2002 NCAA Division III football season
|2002 NCAA Division III football season|
|Regular season||August – November 2002|
|Playoffs||November – December 2002|
|Salem Football Stadium
|Champions||Mount Union (7)|
|Gagliardi Trophy||Dan Pugh (RB), Mount Union|
The 2002 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 2002, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2002 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their seventh, and third consecutive, Division III championship by defeating the Trinity (TX) Tigers, 48−7.
The 2002 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 30th annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division III college football. The championship Stagg Bowl game was held at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia for the 10th time. This was the fourth bracket to feature 28 teams since last expanding in 1999.
|National Championship Game
Salem Football Stadium
|Wheaton (IL)||42||Wheaton (IL)||21|
|John Carroll||27||John Carroll||16*|
|UMass Dartmouth||6||Mount Union||48|
|Saint John's (MN)||31||Saint John's (MN)||21|
|Redlands||24||Saint John's (MN)||45|
|UW–La Crosse||18||Saint John's (MN)||34|
|King's (PA)||28||King's (PA)||17|
|Salisbury State||0||Bridgewater (VA)||32|
|Trinity (TX)||48||Trinity (TX)||38|
|Mary Hardin–Baylor||38||Trinity (TX)||45|
|Wash. & Jefferson||24||Wash. & Jefferson||10|
- 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season
- 2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season
- 2002 NCAA Division II football season
- "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
- "2002 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved November 28, 2014.