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 championsEdit

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.[3]

Playoff bracketEdit

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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
   TCNJ 7  
 TCNJ 34
 SUNY Cortland 30  

See alsoEdit


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