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10:13 pm, December 3, 2022

Four teams remain in the DII football season

The quarterfinals of the DII football championship featured four rematches on the largest stage in the game. Two GLIAC superpowers collided (again) while Shepherd looked to avenge its lone loss of the season. Wingate had revenge on its mind against West Florida and the Colorado School of Mines and Angelo State met in the rubber match, the THIRD time they've met in a calendar year.

And DII football fans got everything they could have hoped for. Three teams from last year’s final four are heading back to the semifinals. Here’s how it went down.

Click or tap on each game for final stats:

BRACKET: Click or tap here for the full 2022 DII football championship bracket

Super Region One: Shepherd back in the semifinals

Shepherd lost a tough three-point battle to Indiana (PA) less than a month ago in the PSAC Championship game. That was a classic PSAC football game played in not-so friendly weather conditions. This week, the weather was much nicer, and so was Shepherd’s offense.

IUP scored first on a Mak Sexton touchdown pass, but the Tyson Bagent Show took over from there as he led six straight touchdown drives. By the end of the first half, Bagent made college football history, becoming the all-time leader in career passing touchdowns with his third touchdown pass of the first half. Bagent finished with four touchdowns — despite a pair of his top wide receivers not suiting up on Saturday — and the Rams’ multi-talented running back Ronnie Brown had three more scores of his own. Bagent came back to Shepherd to have another chance at a championship, and for the second year in a row, he has the Rams in the national semifinals.

Super Region Two: West Florida’s defense steals the show

Wingate was the Cinderella of the ball, the lone unranked team mixed in with a bunch of top seeds. The Bulldogs' Shaw Crocker came out and led a nice scoring drive, concluding with a big touchdown pass to get Wingate out to a surprising 7-0 lead on the road.

But then the Argos defense took over. It started with an Anthony Johnson pick-6 — the first of four defensive scores for West Florida on the day. Quarterback Peewee Jarrett got the Argos all they needed, throwing for two touchdowns in a 24-point second quarter, one to David Durden, who has had an amazing season of his own. The Argos defense took over and rolled to a huge 45-14 victory and are heading to their third national semifinals since the program began playing DII football in 2016. Just think about that. 

HARLON WATCH: Finalists for the DII player of the year announced

Super Region Three: Defending champs still rolling

In yet another classic game in this intense rivalry, Ferris State “upset” No. 1 Grand Valley State 24-21, with the game-winning field goal coming with just over a minute left to play. The Bulldogs advance to their fourth straight national semifinals and fifth in six DII football championships.

Grand Valley State played a very tough first half, especially the second quarter, where the Lakers scored 14 points to take the lead into the half. The Ferris State defense turned it up a notch in the second half and outscored Grand Valley State 17-7 to move on. “Quarterback U” was in full effect as Bulldogs’ quarterback Mylik Mitchell made some key runs in the game — including an eight-yard score to start the second half. In fact, Mitchell led all rushers in the game with 87 yards. That’s two games between two of the best teams in the country decided by a total of four points this season. In the end, Ferris State's repeat hopes are still alive and well.

Super Region Four: Colorado School of Mines back again

It was a heck of a season for the Angelo State Rams. A 12-0 run to the quarterfinals, which included an early season win against Colorado School of Mines, avenging last year’s semifinal loss. That was the second of two losses in two weeks for the Orediggers.

They haven’t lost since. The Orediggers have now won 12 in a row — all in dominating fashion — and are heading back to the national semifinals once again. A large reason has been the play of Harlon Hill Trophy candidate John Matocha. He was at his best yet again on Saturday, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for 111 yards and two more scores in a dominating 42-24 victory. His counterpart, Rams' quarterback Zach Bronkhorst, was sensational in his own right, throwing for 323 yards and three scores, but it simply wasn't enough to counter the steamroller that the Mines' offense is.

Next week:

Both semifinal matchups will be played on Saturday, Dec. 10, and can be streamed on ESPN+. Here's the schedule:

10:00 pm, December 3, 2022

DII football quarterfinals results

West Florida football

We're down to the last four as the quarterfinals were in action on Saturday, Dec. 3. Winners now advance to the semifinals, which are set for next Saturday, Dec. 10.

