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The NCAA Division III Football Championship began in 1973. Before 1973, most of the schools now in Division III competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).[citation needed]

The Division III playoffs begin with 32 teams selected to participate in the playoffs. The Division III championship game, known as the Stagg Bowl (named after Amos Alonzo Stagg), will be held at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Shenandoah, Texas in 2018 and 2019. The game had previously been played at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia (1993–2017), at Hawkins Stadium in Bradenton, Florida (1990–1992), Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama (1973–1982, 1985–1989), and at Galbreath Field at the College Football Hall of Fame, when the Hall was located in Kings Island, Ohio (1983–1984).

Mary Hardin–Baylor defeated Mount Union to win the 2018 season championship.

West and East Regional Championships (1969–1972)Edit

In 1969, the NCAA started two regional championship games for small college teams: the East Regional's Knute Rockne Bowl and the West's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. When the NCAA developed a national Division III championship game in 1973, the Stagg Bowl name and the host city of Phenix City, Alabama was chosen.

West Regional championship (Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl)Edit

YearDateChampionRunner-upScoreVenueLocationAttendance
1969 Wittenberg William Jewell 27–21 Springfield, Ohio
1970 Capital Luther 34–21 Columbus, Ohio
1971 Samford (vacated) Ohio Wesleyan 20–10 Phenix City, Alabama
1972 Nov 24 Heidelberg Fort Valley State 28–16 Phenix City, Alabama

East Regional championship (Knute Rockne Bowl)Edit

YearDateChampionRunner-upScoreVenueLocationAttendance
1969 Nov 29 Randolph–Macon Bridgeport 47–28 Bridgeport, Connecticut
1970 Nov 28 Montclair State Hampden–Sydney 7–6 Atlantic City, New Jersey
1971 Nov 26 Bridgeport Hampden–Sydney 17–12 Atlantic City, New Jersey
1972 Nov 24 Bridgeport Slippery Rock 27–22 Atlantic City, New Jersey

National championship gamesEdit

YearDateChampionRunner-upScoreAttendance VenueLocation
1973Dec. 8 Wittenberg Juniata 41–0 5,000Garrett-Harrison StadiumPhenix City, Alabama
1974Dec. 7 Central (IA) Ithaca 10–8 5,500
1975Dec. 6 Wittenberg Ithaca 28–0 6,000
1976Dec. 4 Saint John's (MN) Towson State 31–28 7,214
1977Dec. 3 Widener Wabash 39–36 7,852
1978Dec. 2 Baldwin-Wallace Wittenberg 24–10 7,500
1979Dec. 1 Ithaca Wittenberg 14–10 6,500
1980Dec. 6 Dayton Ithaca 63–0 8,701
1981Dec. 5 Widener Dayton 17–10 6,100
1982Dec. 4 West Georgia Augustana (IL) 14–0 9,000
1983Dec. 1 Augustana (IL) Union (NY) 21–17 3,800Galbreath FieldKings Island, Ohio
1984Dec. 8 Augustana (IL) Central (IA) 21–12 2,300
1985Dec. 14 Augustana (IL) Ithaca 20–7 1,879Garrett-Harrison StadiumPhenix City, Alabama
1986Dec. 13 Augustana (IL) Salisbury State 31–3 2,000
1987Dec. 12 Wagner Dayton 19–3 4,000
1988 Dec. 10 Ithaca Central (IA) 39–24 4,000
1989Dec. 9 Dayton Union (NY) 17–7 3,500
1990Dec. 8 Allegheny Lycoming 21–14 (OT) 4,800Hawkins StadiumBradenton, Florida
1991Dec. 14 Ithaca Dayton 34–20 5,469
1992Dec. 12 Wisconsin–La Crosse Washington & Jefferson 16–12 5,392
1993 Dec. 11 Mount Union Rowan 34–24 7,304Salem Football StadiumSalem, Virginia
1994 Dec. 10 Albion Washington & Jefferson 38–15 7,168
1995Dec. 9 Wisconsin–La Crosse Rowan 36–7 4,905
1996Dec. 14 Mount Union Rowan 56–24 5,048
1997Dec. 13 Mount Union Lycoming 61–12 5,777
1998Dec. 12 Mount Union Rowan 44–24 5,145
1999Dec. 18 Pacific Lutheran Rowan 42–13 4,101
2000Dec. 16 Mount Union Saint John's (MN) 10–7 4,436
2001 Dec. 15 Mount Union Bridgewater 30–27 7,992
2002 Dec. 21 Mount Union Trinity (TX) 48–7 4,398
2003 Dec. 20 Saint John's (MN) Mount Union 24–6 5,073
2004 Dec. 18 Linfield Mary Hardin–Baylor 28–21 3,240
2005 Dec. 17 Mount Union Wisconsin–Whitewater 35–28 4,619
2006 Dec. 16 Mount Union Wisconsin–Whitewater 35–16 6,051
2007 Dec. 15 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 31–21 5,099
2008 Dec. 20 Mount Union Wisconsin–Whitewater 31–26 5,344
2009 Dec. 19 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 38–28 3,468
2010 Dec. 18 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 31–21 4,598
2011 Dec. 16 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 13–10 3,784
2012 Dec. 14 Mount Union St. Thomas (MN) 28–10 6,027
2013 Dec. 20 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 52–14 5,371
2014 Dec. 19 Wisconsin–Whitewater Mount Union 43–34 5,465
2015Dec. 18 Mount Union St. Thomas (MN) 49–35 5,343
2016Dec. 16 Mary Hardin–Baylor Wisconsin–Oshkosh 10–7 3,476
2017Dec. 15 Mount Union Mary Hardin–Baylor 12–0 4,971
2018Dec. 14 Mary Hardin–Baylor Mount Union 24–16 6,816 Woodforest Bank StadiumShenandoah, Texas
2019
2020 Tom Benson Hall of Fame StadiumCanton, Ohio
2021

