The 2003 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 2003, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2003 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Saint John's (MN) Johnnies won second Division III championship by defeating the three-time defending national champion Mount Union Purple Raiders, 24−6.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Blake Elliott, wide receiver, punter, and kick returner from Saint John's (MN).[1]

Conference championsEdit

Conference champions


The 2003 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 31st 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 11th time. This was the fifth 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 39  
 UW–La Crosse 52      UW–La Crosse 14  
 Concordia Wisconsin 13        Mount Union 56  
 Wheaton (IL) 55      Wheaton (IL) 10  
 Hope 45      Wheaton (IL) 16  
 Baldwin Wallace 54      Baldwin Wallace 12  
 Hanover 32        Mount Union 66  
          Bridgewater (VA) 0  
          Lycoming 16*  
 East Texas Baptist 42      East Texas Baptist 15  
 Trinity (TX) 41      Lycoming 9
 Bridgewater (VA) 28      Bridgewater (VA) 13  
 Waynesburg 24      Bridgewater (VA) 26  
 Christopher Newport 24      Christopher Newport 3  
 Muhlenberg 20        Mount Union 6
          Saint John's (MN) 24
          Springfield 34
 RPI 34      RPI 40  
 Curry 20      RPI 21
 Ithaca 14      Ithaca 16  
 Brockport 9      Ithaca 33  
 Montclair State 20      Montclair State 13  
 Allegheny 19      RPI 10  
          Saint John's (MN) 38  
          Saint John's (MN) 38       
 St. Norbert 26**      St. Norbert 13       
 Simpson 20      Saint John's (MN) 31
 Wartburg 21      Linfield 25  
 Bethel (MN) 7      Wartburg 20
 Linfield 31      Linfield 23  
 Redlands 23  


See alsoEdit


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