Football

  • 30 Iowa Conference titles
  • 20 NCAA Div. III playoff berths
  • No losing seasons since 1960
  • Third-winningest NCAA football team since 1975 (.805)

2006 championship

Central College football postseason history

(20 NCAA Division III playoff appearances, 21 postseason appearances overall; 21-19 NCAA playoff record)

Year Round Score
*1966 semifinal Wis.-Whitewater 41, Central 18
1974 semifinal Central 17, Evansville (Ind.) 16
  final Central 10, Ithaca (N.Y.) 8
1977 quarterfinal Widener (Pa.) 19, Central 0
1984 quarterfinal Central 23, Occidental (Calif.) 22
  semifinal Central 20, Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) 0
  final Augustana (Ill.) 21, Central 12
1985 first Central 27, Coe 7
  quarterfinal Central 71, Occidental (Calif.) 0
  semifinal Augustana (Ill.) 14, Central 7
1986 first Central 37, Buena Vista 0
  quarterfinal Concordia (Minn.) 17, Central 14
1987 first Central 17, Menlo (Calif.) 0
  quarterfinal Central 13, St. John's (Minn.) 3
  semifinal Dayton (Ohio) 34, Central 0
1988 first Central 7, Concordia-Moorehead (Minn.) 0
  quarterfinal Central 16, Wis.-Whitewater 13
  semifinal Central 23, Augustana (Ill.) 17 (two overtimes)
  final Ithaca (N.Y.) 39, Central 24
1989 first Central 55, St. Norbert (Wis.) 7
  quarterfinal St. John's (Minn.) 27, Central 24
1990 first Central 24, Redlands (Calif.) 14
  quarterfinal Central 33, St. Thomas (Minn.) 32
  semifinal Allegheny (Pa.) 24, Central 7
1992 first Central 20, Carleton (Minn.) 8
  quarterfinal Wis.-La Crosse 34, Central 9
1994 first Wartburg 22, Central 21
1995 first Wis.-River Falls 10, Central 7
1998 first Wis.-Eau Claire 28, Central 7
1999 first Central 38, Wis. La Crosse 17
  second St. John's (Minn.) 10, Central 9
2000 first Central 29, St. Norbert (Wis.) 14
  second Central 20, Linfield (Ore.) 17 (OT)
  quarterfinal St. John's (Minn.) 21, Central 18
2001 first bye
  second Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) 27, Central 21
2005 first Wis.-Whitewater 34, Central 14
2006 first St. John's (Minn.) 21, Central 13
2007 first Central 38, Olivet (Mich.) 17
  second Central 37, St. John's (Minn.) 7
  quarterfinal Bethel (Minn.) 27, Central 13
2009 first Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) 42, Central 40

*NAIA semifinal

NCAA Division III playoff victories by Iowa schools

School W L App. 1st 2nd
Central 21 19 20 1 2
Wartburg 5 9 9 0 0
Coe 2 7 7 0 0
Simpson 2 6 6 0 0
Buena Vista 1 2 2 0 0
Dubuque 0 3 3 0 0
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