NCAA Division III Football Championship

The NCAA Division III Football Championship began in 1973. Before 1973, most of the schools now in Division III competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The Division III playoffs begin with 32 teams selected to participate in the playoffs. The Division III championship game, known as the Stagg Bowl (named after Amos Alonzo Stagg), will be held at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Shenandoah, Texas in 2018 and 2019. The game had previously been played at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia (1993–2017), at Hawkins Stadium in Bradenton, Florida (1990–1992), Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama (1973–1982, 1985–1989), and at Galbreath Field at the College Football Hall of Fame, when the Hall was located in Kings Island, Ohio (1983–1984).

Mary Hardin–Baylor defeated Mount Union to win the 2018 season championship.

2016 Stagg Bowl logo
2016 Stagg Bowl logo

West and East Regional Championships (1969–1972)

In 1969, the NCAA started two regional championship games for small college teams: the East Regional's Knute Rockne Bowl and the West's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. When the NCAA developed a national Division III championship game in 1973, the Stagg Bowl name and the host city of Phenix City, Alabama was chosen.

West Regional championship (Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl)

Year Date Champion Runner-up Score Venue Location Attendance
1969 Wittenberg William Jewell 27–21 Springfield, Ohio
1970 Capital Luther 34–21 Columbus, Ohio
1971 Samford (vacated) Ohio Wesleyan 20–10 Phenix City, Alabama
1972 Nov 24 Heidelberg Fort Valley State 28–16 Phenix City, Alabama

East Regional championship (Knute Rockne Bowl)

Year Date Champion Runner-up Score Venue Location Attendance
1969 Nov 29 Randolph–Macon Bridgeport 47–28 Bridgeport, Connecticut
1970 Nov 28 Montclair State Hampden–Sydney 7–6 Atlantic City, New Jersey
1971 Nov 26 Bridgeport Hampden–Sydney 17–12 Atlantic City, New Jersey
1972 Nov 24 Bridgeport Slippery Rock 27–22 Atlantic City, New Jersey

National championship games

Year Date Champion Runner-up Score Attendance Venue Location
1973 Dec. 8 Wittenberg Juniata 41–0 5,000 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1974 Dec. 7 Central (IA) Ithaca 10–8 5,500
1975 Dec. 6 Wittenberg Ithaca 28–0 6,000
1976 Dec. 4 Saint John's (MN) Towson State 31–28 7,214
1977 Dec. 3 Widener Wabash 39–36 7,852
1978 Dec. 2 Baldwin-Wallace Wittenberg 24–10 7,500
1979 Dec. 1 Ithaca Wittenberg 14–10 6,500
1980 Dec. 6 Dayton Ithaca 63–0 8,701
1981 Dec. 5 Widener Dayton 17–10 6,100
1982 Dec. 4 West Georgia Augustana (IL) 14–0 9,000
1983 Dec. 1 Augustana (IL) Union (NY) 21–17 3,800 Galbreath Field Kings Island, Ohio
1984 Dec. 8 Augustana (IL) Central (IA) 21–12 2,300
1985 Dec. 14 Augustana (IL) Ithaca 20–7 1,879 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1986 Dec. 13 Augustana (IL) Salisbury State 31–3 2,000
1987 Dec. 12 Wagner Dayton 19–3 4,000
1988 Dec. 10 Ithaca Central (IA) 39–24 4,000
1989 Dec. 9 Dayton Union (NY) 17–7 3,500
1990 Dec. 8 Allegheny Lycoming 21–14 (OT) 4,800 Hawkins Stadium Bradenton, Florida
1991 Dec. 14 Ithaca Dayton 34–20 5,469
1992 Dec. 12 Wisconsin–La Crosse Washington & Jefferson 16–12 5,392
1993 Dec. 11 Mount Union Rowan 34–24 7,304 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
1994 Dec. 10 Albion Washington & Jefferson 38–15 7,168
1995 Dec. 9 Wisconsin–La Crosse Rowan 36–7 4,905
1996 Dec. 14 Mount Union Rowan 56–24 5,048
1997 Dec. 13 Mount Union Lycoming 61–12 5,777
1998 Dec. 12 Mount Union Rowan 44–24 5,145
1999 Dec. 18 Pacific Lutheran Rowan 42–13 4,101
2000 Dec. 16 Mount Union Saint John's (MN) 10–7 4,436
2001 Dec. 15 Mount Union Bridgewater 30–27 7,992
2002 Dec. 21 Mount Union Trinity (TX) 48–7 4,398
2003 Dec. 20 Saint John's (MN) Mount Union 24–6 5,073
2004 Dec. 18 Linfield Mary Hardin–Baylor 28–21 3,240
2005 Dec. 17 Mount Union Wisconsin–Whitewater 35–28 4,619
2006 Dec. 16 Mount Union Wisconsin–Whitewater 35–16 6,051
2007 Dec. 15 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 31–21 5,099
2008 Dec. 20 Mount Union Wisconsin–Whitewater 31–26 5,344
2009 Dec. 19 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 38–28 3,468
2010 Dec. 18 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 31–21 4,598
2011 Dec. 16 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 13–10 3,784
2012 Dec. 14 Mount Union St. Thomas (MN) 28–10 6,027
2013 Dec. 20 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 52–14 5,371
2014 Dec. 19 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 43–34 5,465
2015 Dec. 18 Mount Union St. Thomas (MN) 49–35 5,343
2016 Dec. 16 Mary Hardin–Baylor Wisconsin–Oshkosh 10–7 3,476
2017 Dec. 15 Mount Union Mary Hardin–Baylor 12–0 4,971
2018 Dec. 14 Mary Hardin–Baylor Mount Union 24–16 6,816 Woodforest Bank Stadium Shenandoah, Texas
2019
2020 Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium Canton, Ohio
2021

