2001 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust 30 – November 10, 2001
PlayoffsNovember 17 – December 8, 2001[1]
National ChampionshipBraly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
ChampionNorth Dakota
Harlon Hill TrophyDusty Bonner, Valdosta State

The 2001 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on August 30, 2001, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 8, 2001 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama.

North Dakota defeated Grand Valley State in the championship game, 17–14, to win their first Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Dusty Bonner, quarterback from Valdosta State, his second consecutive Hill Trophy.

Conference and program changes

School 2000 Conference 2001 Conference
American International Eastern Football Conference Northeast 10
Assumption Eastern Football Conference Northeast 10
Bentley Eastern Football Conference Northeast 10
Bryant Eastern Football Conference Northeast 10
Central Washington Central States Football League (NAIA) GNAC
C.W. Post Eastern Football Conference Northeast 10
Humboldt State Central States Football League (NAIA) GNAC
Lincoln (MO) Central States Football League (NAIA) D-II Independent
Pace Eastern Football Conference Northeast 10
Saint Anselm Eastern Football Conference Northeast 10
Southern Connecticut Eastern Football Conference Northeast 10
Stonehill Eastern Football Conference Northeast 10
UMass Lowell Eastern Football Conference Northeast 10
Western Oregon Central States Football League (NAIA) GNAC
Western Washington Central States Football League (NAIA) GNAC

Conference standings

2001 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Eastern
Virginia Union xy   5 1     8 2  
Bowie State   4 2     7 3  
Virginia State   2 4     3 6  
Elizabeth City State   0 6     2 8  
Western
Winston-Salem State xy$   5 1     9 3  
Fayetteville State   4 2     6 4  
North Carolina Central   3 3     5 4  
Johnson C. Smith   1 5     2 7  
Livingstone   0 6     1 8  
Championship: Virginia Union 31, Winston-Salem State 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
2001 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 Grand Valley State $^   9 0     13 1  
No. 9 Saginaw Valley State ^   9 1     11 2  
Ferris State   7 3     7 4  
Indianapolis   6 4     7 4  
Ashland   5 5     6 5  
Michigan Tech   5 5     5 5  
Northern Michigan   3 7     4 7  
Northwood   3 6     3 6  
Wayne State (MI)   3 6     3 7  
Findlay   3 7     3 8  
Hillsdale   3 7     3 8  
Mercyhurst   2 7     2 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2001 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 23 Western Washington $   3 0     8 3  
Western Oregon   1 2     4 5  
Humboldt State   1 2     4 7  
Central Washington   1 2     4 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • First Humboldt State vs. Western Oregon game (Oct. 13) did not count as a conference game
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2001 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 Valdosta State $^   9 0     12 1  
No. 16 Arkansas Tech   7 2     8 2  
No. 14 Central Arkansas ^   7 2     9 3  
No. 25 West Georgia   6 3     8 3  
Delta State   6 3     7 3  
Southern Arkansas   5 4     5 5  
Arkansas–Monticello   4 5     5 6  
Harding   4 5     4 6  
North Alabama   3 6     4 6  
Ouachita Baptist   2 7     3 7  
Henderson State   1 8     1 10  
West Alabama   0 9     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2001 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 6 Pittsburg State $^   8 1     11 2  
No. 20 Central Missouri State   7 2     10 2  
Truman   6 3     8 3  
Missouri Western   6 3     8 3  
NW Missouri State   6 3     7 4  
Southwest Baptist   4 5     6 5  
Emporia State   3 6     5 6  
Missouri Southern   3 6     4 6  
Washburn   2 7     3 8  
Missouri–Rolla   0 9     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2001 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 4 North Dakota $^   7 1     14 1  
No. 15 Nebraska–Omaha ^   6 2     8 3  
No. 22 North Dakota State   5 3     7 3  
Northern Colorado   4 4     7 4  
South Dakota State   4 4     5 6  
Augustana (SD)   3 5     5 5  
Minnesota State   3 5     4 7  
St. Cloud State   3 5     4 7  
South Dakota   1 7     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2001 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 19 C. W. Post y$   9 1     11 1  
Bentley y   8 2     9 3  
American International   8 2     8 2  
Merrimack   6 4     6 4  
Southern Connecticut   6 4     6 4  
Saint Anselm   5 5     5 5  
Bryant   4 5     4 5  
Pace   4 5     4 5  
Stonehill   3 7     4 7  
UMass Lowell   1 9     1 9  
Assumption   0 10     1 10  
Championship: C. W. Post 43, Bentley 6
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2001 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Chadron State $^   8 0     10 1  
Nebraska–Kearney   7 1     8 2  
Mesa State   5 3     7 4  
Western State (CO)   5 3     6 5  
Colorado Mines   4 4     7 4  
New Mexico Highlands   3 5     4 7  
Fort Hays State   2 6     3 8  
Adams State   1 7     2 9  
Fort Lewis   1 7     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
2001 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 7 Catawba $^   6 1     11 2  
No. 18 Tusculum   5 3     8 2  
Carson–Newman   5 2     6 3  
Presbyterian   5 2     7 4  
Mars Hill   4 3     7 4  
Lenoir–Rhyne   2 5     2 7  
Wingate   1 6     4 7  
Newberry   0 7     4 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2001 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 10 Tuskegee +   6 1     11 1  
Morehouse +   6 1     8 2  
No. 21 Fort Valley State +   6 1     8 3  
Albany State   3 4     4 6  
Miles   3 4     4 7  
Kentucky State   2 5     3 8  
Lane   1 6     3 7  
Clark Atlanta   1 6     1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2001 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 12 UC Davis ^       10 3  
New Haven       5 4  
Quincy       2 8  
Saint Joseph's (IN)       2 8  
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll

Conference summaries

See also: List of NCAA Division II football seasons

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Union
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Great Northwest Athletic Conference – Western Washington
Gulf South Conference – Valdosta State
Lone Star Conference – Tarleton State and Texas A&M–Kingsville
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Pittsburg State
North Central Conference – North Dakota
Northeast-10 ConferenceC.W. Post
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Winona State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Bloomsburg (East), Indiana (PA) (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State
South Atlantic Conference – Catawba
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Fort Valley State, Morehouse and Tuskegee
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Glenville State

Postseason

2001 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams16
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach
  • championship

The 2001 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 28th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama for the 15th time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
        
North Dakota 42
Winona State 28
North Dakota 38
Pittsburg State 0
Pittsburg State 20
Nebraska–Omaha 7
North Dakota 14
UC Davis 2
Tarleton State 28
Chadron State 24
Tarleton State 25
UC Davis 42
UC Davis 37
Texas A&M–Kingsville 32
North Dakota 17
Grand Valley State 14
Valdosta State 40
Fort Valley State 24
Valdosta State 34
Catawba 37*
Catawba 35
Central Arkansas 34
Catawba 16
Grand Valley State 34
Grand Valley State 42
Bloomsburg 14
Grand Valley State 33
Saginaw Valley State 30
Saginaw Valley State 33
IUP 32

See also

References

  1. ^ "2000-2004 Grand Valley State Schedules". College Football Warehouse. cfbdatawarehouse.com. Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "2001 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved January 11, 2014.