Here's the rundown for the quarterfinals. Click or tap on each game for final stats:

BRACKET: Click or tap here for the full 2022 DII football championship bracket

1:34 pm, December 3, 2022

Previewing the DII football quarterfinals

Grand Valley State football

The quarterfinals for the DII football championship begin on Saturday, December 3. Below you can find what to look for in the matchups from NCAA.com's Wayne Cavadi:

Look ahead: The DII football quarterfinals

How do you follow up a wild week of second-round action? How about a week full of pivotal rematches?

In Super Region One, we get a rematch of the PSAC championship game just a few weeks ago. That game saw Indiana (PA) end Shepherd’s undefeated run in a 24-21 win, earning the No. 1 seed the Super Region and claiming home field for this big rematch.

Super Region Two pits West Florida and Wingate against each other. The last time these two met in the bracket, the Argos won 38-17 on the way to their 2019 national championship.

Super Region Three sees yet another Ferris State/Grand Valley State showdown. This has become one of the fiercest rivalries in DII. The Lakers took the regular season meeting 22-21 and will be looking to return the favor to the Bulldogs from 2021 when Ferris State beat the Lakers twice en route to a national championship.

And Super Region Four gives us the rubber match between two of the more exciting teams in recent seasons. Colorado School of Mines defeated Angelo State in the Super Region Four championship last year, but the Rams came out victorious earlier this year. Who gets to the final four teams standing?

BRACKET: Click or tap here for the full 2022 DII football championship bracket

12:59 pm, November 27, 2022

What you missed from Round 2 of the DII football championship

What you missed from Round 2 of the DII football championship

Saturday was simply an amazing day of football in the DII football championship. The defending champs hung on in a nailbiter, the No. 1 team in the country needed just about all 60 minutes to secure a victory, and the Wingate Bulldogs still don’t feel like losing.

We have ourselves three No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups as the underdog hasn’t had much success in the bracket. In fact, only one unranked team is remaining. Let’s take a look at what went down.

PREDICTIONS: NCAA.com's DII analyst Wayne Cavadi predicts the DII football championship bracket

Final scores from the second round

Grand Valley State holds on in a defensive slugfest

The No. 1 Lakers defeated Northwest Missouri State 13-8 in a thrilling battle between two very well-coached teams. There weren’t many big plays in this one — mainly because the Bearcats' defense is so good at closing in fast anytime the Lakers looked like they were going to open one up. Arguably, the two biggest came in the final minutes of play. Trailing 8-7 — the perfect score to exemplify what a defensive fight this was — Lakers’ quarterback Cade Peterson found Jahdae Walker for 52 yards to set up a Tariq Reid go-ahead touchdown, the star running back’s second of the game. The Bearcats had just 1:55 to score, but a pair of sacks and a big interception by Nyzier Fourqurean — his third of the day — sealed the deal. Kudos to the Bearcats; this defense stymied the Lakers for much of the game, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.

The upset train keeps rolling for Wingate

The Wingate Bulldogs are playing for the Super Region Two title after taking down No. 1 Benedict 23-6. While the offense has been doing just fine, the defense has been key for Wingate thus far, helping the Bulldogs outscore their opponents 55-13 in two rounds of play. That said, quarterback Shaw Crocker had an interesting day, completing less than 50% of his passes, but still delivering three touchdown passes to three different receivers. Wingate will have to dig deep and find more upset magic on the road again next week.

West Florida prevails, beats Gulf South foe

What a ball game this one was. Delta State looked like it had the game, kicking the go-ahead field goal with just about four minutes remaining. West Florida answered with a long touchdown drive to go up 31-27 and ten seconds later returned an interception to the house to secure the win. For West Florida, it avenges an early season loss to Delta State and puts the Argos in the national quarterfinals for the third time since 2017. Considering they’ve only been a program since 2016… well, that’s flat-out impressive.

Ferris State survives, defeats Pittsburg State 17-14

It looked like the defending champs were ready to run away with this one, jumping out to an early 14-point lead in the first quarter. How about a tip of the cap to that tough Pittsburg State defense? The Gorillas made big adjustments and held this tricky Bulldogs offense in check the rest of the way, allowing a mere field goal over the last 46 minutes of play. The Ferris State defense was also solid, recording nine sacks, six of which came from all-world end Caleb Murphy. A missed Pitt State field goal as time expired sent the Bulldogs to the quarterfinals. We’re heading to a GLIAC rematch for the ages.

