2001 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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2001 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton AwardBrian Westbrook (RB, Villanova)
Buchanan AwardDerrick Lloyd (LB, James Madison)
Playoff
DurationDecember 1–December 21
Championship dateDecember 21, 2001
Championship siteFinley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
ChampionMontana Grizzlies
NCAA Division I-AA football seasons

The 2001 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I-AA level, began in August 2001, and concluded with the 2001 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 21, 2001, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Montana Grizzlies won their second I-AA championship, defeating the Furman Paladins by a final score of 13–6.[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

School 2000 Conference 2001 Conference
Austin Peay I-AA Independent Pioneer
Davidson I-AA Independent Pioneer
Florida Atlantic New Program I-AA Independent
Georgetown I-AA Independent Patriot
Jacksonville I-AA Independent Pioneer
Morehead State I-AA Independent Pioneer
South Florida I-AA Independent I-A Independent
Troy State Southland I-AA Independent
Western Kentucky Ohio Valley Gateway

Conference standings[edit]

2001 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Hofstra +^   7 2         9 3  
#10 Maine +^   7 2         9 3  
#20 Villanova +   7 2         8 3  
#17 William & Mary +^   7 2         8 4  
#21 Rhode Island   6 3         8 3  
Delaware   4 5         4 6  
Northeastern   4 5         5 6  
UMass   3 6         3 8  
Richmond   3 6         3 8  
New Hampshire   2 7         4 7  
James Madison   0 9         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2001 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Montana $^ 7 0 0     15 1 0
#16 Northern Arizona ^ 5 2 0     9 4 0
Portland State 5 2 0     7 4 0
Montana State 4 3 0     5 6 0
Eastern Washington 3 4 0     6 4 0
Weber State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Idaho State 1 6 0     4 7 0
Sacramento State 1 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2001 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Northern Iowa $^   6 1         11 3  
#12 Western Kentucky ^   5 2         8 4  
#15 Youngstown State   5 2         8 3  
Western Illinois   4 3         5 5  
Southwest Missouri State   3 4         6 5  
Indiana State   2 5         3 8  
Illinois State   2 5         2 9  
Southern Illinois   1 6         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2001 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#19 Harvard $   7 0         9 0  
#24 Penn   6 1         8 1  
Brown   5 2         6 3  
Princeton   3 4         3 6  
Columbia   3 4         3 7  
Cornell   2 5         2 7  
Dartmouth   1 6         1 8  
Yale   1 6         3 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
2001 MAAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Duquesne $   6 0         8 3  
Saint Peter's   6 1         10 1  
Fairfield   5 2         5 5  
Iona   3 3         4 5  
La Salle   2 4         5 4  
Marist   2 4         3 6  
Siena   1 6         1 8  
Canisius   1 6         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2001 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#22 Florida A&M $^   7 1         7 4  
Hampton   6 2         7 4  
North Carolina A&T   5 3         8 3  
Bethune–Cookman   5 3         6 4  
South Carolina State   5 3         6 5  
Delaware State   3 5         5 6  
Norfolk State   3 5         5 6  
Howard   1 7         2 9  
Morgan State   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2001 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Sacred Heart $   8 0         11 0  
Robert Morris   6 1         6 3  
Albany   5 2         7 3  
Monmouth   5 2         7 3  
Stony Brook   3 5         3 6  
Wagner   3 5         3 6  
Central Connecticut   2 5         2 7  
St. John's (NY)   1 6         1 9  
Saint Francis (PA)   0 7         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2001 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 9 Eastern Illinois $^   6 0         9 1  
No. 18 Eastern Kentucky   5 1         8 2  
No. 23 Tennessee Tech   4 2         7 3  
No. 25 Tennessee State   3 3         8 3  
Murray State   2 4         4 6  
Southeast Missouri State   1 5         4 7  
UT Martin   0 6         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2001 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Lehigh $^   7 0         11 1  
Colgate   5 1         7 3  
Fordham   5 2         7 4  
Bucknell   4 3         6 4  
Holy Cross   3 4         4 6  
Towson   2 5         3 7  
Lafayette   1 6         2 8  
Georgetown   0 6         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from poll=The Sports Network poll
2001 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
Dayton $   5 0         9 1  
Butler   3 2         5 5  
San Diego   2 2         6 3  
Drake   2 3         5 5  
Valparaiso   1 6         3 8  
South Division
Jacksonville   3 1         6 4  
Davidson   2 2         5 4  
Morehead State   3 3         6 5  
Austin Peay   1 3         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2001 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Furman $^   7 1         12 3  
#3 Georgia Southern $^   7 1         12 2  
#6 Appalachian State ^   6 2         9 4  
Western Carolina   5 3         7 4  
East Tennessee State   4 4         6 5  
Wofford   3 5         4 7  
The Citadel   2 6         3 7  
Chattanooga   1 7         3 8  
VMI   1 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2001 Southland Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Sam Houston State +^   5 1         10 3  
#13 McNeese State +^   5 1         8 4  
#14 Northwestern State ^   4 2         8 4  
Stephen F. Austin   4 2         6 5  
Jacksonville State   2 4         5 6  
Nicholls State   1 5         3 8  
Southwest Texas State   0 6         4 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
2001 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alabama State x   6 1         8 4  
Jackson State   5 2         7 4  
Alcorn State   5 2         6 5  
Alabama A&M   3 4         4 7  
Mississippi Valley State   0 7         0 11  
West
#8 Grambling State x$   6 1         10 1  
Southern   5 2         7 4  
Prairie View A&M   2 5         3 7  
Texas Southern   2 5         3 7  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   1 6         4 7  
Championship: Grambling State 38, Alabama State 31
December 1, 2001
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
2001 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Cal Poly   0 0         6 5  
Saint Mary's   0 0         6 5  
Samford   0 0         5 5  
Charleston Southern   0 0         5 6  
Morris Brown   0 0         5 6  
Florida Atlantic   0 0         4 6  
Liberty   0 0         4 7  
Cal State Northridge   0 0         3 7  
Savannah State   0 0         2 7  
Elon   0 0         2 9  
Southern Utah   0 0         2 9  

