The 2002 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 2002, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2002 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their seventh, and third consecutive, Division III championship by defeating the Trinity (TX) Tigers, 48−7.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Dan Pugh, running back from Mount Union.[1]

Conference championsEdit

Conference champions


The 2002 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 30th 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 10th time. This was the fourth bracket to feature 28 teams since last expanding in 1999.[2]

Playoff bracketEdit

First Round
Campus Sites
Second Round
Campus Sites
Campus Sites
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Salem Football Stadium
Salem, Virginia
          Mount Union 42  
 Wheaton (IL) 42      Wheaton (IL) 21  
 Alma 14        Mount Union 45  
 Wabash 42      Wabash 16  
 MacMurray 7      Wabash 25  
 Wittenberg 34      Wittenberg 14  
 Hanover 33        Mount Union 57  
          John Carroll 19  
          Rowan 12  
 Brockport 16      Brockport 15  
 Springfield 0      Brockport 10
 John Carroll 27      John Carroll 16*  
 Hobart 7      John Carroll 21  
 Muhlenberg 56      Muhlenberg 10  
 UMass Dartmouth 6        Mount Union 48
          Trinity (TX) 7
          Linfield 52
 Wartburg 45      Wartburg 15  
 Lake Forest 0      Linfield 14
 Saint John's (MN) 31      Saint John's (MN) 21  
 Redlands 24      Saint John's (MN) 45  
 Coe 21      Coe 14  
 UW–La Crosse 18      Saint John's (MN) 34  
          Trinity (TX) 41  
          Bridgewater (VA) 19       
 King's (PA) 28      King's (PA) 17       
 Salisbury State 0      Bridgewater (VA) 32
 Trinity (TX) 48      Trinity (TX) 38  
 Mary Hardin–Baylor 38      Trinity (TX) 45
 Wash. & Jefferson 24      Wash. & Jefferson 10  
 Christopher Newport 10  


See alsoEdit


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