Rams Finish 3rd In Final AFCA Poll

 

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Winston-Salem State Rams have finished ranked 3rd overall in the final 2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches' Poll.

After a 20-year dry spell, Pittsburg State (Kan.) returned to the top of Division II football. The Gorillas, who had lost their last three national championship game appearances in 1992, 1995 and 2004, beat Wayne State (Mich.), 35-21, to claim its first NCAA Division II national championship since 1991. Pittsburg State (Kan.) claimed all 29 first-place votes to end the season at No. 1 in the final AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 poll for 2011. Wayne State (Mich.) used their magical run through the playoffs to finish No. 2 in the poll after being unranked when the regular season ended in November.

Winston-Salem State (N.C.) ended the season at No. 3 with a 13-1 record and a trip to the semifinals, as did No. 4 Delta State (Miss.), who finished the season with a 11-3 record after its loss to Pittsburg State (Kan.) in the semifinals. Northwest Missouri State rounds out the Top Five with an 11-3 record and an appearance in the quarterfinals. West Texas A&M jumped back into the final poll at No. 25 after beating then-No. 23 Central Missouri, 26-7, in the Lower Kanza Bowl.

2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches' Poll – December 19, 2011

Rank       School (1st votes)

1.            Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (29) (13-1)

2.            Wayne St. (Mich.) (12-4)

3.            Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (13-1)

4.            Delta St. (Miss.) (11-3)

5.            Northwest Missouri St. (11-3)

6.            Minnesota-Duluth (11-3)

7.            Midwestern St. (Texas) (10-1)

8.            New Haven (Conn.) (11-2)

9.            Colorado St.-Pueblo (11-1)

10.          Nebraska-Kearney (10-2)

11.          Washburn (Kan.) (10-3)

12.          North Greenville (S.C.) (11-3)

13.          Kutztown (Pa.) (11-2)

14.          North Alabama (9-3)

15.          California (Pa.) (10-3)

16.          Abilene Christian (Texas) (8-3)

17.          St. Cloud State (Minn.) (9-3)

18.          Missouri Western St. (9-3)

19.          Mars Hill (N.C.) (8-3)

20.          Humboldt St. (Calif.) (9-1)

21.          Bloomsburg (Pa.) (9-2)

22.          Shepherd (W.Va.) (9-2)

23.          West Alabama (8-4)

24.          West Virginia Wesleyan (9-2)

25.          West Texas A&M (8-3)

Dropped Out: Central Missouri (23), Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 33; Central Missouri, 24; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 22; Albany St. (Ga.), 20; Minnesota St.-Mankato, 20; East Central (Okla.), 19; Colorado School of Mines, 12; Concord (W.Va.), 12; Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 10; Morehouse (Ga.), 7; Hillsdale (Mich.), 4; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 4; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 4; North Carolina-Pembroke, 2; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 1.