2011 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonSeptember 1 – November 12, 2011
PlayoffsNovember 19 – December 17, 2011[1]
National ChampionshipBraly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
ChampionPittsburg State
Harlon Hill TrophyJonas Randolph, Mars Hill

The 2011 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 September 1, 2011, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 17, 2011 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Pittsburg State Gorillas defeated the Wayne State Warriors, 35–21, to win their second Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Jonas Randolph, running back from Mars Hill.

Conference and program changes

School Former conference New conference
Arkansas–Monticello Boll Weevils Gulf South Great American
Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys Gulf South Great American
Black Hills State Yellow Jackets DAC (NAIA) Independent
Central Oklahoma Bronchos Lone Star Independent
East Central Tigers Lone Star Great American
Harding Bisons Gulf South Great American
Henderson State Reddies Gulf South Great American
Lambuth Eagles Independent School closed
Lincoln Blue Tigers Independent MIAA
Lindenwood Lions HAAC (NAIA) Independent
Minot State Beavers DAC (NAIA) Independent
Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks MIAA Dropped program
Northeastern State RiverHawks Lone Star Independent
Ouachita Baptist Tigers Gulf South Great American
Saint Paul's Tigers CIAA Dropped program
Sioux Falls Cougars GPAC (NAIA) Independent
South Dakota Mines Hardrockers DAC (NAIA) Independent
Southern Arkansas Muleriders Gulf South Great American
Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm Lone Star Great American
Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs Lone Star Great American
William Jewell Cardinals HAAC (NAIA) Independent

Ohio Dominican completed their transition to Division II and became eligible for the postseason.

Conference standings

Super Region 1

2011 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Northern
Elizabeth City St. xy^   6 1     8 4  
Virginia State   4 3     5 5  
Virginia Union   3 4     5 5  
Bowie State   3 4     4 6  
Chowan   2 5     3 7  
Lincoln (PA)   2 5     2 8  
Southern
No. 3 Winston-Salem St. xy$^   7 0     13 1  
Johnson C. Smith   4 3     6 5  
Fayetteville State   4 3     4 6  
St. Augustine's   3 4     4 6  
Shaw   3 4     3 7  
Livingstone   0 7     1 9  
Championship: Winston–Salem State 38, Elizabeth City State 18
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2011 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 8 New Haven $^   8 0     11 2  
Southern Connecticut   6 2     7 3  
American International   5 3     6 4  
Bentley   5 3     6 4  
Merrimack   5 3     6 4  
Assumption   3 5     4 6  
Stonehill   3 5     4 7  
Saint Anselm   1 7     1 9  
Pace   0 8     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2011 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East
No. 13 Kutztown xy$^   6 1     11 2  
C. W. Post x   6 1     7 4  
No. 21 Bloomsburg   5 2     9 2  
Shippensburg   4 3     7 4  
West Chester   4 3     5 6  
Millersville   2 5     3 8  
East Stroudsburg   1 6     3 8  
Cheyney   0 7     1 10  
West
No. 15 California (PA) x^   6 1     10 3  
Slippery Rock xy   6 1     8 3  
Indiana (PA)   5 2     7 3  
Edinboro   4 3     7 4  
Gannon   3 4     4 7  
Mercyhurst   2 5     4 7  
Clarion   2 5     3 8  
Lock Haven   0 7     0 10  
Championship: Kutztown 21, Slippery Rock 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2011 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Concord $^   7 1     7 4  
No. 22 Shepherd   6 2     9 2  
No. 24 West Virginia Wesleyan   6 2     9 2  
Charleston (WV)   5 3     5 6  
Glenville State   5 3     5 6  
Fairmont State   4 4     7 4  
Seton Hill   1 7     1 10  
West Liberty   1 7     1 10  
West Virginia State   1 7     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


