NCAA Division III Football Championship

The NCAA Division III Football Championship began in 1973.

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.

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)

1969WittenbergWilliam Jewell27–21Springfield, Ohio
1970CapitalLuther34–21Columbus, Ohio
1971Samford (vacated)Ohio Wesleyan20–10Phenix City, Alabama
1972Nov 24HeidelbergFort Valley State28–16Phenix City, Alabama

East Regional championship (Knute Rockne Bowl)

1969Nov 29Randolph–MaconBridgeport47–28Bridgeport, Connecticut
1970Nov 28Montclair StateHampden–Sydney7–6Atlantic City, New Jersey
1971Nov 26BridgeportHampden–Sydney17–12Atlantic City, New Jersey
1972Nov 24BridgeportSlippery Rock27–22Atlantic City, New Jersey

National championship games

YearDateChampionRunner-upScoreAttendanceVenueLocationWinning head coach
1973Dec. 8WittenbergJuniata41–05,000Garrett-Harrison StadiumPhenix City, AlabamaDave Maurer
1974Dec. 7Central College (IA)Ithaca10–85,500Ron Schipper
1975Dec. 6WittenbergIthaca28–06,000Dave Maurer
1976Dec. 4Saint John's (MN)Towson31–287,214John Gagliardi
1977Dec. 3WidenerWabash39–367,852Bill Manlove
1978Dec. 2Baldwin–WallaceWittenberg24–107,500Lee Tressel
1979Dec. 1IthacaWittenberg14–106,500Jim Butterfield
1980Dec. 6DaytonIthaca63–08,701Rick E. Carter
1981Dec. 5WidenerDayton17–106,100Bill Manlove
1982Dec. 4West GeorgiaAugustana (IL)14–09,000Bobby Pate
1983Dec. 1Augustana (IL)Union (NY)21–173,800Galbreath FieldKings Island, OhioBob Reade
1984Dec. 8Augustana (IL)Central College (IA)21–122,300Bob Reade
1985Dec. 14Augustana (IL)Ithaca20–71,879Garrett-Harrison StadiumPhenix City, AlabamaBob Reade
1986Dec. 13Augustana (IL)Salisbury State31–32,000Bob Reade
1987Dec. 12WagnerDayton19–34,000Walt Hameline
1988Dec. 10IthacaCentral College (IA)39–244,000Jim Butterfield
1989Dec. 9DaytonUnion (NY)17–73,500Mike Kelly
1990Dec. 8AlleghenyLycoming21–14 (OT)4,800Hawkins StadiumBradenton, FloridaKen O'Keefe
1991Dec. 14IthacaDayton34–205,469Jim Butterfield
1992Dec. 12Wisconsin–La CrosseWashington & Jefferson16–125,392Roger Harring
1993Dec. 11Mount UnionRowan34–247,304Salem Football StadiumSalem, VirginiaLarry Kehres
1994Dec. 10AlbionWashington & Jefferson38–157,168Pete Schmidt
1995Dec. 9Wisconsin–La CrosseRowan36–74,905Roger Harring
1996Dec. 14Mount UnionRowan56–245,048Larry Kehres
1997Dec. 13Mount UnionLycoming61–125,777Larry Kehres
1998Dec. 12Mount UnionRowan44–245,145Larry Kehres
1999Dec. 18Pacific LutheranRowan42–134,101Frosty Westering
2000Dec. 16Mount UnionSaint John's (MN)10–74,436Larry Kehres
2001Dec. 15Mount UnionBridgewater30–277,992Larry Kehres
2002Dec. 21Mount UnionTrinity (TX)48–74,398Larry Kehres
2003Dec. 20Saint John's (MN)Mount Union24–65,073John Gagliardi
2004Dec. 18LinfieldMary Hardin–Baylor28–213,240Jay Locey
2005Dec. 17Mount UnionWisconsin–Whitewater35–284,619Larry Kehres
2006Dec. 16Mount UnionWisconsin–Whitewater35–166,051Larry Kehres
2007Dec. 15Wisconsin–WhitewaterMount Union31–215,099Lance Leipold
2008Dec. 20Mount UnionWisconsin–Whitewater31–265,344Larry Kehres
2009Dec. 19Wisconsin–WhitewaterMount Union38–283,468Lance Leipold
2010Dec. 18Wisconsin–WhitewaterMount Union31–214,598Lance Leipold
2011Dec. 16Wisconsin–WhitewaterMount Union13–103,784Lance Leipold
2012Dec. 14Mount UnionSt. Thomas (MN)28–106,027Larry Kehres
2013Dec. 20Wisconsin–WhitewaterMount Union52–145,371Lance Leipold
2014Dec. 19Wisconsin–WhitewaterMount Union43–345,465Lance Leipold
2015Dec. 18Mount UnionSt. Thomas (MN)49–355,343Vince Kehres
2016Dec. 16Mary Hardin–Baylor§Wisconsin–Oshkosh10–73,476Pete Fredenburg
2017Dec. 15Mount UnionMary Hardin–Baylor12–04,971Vince Kehres
2018Dec. 14Mary Hardin–BaylorMount Union24–166,816Woodforest Bank StadiumShenandoah, TexasPete Fredenburg
2020Tom Benson Hall of Fame StadiumCanton, Ohio

