2012 NCAA Division II football season

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2012 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonSeptember 1 – November 10, 2012
PlayoffsNovember 17 – December 15, 2012 [1]
National Championship Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champion Valdosta State
Harlon Hill Trophy Zach Zulli, Shippensburg

The 2012 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 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]

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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

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
Azusa Pacific Cougars Independent (NAIA) GNAC
Black Hills State Yellow Jackets Independent RMAC
Central Oklahoma Bronchos Independent MIAA
Central State Marauders Independent GLVC
Indianapolis Greyhounds GLIAC GLVC
Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers GLFC GLVC
Lindenwood Lions Independent MIAA
Malone Pioneers Independent (NAIA) GLIAC
McKendree Bearcats Independent (NAIA) GLVC
McMurry War Hawks American Southwest (D-III) Independent
Minot State Beavers Independent NSIC
Missouri S&T Miners GLFC GLVC
Nebraska–Kearney Lopers RMAC MIAA
Northeastern State RiverHawks Independent MIAA
Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers CSFL (NAIA) Independent
Notre Dame Falcons Independent GLIAC
Quincy Hawks MSFA (NAIA) GLVC
Saint Joseph's Pumas GLFC GLVC
Shorter Hawks Mid-South (NAIA) Gulf South
Sioux Falls Cougars Independent NSIC
Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm CSFL (NAIA) Independent
Southwest Baptist Bearcats Independent MIAA
Urbana Blue Knights GLFC GLVC
Walsh Cavaliers Independent (NAIA) GLIAC
William Jewell Cardinals Independent GLVC

Minot State, Notre Dame (OH), Simon Fraser, Sioux Falls, and William Jewell completed their transitions to Division II and became eligible for the postseason.

Regional realignment

The GNAC, MIAA, and Great American moved from Super Region 4 to Super Region 3, while the RMAC and GLIAC moved in the opposite direction; the GLVC, newly sponsoring football, was assigned to Super Region 4.

Conference standings

Super Region 1

2012 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northern
Elizabeth City State xy 61    84 
Chowan  52    64 
Virginia Union  34    55 
Virginia State  34    46 
Bowie State  25    55 
Lincoln (PA)  16    19 
Southern
No. 2 Winston-Salem St. xy$^ 70    141 
Johnson C. Smith  52    64 
St. Augustine's  43    64 
Shaw  34    46 
Livingstone  25    28 
Fayetteville State  16    28 
Championship: Winston-Salem State 34, Elizabeth City State 19
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 New Haven y$^ 80    101 
American International y 71    73 
Bentley  62    82 
Stonehill  53    55 
Merrimack  44    64 
Assumption  35    37 
Southern Connecticut  26    38 
Saint Anselm  17    29 
Pace  08    09 
Championship: New Haven 37, American International 12
  • $ Conference champion
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
No. 14 Shippensburg xy^ 70    112 
No. 17 Bloomsburg ^ 61    102 
West Chester  43    74 
East Stroudsburg  43    55 
Kutztown  43    74 
LIU Post  25    37 
Millersville  16    29 
Cheyney  07    110 
West
No. 7 Indiana (PA) xy$^ 61    123 
Mercyhurst x 61    92 
California (PA)  52    83 
Slippery Rock  52    65 
Edinboro  34    46 
Clarion  25    47 
Gannon  16    38 
Lock Haven  07    110 
Championship: Indiana (PA) 41, Shippensburg 10
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 25 Shepherd $^ 71    83 
Charleston (WV)  62    92 
Concord  62    74 
Glenville State  62    65 
West Liberty  44    65 
Fairmont State  44    46 
West Virginia Wesleyan  26    38 
West Virginia State  17    29 
Seton Hill  08    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 2

2012 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 21 West Alabama $^ 50    94 
No. 1 Valdosta State ^ 41    122 
Shorter # 23    65 
North Alabama  23    55 
Delta State  14    37 
West Georgia  14    37 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional NCAA Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 20 Lenoir–Rhyne $^ 61    93 
No. 13 Carson–Newman ^ 52    93 
Mars Hill  52    64 
Wingate  52    65 
Newberry  34    56 
Catawba  25    47 
Brevard  16    29 
Tusculum  16    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA 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 xy^ 61    84 
Albany State  52    64 
Morehouse  25    37 
Clark Atlanta  16    28 
Benedict  16    19 
West
No. 23 Tuskegee xy$ 70    102 
Miles ^ 61    82 
Stillman  43    65 
Lane  34    55 
Kentucky State  07    28 
Championship: Tuskegee 55, Fort Valley State 24
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 NCAA Division II Super Region 2 independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
UNC Pembroke      64 
North Greenville      56 
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 3