Colorado School of Mines, Minnesota State explode for 93 points

The Orediggers came out somewhat flat against a very good Minnesota State Mavericks team and paid the price. A touchdown pass and pair of rushing touchdowns from Shen Butler Lawson, and No. 2 Colorado School of Mines was down 21-7 after one quarter of play. But then John Matocha took over. The Harlon Hill Trophy candidate rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown and threw for 307 yards and four more scores — including three to receiver Josh Johnston — as the Orediggers offense showed what it was best at: scoring. Not to be outdone, Mavericks’ quarterback Hayden Ekern threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns in this back-and-forth offensive bout.

Big performances from the second round

There were plenty of big box score numbers to go around. If the NCAA history books are correct, Tyson Bagent is two shy of tying the all-time NCAA career touchdown passes record. He threw for two more on Saturday, giving him 155 and tying him with Case Keenum. Here’s a look at some other big performances not discussed above.

  • Tyson Bagent, QB, Shepherd: 373 pass, 19 rush, 3 total TD
  • DJ Barber, WR, Minnesota State:  108 receiving, 2 TD
  • Zach Bronkhorst, QB, Angelo State: 337 pass, 2 TD
  • Ronnie Brown, RB, Shepherd: 205 rush, 52 receiving, 2 total TD
  • Isaiah Emanuel, WR, Minnesota State: 117 receiving, 1 TD
  • Alfonso Franklin, RB, Delta State: 121 rush
  • Kashan Griffin, WR, Northwest Missouri State:  133 yards receiving
  • Noah Grover, QB, Slippery Rock: 317 pass, 11 rush, 3 total TD, 1 Int
  • Adam Houser, RB, Indiana (PA): 125 rush
  • Tyrese Hunt-Thompson, WR, Ferris State: 122 receiving
  • Shomari Mason, RB, West Florida: 120 rush, 1 TD, 10 receiving
  • Nate Omayebu III, RB, Angelo State:  91 rush, 36 receiving, 2 TD
  • Cohen Russell, WR, Slippery Rock: 123 receiving, 1 TD, 4 rush
  • Kelvin Smith, RB, Delta State: 107 rush, 14 receiving
  • Alexander Wilson, RB Wingate: 109 rush, 11 receiving
     

Look ahead: The DII football quarterfinals

How do you follow up a wild week of second-round action? How about a week full of pivotal rematches?

In Super Region One, we get a rematch of the PSAC championship game just a few weeks ago. That game saw Indiana (PA) end Shepherd’s undefeated run in a 24-21 win, earning the No. 1 seed the Super Region and claiming home field for this big rematch.

Super Region Two pits West Florida and Wingate against each other. The last time these two met in the bracket, the Argos won 38-17 on the way to their 2019 national championship.

Super Region Three sees yet another Ferris State/Grand Valley State showdown. This has become one of the fiercest rivalries in DII. The Lakers took the regular season meeting 22-21 and will be looking to return the favor to the Bulldogs from 2021 when Ferris State beat the Lakers twice en route to a national championship.

And Super Region Four gives us the rubber match between two of the more exciting teams in recent seasons. Colorado School of Mines defeated Angelo State in the Super Region Four championship last year, but the Rams came out victorious earlier this year. Who gets to the final four teams standing?

BRACKET: Click or tap here for the full 2022 DII football championship bracket

1:39 pm, November 26, 2022
12:44 pm, November 20, 2022

Upsets, shutouts and big performances: What you missed in Round 1

The DII football championship is heading to the second round with half the field remaining. Super Region One fans were treated to some thrilling nailbiters, while in Super Region Three, well, it was quite the opposite. It was a week when the ranked teams came to play and only three “underdogs” advanced in upset style.

For those following my bracket predictions, I did reasonably well. In Saturday’s first round, I projected two of the upsets, and nine out of 12 winners in total. Of the three games I predicted incorrectly, I had only one winning next weekend, which means seven of my projected quarterfinalists are still in play.

PREDICTIONS: NCAA.com's DII analyst Wayne Cavadi predicts the DII football championship bracket

Weather played a large role in several of Saturday's matchups, but Ferris State is getting accustomed to big wins (this one 41-7 over Davenport) in the snow during the DII football championship.

 

Scores: First round of the 2022 DII football championship

All times Eastern

All four No. 2 seeds advanced. Three No. 3 survived while only two No. 4 seeds advanced. Now, on to the upsets.