§ - note that on October, 10, 2019 the NCAA vacated the 2016 championship due to violations self-reported by UMHB[1]. The action is currently under appeal. If the appeal is unsuccessful there will be no champion declared for the 2016 season.

Most national championships

Team Titles Winning Years
Mount Union131993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017
Wisconsin–Whitewater62007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Augustana (IL)41983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Ithaca31979, 1988, 1991
Mary Hardin-Baylor2016§, 2018
Saint John's (MN)21976, 2003
Wisconsin–La Crosse21992, 1995
Dayton21980, 1989
Widener21977, 1981
Wittenberg21973, 1975
Pacific Lutheran11999
West Georgia11982
Central (IA)11974

§ - note that on October, 10, 2019 the NCAA vacated the 2016 championship due to violations self-reported by UMHB. The action is currently under appeal. If the appeal is unsuccessful there will be no champion declared for the 2016 season.

Championship game appearances

Team Appearances Years
Mount Union211993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
Wisconsin–Whitewater102005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2019
Ithaca71974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1988, 1991
Augustana (IL)51982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Dayton51980, 1981, 1987, 1989, 1991
Rowan51993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999
Mary Hardin-Baylor42004, 2016, 2017, 2018
Wittenberg41973, 1975, 1978, 1979
Central (IA)31974, 1984, 1988
Saint John's (MN)31976, 2001, 2003
Lycoming21990, 1997
St. Thomas (MN)22012, 2015
Washington & Jefferson21992, 1994
Widener21977, 1981
Wisconsin–La Crosse21992, 1995
Union (NY)21983, 1989
Bridgewater (VA)12001
North Central (IL)12019
Pacific Lutheran11999
Salisbury State11986
Trinity (TX)12002
Towson State11976
West Georgia11982

Stagg Bowl Most Outstanding Player Award

As voted by the media at the game since 2000.

2000Chuck MooreMount UnionSeniorRB
2001Chuck MooreMount Union5th year SeniorRB
2002Dan PughMount UnionSeniorRB
2003Blake ElliotSaint John'sSeniorWR
2004Riley JenkinsLinfieldSeniorRB
2005Nate KmicMount UnionFreshmanRB
2006Greg MicheliMount UnionSophomoreQB
2007Justin BeaverUW-WhitewaterSeniorRB
2008Greg MicheliMount UnionSeniorQB
2009Levell CoppageUW-WhitewaterSophomoreRB
2010Levell CoppageUW-WhitewaterJuniorRB
2011Loussaint MinettUW-WhitewaterSophomoreDE
2012Kevin BurkeMount UnionSophomoreQB
2013Matt BehrendtUW-WhitewaterJuniorQB
2014Matt BehrendtUW-WhitewaterSeniorQB
2015Taurice ScottMount UnionSeniorQB
2016Blake JacksonMary Hardin-BaylorSeniorQB
2017Nick BrishMount UnionSophomoreDB
2018T.J. JoseyMary Hardin–BaylorSeniorWR

See also



  1. "UMHB to appeal vacating 2016 title". Retrieved 10 October 2019.


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