Webb||17 car, 41 yds|
|Receiving||Alvin Bailey||7 rec, 68 yds|
|James Madison||Passing||Bryan Schor||7–12, 112 yds, 2 TD|
|Rushing||Khalid Abdullah||26 car, 101 yds, 2 TD|
|Receiving||Rashard Davis||3 rec, 52 yds, 1 TD|
- Other sources list JMU's quarterback, Bryan Schor, as MVP.
- "JMU wins FCS title, beats Youngstown St". The Rock Island Argus. East Moline, Illinois. Associated Press. January 8, 2017. p. 16. Retrieved October 26, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
- "Outstanding players of FCS championship game". ESPN. AP. January 5, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
- "Youngstown State Penguins @ James Madison Dukes". vegasinsider.com. January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
- "Football vs. #13 Youngstown State". jmusports.com. January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
- Full game video on YouTube
- "Youngstown State vs. James Madison - Play-By-Play". ESPN. January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
- "Youngstown State vs. James Madison - Game Summary". ESPN. January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2019.