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2001 NCAA Division II football season


2001 NCAA Division II football season

The 2001 NCAA Division II football season, part of 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 1
  • Conference standings 2
  • Conference summaries 3
  • Postseason 4
    • Playoff bracket 4.1
  • References 5

Conference and program changes

Conference standings

2001 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Pittsburg State $^   8 1         11 2  
Central Missouri State   7 2         10 2  
Truman State   6 3         8 3  
Missouri Western State   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 State   3 6         4 6  
Washburn   2 7         3 8  
Missouri-Rolla   0 9         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Union
Columbia Football Association – Western Washington
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
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


2001 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 16
Finals Site Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champions North Dakota (1st title)
Runner-Up Grand Valley State (1st championship game)
Semifinalists Catawba
UC Davis

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
Campus sites
Campus sites
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
Indiana (PA) 32


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