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2012 NCAA Division II football season

The 2012 NCAA Division II football season, part of National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 1, 2012, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 15, 2012 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Valdosta State Blazers defeated the Winston-Salem State Rams, 35–7, to win their third Division II national title.[2]

It proved to be the final season for the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). Shortly before the start of the 2012–13 school year, the WVIAC's nine football-playing members announced plans to break away and form a new league. Before the new conference was announced, one of the nine breakaway schools (Seton Hill) chose instead to join the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference; the remaining eight schools joined with three other football-playing schools and one non-football WVIAC member left out of the original split. The new league, officially unveiled in August 2012 as the Mountain East Conference, began play in 2013.

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Zach Zulli, quarterback from Shippensburg.

Conference changes and new programs

School 2011 Conference 2012 Conference
Azusa Pacific GSAC (NAIA) GNAC (D-II)
Saint Paul's (VA) CIAA (D-II) School Closed
Shorter MSC (NAIA) GSC (D-II)

Conference standings

2012 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
Elizabeth City State x   6 1         8 4  
Chowan   5 2         6 4  
Virginia Union   3 4         5 5  
Virginia State   3 4         4 6  
Bowie State   2 5         5 5  
Lincoln (PA)   1 6         1 9  
South
#2 Winston-Salem St. x$^   7 0         14 1  
Johnson C. Smith   5 2         6 4  
St. Augustine's   4 3         6 4  
Shaw   3 4         4 6  
Livingstone   2 5         2 8  
Fayetteville State   1 6         2 8  
Championship: WSSU 34, ECSU 19
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 Great American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Henderson State $^   8 0         10 1  
#19 Harding ^   7 1         9 2  
Southern Arkansas   6 2         8 3  
Ouachita Baptist   4 4         6 2  
East Central   4 4         6 5  
Arkansas Tech   3 5         5 6  
SE Oklahoma State   2 6         4 6  
SW Oklahoma State   2 6         3 7  
Arkansas-Monticello   0 8         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
Grand Valley State x   7 3         8 3  
Saginaw Valley State   7 3         8 3  
Michigan Tech   7 3         7 3  
Hillsdale   7 3         7 4  
Wayne State (MI)   5 5         5 5  
Northwood (MI)   4 6         5 6  
Northern Michigan   4 6         5 6  
South
#9 Ashland $^   10 0         11 1  
Ohio Dominican   7 3         8 3  
Findlay   7 3         7 3  
Lake Erie   3 7         3 8  
Notre Dame (OH)   2 8         3 8  
Tiffin   2 8         3 8  
Walsh   2 8         3 8  
Malone   1 9         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 Great Lakes Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#15 Indianapolis $^   8 0         10 3  
#24 Missouri S&T   7 1         10 1  
Urbana   5 3         7 4  
St. Joseph's (IN)   5 3         6 5  
Central State   4 4         4 7  
McKendree   3 5         3 7  
Quincy   3 5         3 8  
William Jewell   1 7         2 9  
Kentucky Wesleyan   0 8         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Central Washington $   7 3         7 4  
Humboldt State   6 4         7 4  
Western Oregon   6 4         6 5  
Simon Fraser   4 6         5 6  
Azusa Pacific   4 6         4 7  
Dixie State   3 7         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#21 West Alabama $^   5 0         9 4  
#1 Valdosta State ^   4 1         12 2  
Shorter   2 3         6 5  
North Alabama   2 3         5 5  
Delta State   1 4         3 7  
West Georgia   1 4         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
UNC Pembroke           6 4  
North Greenville           5 6  
OK Panhandle State           4 6  
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 Midwestern State +^   7 1         9 2  
#4 West Texas A&M +^   7 1         12 3  
Tarleton State   5 3         6 4  
Texas A&M-Kingsville   5 3         6 6  
Abilene Christian   4 4         7 4  
Angelo State   4 4         5 6  
Eastern New Mexico   2 6         3 8  
Incarnate Word   1 7         2 9  
Texas A&M-Commerce   1 7         1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Missouri Western $^   9 1         12 2  
#22 Emporia State   9 2         10 2  
#10 NW Missouri St. ^   8 2         10 3  
Pittsburg State   7 3         7 3  
Lindenwood   7 3         8 4  
Washburn   7 4         7 4  
Central Missouri   6 4         6 4  
Missouri Southern St.   5 5         6 5  
Fort Hays State   4 6         5 6  
Northeastern State   4 6         4 6  
Truman State   3 7         4 7  
Southwest Baptist   3 8         3 8  
Nebraska-Kearney   2 8         3 8  
Central Oklahoma   2 8         2 8  
Lincoln (MO)   1 10         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8 New Haven $^   8 0         10 1  
American Int'l College   7 1         7 3  
Bentley   6 2         8 2  
Stonehill   5 3         5 5  
Merrimack   4 4         6 4  
Assumption   3 5         3 7  
So. Connecticut St.   2 6         3 8  
St. Anselm   1 7         2 9  
Pace   0 8         0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#12 Minnesota-Duluth x^   10 1         10 2  
Bemidji State   7 4         7 4  
St. Cloud State   7 4         7 4  
Northern State   6 5         6 5  
Mary   4 7         4 7  
Minot State   3 8         3 8  
Minnesota-Crookston   2 9         2 9  
MSU-Moorhead   1 10         1 10  
South
#3 MSU-Mankato x$^   11 0         13 1  
Winona State   9 2         10 2  
Sioux Falls   9 2         9 2  
Wayne State (NE)   6 5         6 5  
Augustana College   5 6         5 6  
Southwest Minnesota State   4 7         4 7  
Concordia-St. Paul   2 9         2 9  
Upper Iowa   2 9         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
#14 Shippensburg x^   7 0         11 2  
#17 Bloomsburg ^   6 1         10 2  
West Chester   4 3         7 4  
East Stroudsburg   4 3         5 5  
Kutztown   4 3         7 4  
LIU Post   2 5         3 7  
Millersville   1 6         2 9  
Cheyney   0 7         1 10  
West
#7 Indiana (PA) x$^   6 1         12 3  
Mercyhurst   6 1         9 2  
California (PA)   5 2         8 3  
Slippery Rock   5 2         6 5  
Edinboro   3 4         4 6  
Clarion   2 5         4 7  
Gannon   1 6         3 8  
Lock Haven   0 7         1 10  
Championship: Indiana 41, Shippensburg 10
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 CSU–Pueblo $^   9 0         12 1  
#18 Chadron State ^   8 1         9 3  
New Mexico Highlands   7 2         8 3  
Adams State   6 3         8 3  
Colorado Mines   4 5         6 5  
Colorado Mesa   4 5         5 6  
Black Hills State   3 6         4 7  
Western New Mexico   4 5         4 6  
Western State (CO)   1 8         1 10  
Fort Lewis   0 9         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

