2002 NCAA Division II football season

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2002 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonSeptember 7 – November 16, 2002
PlayoffsNovember 23 – December 14, 2002 [1]
National Championship Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champion Grand Valley State
Harlon Hill Trophy Curt Anes, Grand Valley State

The 2002 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 7, 2002, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 2002 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Grand Valley State Lakers defeated the Valdosta State Blazers, 31–24, to win their first Division II national title. [2]

Contents

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Curt Anes, quarterback from Grand Valley State.

Conference changes and new programs

School2001 Conference2002 Conference
Gardner-Webb D-II Independent Big South (I-AA)
Saint Augustine's Program Revived CIAA (D-II)
Savannah State D-II Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standings

2002 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 Grand Valley State ^ 90    140 
No. 15 Saginaw Valley State ^ 82    93 
No. 19 Findlay  82    92 
Northwood  73    74 
Northern Michigan  64    65 
Ferris State  45    55 
Indianapolis  46    56 
Hillsdale  46    47 
Michigan Tech  37    37 
Wayne State (MI)  37    38 
Ashland  28    29 
Mercyhurst  19    29 
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2002 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Central Washington $^ 30    111 
Western Washington  21    64 
Western Oregon  12    55 
Humboldt State  03    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2002 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
NW. Missouri State $^ 90    121 
Central Missouri State ^ 81    102 
Emporia State  63    93 
Pittsburg State  54    83 
Missouri Western State  45    65 
Truman State  45    56 
Missouri Southern State  36    56 
Washburn  36    38 
Southwest Baptist  27    38 
Missouri-Rolla  09    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2002 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 7 Northern Colorado $^ 80    122 
No. 21 St. Cloud State  62    92 
Nebraska–Omaha  53    65 
Augustana (SD)  44    74 
South Dakota State  44    64 
North Dakota  35    56 
Minnesota State  35    47 
South Dakota  26    38 
North Dakota State  17    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2002 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Nebraska–Kearney +^ 71    92 
Chadron State + 71    82 
Mesa State  53    56 
Colorado Mines  44    74 
Adams State  44    56 
Western State  44    56 
Fort Hays State  35    56 
Fort Lewis  26    38 
New Mexico Highlands  08    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
2002 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Carson–Newman $^ 70    121 
No. 18 Catawba ^ 61    83 
Presbyterian  52    83 
Mars Hill  43    74 
Tusculum  34    74 
Wingate  25    56 
Lenoir–Rhyne  16    37 
Newberry  07    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2002 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 9 Tuskegee $ 71    101 
Albany State  62    74 
Fort Valley State  62    74 
Miles  53    65 
Morehouse  44    65 
Lane  35    47 
Kentucky State  26    38 
Benedict  26    29 
Clark Atlanta  17    29 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2002 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 14 UC Davis ^     93 
New Haven      46 
Quincy      47 
Saint Joseph's (IN)      47 
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Fayetteville State
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Great Northwest Athletic Conference – Central Washington
Gulf South Conference – Valdosta State
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&M–Kingsville
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State
North Central Conference – Northern Colorado
Northeast-10 Conference – C.W. Post
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Duluth
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg (East), Indiana (PA) (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State and Nebraska–Kearney
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Tuskegee
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – West Virginia Wesleyan

Postseason

2002 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams16
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach
  • championship

The 2002 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 29th 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
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
        
Valdosta State 24
Catawba 7
Valdosta State31
Carson–Newman 28
Carson–Newman 40
Fayetteville State 27
Valdosta State21
Texas A&M–Kingsville 12
UC Davis 24
Central Washington 6
UC Davis 20
Texas A&M–Kingsville27*
Texas A&M–Kingsville 58
Nebraska–Kearney 40
Valdosta State 24
Grand Valley State31
Grand Valley State 62
C.W. Post 13
Grand Valley State62
Indiana (PA) 21
Indiana (PA) 27
Saginaw Valley State 23
Grand Valley State44
Northern Colorado 7
Northwest Missouri State 45
Minnesota–Duluth 41
Northwest Missouri State 12
Northern Colorado23
Northern Colorado Bears 49
Central Missouri State 28

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References

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  2. "2002 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved January 19, 2014.