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2005 NCAA Division I-AA football season


2005 NCAA Division I-AA football season

2005 NCAA Division I-AA season
2005 I-AA National Championship trophy (left).
Duration September 1 – November 25
Duration November 26 – December 16
Championship site Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
Champion Appalachian State Mountaineers[1]
Payton Award Erik Meyer[2]
Buchanan Award Chris Gocong[3]
Division I-AA football season

The 2005 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of the college football season, began on September 1, 2005 and concluded on December 16, 2005 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated the Northern Iowa Panthers to win the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship.

Rule changes for 2005

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

  • In an effort to bring spearing under control, the word "intentional" was removed from the rules.
  • A listing of examples for unsportsmanlike acts was developed in order to encourage more consistent application of the rule:
  • Examples of such acts include, but are not limited to:
    • Imitating a slash of the throat;
    • Resembling the firing of a weapon;
    • Bowing at the waist;
    • Punching one’s own chest excessively;
    • Crossing one’s arms in front of the chest;
    • Placing one’s hand by the ear as if to indicate that the player cannot hear the spectators;
    • Diving into the end zone when unchallenged by an opponent;
    • Entering the end zone with an unnatural stride (e.g., high stepping);
    • Going significantly beyond the end line to interact with spectators;
    • Standing over a prone player in a taunting manner;
    • Attempting to make the ball spin as it were a top;
    • Performing a choreographed act with a teammate(s) (e.g., pretending to take a photo, falling down in unison); and
    • Entering the field of play by coaches or substitutes in protest of officials' calls."
  • Additionally, the committee added language to the rule that reads: "Spontaneous celebrating with teammates on the field of play, provided it is not prolonged, taunting or intended to bring attention to the individual player, is allowed."

I-AA team wins over I-A teams

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


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


Conference Champion
Ivy League Brown
Southwestern Athletic Conference Grambling State


NCAA I-AA Playoff bracket

First Round[5]
November 26
Campus Sites
December 3
Campus Sites
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

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Elizabeth A. Davis (2005-12-16). "Appalachian State takes fumble and I-AA title from N. Iowa". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Erik Meyer wins 2005 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Chris Gocong wins 2005 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. 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. 
  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. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
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