2005 NCAA Division I-AA season
2005 I-AA National Championship trophy (left).
Regular season
DurationSeptember 1 – November 25
Payton AwardErik Meyer[1]
Buchanan AwardChris Gocong[2]
Playoff
DurationNovember 26 – December 16
Championship dateDecember 16, 2005
Championship siteFinley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
ChampionAppalachian State
NCAA Division I-AA football seasons

The 2005 NCAA Division I-AA football season, the 2005 season of college football for teams in Division I-AA, began on September 1, 2005, and concluded on December 16, 2005. In the 2005 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game, played in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated the Northern Iowa Panthers.[3]

Rule changes for 2005

There are several rules that have changed for the 2005 season.[4] Following are some highlights:

Conference changes and new programs

School 2004 Conference 2005 Conference
Florida Atlantic I-AA Independent Sun Belt (I-A)
FIU I-AA Independent Sun Belt (I-A)
Southeastern Louisiana I-AA Independent Southland

I-AA team wins over I-A teams

Conference standings

2005 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North
No. 5 New Hampshire x+^   7 1     11 2  
No. 19 UMass   6 2     7 4  
Hofstra   5 3     8 4  
Maine   3 5     5 6  
Northeastern   2 6     3 9  
Rhode Island   2 6     4 7  
South
No. 8 Richmond x+^   7 1     9 4  
No. 25 James Madison   5 3     7 4  
Towson   3 5     7 4  
Delaware   3 5     6 5  
William & Mary   3 5     5 6  
Villanova   2 6     4 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2005 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 13 E. Washington $^   5 2     7 5  
No. 12 Montana ^   5 2     8 4  
No. 18 Montana State   5 2     7 4  
Portland State   4 3     6 5  
Weber State   4 3     6 5  
Idaho State   3 4     5 6  
Sacramento State   1 6     2 9  
Northern Arizona   1 6     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2005 Big South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 24 Coastal Carolina +   3 1     9 2  
Charleston Southern +   3 1     7 4  
Gardner–Webb   2 2     5 6  
VMI   2 2     3 8  
Liberty   0 4     1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2005 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 Northern Iowa +^   5 2     11 4  
No. 7 Southern Illinois +^   5 2     9 4  
No. 14 Youngstown State +   5 2     8 3  
No. 22 Illinois State   4 3     7 4  
Western Kentucky   4 3     6 5  
Western Illinois   3 4     5 6  
Missouri State   2 5     4 6  
Indiana State   0 7     0 11  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2005 Great West Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 6 Cal Poly +^   4 1     9 4  
UC Davis +   4 1     6 5  
North Dakota State   3 2     7 4  
South Dakota State   3 2     6 5  
Southern Utah   1 4     1 9  
Northern Colorado   0 5     4 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2005 Ivy League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 15 Brown $   6 1     9 1  
Princeton   5 2     7 3  
Harvard   5 2     7 3  
Yale   4 3     4 6  
Cornell   4 3     6 4  
Penn   3 4     5 5  
Dartmouth   1 6     2 8  
Columbia   0 7     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2005 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Duquesne $   4 0     7 3  
Marist   3 1     7 4  
La Salle   2 2     5 6  
Iona   1 3     3 7  
Saint Peter's   0 4     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
2005 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 10 Hampton $^   8 0     11 1  
No. 20 South Carolina State   7 1     9 2  
Delaware State   6 2     7 4  
Florida A&M   5 3     6 5  
Bethune–Cookman   4 4     7 4  
Norfolk State   2 6     4 7  
North Carolina A&T   2 6     3 8  
Howard   1 7     4 7  
Morgan State   1 7     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2005 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Central Connecticut +   5 2     7 4  
Stony Brook +   5 2     6 5  
Monmouth   4 3     6 4  
Albany   4 3     5 6  
Wagner   3 4     6 5  
Sacred Heart   3 4     4 6  
Saint Francis (PA)   3 4     3 8  
Robert Morris   1 6     2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
2005 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 16 Eastern Illinois $^   8 0     9 3  
Eastern Kentucky   7 1     7 4  
Jacksonville State   6 2     6 5  
Tennessee–Martin   4 4     6 5  
Samford   4 4     5 6  
Tennessee Tech   3 5     4 7  
Southeast Missouri State   2 6     2 9  
Tennessee State   1 6     2 9  
Murray State   0 7     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2005 Patriot League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 21 Lafayette +^   5 1     8 4  
No. 23 Colgate +^   5 1     8 4  
Lehigh   4 2     8 3  
Holy Cross   3 3     6 5  
Georgetown   2 4     4 7  
Fordham   2 4     2 9  
Bucknell   0 6     1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2005 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North Division
San Diego xy$   4 0     11 1  
Dayton   3 1     9 1  
Drake   2 2     6 4  
Valparaiso   1 3     3 8  
Butler   0 4     0 11  
South Division
Morehead State xy   3 0     8 4  
Jacksonville   2 1     4 4  
Davidson   1 2     4 6  
Austin Peay   0 3     2 9  
Championship: San Diego 47, Morehead State 40
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
2005 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 Appalachian State $^   6 1     12 3  
No. 3 Furman ^   5 2     11 3  
No. 9 Georgia Southern ^   5 2     8 4  
Western Carolina   4 3     5 4  
Wofford   3 4     6 5  
Chattanooga   3 4     6 5  
The Citadel   2 5     4 7  
Elon   0 7     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2005 Southland Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 4 Texas State +^   5 1     11 3  
No. 17 Nicholls State +^   5 1     6 4  
McNeese State   3 3     5 4  
Northwestern State   3 3     5 5  
Southeastern Louisiana   2 4     4 6  
Sam Houston State   2 4     3 7  
Stephen F. Austin   1 5     5 6  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2005 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East
Alabama A&M x   7 2     9 3  
Alabama State   6 3     6 5  
Mississippi Valley State   5 4     6 5  
Alcorn State   5 4     6 5  
Jackson State   2 7     2 9  
West
No. 11 Grambling State x$   9 0     11 1  
Southern   4 5     4 5  
Prairie View A&M   3 6     5 6  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   3 6     3 8  
Texas Southern   1 8     1 10  
Championship: Grambling State 45, Alabama A&M 6
December 10, 2005
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
2005 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Savannah State       0 11  