Most national championships

2010 Stagg Bowl
50-yard line action at the 2010 Stagg Bowl
Team Titles Winning Years
Mount Union 13 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017
Wisconsin–Whitewater 6 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Augustana (IL) 4 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Ithaca 3 1979, 1988, 1991
Mary Hardin-Baylor 2 2016, 2018
Saint John's (MN) 2 1976, 2003
Wisconsin–La Crosse 2 1992, 1995
Dayton 2 1980, 1989
Widener 2 1977, 1981
Wittenberg 2 1973, 1975
Linfield 1 2004
Pacific Lutheran 1 1999
Albion 1 1994
Allegheny 1 1990
Wagner 1 1987
West Georgia 1 1982
Baldwin-Wallace 1 1978
Central (IA) 1 1974

Championship game appearances

Team Appearances Years
Mount Union 21 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
Wisconsin–Whitewater 9 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Ithaca 7 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1988, 1991
Augustana (IL) 5 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Dayton 5 1980, 1981, 1987, 1989, 1991
Rowan 5 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999
Wittenberg 4 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
Mary Hardin-Baylor 4 2004, 2016, 2017, 2018
Saint John's (MN) 3 1976, 2001, 2003
Central (IA) 3 1974, 1984, 1988
Wisconsin–La Crosse 2 1992, 1995
Widener 2 1977, 1981
St. Thomas (MN) 2 2012, 2015
Lycoming 2 1990, 1997
Washington & Jefferson 2 1992, 1994
Union (NY) 2 1983, 1989
Linfield 1 2004
Pacific Lutheran 1 1999
Albion 1 1994
Allegheny 1 1990
Wagner 1 1987
West Georgia 1 1982
Baldwin-Wallace 1 1978
Wisconsin–Oshkosh 1 2016
Trinity (TX) 1 2002
Bridgewater (VA) 1 2001
Salisbury State 1 1986
Wabash 1 1977
Towson State 1 1976
Juniata 1 1973

Stagg Bowl Most Outstanding Player Award

As voted by the media at the game since 2000.

Year Player Team Class Position
2000 Chuck Moore Mount Union Senior RB
2001 Chuck Moore Mount Union 5th year Senior RB
2002 Dan Pugh Mount Union Senior RB
2003 Blake Elliot Saint John's Senior WR
2004 Riley Jenkins Linfield Senior RB
2005 Nate Kmic Mount Union Freshman RB
2006 Greg Micheli Mount Union Sophomore QB
2007 Justin Beaver UW-Whitewater Senior RB
2008 Greg Micheli Mount Union Senior QB
2009 Levell Coppage UW-Whitewater Sophomore RB
2010 Levell Coppage UW-Whitewater Junior RB
2011 Loussaint Minett UW-Whitewater Sophomore DE
2012 Kevin Burke Mount Union Sophomore QB
2013 Matt Behrendt UW-Whitewater Junior QB
2014 Matt Behrendt UW-Whitewater Senior QB
2015 Taurice Scott Mount Union Senior QB
2016 Blake Jackson Mary Hardin-Baylor Senior QB
2017 Nick Brish Mount Union Sophomore DB
2018 T.J. Josey Mary Hardin–Baylor Senior WR

See also

References

Notes

Sources

External links

1973 NCAA Division III football season

The 1973 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1973, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1973 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. This was the first season for Division III (and Division II) football, which were formerly in the College Division in 1972 and prior.

