The 2008 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 2008, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2008 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their tenth Division III championship by defeating the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks, 31−26. This was the fourth of seven straight championship games between Mount Union (3 wins) and Wisconsin–Whitewater (4 wins).

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Greg Micheli, quarterback from Mount Union.[1]

Program changesEdit

  • After Tri-State University changed its name to Trine University in 2008, the Tri-State Thunder became the Trine Thunder at the start of the 2008 season.

Conference championsEdit

Conference champions


The 2008 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 36th 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 16th time.[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 56  
 Randolph–Macon 0      Mount Union 42  
 Hobart 33      Hobart 7  
 Lycoming 15        Mount Union 41  
 Cortland 31      Cortland 14  
 Plymouth State 14      Cortland 42  
 Curry 26      Curry 0  
 Ithaca 21        Mount Union 45  
 North Central (IL) 44      Wheaton (IL) 24  
 Thomas More 23      North Central (IL) 28  
 Franklin 62      Franklin 38  
 Otterbein 45      Franklin 28
 Wabash 20      Wheaton (IL) 45  
 Case 17      Wabash 28  
 Wheaton (IL) 14      Wheaton (IL) 59  
 Trine 0        Mount Union 31
 Willamette 48      Wisconsin–Whitewater 26
 Occidental 33      Willamette 27
 Wisconsin–Whitewater 37      Wisconsin–Whitewater 30  
 Saint John's 7      Wisconsin–Whitewater 34
 Wartburg 26      Wartburg 17  
 Wisconsin–Stevens Point 21      Wartburg 30  
 Monmouth (IL) 42      Monmouth (IL) 28  
 Aurora 13      Wisconsin–Whitewater 39  
 Millsaps 51      Mary Hardin–Baylor 13  
 LaGrange 26      Washington & Jefferson 35       
 Washington & Jefferson 35      Millsaps 20       
 Christopher Newport 29      Washington & Jefferson 7
 Wesley 20      Mary Hardin–Baylor 63  
 Muhlenberg 0      Wesley 14
 Mary Hardin–Baylor 38      Mary Hardin–Baylor 46  
 Hardin–Simmons 35  


See alsoEdit


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