1993 NCAA Division III football season

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The 1993 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 1993, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1993 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their first Division III championship by defeating the Rowan Profs, 34−24.[1] The first Gagliardi Trophy was awarded to Mount Union's quarterback Jim Ballard.

Conference and program changes[edit]

Following an NCAA rule change passed in January 1991, which required Division I schools to conduct all sports at the Division I level by 1993, multiple Division I universities were forced to move their football programs from the Division III level. As such, teams from Butler University, the University of Dayton, Drake University, the University of Evansville, Valparaiso University, the University of San Diego, Jacksonville University, Creighton University, Bradley University, Davidson College, Georgetown University, Marist College, Canisius College, Duquesne University, Fairfield University, Iona College, St. John's University, St. Peter's University, and Siena College. Many of these teams became football members of non-scholarship Division I FCS football leagues like the Pioneer Football League, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the Patriot League, and the Big South Conference. [2]

Conference changes[edit]

School 1990 Conference 1991 Conference
Buffalo D-III Independent I-AA Independent
Cal Lutheran Western (D-II) SCIAA (D-III)
Canisius D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
Charleston Southern D-III Independent I-AA Independent
Davidson D-III Independent I-AA Independent
Dayton D-III Independent Pioneer (I-AA)
Drake D-III Independent Pioneer (I-AA)
Duquesne D-III Independent I-AA Independent
Evansville D-III Independent Pioneer (I-AA)
Georgetown D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
Iona D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
St. Francis (PA) D-III Independent I-AA Independent
St. John's (NY) D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
St. Peter's D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
San Diego D-III Independent Pioneer (I-AA)
Siena D-III Independent MAAC (I-AA)
UAB D-III Independent I-AA Independent
Wagner D-III Independent I-AA Independent

Conference champions[edit]

Conference champions


The 1993 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 21st 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 third time. As of 2014, Salem has remained the yearly host of the Stagg Bowl. Like the previous eight tournaments, this year's bracket featured sixteen teams.[3]

Playoff bracket[edit]

Campus Sites
Campus Sites
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Salem Football Stadium
Salem, Virginia
Mount Union 40
Allegheny 7
Mount Union 30
Albion 16
Albion 41
Anderson (IN) 21
Mount Union 56
Saint John's (MN) 8
Wisconsin–La Crosse 55
Wartburg 26
Wisconsin–La Crosse 25
Saint John's (MN) 25
Saint John's (MN) 32
Coe 14
Mount Union 34
Rowan 24
Washington & Jefferson 27
Moravian 7
Washington & Jefferson 28
Frostburg State 7
Frostburg State 26
Wilkes 25
Washington & Jefferson 16
Rowan 23
Rowan 29
Buffalo State 16
William Paterson 0
Rowan 37
William Paterson 17
Union (NY) 7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Drake joins new league". Des Moines, Iowa: The Telegraph-Herald. November 22, 1991. pp. Page 1B. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  3. ^ "1993 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved November 23, 2014.