2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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2014 NCAA Division I FCS season
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Regular season
DurationAugust 23 – November 22
Payton Award John Robertson, QB, Villanova
Buchanan Award Kyle Emanuel, DE, North Dakota State
Playoff
DurationNovember 29 – December 20
Championship date January 10, 2015
Championship site Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Champion North Dakota State
NCAA Division I FCS football seasons
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The 2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, was organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The season began on August 23, 2014, and concluded with the 2015 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game played on January 10, 2015, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

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Notable changes

Under a standard provision of NCAA rules, all FCS programs were allowed to play 12 regular-season games (not counting conference title games) in 2014. In years when the period starting with the Thursday before Labor Day and ending with the final Saturday in November contains 14 Saturdays, FCS programs may play 12 games instead of the regular 11. After this season, the next season in which 12-game seasons are allowed will be 2019. [1]

Conference changes and new programs

Several teams changed conferences from the 2013 season, with all moves officially taking effect on July 1, 2014.

School2013 Conference2014 Conference
Abilene Christian Independent Southland
Appalachian State SoCon Sun Belt (FBS)
Elon SoCon CAA
Georgia Southern SoCon Sun Belt (FBS)
Houston Baptist Independent Southland
Incarnate Word Independent Southland
Mercer Pioneer SoCon
Monmouth Independent Big South
Old Dominion Independent C-USA (FBS)
VMI Big South SoCon

Other headlines

FCS team wins over FBS teams

(FCS rankings from the Sports Network poll; FBS rankings from the AP Poll)

FCS results by conference against FBS opponents

FCS ConferenceGPRecordWin %PFPAPD
Ivy League 11–01.0004943+6
MVFC 122–10.167212384–172
Southland 132–11.154235656–421
Big South 81–7.125123348–225
OVC 111–10.091159495–336
MEAC 141–13.071146673–527
Pioneer 10–1.000066–66
Patriot 20–2.0004172–31
NEC 20–2.0003172–41
SWAC 50–5.00040224–184
Southern 110–11.000154443–289
CAA 110–11.000121487–366
Big Sky 170–17.000266696–430
FCS Independents 00–0000
TOTAL1088–100.07415774659–3082
FBS ConferenceGPRecordWin %PFPAPD
SEC 1414–01.000685131+554
ACC 1414–01.000636173+463
Big Ten 1111–01.000391156+235
MWC 1010–01.000354157+197
American 88–01.00035281+271
Pac-12 88–01.000410142+268
Big 12 87–1.875357156+201
MAC 1311–2.846462196+266
Sun Belt 97–2.778445165+280
C-USA 97–2.778367126+241
FBS Independents 43–1.75020094+106
TOTAL108100–8.92646591577+3082