Slippery Rock hangs on to upset Assumption 17-14

Fresh off its third NE10 championship in program history, the Greyhounds earned the right to host in the first round. Slippery Rock didn’t take any chances, jumping out to an early 10-0 lead and clamping down on defense in pulling off the only Super Region One upset on Saturday.

There wasn’t a whole lot of offense in this one, as both teams went scoreless in the final stanza. The Rock outgained Assumption by 60 yards but still only combined for 286 yards on the day. The victory puts Slippery Rock in an all-PSAC battle against No. 2 Shepherd. The last time these two PSAC powers met in the playoffs was in 2019. It was a high-flying affair as The Rock won 51-30 in a game that featured the then-Harlon Hill winner Roland Rivers III and future Harlon Hill winner Tyson Bagent both throwing for 400-plus yards and four touchdowns. Only Bagent remains in the rematch, so this should be one to watch closely.

Wingate dominates No. 4 Virginia Union 32-7

Wingate came out on a mission and never let Virginia Union get comfortable. Jumping out to a big lead would only help the Bulldogs in taking Jada Byers — college football’s leading rusher — out of the game. While Byers once again eclipsed the 100-yard mark, the Wingate pass defense made things awfully difficult on Panthers’ quarterback Jahkari Grant all day long.

This one was over at the half. Wingate was up 20-0 after the first 30 minutes thanks to a pair of second-quarter pick-sixes by the Bulldogs defense. Wingate also added seven sacks, a fumble recovery and a safety all while keeping Byers out of the end zone. That has been the secret to defeating Virginia Union, as Byers had scored at least once in every victory it had. Wingate looks to keep its run going on the road against No. 1 Benedict. It will be Benedict’s first-ever DII tournament game.

Northwest Missouri State continues postseason success in commanding victory

If you read my preview, you’ll remember I said Northwest Missouri State and Ouachita Baptist was the first-round game to watch in this Super Region. It pitted DII football’s No. 4 rushing offense (the Tigers) versus the No. 2 rushing defense of the Bearcats. If you recall I said, “the Bearcats have had the cheat code on taking down run-heavy teams.”

That couldn’t have been truer on Saturday, as the Bearcats' defense powered them to a 47-17 victory. The Bearcats held TJ Cole — who had over 1600 yards and 26 touchdowns entering the game — to a season-low 19 yards and no scores (his first game without a touchdown this season) and Kendal Givens — who had over 900 yards and 12 touchdowns entering the game — to 20 yards rushing and an essentially meaningless touchdown with 10 seconds left. On the opposite side, Mike Hohensee had a career day under center, throwing for a season-high 322 yards and two touchdowns while completing 76.6% of his passes. The Bearcats have no time to celebrate, unfortunately. No. 1 Grand Valley State awaits.

Shutout shoutouts

I went back and took a look at recent history and all the brackets over the past five years. Last year, there wasn’t a single shutout in the DII football championship and in years 2016-19 (remember, there was no tournament in 2020) there was one shutout in each tournament. So, that makes four total shutouts over the past five years, or what comes out to an average of less than one per tournament.

That’s why Delta State and Pittsburg State deserve some love. Both teams dismantled their opponents, and both came in shutout fashion. Delta State won 51-0 while its defense limited Fayetteville State to 250 total yards, forcing five turnovers and having a pair of scores on a fumble return and special teams score. The Gorillas held UIndy to 258 total yards and kept all-purpose dynamo Toriano Clinton under 90 total yards rushing and receiving in a 35-0 win. Pittsburg State’s defense picked Christian Conkling off five times, scoring on one of them and started the fun with a 98-yard kickoff return on special teams. Just two very complete, impressive performances.

Big performances

In an opening weekend with just three upsets — and nary a one in Super Region Four — and dominated by lopsided victories, let’s take a look at some stars that stood out that weren’t discussed above.

