Notre Dame (OH), Tarleton State and Valdosta State extended their home winning streaks to 12 in Week 7 of the DII football season. That gives them the current longest home streak in DII football.
Earlier this season, Southern Arkansas and Colorado State-Pueblo both picked up losses snapping what was then the longest streaks at 17 and 15 respectively, and put Indiana (Pa)'s all-time record of 31-straight home wins safely out of reach for a bit longer.
Here's a look at the longest home winning streak in DII football history, the current leaders, and some impressive road warriors as well.
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DII football home winning streaks: Indiana (Pa)'s record run
Southern Arkansas — which picked up its 17th consecutive home victory in Week 2 narrowly escaping Oklahoma Baptist 30-28 — was shut down by Harding 31-0 in Week 3. Interestingly enough, Harding was the last team the Muleriders lost to at home before the streak began. CSU-Pueblo lost its home opener in a top 20 showdown against Colorado School of Mines, 34-14 ending the Thunderwolves 15-game run at the ThunderBowl.
The Crimson Hawks record is now out of reach for quite a few seasons to come.
IUP racked up 31-consecutive home wins beginning on Nov. 22, 1986, against West Chester as hosts of the PSAC Championship game. It lasted a DII record six more seasons until Oct. 17, 1992. The Hawks nearly kept the streak alive, losing 35-33 to Towson on Halloween two weeks later. Eerily enough, Towson also happened to be the team that IUP lost to the week prior to the start of the historic win-streak.
DII football home winning streaks: The longest current home runs
Notre Dame (OH) won its 2019 opening game at home. With a commanding win in Week 7 at Mueller Field in South Euclid, Ohio, Notre Dame (OH) now has 12-straight home wins. Valdosta State continued to roll in Week 7 as well, defeating Florida Tech 55-28 at home. The reigning champs have one more home game left on the regular-season slate as the Blazers attempt to go undefeated once more in 2019.
Tarleton State — which won in dominating fashion over West Texas A&M in its Lone Star Conference opener in Week 3— is also at 12-straight home victories. The Texans beat yet another ranked team at home this past Saturday, defeating Texas A&M-Commerce 35-21.
Lenoir-Rhyne won its Week 7 game and now the Bears are also at 11-straight wins. Ferris State finally returned home in Week 7 and extended its home winning streak to 10.
DII football road warriors: Top 3 longest road winning streaks
What about the road warriors of DII football? Minnesota State, who has won 31-straight conference games, sits atop the pack with 16 consecutive road wins after yet another NSIC win away from home in Week 6.
- Minnesota State — 16
- Ferris State — 15
- Kutztown — 13