Super Region 2

2011 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 4 Delta State $^   3 1     11 3  
No. 14 North Alabama ^   2 2     9 4  
No. 23 West Alabama ^   2 2     8 4  
West Georgia   2 2     6 4  
Valdosta State   1 3     6 4  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2011 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 19 Mars Hill +^   6 1     8 3  
Lenoir–Rhyne +   6 1     7 3  
Wingate   4 3     5 6  
Newberry   4 3     4 6  
Carson–Newman   3 4     5 6  
Catawba   2 5     3 8  
Tusculum   2 5     3 8  
Brevard   1 6     3 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2011 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East
Morehouse x   6 1     8 2  
Albany State xy^   6 1     8 4  
Fort Valley State   2 5     2 8  
Benedict   1 6     2 8  
Clark Atlanta   1 6     2 8  
West
Stillman x   5 2     7 4  
Miles xy$   5 2     7 5  
Tuskegee   4 3     4 6  
Kentucky State   3 4     6 4  
Lane   2 5     4 6  
Championship: Miles 20, Albany State 17
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2011 NCAA Division II Super Region 2 independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 12 North Greenville ^       11 3  
UNC Pembroke       8 3  
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 3

2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North
Grand Valley State   7 3     8 3  
Saginaw Valley State ^   7 3     7 4  
Indianapolis   6 4     7 4  
Michigan Tech   6 4     7 4  
Ferris State   5 5     6 5  
Northern Michigan   3 7     4 7  
Northwood   1 9     2 9  
South
Hillsdale $   8 2     8 3  
No. 2 Wayne State (MI) ^   7 3     12 4  
Ohio Dominican   6 4     7 4  
Ashland   6 4     6 5  
Findlay   6 4     6 5  
Lake Erie   2 8     3 8  
Tiffin   0 10     0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2011 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North
No. 6 Minnesota–Duluth +^   8 2     11 3  
No. 17 St. Cloud State +^   8 2     9 3  
Bemidji State   7 3     8 3  
Mary   4 6     5 6  
Northern State   4 6     5 6  
MSU Moorhead   1 9     2 9  
Minnesota–Crookston   0 10     1 10  
South
Minnesota State +   8 2     9 3  
Wayne State (NE)   7 3     7 4  
Winona State   7 3     7 4  
Augustana (SD)   6 4     6 5  
Concordia–St. Paul   5 5     6 5  
SW Minnesota State   3 7     3 8  
Upper Iowa   2 8     3 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2011 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 9 CSU Pueblo $^   9 0     11 1  
No. 10 Nebraska–Kearney ^   8 1     10 2  
Colorado Mines   6 3     8 3  
Chadron State   6 3     6 5  
Adams State   4 5     6 5  
Western New Mexico   4 5     5 6  
Colorado Mesa   3 6     4 7  
New Mexico Highlands   2 7     4 7  
Fort Lewis   2 7     3 8  
Western State   1 8     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2011 Great Lakes Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Urbana $   3 0     8 3  
Missouri S&T   2 1     6 5  
Saint Joseph's (IN)   1 2     2 8  
Kentucky Wesleyan   0 3     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2011 NCAA Division II Super Region 3 independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Sioux Falls #       5 4  
Notre Dame (OH) #       5 6  
William Jewell #       4 6  
Black Hills State #       3 7  
Minot State #       2 8  
Central State       1 10  
South Dakota Mines #       1 10  
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 4