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference – Hofstra, Maine, Villanova, and William & Mary
Big Sky Conference – Montana
Gateway Football Conference – Northern Iowa
Ivy League – Harvard
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Florida A&M
Northeast Conference – Sacred Heart
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Illinois
Patriot League – Lehigh
Pioneer Football League – Dayton
Southern Conference – Furman and Georgia Southern
Southland Football League – McNeese State and Sam Houston State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Grambling State

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

The top four teams in the tournament were seeded;[2] seeded teams were assured of hosting games in the first two rounds.[3][4]

First Round
December 1
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 8
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 15
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 21
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
            
1 Montana* 28
Northwestern State 19
1 Montana* 49
Sam Houston State 24
Sam Houston State* 34
Northern Arizona 31
1 Montana* 38
Northern Iowa 10
McNeese State* 10
Maine 14
Maine 28
Northern Iowa* 56
4 Eastern Illinois* 43
Northern Iowa 49
1 Montana 13
3 Furman 6
2 Georgia Southern* 60
Florida A&M 35
2 Georgia Southern* 38
Appalachian State 24
Appalachian State* 40
William & Mary 27
2 Georgia Southern* 17
3 Furman 24
Lehigh* 27*
Hofstra 24
Lehigh 17
3 Furman* 34
3 Furman* 24
Western Kentucky 20

* By team name denotes host institution
* By score denotes overtime

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 3. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Griz will face NWestern State in playoffs". Independent Record. Helena, Montana. AP. November 26, 2001. p. 1B. Retrieved February 2, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Kasper, Jon (November 12, 2001). "NCAA changes format for playoff pairings". Missoulian. Missoula, Montana. p. D1. Retrieved February 2, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Kasper, Jon (November 12, 2001). "NCAA changes format for playoff pairings (cont'd)". Missoulian. Missoula, Montana. p. D6. Retrieved February 2, 2019 – via newspapers.com.