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2006 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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The 2006 NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) football season, part of the college football season, began on August 26, 2006 and concluded on December 15, 2006 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated the Massachusetts Minutemen to win the NCAA Division I Football Championship.


Rule changes for 2006

There are several rules that have changed for the 2006 season.[4] Following are some highlights:

  • Players may only wear clear eyeshields. Previously, both tinted and orange were also allowed.
  • The kicking tee has been lowered from two inches tall to only one inch.
  • Halftime lasts twenty minutes. Previously, it was only fifteen minutes.
  • On a kickoff, the game clock starts when the ball is kicked rather than when the receiving team touches it.
    • This rule change has resulted in controversy, highlighted by the matchup between Wisconsin and Penn State on November 4, 2006, in which Wisconsin deliberately went off-sides on two consecutive kickoffs to run extra time off the clock at the close of the first half.[5]
  • On a change of possession, the clock starts when the referee marks the ball ready for play, instead of on the snap.
  • The referee may no longer stop the game due to excessive crowd noise.
  • When a live-ball penalty such as an illegal formation occurs on a kick, the receiving team may choose either to add the penalty yardage to the end of the return or require the kick to be attempted again with the spot moved back. Previously, only the latter option was available.
  • If a team scores at the end of the game, they will not kick the extra point unless it would affect the outcome of the game.
  • Instant replay is now officially sanctioned and standardized. All plays are reviewed by the replay officials as the play occurs. They may call down to the on-field officials to stop play if they need extra time to make a review. Each coach may also make one challenge per game. In the case of a coach's challenge, the coach must have at least one time-out remaining. If the challenge is upheld the coach gets the time-out back but the challenge is spent. If the challenge is rejected, both the challenge and the time-out are spent.

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Conference champions

Automatic berths

Atlantic 10 ConferenceMassachusetts
Big Sky ConferenceMontana
Gateway Football ConferenceYoungstown State
Mid-Eastern Athletic ConferenceHampton
Ohio Valley ConferenceEastern Illinois and UT Martin
Patriot LeagueColgate, Lafayette, and Lehigh
Southern ConferenceAppalachian State
Southland ConferenceNicholls State


Big South ConferenceCoastal Carolina
Great West Football ConferenceNorth Dakota State
Metro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceDuquesne and Marist
Northeast ConferenceMonmouth
Pioneer Football LeagueSan Diego


Ivy LeaguePrinceton and Yale
Southwestern Athletic ConferenceAlabama A&M


NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

 First Round[6]
November 25
Campus Sites
December 2
Campus Sites
December 8 and December 9
Campus Sites
National Championship Game

December 15
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

 Coastal Carolina28 
1 Appalachian State*45 
 1 Appalachian State*38 
  Montana State17 
 Montana State*31 
 1 Appalachian State*49 
 4 Youngstown State24 
 James Madison31 
4 Youngstown State*35 
 4 Youngstown State*28
  Illinois State21 
 Illinois State24
 Eastern Illinois*13 
 1 Appalachian State28
 3 Massachusetts*17
 McNeese State6 
2 Montana*31 
 2 Montana*20
  Southern Illinois3 
 UT Martin30
 Southern Illinois*36 
 2 Montana*17
 3 Massachusetts19 
3 Massachusetts*35 
 3 Massachusetts*24
  New Hampshire17 
 New Hampshire41

* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game

DateLocationVenueWest Div. ChampionEast Div. ChampionResult
December 16Birmingham, AlabamaLegion FieldArkansas-Pine BluffAlabama A&MAlabama A&M, 22–13[7]

Gridiron Classic

The Gridiron Classic is an annual game between the champions of the Northeast Conference and the Pioneer Football League that has been held since December 2006.

DateLocationVenueNEC ChampionPFL ChampionResult
December 2West Long Branch, New JerseyKessler FieldMonmouthSan DiegoSan Diego, 27–7[8]

Final poll standings

Standings are from The Sports Network final 2006 poll.

1Appalachian State Mountaineers14–1
2Massachusetts Minutemen13–2
3Montana Grizzlies12–2
4Youngstown State Penguins11–3
5North Dakota State Bison10–1
6New Hampshire Wildcats9–4
7Southern Illinois Salukis9–4
8Illinois State Redbirds9–4
9James Madison Dukes9–3
10Montana State Bobcats8–5
11Hampton Pirates10–2
12Furman Paladins8–4
13UT Martin Skyhawks9–3
14Coastal Carolina Chanticleers9–3
15Eastern Illinois Panthers8–5
16Cal Poly Mustangs7–4
17Northern Iowa Panthers7–4
18Princeton Tigers9–1
19Portland State Vikings7–4
20San Diego Toreros11–1
21McNeese State Cowboys7–5
22South Dakota State Jackrabbits7–4
23Wofford Terriers7–4
24Central Arkansas Bears8–3
25[[{{{school}}}|Yale Bulldogs]]8–2

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Associated Press (2007-12-14). "Appalachian State defeats UMass to repeat as I-AA champs". ESPN. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=273482026. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Ricky Santos wins the 2006 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/2006payton_santos.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Kyle Shotwell wins 2006 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/2006buchanan_shotwell.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  4. ^ "2006 Rules Changes" (PDF). NCAA. http://www1.ncaa.org/eprise/main/playingrules/football/2005/6-9-2006RulesChanges..pdf. Retrieved 2006-09-25. 
  5. ^ Jack Carey (2006-11-07). "Wisconsin finds loophole in speed-up rule". USA Today. http://usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2006-11-06-clock-loophole_x.htm?imw=Y. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  6. ^ "2006 Playoff Bracket". NCAA. http://www.ncaa.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/ncaa/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/FB-FCS-2006. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (2006-12-15). "Alabama A&M 22, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 13". ESPN. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=263502010. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (2006-12-02). "San Diego 27, Monmouth 7". ESPN. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=263362405. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  9. ^ "Final Sports Network's 2006 FCS College Football Poll". The Sports Network. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/2006_poll.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 

External links

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