2011 Great American Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Ouachita Baptist $   6 1     7 3  
Henderson State   4 1     6 4  
East Central   6 2     8 3  
Arkansas–Monticello   3 3     5 6  
Harding   3 3     4 7  
Southern Arkansas   3 4     3 7  
SW Oklahoma State   3 5     5 6  
Arkansas Tech   1 4     2 8  
SE Oklahoma State   1 7     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 20 Humboldt State $   7 1     9 1  
Western Oregon   6 2     6 5  
Central Washington   4 4     4 6  
Simon Fraser #   2 6     3 7  
Dixie State   1 7     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2011 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 7 Midwestern State $^   8 0     10 1  
No. 16 Abilene Christian ^   7 1     8 3  
No. 25 West Texas A&M   6 2     8 3  
Tarleton State   5 3     6 5  
Texas A&M–Kingsville   4 4     6 5  
Angelo State   2 6     5 6  
Incarnate Word   2 6     2 8  
Eastern New Mexico   1 7     2 9  
Texas A&M–Commerce   1 7     1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • † – Eastern New Mexico vacated both wins.
Rankings from AFCA poll
2011 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 Pittsburg State $^   8 1     13 1  
No. 5 NW Missouri State ^   7 2     11 3  
No. 11 Washburn ^   7 2     10 3  
No. 18 Missouri Western ^   7 2     9 3  
Central Missouri   6 3     8 4  
Emporia State   3 6     5 6  
Fort Hays State   3 6     4 7  
Truman   2 7     4 7  
Missouri Southern   2 7     3 7  
Lincoln (MO)   0 9     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2011 NCAA Division II Super Region 4 independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Lindenwood #       8 3  
Northeastern State       7 5  
Southwest Baptist       6 5  
OK Panhandle State       3 7  
Central Oklahoma       2 9  
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Conference summaries

See also: List of NCAA Division II football seasons

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Winston-Salem State
Great American ConferenceOuachita Baptist
Great Lakes Football Conference – Urbana
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Hillsdale
Great Northwest Athletic Conference – Humboldt State
Gulf South Conference – Delta State
Lone Star Conference – Midwestern State
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Pittsburg State
Northeast-10 Conference – New Haven
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Duluth (North) and Minnesota State–Mankato (South)
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Kutztown
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – CSU Pueblo
South Atlantic Conference – Lenoir-Rhyne and Mars Hill
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Miles
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Concord (WV)

Postseason

2011 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams24
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach
  • championship

The 2011 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 38th 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 24th time.

Seeded teams

Playoff bracket

  First Round
November 19
Campus Sites
Second Round
November 26
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 3
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 10
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 17
Braly Municipal Stadium,
Florence, Alabama
                                               
       
       
  1 Delta State* 42  
    5 North Alabama 14  
5 North Alabama 43
4 West Alabama* 27  
  1 Delta State* 28  
Super Region 2
  3 North Greenville 23  
       
       
  2 Mars Hill* 38
    3 North Greenville 52  
3 North Greenville* 63
6 Albany State 14  
  1 Delta State 23  
  2 Pittsburg State* 49  
       
       
  1 Midwestern State* 31
    5 NW Missouri State 38  
5 NW Missouri State 35
4 Missouri Western* 29  
  5 NW Missouri State 16
Super Region 4
  2 Pittsburg State* 41  
       
       
  2 Pittsburg State* 31
    3 Washburn 22  
3 Washburn* 52
6 Abilene Christian 49  
2 Pittsburg State 35
6 Wayne State (MI) 21
       
       
  1 Winston-Salem State* 35  
    5 California (PA) 28  
5 California (PA)* 44
4 Elizabeth City State 0  
  1 Winston-Salem State* 27  
Super Region 1
  2 New Haven 7  
       
       
  2 New Haven* 44
    3 Kutztown 37  
3 Kutztown* 17
6 Concord 14  
  1 Winston-Salem State* 14
  6 Wayne State (MI) 21  
     
     
  1 CSU Pueblo* 21
    4 Minnesota–Duluth 24  
4 Minnesota–Duluth*† 30
5 Saginaw Valley State 27  
  4 Minnesota–Duluth* 25      
Super Region 3
  6 Wayne State (MI) 31        
     
     
  2 Nebraska–Kearney* 14
    6 Wayne State (MI) 38  
6 Wayne State (MI) 48
3 St. Cloud State* 38  

Home team    † Overtime

See also

References

  1. ^ "2010-2014 Pittsburg State Schedules". College Football Warehouse. cfbdatawarehouse.com. Archived from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "2011 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved January 27, 2014.