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Year Coach School
2007 University of Dayton Mike Kelly
2006 University of San Diego Jim Harbaugh
2005 University of San Diego Jim Harbaugh
2004 Monmouth University Kevin Callahan
2003 Duquesne University Greg Gattuso
2002 University of Dayton Mike Kelly
2001 Sacred Heart University Jim Fleming

2007, University of Dayton
San Diego -- Coming off a season where it won a share of the Pioneer Football League championship, captured the Gridiron Classic and went 11-1, Dayton was honored as the winner of the 2007 Sports Network Cup. The award is emblematic of the top FCS mid-major program. The Flyers captured all 30 first-place votes and 300 points in the final balloting of sports information directors and selected media members. Veteran Dayton coach Mike Kelly accepted the trophy at the 21st annual Sports Network Awards dinner. Kelly previously led the Flyers to the Sports Network Cup in 2002. Dayton finished the season ranked first nationally in sacks (four per game), second in rushing defense (allowing just 75.4 yards per game), fourth in total defense (271.5 yards), fourth in scoring defense (15.6 points) and seventh in tackles for loss. The Flyers were also strong offensively, ranking fifth in passing (299.5 yards), sixth in scoring (38.8 points) and ninth in total offense (452.8 yards).

2006, University of San Diego
San Diego -- The Toreros, who garnered all 20 first-place votes and 200 total points in the final balloting conducted among Mid-Major sports information directors and selected media members, earn their second consecutive Sports Network Cup. San Diego held the No. 1 spot for all 13 weeks of the season. The Toreros solidified their No. 1 ranking right away by stomping Azuza Pacific and Dixie State. A trip to Yale was next on the agenda. Quarterback Josh Johnson had a brilliant day with 28-of-35 passing for 345 yards and four touchdowns and 70 rushing yards and one touchdown as the Toreros won, 43-17, against a Yale team that went on to finish 8-2 and grabbed a share of the Ivy League title.

2005, University of San Diego
San Diego -- Led by head coach Jim Harbaugh, the Toreros were ranked No. 7 in the preseason Mid-Major poll but jumped out of the gate to win the first two games against Asuza Pacific and Southern Oregon by a combined score of 81-6. A pair of major tests came next, and the Toreros were up to the challenge. San Diego scored the last 17 points of the game and defeated Yale, 17-14, before coming one interception away from beating Princeton in a 20-17 loss. The Toreros earned the No. 2 ranking after the 3-1 start, and kept their name at the top by continuing the roll on offense. San Diego scored a 56-0 victory against Menlo and defeated Butler, 49-7, to set up a showdown at No. 1 Dayton. The Flyers held a 24-20 halftime lead, but the Toreros charged ahead in the second half by notching 28 consecutive points to score a 48-24 victory. The victory lifted San Diego to the No. 1 position in the Mid-Major poll, and the Toreros would never relinquish that spot.

2004, Monmouth University
Monmouth University -- Monmouth claimed the school?s first-ever Sports Network Cup by winning games in dramatic fashion and finishing the season with a seven-game winning streak. The Hawks? 10-1 record included three wins on the final play of the game. Monmouth defeated Robert Morris, 29-27, when wide receiver Tim Hiltwine came down with a 32-yard touchdown catch on a tipped ball. Placekicker Steve Andriola nailed last-second field goals to beat Albany and Central Connecticut State. The Hawks moved to No. 1 in the Mid-Major poll after the win against Central Connecticut State, and held the top spot by beating Sacred Heart (28-10) and St. Francis (PA) (49-39). Monmouth captured its second straight Northeast Conference championship. Callahan has directed the Hawks since the inception of the program in 1993, and has a 69-50 record in his first 12 campaigns.

2003, Duquesne University
Duquesne University -- Duquesne finished 8-3 in 2003, a mark that included a fifth straight MAAC title and an important victory over Monmouth in the ECAC Football Classic. The Dukes were nothing short of dominant in the MAAC, outscoring five conference opponents by a composite of 210-70 and never allowing an opponent to finish a game within single digits. Offensively, the Dukes were led by the trusty right arm of quarterback Niel Loebig, who threw for over 3,000 yards and had 25 touchdown passes. An underrated defense, one that allowed Duquesne to gut out victories like the 12-10 nail-biter over Monmouth, was led by standouts such as end Phil Polony (47 tackles, 4 sacks). Head Coach Greg Gattuso?s club gave up just 18.4 points per game on the year, a figure that ranked in the national Top 20.

2002, University of Dayton
University of Dayton -- Dayton won its first-ever Sports Network Cup in 2002, finishing as FCS's top mid-major program following an 11-1 campaign. The Flyers mowed down opponent after opponent during the season, winning their 11 games by an average of 28.4 points and shutting out four different foes. In the Pioneer Football League title game, the Flyers blanked PFL South champ Morehead State, 28-0, wrapping up the school's fourth consecutive conference title. Among the defensive leaders were safety and Buck Buchanan Award candidate Mark Kasmer (11 INT, 91 tackles), while quarterback Kelly Spiker (863 rushing yards, 9 TD), the PFL North Offensive Player of the Year, led the ground charge along with running backs Geno Mattioda (513 yards, 12 TD) and Cliff Sachini (694 yards, 8 TD).

2001, Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart -- Sacred Heart won the inaugural Sports Network Cup after compiling a perfect 11-0 record, including an 8-0 mark in the Northeast Conference and a victory over Duquesne in the ECAC Bowl. Jim Fleming's team won each of its games by double figures, ranking second in the nation with 41.9 points per contest. Quarterback Justin Holtfreter (2581 passing yards, 26 TD, 9 INT), tailback Marvin Royal (1043 rushing yards, 16 TD), and wideout DeVeren Johnson (1157 receiving yards, 13 TD) were among the offensive standouts, while linebacker Kayode Mayowa (93 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 INT) flourished on defense. Johnson was selected in the 6th round of the 2002 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Fleming departed after '01 to become an assistant at North Carolina.

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1st
SFG 0
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
4th
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 38
 
2nd
CLEM 3
SYR 3
 
Half
LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
Half
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
2nd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
2nd
LSU 0
MISS 7
 
1st
TENN 0
ALA 20
 
2nd
AUB 7
SCAR 14
 
1st
PSU 0
OSU 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
NYI 3
DAL 3
 
2nd
PHI 0
DET 1
 
2nd
OTT 0
NJD 0
 
2nd
MON 1
NYR 1
 
1st
STL 0
CHI 1
 
1st
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
1st
MIN 2
TAM 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14