The 1987 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 1987, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1987 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama.

Wagner won their first Division III championship by defeating Dayton in the championship game, 19−3. Due to NCAA rule changes in 1991, both schools are now members Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA).[1]

Conference changes and new programsEdit

School 1986 Conference 1987 Conference
Drake Revived Program D-III Independent

Conference championsEdit

Conference champions


The 1987 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 15th 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 Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama for the 13th time and for the third consecutive year. Like the previous two tournaments, this year's bracket featured sixteen teams.[2]

NCAA Division III Playoff bracketEdit

  First Round
Campus Sites
Campus Sites
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Garrett-Harrison Stadium
Phenix City, Alabama
 Wagner 38  
 Rochester (NY) 14  
   Wagner 21  
   Fordham 0  
 Fordham 41
 Hofstra 6  
   Wagner 20  
   Emory & Henry 13  
 Washington & Jefferson 23*  
 Allegheny 17  
   Washington & Jefferson 16
   Emory & Henry 23  
 Emory & Henry 49
 Ferrum 7  
   Wagner 19
   Dayton 3
 Dayton 52  
 Capital (OH) 28  
   Dayton 38
   Augustana (IL) 36  
 Augustana (IL) 53
 Hiram 0  
   Dayton 34
   Central (IA) 0  
 Saint John's (MN) 7  
 Gustavus Adolphus 3  
   Saint John's (MN) 3
   Central (IA) 13  
 Central (IA) 17
 Menlo 0  

See alsoEdit


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