1987 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1987 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton Award Kenny Gamble (RB, Colgate)
Playoff
DurationNovember 28–December 19
Championship date December 19, 1987
Championship site Minidome
Pocatello, Idaho
Champion Northeast Louisiana
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The 1987 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, began in August 1987, and concluded with the 1987 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 19, 1987, at the Minidome in Pocatello, Idaho. The Northeast Louisiana Indians (known as the Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks since 2006) won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd by a final score of 43–42. [1]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

School1986 Conference1987 Conference
Akron Ohio Valley Independent (I-A)
Arkansas State Southland I-AA Independent
Davidson Southern Colonial
Eastern Washington I-AA Independent Big Sky
Lamar Southland I-AA Independent
Louisiana Tech Southland I-AA Independent
Nicholls State Gulf Star I-AA Independent
Northwestern State Gulf Star Southland
Sam Houston State Gulf Star Southland
Southwest Texas State Gulf Star Southland
Stephen F. Austin Gulf Star Southland
Towson State D-II Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standings

1987 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Idaho $^710  930
No. 10 Weber State ^710  1030
Montana 530  650
Boise State 440  650
Nevada 440  560
Northern Arizona 440  740
Idaho State 350  371
Eastern Washington 260  470
Montana State 080  1100
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Poll
1987 Colonial League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Holy Cross $400  1100
Lehigh 311  551
Colgate 220  740
Lafayette 230  470
Bucknell 131  451
Davidson 030  1100
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1987 Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 Northern Iowa $^600  1040
Western Illinois 510  740
Eastern Illinois 330  560
SW Missouri State 330  560
Indiana State 240  560
Southern Illinois 240  380
Illinois State 060  370
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1987 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Harvard $610  820
Brown 520  730
Yale 520  730
Princeton 430  640
Cornell 430  550
Penn 340  460
Dartmouth 160  280
Columbia 070  0100
  • $ Conference champion
1987 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 20 Delaware State $500  910
No. 18 Howard 410  820
South Carolina State 320  650
Bethune–Cookman 230  470
North Carolina A&T 140  380
Morgan State 050  190
Florida A&M 000  551
  • $ Conference champion
  • Florida A&M games did not count as conference games in 1987; records adjusted for Howard and Arkansas Pine–Bluff forfeits to Delaware State
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1987 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 7 Eastern Kentucky +^510  930
No. 15 Youngstown State +^510  840
Middle Tennessee 420  650
Murray State 330  650
Tennessee Tech 240  560
Morehead State 150  280
Austin Peay 150  290
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1987 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Appalachian State $^ 70    113 
No. 14 Marshall ^ 42    105 
Furman  43    74 
Chattanooga  43    65 
VMI  24    47 
Western Carolina  24    47 
East Tennessee State  25    56 
The Citadel  15    47 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1987 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Northeast Louisiana $^600  1320
No. 19 Sam Houston State 510  830
No. 16 North Texas State ^510  750
Northwestern State 330  650
SW Texas State 240  470
Stephen F. Austin 150  371
McNeese State 150  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1987 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 9 Jackson State $^700  831
Southern 520  740
Alcorn State 520  630
Alabama State 430  830
Grambling State 340  560
Texas Southern 340  560
Prairie View A&M 160  380
Mississippi Valley State 070  1100
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1987 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 13 Maine +^610  840
No. 17 Richmond +^610  750
Connecticut 520  740
New Hampshire 430  730
Delaware 250  560
UMass 250  380
Boston University 250  380
Rhode Island 160  1100
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1987 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 6 Georgia Southern ^000  940
No. 8 James Madison ^000  930
No. 12 Arkansas State ^000  841
No. 11 Western Kentucky ^000  740
Villanova 000  640
Northeastern 000  650
Florida A&M 000  551
Nicholls State 000  551
William & Mary 000  560
Towson 000  460
Tennessee State 000  371
Lamar 000  380
Louisiana Tech 000  380
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference champions

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Idaho
Colonial League – Holy Cross
Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference – Northern Iowa
Ivy League – Harvard
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Howard
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Kentucky and Youngstown State
Southern Conference – Appalachian State
Southland Conference – Northeast Louisiana
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Richmond

Postseason

Four teams were seeded in the 16-team bracket; Appalachian State, Northeast Louisiana, Northern Iowa, and Idaho, who were seeded first through fourth, respectively. [2] Undefeated and top-ranked Holy Cross, [3] featuring Heisman Trophy candidate Gordie Lockbaum, did not participate in the postseason, per the rules of their conference, the Colonial League [4] (known as the Patriot League since 1990).

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) conference champion Howard Bison, who finished their regular season with a 9–1 record but did not receive an invitation to the I-AA playoffs, filed a lawsuit against the NCAA and sought a temporary restraining order to delay the start of the playoffs. [5] The lawsuit asserted "unlawful and racially motivated reasons" for the team being passed over. [5] Two days later, the request for a temporary restraining order was rejected by United States federal judge John Garrett Penn. [6] Howard then advocated that they, plus three other teams, should be added to the second round of the playoffs; the proposal was rejected by the NCAA, who said that Howard had played a weak schedule. [7] In September 1989, MEAC stripped Howard of their 1987 conference championship, retroactively awarding it to Delaware State, after finding that Howard had used some players beyond their four years of NCAA eligibility. [8]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

First Round
November 28
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
December 5
Campus sites
Semifinals
December 12
Campus sites
National Championship Game
December 19
Minidome
Pocatello, Idaho
        
Richmond 3
(1) Appalachian State* 20
(1) Appalachian State* 19
Georgia Southern 0
Maine 28
Georgia Southern * 31*
(1) Appalachian State* 10
Marshall24
Weber State59
(4) Idaho* 30
Weber State 23
Marshall* 51
James Madison 12
Marshall* 41
Marshall 42
(2) Northeast Louisiana43
North Texas State 9
(2) Northeast Louisiana * 30
(2) Northeast Louisiana* 33
Eastern Kentucky 32
Western Kentucky 17
Eastern Kentucky* 40
(2) Northeast Louisiana* 44**
(3) Northern Iowa 41
Youngstown State 28
(3) Northern Iowa* 31
(3) Northern Iowa* 49
Arkansas State 28
Arkansas State35
Jackson State* 32

*Next to team name denotes host institution
*Next to score denotes overtime periods

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