Conference champions

Automatic berths

Conference Champion
Atlantic 10 Conference New Hampshire and Richmond
Big Sky Conference Eastern Washington, Montana, and Montana State
Gateway Football Conference Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, and Youngstown State
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hampton
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Illinois
Patriot League Colgate and Lafayette
Southern Conference Appalachian State
Southland Conference Nicholls State and Texas State

Invitation

Conference Champion
Big South Conference Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina
Great West Football Conference Cal Poly and UC Davis
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Duquesne
Northeast Conference Central Connecticut State and Stony Brook
Pioneer Football League San Diego

Abstains

Conference Champion
Ivy League Brown
Southwestern Athletic Conference Grambling State

Postseason

NNCAA Division I-AA playoff bracket

First Round[5]
November 26
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
December 3
Campus sites
Semifinals
December 9 and December 10
Campus sites
National Championship Game

December 16
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

            
Colgate 21
1 New Hampshire* 55
1 New Hampshire* 21
Northern Iowa 24
Eastern Washington 38
Northern Iowa* 41
Northern Iowa 40
4 Texas State* 37
Georgia Southern 35
4 Texas State* 50
4 Texas State* 14
Cal Poly 7
Cal Poly 35
Montana* 21
Northern Iowa* 16
2 Appalachian State 21
Lafayette 23
2 Appalachian State* 34
2 Appalachian State* 38
Southern Illinois 24
Southern Illinois 21
Eastern Illinois* 6
2 Appalachian State* 29
Furman 23
Richmond 38
3 Hampton* 10
Richmond* 20
Furman 24
Nicholls State 12
Furman* 14

* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 10 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Grambling State Alabama A&M Grambling State, 45–6[6]

Final poll standings

Standings are from The Sports Network final 2005 poll.

Rank[7] Team Record
1 Appalachian State Mountaineers 12–3
2 Northern Iowa Panthers 11–4
3 Furman Paladins 11–3
4 Texas State Bobcats 11–3
5 New Hampshire Wildcats 11–2
6 Cal Poly Mustangs 9–4
7 Southern Illinois Salukis 9–4
8 Richmond Spiders 9–4
9 Georgia Southern Eagles 8–4
10 Hampton Pirates 11–1
11 Grambling State Tigers 11–1
12 Montana Grizzlies 8–4
13 Eastern Washington Eagles 7–5
14 Youngstown State Penguins 8–3
15 Brown Bears 9–1
16 Eastern Illinois Panthers 9–3
17 Nicholls State Colonels 6–4
18 Montana State Bobcats 7–4
19 Massachusetts Minutemen 7–4
20 South Carolina State Bulldogs 9–2
21 Lafayette Leopards 8–4
22 Illinois State Redbirds 7–4
23 Colgate Raiders 8–4
24 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 9–2
25 James Madison Dukes 7–4

References

  1. ^ "Erik Meyer wins 2005 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  2. ^ "Chris Gocong wins 2005 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  3. ^ Elizabeth A. Davis (2005-12-16). "Appalachian State takes fumble and I-AA title from N. Iowa". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  4. ^ Sal Ruibal and Gary Mihoces (2005-08-14). "NCAA wants spearing on the endangered species list". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  5. ^ "2005 Playoff Bracket". NCAA. Retrieved 2008-12-20.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Associated Press (2005-12-10). "Alabama A&M 6, Grambling State 45". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  7. ^ "Final Sports Network's 2005 FCS College Football Poll". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2008-12-20.