2012 Great American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 Henderson St. $^ 80    101 
No. 19 Harding ^ 71    92 
Southern Arkansas  62    83 
Ouachita Baptist  44    62 
East Central  44    65 
Arkansas Tech  35    56 
SE Oklahoma State  26    46 
SW Oklahoma State  26    37 
Arkansas–Monticello  08    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Central Washington $ 73    74 
Humboldt State  64    74 
Western Oregon  64    65 
Simon Fraser  46    56 
Azusa Pacific # 46    47 
Dixie State  37    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Missouri Western $^ 91    122 
No. 22 Emporia State  92    102 
No. 10 NW Missouri State ^ 82    103 
Pittsburg State  73    73 
Lindenwood # 73    84 
Washburn  74    74 
Central Missouri  64    64 
Missouri Southern  55    65 
Fort Hays State  46    56 
Northeastern State  46    46 
Truman  37    47 
Southwest Baptist  38    38 
Nebraska–Kearney  28    38 
Central Oklahoma  28    28 
Lincoln (MO)  110    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional NCAA Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North
No. 12 Minnesota–Duluth ^ 101    102 
Bemidji State  74    74 
St. Cloud State  74    74 
Northern State  65    65 
Mary  47    47 
Minot State  38    38 
Minnesota–Crookston  29    29 
MSU Moorhead  110    110 
South
No. 3 Minnesota State $^ 110    131 
Winona State  92    102 
Sioux Falls  92    92 
Wayne State (NE)  65    65 
Augustana (SD)  56    56 
SW Minnesota State  47    47 
Concordia–St. Paul  29    29 
Upper Iowa  29    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 4

2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North
Grand Valley State  73    83 
Saginaw Valley State  73    83 
Michigan Tech  73    73 
Hillsdale  73    74 
Ferris State  64    74 
Wayne State (MI)  55    55 
Northwood  46    56 
Northern Michigan  46    56 
South
No. 9 Ashland $^ 100    111 
Ohio Dominican  73    83 
Findlay  73    73 
Lake Erie  37    38 
Notre Dame (OH)  28    38 
Tiffin  28    38 
Walsh * 28    38 
Malone * 19    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • * – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA poll
2012 Great Lakes Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 15 Indianapolis $^ 80    103 
No. 24 Missouri S&T  71    101 
Urbana  53    74 
Saint Joseph's (IN)  53    65 
Central State  44    47 
McKendree # 35    37 
Quincy  35    38 
William Jewell  17    29 
Kentucky Wesleyan  08    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 16 Midwestern State +^ 71    92 
No. 4 West Texas A&M +^ 71    123 
Tarleton State  53    64 
Texas A&M–Kingsville  53    66 
Abilene Christian  44    74 
Angelo State  44    56 
Eastern New Mexico 26    37 
Incarnate Word  17    29 
Texas A&M–Commerce  17    19 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • † – Eastern New Mexico vacated all three wins.
Rankings from AFCA poll
2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 CSU–Pueblo $^ 90    121 
No. 18 Chadron State ^ 81    93 
New Mexico Highlands  72    83 
Adams State  63    83 
Colorado Mines  45    65 
Colorado Mesa  45    47 
Black Hills State # 36    47 
Western New Mexico  36    47 
Western State  18    110 
Fort Lewis  09    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2012 NCAA Division II Super Region 4 independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
McMurry #     83 
OK Panhandle State      46 
NW Oklahoma State #     37 
South Dakota Mines #     29 
Southern Nazarene #     29 
  • # – Provisional Division II member
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 Football Championship
Teams24
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach
  • championship

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
                        
Shippensburg 58   Winston-Salem State 37 
Bloomsburg 20  Shippensburg14 
 Winston-Salem State21 
 IUP17 
IUP 27 New Haven 14
Shepherd 17  IUP17 
 Winston-Salem State41 
 West Texas A&M18 
Indianapolis 31   CSU–Pueblo 28 
Midwestern State 14  Indianapolis7 
 CSU–Pueblo13
 West Texas A&M34 
West Texas A&M 38 Ashland 28
Chadron State 30  West Texas A&M33 
 Winston-Salem State7
 Valdosta State35
West Alabama 41   Valdosta State 49 
Miles 7  West Alabama21 
 Valdosta State48
 Carson–Newman26 
Lenoir–Rhyne 21 Carson–Newman 38
Fort Valley State 6  Lenoir–Rhyne35 
 Valdosta State35
 Minnesota State19 
Northwest Missouri State 35   Minnesota State 38 
Harding 0  Northwest Missouri State35 
 Minnesota State17
 Missouri Western10 
Missouri Western
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57 Henderson State 21
Minnesota–Duluth 55  Missouri Western45 

* Home team    Overtime

Awards and honors

Harlon Hill Trophy

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

PlayerSchoolPosition1st2nd3rdTotal
Zach Zulli Shippensburg QB521418202
Michael Hill Missouri Western RB232617138
Franklyn Quiteh Bloomsburg RB82723101
Dustin Vaughan West Texas A&M QB10141068
Taylor Housewight Ashland QB7141564

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