The 2005 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 2005, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2005 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their eighth Division III championship by defeating the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks, 35−28. This was the first of eight subsequent championship games between Mount Union (3 wins) and Wisconsin–Whitewater (5 wins); only the 2012 Stagg Bowl featured a different team.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Brett Elliott, quarterback from Linfield.[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit | edit source]

School 2004 conference 2005 conference
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The 2005 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 33rd 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 13th time. The bracket for this field expanded from 28 to 32 teams, where it has remained.[2]

Playoff bracket[edit | edit source]

First Round
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Second Round
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Salem Football Stadium
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 Linfield 63  
 Occidental 21      Linfield 28  
 Concordia–Moorhead 27      Concordia–Moorhead 14  
 Coe 14        Linfield 41  
 Saint John's (MN) 62      Wisconsin–Whitewater 44  
 Monmouth (IL) 3      Saint John's (MN) 7  
 Wisconsin–Whitewater 34      Wisconsin–Whitewater 34  
 Central (IA) 14        Wisconsin–Whitewater 58  
 Mary Hardin–Baylor 35      Wesley 6  
 Trinity (TX) 6      Mary Hardin–Baylor 36  
 Wesley 59      Wesley 46  
 Ferrum 14      Wesley 46
 Bridgewater (VA) 30      Bridgewater (VA) 7  
 Washington & Jefferson 21      Bridgewater (VA) 24  
 Thiel 28      Thiel 13  
 Johns Hopkins 3        Wisconsin–Whitewater 28
 Wabash 38      Mount Union 35
 Albion 20      Wabash 11
 Capital 21      Capital 14  
 North Central (IL) 19      Mount Union 34
 Augustana (IL) 49      Capital 31  
 Lakeland 22      Augustana (IL) 7  
 Mount Union 49      Mount Union 44  
 Mount St. Joseph 6      Mount Union 19  
 Delaware Valley 37      Rowan 7  
 Curry 22      Delaware Valley 21       
 Hobart 23      Hobart 14       
 Cortland 22      Delaware Valley 21
 Rowan 42      Rowan 27  
 Wilkes 3      Rowan 28
 Union (NY) 55      Union (NY) 24  
 Ithaca 41  


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