Notre Dame (OH), Tarleton State, and Valdosta State have all won 11-straight DII football games at their respective home venues. That ties them for the longest current home winning streaks in DII.
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 5 against West Virginia Wesleyan at Mueller Field in South Euclid, Ohio, Notre Dame (OH) now has 11-straight home wins. An impressive 44-27 victory over No. 20 West Alabama in Week 3, gave Valdosta State its 10th-straight home wins at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium, and the Blazers kept rolling in Week 5, also at 11 straight. The reigning champs have two more home games 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 11-straight home victories. The Texans host both Texas A&M-Commerce and Midwestern State — two top 25 teams — in Stephenville, Texas this season, so continuing the streak will be well earned. They showed the can handle ranked competition in Week 5, beating No. 23 Angelo State 30-13 at home.
Lenoir-Rhyne won its Week 5 game against UVA-Wise 63-6. The homecoming victory puts the Bears at 10-straight wins.
Ferris State with nine, but have been on the road for most of the season. The reigning national runners-up finally return home against Northwood on Oct. 19..
DII football road warriors: Top 3 longest road winning streaks
What about the road warriors of DII football? Minnesota State, who has won 289-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 — 12