Conference standings

2014 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Eastern Washington $^ 71    113 
No. 13 Montana ^ 62    95 
No. 20 Montana State ^ 62    85 
No. 25 Idaho State  62    84 
Cal Poly  53    75 
Northern Arizona  53    75 
Sacramento State  44    75 
North Dakota  35    57 
Southern Utah  35    39 
Northern Colorado  26    38 
Portland State  26    39 
Weber State  26    210 
UC Davis  17    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2014 Big South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Coastal Carolina +^ 41    122 
No. 17 Liberty +^ 41    95 
Charleston Southern  32    84 
Presbyterian  32    65 
Monmouth  14    65 
Gardner–Webb  05    48 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2014 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 New Hampshire $^ 80    122 
No. 7 Villanova ^ 71    113 
No. 18 James Madison ^ 62    94 
No. 16 Richmond ^ 53    95 
William & Mary  44    75 
Delaware  44    66 
Maine  44    56 
Stony Brook  44    57 
Albany  35    75 
Towson  26    48 
Rhode Island  17    111 
Elon  08    111 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2014 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 15 Harvard $ 70    100 
Dartmouth  61    82 
Yale  52    82 
Princeton  43    55 
Brown  34    55 
Penn  25    28 
Cornell  16    19 
Columbia  07    010 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network Poll
2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 23 Bethune-Cookman + 62    93 
North Carolina A&T + 62    93 
South Carolina State + 62    84 
North Carolina Central + 62    75 
Morgan State +^ 62    76 
Norfolk State  44    48 
Howard  35    57 
Florida A&M * 35    39 
Hampton  26    39 
Delaware State  26    210 
Savannah State * 08    012 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • * Florida A&M and Savannah State ineligible for FCS Playoffs due to APR violations
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2014 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 North Dakota State +^ 71    151 
No. 2 Illinois State +^ 71    132 
No. 10 Northern Iowa ^ 62    95 
No. 12 South Dakota St. ^ 53    95 
No. 19 Indiana State ^ 44    86 
No. 22 Youngstown State  44    75 
Southern Illinois  35    66 
Western Illinois  35    57 
Missouri State  17    48 
South Dakota  08    210 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2014 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Sacred Heart +^ 51    93 
Wagner + 51    74 
Bryant  42    83 
Saint Francis (PA) * 33    56 
Duquesne  24    66 
Central Connecticut  15    39 
Robert Morris  15    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • * – Saint Francis (PA) ineligible for FCS playoffs due to APR violation
2014 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 9 Jacksonville State $^ 80    102 
No. 21 Eastern Kentucky ^ 62    94 
UT Martin  53    66 
Eastern Illinois  53    57 
Tennessee Tech  44    57 
Tennessee State  35    66 
SE Missouri State  35    57 
Murray State  17    39 
Austin Peay  17    111 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2014 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 Fordham $^ 60    113 
Bucknell  42    83 
Lafayette  33    56 
Colgate  33    57 
Holy Cross  24    48 
Lehigh  24    38 
Georgetown  15    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2014 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
San Diego $^ 71    93 
Jacksonville * 71    92 
Dayton  62    83 
Drake  62    74 
Campbell  44    57 
Marist  44    47 
Stetson  35    57 
Morehead State  35    48 
Butler  26    47 
Valparaiso  26    48 
Davidson  08    111 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • *Jacksonville ineligible for PFL title and FCS playoffs due to matters regarding the PFL's financial aid rules
2014 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Chattanooga $^ 70    104 
Samford  52    74 
Western Carolina  52    75 
Wofford  43    65 
The Citadel  34    57 
Furman  25    39 
Mercer  16    66 
VMI  16    210 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
As of poll=The Sports Network Poll [3] ; Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Sam Houston St +^ 71    115 
No. 14 SE Louisiana +^ 71    94 
Lamar  53    84 
Stephen F. Austin ^ 53    85 
Central Arkansas  53    66 
McNeese State  44    65 
Abilene Christian * 44    66 
Northwestern State  44    66 
Incarnate Word * 26    29 
Houston Baptist  17    29 
Nicholls State  08    012 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • * – ineligible for FCS playoffs due to transition from NCAA Division II
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Alcorn State x$ 72    103 
Alabama State 54    75 
Jackson State  36    57 
Alabama A&M  36    48 
Mississippi Valley State 18    29 
West
Southern x 81    94 
Grambling State  72    75 
Prairie View A&M 54    55 
Texas Southern  36    56 
Arkansas–Pine Bluff 36    47 
Championship: Alcorn State 38, Southern 24
December 6, 2014
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • † Alabama State, Arkansas–Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State, and Prairie View A&M ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
As of November 15, 2014; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Charlotte      56 
  • Charlotte ineligible for FCS playoffs as part of FBS transition

Conference summaries

Championship games

ConferenceChampionRunner-upScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
SWAC Alcorn State Southern 38–24Malcolm Cyrus (RB, Alabama State)
John Gibbs, Jr. (QB, Alcorn State)
Jerome Howard (LB, Prairie View A&M) Broderick Fobbs (Grambling State)

Other conference winners

Note: Records are regular-season only, and do not include playoff games.

ConferenceChampionRecordOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
Big Sky Eastern Washington 10–2 (7–1) Vernon Adams (QB, Eastern Washington)Zack Wagenmann (DE, Montana) Mike Kramer (Idaho State)
Big South Coastal Carolina
Liberty
11–1 (4–1)
8–4 (4–1)
Alex Ross (QB, Coastal Carolina)Quinn Backus (LB, Coastal Carolina) Joe Moglia (Coastal Carolina)
Harold Nichols (Presbyterian)
CAA New Hampshire 10–1 (8–0) John Robertson (QB, Villanova)Mike Reilly (DL, William & Mary) Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire)
Ivy Harvard 10–0 (7–0) Tyler Varga (RB, Yale)Zack Hodges (DE, Harvard)
Mike Zeuli (LB, Princeton)
Tim Murphy (Harvard)
MEAC Bethune-Cookman
Morgan State
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina Central
South Carolina State
9–3 (6–2)
7–5 (6–2)
9–3 (6–2)
7–5 (6–2)
8–4 (6–2)
Tarik Cohen (RB, North Carolina A&T)
Greg McGhee (QB, Howard)
Javon Hargrave (DT, South Carolina State) Lee Hull (Morgan State)
MVFC Illinois State
North Dakota State
10–1 (7–1)
11–1 (7–1)
Marshaun Coprich (RB, Illinois State) Kyle Emanuel (DE, North Dakota State) Brock Spack (Illinois State)
NEC Sacred Heart
Wagner
9–2 (5–1)
7–4 (5–1)
Khairi Dickson (RB, Saint Francis (PA))Jeff Covitz (DE, Bryant) Mark Nofri (Sacred Heart)
OVC Jacksonville State 10–1 (8–0)Dy'Shawn Mobley (RB, Eastern Kentucky)Devaunte Sigler (DT, Jacksonville State) John Grass (Jacksonville State)
Patriot Fordham 10–2 (6–0)Mike Nebrich (QB, Fordham)Evan Byers (LB, Bucknell) Joe Susan (Bucknell)
Pioneer San Diego 9–1 (7–1)Connor Kacsor (RB, Dayton)Donald Payne (S, Stetson) Dale Lindsey (San Diego)
Southern Chattanooga 9–3 (7–0)Jacob Huesman (QB, Chattanooga) Davis Tull (DL, Chattanooga) Russ Huesman (Chattanooga)
Southland Sam Houston State
Southeastern Louisiana
8–4 (7–1)
9–3 (7–1)
Bryan Bennett (QB, Southeastern Louisiana)
Gus Johnson (RB, Stephen F. Austin)
Jonathan Woodard (DE, Central Arkansas) Clint Conque (Stephen F. Austin)

    Playoff qualifiers

    Automatic berths for conference champions

    ConferenceTeamAppearanceLast bidResult
    Big Sky Conference Eastern Washington 11th 2013 Semifinals (L – Towson)
    Big South Conference Liberty 1st
    Colonial Athletic Association New Hampshire 13th 2013 Semifinals (L – North Dakota State)
    Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Morgan State 1st
    Missouri Valley Football Conference North Dakota State 5th 2013 National Champions (W – Towson)
    Northeast Conference Sacred Heart 2nd 2013 First Round (L – Fordham)
    Ohio Valley Conference Jacksonville State 5th 2013 Quarterfinals (L – Eastern Washington)
    Patriot League Fordham 4th 2013 Second Round (L – Towson)
    Pioneer Football League San Diego 1st
    Southern Conference Chattanooga 2nd 1984 First Round (L – Arkansas State)
    Southland Conference Sam Houston State 8th 2013 Second Round (L – Southeastern Louisiana)