Most national championshipsEdit

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Team Titles Winning Years
Mount Union 13 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017
Wisconsin–Whitewater 6 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Augustana (IL) 4 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Ithaca 3 1979, 1988, 1991
Mary Hardin-Baylor 2 2016, 2018
Saint John's (MN) 2 1976, 2003
Wisconsin–La Crosse 2 1992, 1995
Dayton 2 1980, 1989
Widener 2 1977, 1981
Wittenberg 2 1973, 1975
Linfield 1 2004
Pacific Lutheran 1 1999
Albion 1 1994
Allegheny 1 1990
Wagner 1 1987
West Georgia 1 1982
Baldwin-Wallace 1 1978
Central (IA) 1 1974

Championship game appearancesEdit

Team Appearances Years
Mount Union 21 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
Wisconsin–Whitewater 9 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Ithaca 7 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1988, 1991
Augustana (IL) 5 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Dayton 5 1980, 1981, 1987, 1989, 1991
Rowan 5 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999
Wittenberg 4 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
Mary Hardin-Baylor 4 2004, 2016, 2017, 2018
Saint John's (MN) 3 1976, 2001, 2003
Central (IA) 3 1974, 1984, 1988
Wisconsin–La Crosse 2 1992, 1995
Widener 2 1977, 1981
St. Thomas (MN) 2 2012, 2015
Lycoming 2 1990, 1997
Washington & Jefferson 2 1992, 1994
Union (NY) 2 1983, 1989
Linfield 1 2004
Pacific Lutheran 1 1999
Albion 1 1994
Allegheny 1 1990
Wagner 1 1987
West Georgia 1 1982
Baldwin-Wallace 1 1978
Wisconsin–Oshkosh 1 2016
Trinity (TX) 1 2002
Bridgewater (VA) 1 2001
Salisbury State 1 1986
Wabash 1 1977
Towson State 1 1976
Juniata 1 1973

Stagg Bowl Most Outstanding Player AwardEdit

As voted by the media at the game since 2000.

Year Player Team Class Position
2000 Chuck Moore Mount Union Senior RB
2001 Chuck Moore Mount Union 5th year Senior RB
2002 Dan Pugh Mount Union Senior RB
2003 Blake Elliot Saint John's Senior WR
2004 Riley Jenkins Linfield Senior RB
2005 Nate Kmic Mount Union Freshman RB
2006 Greg Micheli Mount Union Sophomore QB
2007 Justin Beaver UW-Whitewater Senior RB
2008 Greg Micheli Mount Union Senior QB
2009 Levell Coppage UW-Whitewater Sophomore RB
2010 Levell Coppage UW-Whitewater Junior RB
2011 Loussaint Minett UW-Whitewater Sophomore DE
2012 Kevin Burke Mount Union Sophomore QB
2013 Matt Behrendt UW-Whitewater Junior QB
2014 Matt Behrendt UW-Whitewater Senior QB
2015 Taurice Scott Mount Union Senior QB
2016 Blake Jackson Mary Hardin-Baylor Senior QB
2017 Nick Brish Mount Union Sophomore DB
2018 T.J. Josey Mary Hardin–Baylor Senior WR

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