  • Brandon Alt, QB, Bemidji State: 260 pass, 4 TD
  • Brendan Beaulieu, WR, Bemidji State: 138 receiving, 4 TD
  • Ronnie Brown, RB, Shepherd: 223 rush, 2 TD
  • Max Fine, WR, CSU Pueblo: 219 receiving, 2 TD
  • Kashan Griffin, WR, Northwest Missouri State: 109 receiving, 1 TD
  • Ra’veion Hargrove, RB, West Florida: 121 rush, 1 TD
  • Byron ‘Peewee’ Jarrett, QB, West Florida: 147 total yards, 4 TD
  • John Matocha, QB, Colorado School of Mines: 316 pass, 4 TD, 1 rush TD
  • Max McLeod, WR, Colorado School of Mines: 127 receiving, 3 TD
  • Mylik Mitchell, QB, Ferris State: 155 pass, 3 TD, 1 rush TD
  • Tre Stewart, RB, Limestone: 106 rush, 1 TD

What to watch in Round 2

Obviously, with just 16 teams remaining in play, every game is a big one, but next week has some intriguing storylines.

Northwest Missouri State travels to Grand Valley State in a matchup of the two active DII football teams with the most championships in history. The Bearcats have six, the Lakers have four. West Florida and Delta State split the Gulf South Conference regular-season title and now face off in what is essentially the GSC championship game. The two faced earlier this season in one of the better games all year, with Delta State winning 45-42 in double overtime. Colorado School of Mines and Minnesota State meet in a showdown of the last two teams from Super Region Four to advance to the semifinals. Ferris State and Pittsburg State should be a doozy as two of the best, more well-rounded teams in the nation. 

Full slate for Saturday, Nov. 26 (times TBD)

1:32 pm, November 19, 2022
2:01 pm, November 16, 2022

The 2022 DII football championship bracket previewed and predicted

Angelo State Athletics Angelo State football

It's the most wonderful time of the year. The road to McKinney, TX, and the 2022 DII football championship game begins Saturday, Nov. 19 with play in all four Super Regions.

Twenty-eight teams heard their names called on Sunday's selection show. As always, it came with some question marks from passionate fan bases and even insiders but narrowing down the field is no easy task.

But here it is — Wayne Cavadi's picks for every Super Region winner:

  • Super Region One: No. 2 Shepherd
  • Super Region Two: No. 3 West Florida
  • Super Region Three: No. 1 Grand Valley State
  • Super Region Four: No. 1 Angelo State

For a deeper breakdown of each Super Region and predictions on the semifinals, click here.

10:32 pm, November 13, 2022

Teams announced for 2022 NCAA Division II football championship

Grand Valley State is among the top seeds

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division II Football Committee announced today the field of 28 teams
for the 2022 NCAA Division II Football Championship.

MORE: Click or tap here for the full 2022 DII football championship field release

Twelve first-round games will be conducted on the campus of one of the competing institutions. In addition, one team per super regional has earned a first-round bye. The first-round winners will all advance to the second round with games on the campus of one of the competing institutions. Second- round winners will meet in the quarterfinals at various campus sites. Quarterfinal winners will advance to play in the semifinals on the campus of one of the competing institutions. Seven teams selected per super regional make up the field of 28 teams.

All contests shall start at 1 p.m. local time. Other times may be established if approved by the committee.

Ferris State defeated Valdosta State 58-17 in the 2021 national championship game to claim the NCAA title.

BRACKET: Click or tap here for the full 2022 DII football championship bracket

The championship game will be played December 17, at 1 p.m. Eastern time at McKinney ISD Stadium in McKinney, Texas and will be broadcast live on ESPNU HD.

1:56 pm, November 13, 2022

DII football Saturday: Look back at the big games before the selection show

Be sure to check out the final regular-season Power 10 rankings, 15 Harlon Hill hopefuls, and some of Saturday's big games that may very well impact Sunday's selection show. 

READ IT ALL HERE. 

7:51 pm, November 11, 2022

How to watch the 2022 DII Football selection show

The 2022 DII football selection show will be here on NCAA.com at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 13. The 28-team interactive bracket will be updated shortly after the show concludes. 

When: 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 13 

Where: Streams here on NCAA.com

The championship game is Saturday, Dec. 17 at McKinney ISD Stadium in McKinney, Texas. 