Wittenberg won their first Division III championship, defeating Juniata in the championship game by a final score of 41−0.

1974 NCAA Division III football season

The 1974 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1974, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1974 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Central Dutch won their first Division III championship, defeating the Ithaca Bombers by a final score of 10−8.

1975 NCAA Division III football season

The 1975 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1975, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1975 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Wittenberg Tigers won their second Division III championship, defeating the Ithaca Bombers by a final score of 28−0.

1976 NCAA Division III football season

The 1976 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1976, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1976 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Saint John's Johnnies won their first Division III championship, defeating the Towson State Tigers by a final score of 31−28.

1977 NCAA Division III football season

The 1977 NCAA Division III football season -- part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level -- began in August 1977, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1977 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Widener Pioneers won their first Division III championship, defeating the Wabash Little Giants by a final score of 39−36.

1978 NCAA Division III football season

The 1978 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1978, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1978 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets won their first Division III championship, defeating the Wittenberg Tigers by a final score of 24−10.

1979 NCAA Division III football season

The 1979 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1979, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1979 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Ithaca Bombers won their first Division III championship, defeating the Wittenberg Tigers by a final score of 14−10 in a re-match of the 1975 championship (won by Wittenberg).

1981 NCAA Division III football season

The 1981 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1981, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1981 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Widener Pioneers won their second Division III championship, defeating the defending national champion Dayton Flyers by a final score of 17−10.

1982 NCAA Division III football season

The 1982 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1982, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1982 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama.

The West Georgia Wolves won their first Division III championship, defeating the Augustana (IL) Vikings by a final score of 14−0.

1983 NCAA Division III football season

The 1983 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1983, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1983 at Galbreath Field in Kings Island, Mason, Ohio. The Augustana (IL) Vikings won their first of four consecutive Division III championships by defeating the Union Dutchmen by a final score of 21−17.

1986 NCAA Division III football season

The 1986 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 1986, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1986 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Augustana (IL) Vikings won the fourth of their four consecutive Division III championships by defeating the Salisbury State Sea Gulls by a final score of 31−3.

1988 NCAA Division III football season

The 1988 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 1988, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1988 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Ithaca Bombers won their third Division III championship by defeating the Central (IA) Dutch, 39−24.

1990 NCAA Division III football season

The 1990 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 1990, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1990 at Hawkins Stadium in Bradenton, Florida. The Allegheny Gators won their first Division III championship by defeating the Lycoming Warriors, 21−14, in overtime.

1991 NCAA Division III football season

The 1991 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 1991, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1991 at Hawkins Stadium in Bradenton, Florida. The Ithaca Bombers won their third Division III championship by defeating the Dayton Flyers, 34−20.

1992 NCAA Division III football season

The 1992 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 1992, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1992 at Hawkins Stadium in Bradenton, Florida. The Wisconsin–La Crosse Eagles won their first Division III championship by defeating the Washington & Jefferson Presidents, 16−12.

2006 NCAA Division III football season

The 2006 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 2006, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2006 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their ninth Division III championship by defeating the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks, 35−16. This was the second of seven straight championship games between Mount Union (3 wins) and Wisconsin–Whitewater (4 wins) and the second straight win for Mount Union.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Josh Brehm, quarterback from Alma.

2008 NCAA Division III football season

The 2008 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 2008, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2008 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their tenth Division III championship by defeating the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks, 31−26. This was the fourth of seven straight championship games between Mount Union (3 wins) and Wisconsin–Whitewater (4 wins).

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Greg Micheli, quarterback from Mount Union.

2009 NCAA Division III football season

The 2009 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 2009, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2009 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks won their second Division III championship by defeating the Mount Union Purple Raiders, 38−28. This was the fifth of seven straight championship games between Mount Union (3 wins) and Wisconsin–Whitewater (4 wins).

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Blaine Westemeyer, offensive tackle from Augustana (IL).

2012 NCAA Division III football season

The 2012 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 2012, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2012 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their eleventh Division III championship by defeating the St. Thomas (MN) Tommies, 28−10.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Scottie Williams, running back from Elmhurst (IL).

Systems used to determine college football national championships
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NCAA Division I-AA/FCS
NCAA Division II
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