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).[citation needed]

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), has been played annually at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia since 1993. It was previously played at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama (1973–1982, 1985–1989), at Galbreath Field at the College Football Hall of Fame, when the Hall was located in Kings Island, Ohio (1983–1984), and at Hawkins Stadium in Bradenton, Florida (1990–1992).

Mount Union has appeared in eleven consecutive Stagg Bowls, and all but three since 1996. The Purple Raiders defeated Wisconsin–Whitewater in 2005, 2006, and 2008; lost to Wisconsin–Whitewater in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014; and defeated the University of St. Thomas in 2012 and 2015. The only two times since 2000 in which Mount Union did not appear, the University of Mary Hardin–Baylor did. They lost the 2004 championship to Linfield College and won the 2016 game over University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh.

Mount Union defeated Mary Hardin–Baylor for the 2017 season championship.

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 Bowl)[edit]

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)[edit]

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[edit]

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

Most national championships[edit]

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
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
Mary Hardin-Baylor 1 2016
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

Appearances[edit]

Team Appearances Years
Mount Union 20 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
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
Saint John's (MN) 3 1976, 2001, 2003
Central (IA) 3 1974, 1984, 1988
Mary Hardin-Baylor 3 2004, 2016, 2017
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[edit]

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

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