2003 NCAA Division III football season

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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.

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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 changes and new programs

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New Jersey City Gothic Knights NJAC Dropped program
Upper Iowa Peacocks Iowa Northern Sun (Division II)

Conference standings

2003 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 15 Mary Hardin–Baylor + 81    91 
Hardin–Simmons + 81    82 
No. 14 East Texas Baptist +^ 81    93 
Howard Payne  63    64 
McMurry  45    46 
Louisiana College  45    46 
Austin  36    37 
Mississippi College  27    37 
Texas Lutheran  27    28 
Sul Ross  09    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 Atlantic Central Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Frostburg State $ 30    45 
Salisbury  21    72 
Wesley  12    64 
Apprentice § 03    18 
  • $ Conference champion
  • § – Not an NCAA member
2003 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 25 Johns Hopkins + 51    101 
Muhlenberg + 51    73 
McDaniel  42    55 
Franklin & Marshall  33    46 
Gettysburg  24    55 
Dickinson  24    46 
Ursinus  06    37 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Wheaton (IL) $^ 70    121 
Augustana (IL)  61    73 
Millikin  43    73 
North Central (IL)  43    73 
Elmhurst  34    64 
Illinois Wesleyan  34    55 
Carthage  16    37 
North Park  07    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 Empire 8 Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 10 Ithaca $^ 40    103 
St. John Fisher  31    83 
Alfred  22    55 
Hartwick  13    27 
Utica  04    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 Freedom Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 13 Springfield (MA) $^ 60    101 
Norwich  42    65 
Merchant Marine  33    64 
Western Connecticut  33    64 
Coast Guard  33    45 
WPI  24    46 
Plymouth State  06    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Hanover $^ 60    83 
Anderson (IN)  51    73 
Mount St. Joseph  42    64 
Defiance  33    46 
Franklin (IN)  24    28 
Manchester  15    28 
Bluffton  06    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
2003 Illini–Badger Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Concordia (WI) $^ 70    92 
Lakeland  61    82 
Aurora  52    55 
MacMurray  34    55 
Greenville  25    37 
Benedictine (IL)  25    28 
Concordia (IL)  25    28 
Eureka  16    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
2003 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Wartburg $^ 80    111 
No. 23 Simpson  71    92 
Loras  53    73 
Buena Vista  44    64 
Luther  44    64 
Central (IA)  35    55 
Coe  35    55 
Cornell (IA)  26    46 
Dubuque  17    28 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Hope $^ 51    74 
Adrian  42    82 
Albion  42    64 
Alma  33    64 
Wisconsin Lutheran  33    55 
Kalamazoo  24    64 
Olivet  06    46 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
2003 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 Lycoming $^ 81    92 
Delaware Valley  72    92 
Wilkes  72    83 
Albright  63    73 
King's (PA)  63    74 
Widener  45    55 
Susquehanna  45    46 
Juniata  36    37 
Moravian  36    37 
Lebanon Valley  18    19 
Fairleigh Dickinson–Florham  09    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 Midwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 16 St. Norbert $^ 90    111 
Monmouth (IL)  81    82 
Lake Forest  63    73 
Ripon  54    64 
Beloit  36    46 
Illinois College  36    46 
Knox  36    46 
Carroll (WI)  36    37 
Lawrence  36    37 
Grinnell  27    37 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Saint John's (MN) $^800  1400
No. 12 Bethel (MN) ^710  920
Concordia–Moorhead 620  730
Augsburg 440  550
Gustavus Adolphus 440  460
St. Olaf 350  460
St. Thomas (MN) 350  370
Carleton 170  370
Hamline 080  280
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 New England Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Bogan Division
Westfield State xy 60    73 
Worcester State  51    83 
Bridgewater State  42    63 
Fitchburg State  33    54 
Massachusetts Maritime  24    27 
Maine Maritime  15    18 
Framingham State  06    09 
Boyd Division
Curry xy$^ 60    111 
UMass Dartmouth  42    92 
Nichols  42    64 
Endicott  33    54 
Salve Regina  24    28 
MIT  15    36 
Western New England  15    27 
Championship: Curry 36, Westfield State 0
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
2003 New England Small College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Trinity (CT) $ 80    80 
Williams  62    62 
Colby  53    53 
Tufts  53    53 
Amherst  44    44 
Middlebury  44    44 
Wesleyan  44    44 
Bates  26    26 
Hamilton  26    26 
Bowdoin  08    08 
  • $ Conference champion
2003 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 17 Montclair State $^ 50    92 
TCNJ  41    64 
Rowan  32    73 
Cortland  23    55 
Kean  14    19 
William Paterson  05    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Allegheny $^ 70    74 
Wittenberg  42    82 
Wabash  42    73 
Oberlin  42    55 
Wooster  43    73 
Ohio Wesleyan  24    46 
Denison  24    37 
Earlham  15    28 
Hiram  06    19 
Kenyon  00    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
2003 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Linfield $^ 50    111 
Willamette  41    73 
Pacific Lutheran  32    63 
Whitworth  23    46 
Lewis & Clark  14    36 
Puget Sound  05    09 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Mount Union $^ 90    131 
No. 9 Baldwin–Wallace ^ 81    102 
Capital  72    82 
John Carroll  63    73 
Muskingum  45    55 
Ohio Northern  45    46 
Otterbein  36    37 
Wilmington (OH)  27    28 
Marietta  18    28 
Heidelberg  18    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 22 Waynesburg $^ 60    92 
Washington & Jefferson  41    82 
Westminster (PA)  32    55 
Grove City  23    55 
Thiel  14    37 
Bethany (WV)  05    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Redlands $^ 51    64 
Occidental  42    72 
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  42    63 
Cal Lutheran  42    54 
Pomona-Pitzer  33    54 
Whittier  15    18 
La Verne  06    18 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
2003 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Centre + 51    82 
No. 24 Trinity (TX) +^ 51    83 
Rhodes  42    73 
DePauw  33    55 
Rose–Hulman  33    55 
Millsaps  15    19 
Sewanee  06    37 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 University Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Washington University $ 30    64 
Carnegie Mellon  21    64 
Chicago  12    27 
Case Western Reserve  03    54 
  • $ Conference champion
2005 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Westminster (MO) $ 70    72 
Rockford  61    73 
Martin Luther  52    72 
Northwestern (MN)  52    64 
Minnesota–Morris  43    55 
Crown  34    46 
Principia  25    36 
Maranatha Baptist  25    27 
Blackburn  16    28 
Trinity Bible  07    09 
  • $ Conference champion
2003 Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 RPI +^ 31    112 
Hobart + 31    64 
Rochester (NY)  22    55 
Union (NY)  22    55 
St. Lawrence  04    28 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 USA South Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Shenandoah + 51    82 
No. 19 Christopher Newport +^ 51    83 
Ferrum  32    64 
Averett  33    54 
Methodist  33    45 
Greensboro  15    37 
Chowan  05    27 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2003 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 20 Brockport ^     92 
Menlo      73 
Thomas More      64 
Mount Ida      46 
Chapman      37 
Colorado College      27 
Buffalo State      28 
Maryville (TN)      28 
Macalester      18 
Huntingdon      07 
Husson      07 
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

