1980 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1980 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
Number of teams45
DurationAugust–November
Playoff
DurationDecember 13–December 20
Championship date December 20, 1980
Championship site Hughes Stadium,
Sacramento, California
Champion Boise State
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The 1980 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I-AA level. The third season of I-AA football began in August 1980 and four teams were selected for the postseason, with the national semifinals played on December 13. The 1980 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game was the Camellia Bowl played on December 20 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California. [1] [2]

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In a game with multiple lead changes, the Boise State Broncos won their first (and only) I-AA championship, defeating the defending national champion Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 31−29. [3] With less than a minute to play, the Broncos drove eighty yards for the winning touchdown, a 14-yard pass from quarterback Joe Aliotti to tight end Duane Dlouhy with twelve seconds remaining. [4]

Conference changes and new programs

School1979 Conference1980 Conference
Akron Mid-Continent (D-II) Ohio Valley (I-AA)
Delaware D-II Independent I-AA Independent
James Madison D-III Independent I-AA Independent
Maryland Eastern Shore MEAC Dropped Program
Nicholls State D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Southeastern Louisiana D-II Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standings

1980 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 7 Boise State $^610  1030
Idaho 430  650
Nevada 430  641
Idaho State 440  650
Weber State 440  470
Montana State 340  460
Northern Arizona 340  560
Montana 160  370
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Idaho State and Weber State met twice in league play with each game counting as a half game.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA AP Poll
1980 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. T–3 South Carolina State $500  1010
North Carolina A&T 320  930
Howard 221  622
Bethune–Cookman 221  541
Florida A&M 230  560
Delaware State 050  290
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1980 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Western Kentucky $610  910
No. T–3 Eastern Kentucky ^520  1030
No. T–10 Murray State 520  920
Austin Peay 520  740
Akron 241  371
Morehead State 250  470
Middle Tennessee 250  280
Tennessee Tech 160  470
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1980 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Grambling State +^510  1020
Jackson State +510  830
Alcorn State 330  640
Mississippi Valley State 330  550
Southern 330  461
Texas Southern 240  290
Prairie View A&M 060  280
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1980 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 9 Boston University $500  920
No. T–10 UMass 410  730
No. T–10 Connecticut 320  730
New Hampshire 230  640
Maine 140  470
Rhode Island 050  290
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1980 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Lehigh ^    912
No. 6 Delaware     920
Southeastern Louisiana     820
No. 8 Northwestern State     830
Portland State     830
Bucknell     640
James Madison     460
Lafayette     370
Nicholls State     290
Northeastern     290
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Associated Press poll

Conference champions

Conference champions

Big Sky Conference – Boise State
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – South Carolina State
Ohio Valley Conference – Western Kentucky
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Grambling State and Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Boston University

Postseason

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

The bracket consisted of three regional selections (West, East, and South) plus Eastern Kentucky as an at-large selection. [5]

Semifinals
December 13
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 20
Camellia Bowl
Hughes StadiumSacramento, CA
      
AtLg Eastern Kentucky 23
East Lehigh* 20
AtLg Eastern Kentucky 29
West Boise State31
South Grambling State 9
West Boise State * 14

*Denotes host institution

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References

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  2. "Camellia: Who vs. who?". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. December 20, 1980. p. 24.
  3. "1980 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
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