Northern Colorado Bears football

The Northern Colorado Bears football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Northern Colorado located in Greeley, Colorado. The team competes in the Big Sky Conference[4] at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The university's first football team was fielded in 1893.[5] The team plays its home games at the 8,533 seat[2] Nottingham Field on campus. The Bears are coached by Ed McCaffrey.

Northern Colorado Bears
2019 Northern Colorado Bears football team
First season1893[1]
Head coachEd McCaffrey
1st season, 0–0 (–)
StadiumNottingham Field
(Capacity: 8,533[2])
LocationGreeley, Colorado
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
All-time record42845027 (.488)
Claimed nat'l titles2 (D-II)
(1996, 1997)[1]
Conference titles12 (D-II)
RMAC - 4
GPAC - 3
NCC - 5 [1]
ColorsBlue and Gold[3]
         
Websiteuncbears.com

Conference affiliations

Below is the list of conferences in which Northern Colorado has been a member.[1]

Championships

National championships

Northern Colorado made two appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game. The Bears defeated Carson–Newman, 23–14 in 1996, and later defeated New Haven, 51–0 in 1997.

Year NCAA Division Coach Record National Championship Game Opponent Result Location
1996IIJoe Glenn12–31996 Division II National ChampionshipCarson–NewmanW 23–14Florence, AL
1997IIJoe Glenn13–21997 Division II National ChampionshipNew HavenW 51–0Florence, AL

Playoff appearances (NCAA Division II)

The Bears have appeared in the NCAA Division II playoffs six times with an overall record of 12–7.[1]

Year Round Opponent Result
1980First Round
Eastern Illinois
L 14–21
1990First Round
North Dakota State
L 7–17
1991First Round
Portland State
L 24–28
1995First Round
Pittsburg State
L 17–36
1996First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Pittsburg State
NW Missouri State
Clarion
Carson-Newman
W 24–21
W 27–26
W 19–18
W 23–14
1997First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Pittsburg State
NW Missouri State
Carson-Newman
New Haven
W 24–16
W 35–19
W 30–29
W 51–0
1998First Round
Quarterfinals
North Dakota
NW Missouri State
W 52–28
L 17–42
1999First Round
Quarterfinals
Pittsburg State
NW Missouri State
-
2002First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Central Missouri State
NW Missouri State
Grand Valley
W 49–28
W 23–12
L 7–44

Attendance

Highest attendance

Below is a list of the Bears best-attended home games at Nottingham Field.[1]

Rk.DateOpponentAttendance
Highest attendance
1October 1, 2005Cal Poly9,145
2October 29, 2005Fort Lewis8,561
3October 2, 2010Montana8,105
4September 3, 2005Colorado School of Mines7,554
5October 23, 1998South Dakota7,520
6October 9, 1999Nebraska-Omaha7,499
7November 21, 1998North Dakota7,312
8September 20, 1998Texas State7,246
9October 19, 2002South Dakota7,198
10October 10, 1998South Dakota7,135

As of the 2014 season.

Yearly attendance

Source:[1]

Below is the Bears home attendance by season at Nottingham Field.

SeasonTotalAverageHigh
Northern Colorado Bears
2015
201421,0374,2076,348
201323,9903,9984,619
201221,2404,2485,136
201123,4283,9055,692
201027,9195,5848,105
200921,1113,5185,247
200821,6764,3557,246
200720,4414,0886,684
200628,8576,2194,810
200537,5497,5109,142
200427,3704,5626,481
200328,7305,7466,660
200234,8985,8167,198
200126,1534,3595,488
200029,1626,3524,860
199946,5526,6507,520
199840,6905,8137,312
199725,3024,2176,345
199627,2824,5476,318
199525,0674,3647,024

As of the 2014 season.

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:

References

  1. "Northern Colorado Record Book" (PDF). Northern Colorado Bears Athletics. December 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  2. "Gameday at Northern Colorado". University of Northern Colorado. Retrieved September 4, 2015. Stadium Capacity: 8,533
  3. UNC Style Guide (PDF). May 18, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  4. "Member Institutions". Big Sky Conference. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  5. "Northern Colorado Football Weekly Release, September 5, 2015" (PDF). University of Northern Colorado Athletics. p. 2. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
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