NCAA Division III Football Championship

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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 championship game, known as the Stagg Bowl, has been played annually in Salem, Virginia at Salem Football Stadium since 1993. It was previously played in Phenix City, Alabama at Garrett-Harrison Stadium (1973–1982, 1985–1989), at the College Football Hall of Fame, when the Hall was located in Kings Island, Ohio at Galbreath Field (1983–1984), and Bradenton, Florida at Hawkins Stadium (1990–1992). Mount Union has appeared in the last nine Stagg Bowls—defeating Wisconsin–Whitewater in 2005, 2006, and 2008; losing to Wisconsin–Whitewater in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013; and defeating University of St. Thomas in 2012.

West and East Regional Championships (1969-1972)[edit]

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)[edit]

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

East Regional championship (Knute Rockne Bowl)[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner up Location
1969 Randolph–Macon 47–28 Bridgeport Bridgeport, Connecticut
1970 Montclair State 7–6 Hampden–Sydney Atlantic City, New Jersey
1971 Bridgeport 17–12 Hampden–Sydney Atlantic City, New Jersey
1972 Bridgeport 27–22 Slippery Rock Atlantic City, New Jersey

National championship games[edit]

50-yard line action at the 2010 Stagg Bowl
Year Date Champion Runner-up Score Venue Location
1973 Dec. 8 Wittenberg Juniata 41–0 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1974 Dec. 7 Central (IA) Ithaca 10–8 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1975 Dec. 6 Wittenberg Ithaca 28–0 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1976 Dec.4 Saint John's (MN) Towson State 31–28 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1977 Dec. Widener Wabash 39–36 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1978 Dec. Baldwin-Wallace Wittenberg 24–10 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1979 Dec. Ithaca Wittenberg 14–10 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1980 Dec. 6 Dayton Ithaca 63–0 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1981 Dec. Widener Dayton 17–10 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1982 Dec. 4 West Georgia Augustana (IL) 14–0 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1983 Dec. 1 Augustana (IL) Union (NY) 21–17 Galbreath Field Kings Island, Ohio
1984 Dec. 8 Augustana (IL) Central (IA) 21–12 Galbreath Field Kings Island, Ohio
1985 Dec. Augustana (IL) Ithaca 20–7 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1986 Dec. 13 Augustana (IL) Salisbury State 31–3 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1987 Dec. Wagner Dayton 19–3 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1988 Dec. 10 Ithaca Central (IA) 39–24 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1989 Dec. Dayton Union (NY) 17–7 Garrett-Harrison Stadium Phenix City, Alabama
1990 Dec. 8 Allegheny Lycoming 21–14 (OT) Hawkins Stadium Bradenton, Florida
1991 Dec. Ithaca Dayton 34–20 Hawkins Stadium Bradenton, Florida
1992 Dec. 12 Wisconsin–La Crosse Washington & Jefferson 16–12 Hawkins Stadium Bradenton, Florida
1993 Dec. 11 Mount Union Rowan 34–24 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
1994 Dec. 10 Albion Washington & Jefferson 38–15 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
1995 Dec. 9 Wisconsin–La Crosse Rowan 36–7 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
1996 Dec. 14 Mount Union Rowan 56–24 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
1997 Dec. 13 Mount Union Lycoming 61–12 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
1998 Dec. 12 Mount Union Rowan 44–24 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
1999 Dec. 18 Pacific Lutheran Rowan 42–13 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2000 Dec. 16 Mount Union Saint John's (MN) 10–7 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2001 Dec. 15 Mount Union Bridgewater 30–27 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2002 Dec. 21 Mount Union Trinity (TX) 48–7 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2003 Dec. 20 Saint John's (MN) Mount Union 24–6 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2004 Dec. 18 Linfield Mary Hardin–Baylor 28–21 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2005 Dec. 17 Mount Union Wisconsin–Whitewater 35–28 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2006 Dec. 16 Mount Union Wisconsin–Whitewater 35–16 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2007 Dec. 15 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 31–21 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2008 Dec. 20 Mount Union Wisconsin–Whitewater 31–26 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2009 Dec. 19 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 38–28 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2010 Dec. 18 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 31–21 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2011 Dec. 16 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 13–10 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2012 Dec. 14 Mount Union St. Thomas (MN) 28–10 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2013 Dec. 20 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 52–14 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia
2014 Dec. 20 Salem Football Stadium Salem, Virginia

Appearances[edit]

Team Number of times appeared Years in which they appeared (bold indicate winning years)
Mount Union 17 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Wisconsin–Whitewater 8 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
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
St. John's (MN) 3 1976, 2001, 2003
Central (IA) 3 1974, 1984, 1988
Widener 2 1977, 1981
Wisconsin–La Crosse 2 1992, 1995
Washington and Jefferson 2 1992, 1994
Lycoming 2 1990, 1997
Union (NY) 2 1983, 1989
Linfield 1 2004
Albion 1 1994
Allegheny 1 1990
Baldwin-Wallace 1 1978
Wagner 1 1987
Pacific Lutheran 1 1999
West Georgia 1 1982
St. Thomas (MN) 1 2012
Mary Hardin-Baylor 1 2004
Trinity (TX) 1 2002
Bridgewater 1 2001
Salisbury 1 1986
Wabash 1 1977
Towson 1 1976
Juniata 1 1973

Most national championships[edit]

Team Championships Winning years
Mount Union 11 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012
Wisconsin–Whitewater 5 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Augustana (IL) 4 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Ithaca 3 1979, 1988, 1991
Dayton 2 1980, 1989
St. John's (MN) 2 1976, 2003
Widener 2 1977, 1981
Wisconsin–La Crosse 2 1992, 1995
Wittenberg 2 1973, 1975
Albion 1 1994
Allegheny 1 1990
Baldwin-Wallace 1 1978
Central (IA) 1 1974
Linfield 1 2004
Pacific Lutheran 1 1999
Wagner 1 1987
West Georgia 1 1982

See also[edit]

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