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 bracket

First Round
Campus Sites
Second Round
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
Semifinals
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Salem Football Stadium
Salem, Virginia
Mount Union39
UW–La Crosse52UW–La Crosse 14
Concordia Wisconsin 13 Mount Union56
Wheaton (IL)55Wheaton (IL) 10
Hope 45 Wheaton (IL)16
Baldwin Wallace54Baldwin Wallace 12
Hanover 32 Mount Union66
Bridgewater (VA) 0
Lycoming16*
East Texas Baptist42East Texas Baptist 15
Trinity (TX) 41 Lycoming 9
Bridgewater (VA)28Bridgewater (VA)13
Waynesburg 24 Bridgewater (VA)26
Christopher Newport24Christopher Newport 3
Muhlenberg 20 Mount Union 6
Saint John's (MN)24
Springfield 34
RPI34RPI40
Curry 20 RPI21
Ithaca14Ithaca 16
Brockport 9 Ithaca33
Montclair State20Montclair State 13
Allegheny 19 RPI 10
Saint John's (MN)38
Saint John's (MN)38
St. Norbert26**St. Norbert 13
Simpson 20 Saint John's (MN)31
Wartburg21Linfield 25
Bethel (MN) 7 Wartburg 20
Linfield31Linfield23
Redlands 23