    At large qualifiers

    ConferenceTeamAppearanceLast bidResult
    Big Sky Conference Montana 23rd 2013 Second Round (L – Coastal Carolina)
    Montana State 8th 2012 Quarterfinals (L – Sam Houston State)
    Big South Conference Coastal Carolina 5th 2013 Quarterfinals (L – North Dakota State)
    Colonial Athletic Association James Madison 10th 2011 Second Round (L – North Dakota State)
    Richmond 9th 2009 Quarterfinals (L – Appalachian State)
    Villanova 11th 2012 First Round (L – Stony Brook)
    Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference None
    Missouri Valley Football Conference Illinois State 5th 2012 Quarterfinals (L – Eastern Washington)
    Indiana State 3rd 1984 Quarterfinals (L – Middle Tennessee State)
    Northern Iowa 17th 2011 Quarterfinals (L – Montana)
    South Dakota State 4th 2013 Second Round (L – Eastern Washington)
    Northeast Conference None
    Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Kentucky 21st 2011 First Round (L – James Madison)
    Patriot League None
    Pioneer Football League
    Southern Conference
    Southland Conference Southeastern Louisiana 2nd 2013 Quarterfinals (L – New Hampshire)
    Stephen F. Austin 6th 2010 Second Round (L – Villanova)

    Abstentions

    Postseason

    NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

    First Round
    November 29
    Campus Sites
    Second Round
    December 6
    Campus Sites
    Quarterfinals
    December 12 and 13
    Campus Sites
    Semifinals
    December 19 and 20
    Campus Sites
    National Championship
    January 10
    Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
    Fordham 19
    Sacred Heart 22 1 New Hampshire * 44
    Fordham * 441New Hampshire* 35
    8 Chattanooga 30
    Indiana State 14
    Indiana State 368 Chattanooga * 35
    Eastern Kentucky* 16 1 New Hampshire* 18
    5Illinois State21
    Montana 20
    San Diego 14 4 Eastern Washington * 37
    Montana * 524 Eastern Washington* 46
    5Illinois State59
    Northern Iowa 21
    Stephen F. Austin 10 5 Illinois State * 41
    Northern Iowa * 445 Illinois State 27
    2North Dakota State29
    South Dakota State 24
    South Dakota State 472 North Dakota State * 27
    Montana State* 40 2North Dakota State* 39
    7 Coastal Carolina 32
    Richmond 15
    Morgan State 24 7 Coastal Carolina * 36
    Richmond * 462North Dakota State* 35
    Sam Houston State 3
    Sam Houston State37
    Southeastern Louisiana 17 3 Jacksonville State* 26
    Sam Houston State * 21Sam Houston State34
    6 Villanova* 31
    Liberty 22
    Liberty 266 Villanova * 29
    James Madison* 21

    * Home team  
     Winner
    All times in Eastern Standard Time (UTC−05:00)

    Bowl games

    GameDate/TVLocationWinning TeamLosing TeamScoreMVP
    Legacy Bowl March 21, 2015 KINCHO Stadium
    Osaka, Japan
    Princeton
    5–5 (4–3)
    Kwansei Gakuin (JAFA)
    9–1 (7–0)
    36–7Chad Kanoff
    (QB, Princeton)

    Coaching changes

    Preseason and in-season

    This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2014. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2014, see 2013 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

    SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
    Nicholls State Charlie Stubbs September 14Resigned [4] Steve Axman (interim) [5]
    Florida A&M Earl Holmes October 29Fired [6] Corey Fuller (interim) [6]

    End of season

    SchoolOutgoing coachDate announcedReasonReplacement
    Nicholls State Steve Axman November 20Resigned [7] Tim Rebowe [8]
    VMI Sparky Woods November 24Fired [9] Scott Wachenheim [10]
    Bethune-Cookman Brian Jenkins December 16Hired by Alabama State [11] Terry Sims [12]
    Florida A&M Corey Fuller December 23Permanent Replacement Alex Wood [13]

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