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MINNESOTA-DULUTH ENDS 2010 SEASON AT NO. 1 IN FINAL AFCA DIVISION II COACHES’ POLL
WACO, TEX.– David Nadeau’s 32-yard field goal as time expired gave No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth its second NCAA Division II national championship as the Bulldogs beat No. 2 Delta State (Miss.), 20-17. Minnesota-Duluth finishes the 2010 season with a 15-0 record and the top spot in the final AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Delta State closes the season at No. 2 despite being unranked in the final regular season poll. The Statesmen finished the season with a 11-4 overall mark.
Northwest Missouri State finishes the season at No. 3 after making a run to the semifinals. They are followed by No. 4 Albany State and No. 5 Central Missouri. Shepherd made the second biggest jump in the final poll as the Rams moved from No. 18 to No. 7 after finishing the season with a 12-2 mark and an appearance in the Division II semifinals.
Along with No. 2 Delta State, three other teams, who were unranked in the final regular season poll, entered the Top 25 after making playoff appearances. Wingate jumps in at No. 20, North Alabama sits at No. 22 and Missouri Western State comes in at No. 24.
2010 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – December 20, 2010
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Postseason Results||Head Coach|
|1.||Minnesota-Duluth (26)||15-0||650||1||D. Delta St. (Miss.), 20-17, in championship||Bob Nielson|
|2.||Delta St. (Miss.)||11-4||622||NR||Lost to No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth, 20-17, in championship||Ron Roberts|
|3.||Northwest Missouri St.||12-2||597||3||Lost to No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth, 17-13, in semifinals||Mel Tjeerdsma|
|4.||Albany St. (Ga.)||11-1||505||5||Lost to Delta St. (Miss.), 28-7, in quarterfinals||Mike White|
|5.||Central Missouri||11-3||495||8||Lost to No. 3 Northwest Missouri St., 37-20, in quarterfinals||Jim Svoboda|
|6.||Augustana (S.D.)||11-2||487||9||Lost to No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth, 24-13, in quarterfinals||Mike Aldrich|
|7.||Shepherd (W.Va.)||12-2||480||18||Lost to Delta St. (Miss.), 29-17, in semifinals||Monte Cater|
|8.||Abilene Christian (Texas)||11-1||478||2||Lost to No. 8 Central Missouri, 55-41, in second round||Chris Thomsen|
|9.||Texas A&M-Kingsville||10-2||458||4||Lost to No. 3 Northwest Missouri St., 35-31, in second round||Bo Atterberry|
|10.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||11-2||422||6||Lost to No. 9 Augustana (S.D.), 38-6, in second round||Matt Mitchell|
|11.||Mercyhurst (Pa.)||10-3||392||11||Lost to No. 18 Shepherd (W.Va.), 49-14, in quarterfinals||Marty Schaetzle|
|12.||St. Cloud State (Minn.)||10-3||334||15||Lost to No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth, 20-17 OT, in second round||Scott Underwood|
|13.||Kutztown (Pa.)||10-2||302||13||Lost to No. 18 Shepherd (W.Va.), 41-34, in second round||Raymond Monica|
|14.||California (Pa.)||10-2||287||7||Lost to No. 20 Bloomsburg (Pa.), 28-26, in first round||John Luckhardt|
|15.||Bloomsburg (Pa.)||10-3||247||20||Lost to No. 11 Mercyhurst (Pa.), 28-14, in second round||Danny Hale|
|16.||Hillsdale (Mich.)||9-3||229||10||Lost to No. 15 St. Cloud State (Minn.), 42-28, in first round||Keith Otterbein|
|17.||Valdosta St. (Ga.)||8-3||187||17||Lost to North Alabama, 43-20, in first round||David Dean|
|18.||West Texas A&M||8-4||183||14||Lost to No. 8 Central Missouri, 55-35, in first round||Don Carthel|
|19.||Colorado School of Mines||9-3||158||16||Lost to No. 6 Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 35-13, in first round||Bob Stitt|
|20.||Wingate (N.C.)||9-3||154||NR||Lost to No. 5 Albany St. (Ga.), 30-28, in second round||Joe Reich|
|21.||Wayne St. (Mich.)||9-2||144||12||DNQ for Playoffs||Paul Winters|
|22.||North Alabama||9-4||128||NR||Lost to Delta St. (Miss.), 47-24, in second round||Terry Bowden|
|23.||Nebraska-Kearney||9-2||89||19||DNQ for Playoffs||Darrell Morris|
|24.||Missouri Western St.||8-4||76||NR||Lost to No. 3 Northwest Missouri St., 28-24, in first round||Jerry Partridge|
|25.||Michigan Tech||8-2||69||21||DNQ for Playoffs||Tom Kearly|
Dropped Out: Fort Valley St. (Ga.) (22), Morehouse (Ga.) (23), Midwestern St. (Texas) (24), Shaw (N.C.) (25).
Others Receiving Votes: Morehouse (Ga.), 65; Shaw (N.C.), 47; St. Augustine’s (N.C.), 34; Washburn (Kan.), 27; Tuskegee (Ala.), 24; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 19; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 16; Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 10; West Virginia Wesleyan, 9; Ashland (Ohio), 7; Central Washington, 6; Midwestern St. (Texas), 6; Chadron St. (Neb.), 4; West Liberty (W.Va.), 2; Concord (W.Va.),
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