2012 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#20 Lenoir–Rhyne $^   6 1         9 3  
#13 Carson–Newman ^   5 2         9 3  
Mars Hill   5 2         6 4  
Wingate   5 2         6 5  
Newberry   3 4         5 6  
Catawba   2 5         4 7  
Brevard   1 6         2 9  
Tusculum   1 6         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Fort Valley State x   6 1         8 3  
Albany State   5 2         6 4  
Morehouse   2 5         3 7  
Clark Atlanta   1 6         2 8  
Benedict   1 6         1 9  
West
#23 Tuskegee x$   7 0         10 2  
Miles ^   6 1         8 2  
Stillman   4 3         6 5  
Lane   3 4         5 5  
Kentucky State   0 7         1 8  
Championship: Tuskeegee 55, Fort Valley 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#25 Shepherd $^   7 1         8 3  
Charleston (WV)   6 2         9 2  
Concord   6 2         7 4  
Glenville State   6 2         6 5  
West Liberty   4 4         6 5  
Fairmont State   4 4         4 6  
West Virginia Wesleyan   2 6         3 8  
West Virginia State   1 7         2 9  
Seton Hill   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Conference champions

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Winston-Salem State (14–1, 7–0)
Great American Conference – Henderson State
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Ashland
Great Lakes Valley ConferenceIndianapolis
Great Northwest Athletic Conference – Central Washington
Gulf South Conference – West Alabama
Lone Star Conference – Midwestern State and West Texas A&M
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Missouri Western State
Northeast-10 Conference – New Haven
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Duluth (North) and Minnesota State–Mankato (South)
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Indiana (PA)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – CSU Pueblo
South Atlantic Conference – Lenoir-Rhyne
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Tuskegee
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference‡ – Shepherd

Postseason

2012 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 24
Finals Site Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champions Valdosta State (3rd title)
Runner-Up Winston-Salem State (1st championship game)
Semifinalists West Texas A&M
Minnesota State–Mankato

The 2012 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 39th 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 25th time.

Seeded teams

Playoff bracket

  First Round
November 17
Campus Sites
    Second Round
November 24
Campus Sites
    Quarterfinals
December 1
Campus Sites
    Semifinals
December 8
Campus Sites
    National Championship Game
December 15
Braly Municipal Stadium,
Florence, Alabama
                                               
       Winston-Salem State 37  
   Shippensburg 58      Shippensburg 14    
   Bloomsburg 20          Winston-Salem State 21  
Super Region 2      Indiana (PA) 17    
       New Haven 14    
   Indiana (PA) 27      Indiana (PA) 17  
   Shepherd 17  
     Winston-Salem State 41  
     West Texas A&M 18    
       CSU–Pueblo 28      
   Indianapolis 31      Indianapolis 7    
   Midwestern State 14          CSU–Pueblo 13  
Super Region 4      West Texas A&M 34  
       Ashland 28    
   West Texas A&M 38      West Texas A&M 33  
   Chadron State 30  
     Winston-Salem State 7
     Valdosta State 35
       Valdosta State 49      
   West Alabama 41      West Alabama 21    
   Miles 7          Valdosta State 48  
Super Region 1      Carson–Newman 26    
       Carson–Newman 38    
   Lenoir–Rhyne 21      Lenoir–Rhyne 35  
   Fort Valley State 6  
     Valdosta State 35  
     Minnesota State–Mankato 19  
       Minnesota State–Mankato 38      
   NW Missouri State 35      NW Missouri State 35    
   Harding 0          Minnesota State–Mankato 17  
Super Region 3      Mo. Western State 10  
       Henderson State 21    
   Mo. Western State (3OT) 57      Mo. Western State 45  
   Minnesota–Duluth 55  

Home team    † Overtime

Awards and honors

Harlon Hill Trophy

The Harlon Hill Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.[3]

Player School Position 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Zach Zulli Shippensburg QB 52 14 18 202
Michael Hill Missouri Western RB 23 26 17 138
Franklyn Quiteh Bloomsburg RB 8 27 23 101
Dustin Vaughan West Texas A&M QB 10 14 10 68
Taylor Housewight Ashland QB 7 14 15 64

References

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