In front of more than 1,500 coaches at the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Annual Convention, NFF Chief Operating Officer Matthew Sign today presented the National Football Foundation's divisional national championship trophies to the coaches of the 2013 winning teams at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
"Each year at the AFCA convention, the NFF presents the championship trophies to the coaches who have taken their teams to the pinnacle of success," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "It is fitting that we present the trophies in front of their peers, the very people who know the commitment, dedication, and effort that goes into winning a national championship."
NCAA Football Championship Subdivision – John F. Kennedy Trophy – North Dakota State University – Craig Bohl
North Dakota State (15-0) and Coach Craig Bohl landed their third consecutive FCS national championship, defeating Towson (13-3) 35-7 on Jan. 4 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The win marks the third FCS championship in school history, giving the Bison, who joined the FCS in 2004, their eleventh national championship across all divisions. Quarterback Brock Jensen, who set an FCS-quarterback record with his 48th victory, rushed for 20 yards and a touchdown while throwing for 135 yards and a touchdown. Running back John Crockett rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown, while fellow back Sam Ojuri added another 84 yards and a touchdown of his own as the Bison amassed 210 rushing yards in the victory. The Bison joined Appalachian State (2005-07) as the only FCS teams to win three consecutive championships, and the team has won 24 straight games, tying the FCS record.
NCAA Division II – Asa S. Bushnell Trophy – Northwest Missouri State University – Coach Adam Dorrel
Coach Adam Dorrel and Northwest Missouri State (15-0) claimed the school's fourth Division II title Dec. 21 with a decisive 43-28 victory against Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) in Florence, Ala. Northwest Missouri State quarterback Trevor Adams, a 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete, completed 15-of-25 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns in the victory against Lenoir-Rhyne (13-2). Running back Billy Creason ran for 76 yards and a touchdown, while backup quarterback Brady Bolles added 48 yards and a touchdown of his own. The Bearcats appeared in the national title game for a record eighth time, and the 2013 title marks their first crown since 2009. Northwest Missouri State became the fifth team to go 15-0, accomplishing the feat for the second time.
NCAA Division III – Amos Alonzo Stagg Trophy – University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Coach Lance Leipold
Coach Lance Leipold and Wisconsin-Whitewater (15-0) returned to the Division III mountain top in 2013, running away with a 52-14 win against Mount Union (Ohio) (14-1) on Dec. 20 in Salem, Va. Leipold moves to 94-6 in his career at Wisconsin-Whitewater, including a 29-1 mark in NCAA Division III postseason play. The two schools have met eight times in the Stagg Bowl during the last nine seasons, and the Warhawks have won their last four meetings against the Purple Raiders in the title game, giving them a 5-3 edge in the now classic rivalry. The Wisconsin-Whitewater quarterback Matt Behrendt completed 20-of-28 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns while running back Jordan Ratliffe rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns. The Warhawks' 52 points tied the Stagg Bowl record and their margin of victory was more than the team's previous four national titles combined.
NAIA – Dwight D. Eisenhower Trophy – Grand View (Iowa) University – Coach Mike Woodley
In only its sixth season fielding a football team, Grand View (Iowa) and Coach Mike Woodley claimed the national title with a thrilling 35-23 victory against top-ranked Cumberlands (Ky.) on Dec. 21 in Rome, Ga. The Vikings (14-0) leaned on quarterback Derek Fulton, who completed 19-of-39 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 74 yards and another touchdown against Cumberlands (13-1). Four different Vikings caught touchdown passes from Fulton, including Brady Roland who led the team with 116 receiving yards.