1997 NCAA Division III football season

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The 1997 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 1997, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1997 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their third, and second consecutive, Division III championship by defeating the Lycoming Warriors, 61−12.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Bill Borchert, quarterback from Mount Union.[1]

Conference champions[edit]

Conference champions


The 1997 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 25th 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 second time. As of 2014, Salem has remained the yearly host of the Stagg Bowl. Like the previous twelve tournaments, this year's bracket featured sixteen teams.[2]

Playoff bracket[edit]

Campus Sites
Campus Sites
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Salem Football Stadium
Salem, Virginia
Mount Union 34
Allegheny 30
Mount Union 59
John Carroll 7
John Carroll 30
Hanover 20
Mount Union 54
Simpson 7
Simpson 34
Wisconsin–Whitewater 31
Simpson 61
Augsburg 21
Augsburg 34
Concordia–Moorhead 22
Mount Union 61
Lycoming 12
Lycoming 27
McDaniel 13
Lycoming 46
Trinity (TX) 26
Trinity (TX) 44
Catholic 33
Lycoming 28
Rowan 20
Rowan 43
Coast Guard 0
Rowan 13
SUNY Cortland 30

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "1997 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved November 26, 2014.