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Florida A&M Rattlers
1978 Florida A&M Rattlers

1978 NCAA Division 1-AA National Champions

Head Coach: Rudy Hubbard (5th season)

Stadium: (1) Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL; (2) Bragg Memorial Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

Record: 12-1

Previous: 1977

Next: 1979

Schedule/ResultsEdit

Date Opponent Result Score Record
9/16 Albany State W 21-7 1-0
9/23 Delaware State (1) W 37-0 2-0
9/30 Howard (2) W 28-7 3-0
10/7 Maryland-Eastern Shore

(@ Gator Bowl)

W 45-0 4-0
10/14 Morris Brown W 56-0 5-0
10/21 Tennessee State (1) L 21-24 5-1
10/28 Tuskegee (2) W 41-13 6-1
11/4 Alabama A&M (1) W 42-0 7-1
11/18 Southern W 16-12 8-1
11/25 Bethune-Cookman

(@ Tampa Stadium)

W 27-17 9-1
12/2 Grambling

(@ Orange Bowl)

W 31-7 10-1
1-AA National Semifinal
12/9 Jackson State W 15-10 11-1
1-AA Championship Game (@ Memorial Stadium, Wichita Falls, TX)
12/16 Massachusetts W 35-28 12-1

NotesEdit

Florida A&M won the inaugural NCAA 1-AA national championship in the first season of 1-AA football. NCAA Division I football had been split into 1-A and 1-AA for the 1978 season.

This was the Rattlers' last season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, as they would join the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference the following year.