7:49 pm, November 11, 2022

DII football championship history

 

YEAR CHAMPION COACH SCORE RUNNER-UP SITE
2021 Ferris State Tony Annese 58-17 Valdosta State McKinney, Tex.
2020 Canceled due to Covid-19 -- -- -- --
2019 West Florida Pete Shinnick 48-40 Minnesota State McKinney, Tex.
2018 Valdosta State Kerwin Bell 49-47 Ferris State McKinney, Tex.
2017 Texas A&M-Commerce Colby Carthel 37-27 West Florida Kansas City, Kan.
2016 Northwest Missouri State Adam Dorrel 29-3 North Alabama Kansas City, Kan.
2015 Northwest Missouri State Adam Dorrel 34-7 Shepherd Kansas City, Kan.
2014 Colorado State-Pueblo John Wristen 13-0 Minnesota State-Mankato Kansas City, Kan.
2013 Northwest Missouri State Adam Dorrel 43-28 Lenoir-Rhyne Florence, Ala.
2012 Valdosta State David Dean 35-7 Winston-Salem State Florence, Ala.
2011 Pittsburg State Tim Beck 35-21 Wayne State (Mich.) Florence, Ala.
2010 Minnesota-Duluth Bob Nielson 20-17 Delta State Florence, Ala.
2009 Northwest Missouri State Mel Tjeersdma 30-23 Grand Valley State Florence, Ala.
2008 Minnesota-Duluth Bob Nielson 21-14 Northwest Missouri State Florence, Ala.
2007 Valdosta State David Dean 25-20 Northwest Missouri State Florence, Ala.
2006 Grand Valley State Chuck Martin 17-14 Northwest Missouri State Florence, Ala.
2005 Grand Valley State Chuck Martin 21-17 Northwest Missouri State Florence, Ala.
2004 Valdosta State Christ Hatcher 36-31 Pittsburg State Florence, Ala.
2003 Grand Valley State Brian Kelly 10-3 North Dakota Florence, Ala.
2002 Grand Valley State Brian Kelly 31-24 Valdosta State Florence, Ala.
2001 North Dakota Dale Lennon 17-14 Grand Valley State Florence, Ala.
2000 Delta State Steve Campbell 63-34 Bloomsburg Florence, Ala.
1999 Northwest Missouri State Mel Tjeersdma 58-52 (4ot) Carson-Newman Florence, Ala.
1998 Northwest Missouri State Mel Tjeersdma 24-6 Carson-Newman Florence, Ala.
1997 Northern Colorado Joe Glenn 51-0 New Haven Florence, Ala.
1996 Northern Colorado Joe Glenn 23-14 Carson-Newman Florence, Ala.
1995 North Alabama Bobby Wallace 27-7 Pittsburg State Florence, Ala.
1994 North Alabama Bobby Wallace 16-10 Texas A&M-Kingsville Florence, Ala.
1993 North Alabama Bobby Wallace 41-34 Indiana (Pa.) Florence, Ala.
1992 Jacksonville State Bill Burgess 17-13 Pittsburg State Florence, Ala.
1991 Pittsburg State Chuck Broyles 23-6 Jacksonville State Florence, Ala.
1990 North Dakota State Rocky Hager 51-11 Indiana (Pa.) Florence, Ala.
1989 *Mississippi College John Williams 3-0 Jacksonville State Florence, Ala.
1988 North Dakota State Rocky Hager 35-21 Portland State Florence, Ala.
1987 Troy Rick Rhoades 31-17 Portland State Florence, Ala.
1986 North Dakota State Earle Solomonson 27-7 South Dakota Florence, Ala.
1985 North Dakota State Earle Solomonson 35-7 North Alabama McAllen, Texas
1984 Troy Chan Gailey 18-17 North Dakota State McAllen, Texas
1983 North Dakota State Don Morton 41-21 Central State (Ohio) McAllen, Texas
1982 Texas State Jim Wacker 34-9 UC Davis McAllen, Texas
1981 Texas State Jim Wacker 42-13 North Dakota State McAllen, Texas
1980 Cal Poly Joe Harper 21-13 Eastern Illinois Albuquerque, N.M.
1979 Delaware Tubby Raymond 38-21 Youngstown State Albuquerque, N.M.
1978 Eastern Illinois Darrell Mudra 10-9 Delaware Longview, Texas
1977 Lehigh John Whitehead 33-0 Jacksonville State Wichita Falls, Texas
1976 Montana State Sonny Holland 24-13 Akron Wichita Falls, Texas
1975 Northern Michigan Gil Krueger 16-14 Western Kentucky Sacramento, Calif.
1974 Central Michigan Roy Kramer 54-14 Delaware Sacramento, Calif.
1973 Louisiana Tech Maxie Lambright 34-0 Western Kentucky Sacramento, Calif.

*Mississippi College's participation in the 1989 Division II championship vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions