TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology received votes in a season ending NCAA Division III football poll for the first time since 1987, in results released today by the American Football Coaches Association.
Rose-Hulman received eight poll points in the final weekly national top 25 poll released on Monday. Mary Hardin-Baylor won the NCAA Division III National Championship by defeating Wisconsin-Oshkosh 10-7 last Friday night.
Rose-Hulman qualified for the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the first time in program history after winning a share of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship this fall. The Fightin' Engineers went 8-3 overall, highlighted by a win at nationally ranked Franklin in October.
The title qualified Rose-Hulman for its first NCAA Division III Playoff game, a loss to North Central College in November. North Central ended the season ranked No. 10 in the AFCA poll.
The Fightin' Engineers most recently received votes in a season ending NCAA Division III Football Poll in 1987 after finishing with a school record nine wins in a 9-1 campaign.
Rose-Hulman opens the 2017 season at Illinois College on Sept. 2.