The 1993 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 1993, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1993 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their first Division III championship by defeating the Rowan Profs, 34−24.[1] The first Gagliardi Trophy was awarded to Mount Union's quarterback Jim Ballard.

Conference and program changes[edit | edit source]

Following an NCAA rule change passed in January 1991, which required Division I schools to conduct all sports at the Division I level by 1993, multiple Division I universities were forced to move their football programs from the Division III level. As such, teams from Butler University, the University of Dayton, Drake University, the University of Evansville, Valparaiso University, the University of San Diego, Jacksonville University, Creighton University, Bradley University, Davidson College, Georgetown University, Marist College, Canisius College, Duquesne University, Fairfield University, Iona College, St. John's University, St. Peter's University, and Siena College. Many of these teams became football members of non-scholarship Division I FCS football leagues like the Pioneer Football League, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the Patriot League, and the Big South Conference. [2]

Conference changes[edit | edit source]

School 1990 Conference 1991 Conference
Buffalo D-III Independent I-AA Independent
Cal Lutheran Western (D-II) SCIAA (D-III)
Canisius D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
Charleston Southern D-III Independent I-AA Independent
Davidson D-III Independent I-AA Independent
Dayton D-III Independent Pioneer (I-AA)
Drake D-III Independent Pioneer (I-AA)
Duquesne D-III Independent I-AA Independent
Evansville D-III Independent Pioneer (I-AA)
Georgetown D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
Iona D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
St. Francis (PA) D-III Independent I-AA Independent
St. John's (NY) D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
St. Peter's D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
San Diego D-III Independent Pioneer (I-AA)
Siena D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
UAB D-III Independent I-AA Independent
Wagner D-III Independent I-AA Independent

Conference champions[edit | edit source]

Conference champions

Postseason[edit | edit source]

The 1993 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 21st 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 third time. As of 2014, Salem has remained the yearly host of the Stagg Bowl. Like the previous eight tournaments, this year's bracket featured sixteen teams.[3]

Playoff bracket[edit | edit source]

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 Mount Union 40  
 Allegheny 7  
   Mount Union 30  
   Albion 16  
 Albion 41
 Anderson (IN) 21  
   Mount Union 56  
   Saint John's (MN) 8  
 Wisconsin–La Crosse 55  
 Wartburg 26  
   Wisconsin–La Crosse 25
   Saint John's (MN) 25  
 Saint John's (MN) 32
 Coe 14  
   Mount Union 34
   Rowan 24
 Washington & Jefferson 27  
 Moravian 7  
   Washington & Jefferson 28
   Frostburg State 7  
 Frostburg State 26
 Wilkes 25  
   Washington & Jefferson 16
   Rowan 23  
 Rowan 29  
 Buffalo State 16  
   William Paterson 0
   Rowan 37  
 William Paterson 17
 Union (NY) 7  

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