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1978 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1978 NCAA Division I-AA football season

1978 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1978
Playoff
Duration December 9–16, 1978
Championship site Memorial Stadium, Wichita Falls, TX
Champion Florida A&M Rattlers
Division I-AA football season
«1977
1979»

The 1978 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 1978, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 16, 1978, at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. In the first ever season of Division I-AA football after these teams split away from the Division I University Division after the 1977 season. The Florida A&M Rattlers won their first I-AA championship, defeating Massachusetts Minutemen by a final score of 35−28.[1]

As of 2013, Florida A&M remains the only team from an HBCU to either make it to or win the I-AA/FCS national championship game.

Conference Champions

Conference Champions

Big Sky ConferenceNorthern Arizona
Mid-Eastern Athletic ConferenceSouth Carolina State
Ohio Valley ConferenceWestern Kentucky
Southwestern Athletic ConferenceGrambling State
Yankee ConferenceMassachusetts

Postseason

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

Semifinals
December 9
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 17
Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, TX
           
Florida A&M 15
Jackson State* 10
Florida A&M 35
Massachusetts 28
Massachusetts 44
Nevada* 21

* Denotes host institution

References

  1. ^ "1978 NCAA Division I Football Championship". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
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