* Overtime

Final D3football.com Poll

TeamFinal RecordPoints
1. St. John's (25)14–0625
2. Mount Union13–1595
3. Linfield11–1575
4. Wartburg11–1489
5. RPI11–2483
6. Wheaton12–1475
7. Bridgewater12–2453
8. UW-La Crosse10–2441
9. Baldwin-Wallace10–2399
10. Ithaca10–3355
11. Lycoming9–2353
12. Bethel9–2342
13. Springfield10–1336
14. East Texas Baptist9–3259
15. Mary Hardin-Baylor9–1234
16. St. Norbert11–1218
17. Montclair State9–2189
18. UW-Stevens Point8–2176
19. Christopher Newport8–3175
20. Brockport State9–2163
21. Hampden-Sydney9–1140
22. Waynesburg9–2103
23. Simpson9–281
24. Trinty(Tx.)8–366
25. Johns Hopkins10–160

Others receiving votes: 26. Capital 50, 27. Hardin-SImmons 47, 28. Allegheny 42, 29. Trinity(Conn.) 38, 30. Redlands 22, 31. Hope 21, 32. UW-Whitewater 19, 32. Hanover 19, 34. Curry 18, 35. Concordia(Wis.) 16, 36. Washington and Jefferson 12, 37. Muhlenberg 9, 38. Rowan 7, 38. Augustana 7, 40. Delaware Valley 6, 41. Menlo 3, 42. Willamette 2, 43. New Jersey 1, 43. Shenandoah 1. [3]

Awards

Gagliardi Trophy: Blake Elliott

AFCA Coach of the Year: John Gagliardi

AFCA Regional Coach of the Year: Region 1: Mike DeLong, Springfield College Region 2: Jeff Hand, Waynesburg College Region 3: Ralph Harris, East Texas Baptist University Region 4: Mike Swider, Wheaton College Region 5: John Gagliardi, St. John’s University (Minn.) [4]

See also

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NCAA Division III Football Championship

The NCAA Division III Football Championship began in 1973.

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. The first Gagliardi Trophy was awarded to Mount Union's quarterback Jim Ballard.

The 1994 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 1994, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1994 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Albion Britons won their first Division III championship by defeating the Washington & Jefferson Presidents, 38−15. The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Carey Bender, running back from Coe.

The 1995 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 1995, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1995 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Wisconsin–La Crosse Eagles won their second Division III championship by defeating the Rowan Profs, 36−7. The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Chris Palmer, wide receiver from St. John's (MN).

The 1996 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 1996, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1996 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their second Division III championship by defeating the Rowan Profs, 56−24. The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Lon Erickson, quarterback from Illinois Wesleyan.

The 1997 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 1997, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1997 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their third, and second consecutive, Division III championship by defeating the Lycoming Warriors, 61−12.

The 1998 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 1998, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1998 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their fourth, and third consecutive, Division III championship by defeating the Rowan Profs, 44−24.

The 1999 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 1999, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1999 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Pacific Lutheran Lutes won their first Division III championship by defeating the Rowan Profs, 42−13.

The 2000 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 2000, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2000 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their fifth Division III championship by defeating the Saint John's (MN) Johnnies, 10−7.

The 2001 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 2001, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2001 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their sixth, and second consecutive, Division III championship by defeating the Bridgewater (VA) Eagles, 30−27.

The 2002 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 2002, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2002 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their seventh, and third consecutive, Division III championship by defeating the Trinity (TX) Tigers, 48−7.

The 2004 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 2004, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2004 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Linfield Wildcats won their first Division III championship by defeating the Mary Hardin–Baylor Crusaders, 28−21.

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 and Wisconsin–Whitewater ; only the 2012 Stagg Bowl featured a different team.

The 2006 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 2006, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2006 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their ninth Division III championship by defeating the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks, 35−16. This was the second of seven straight championship games between Mount Union and Wisconsin–Whitewater and the second straight win for Mount Union.

The 2007 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 2007, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2007 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks won their first Division III championship by defeating the Mount Union Purple Raiders, 31−21. This was the third of seven straight championship games between Mount Union and Wisconsin–Whitewater.

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 and Wisconsin–Whitewater.

The 2009 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 2009, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2009 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks won their second Division III championship by defeating the Mount Union Purple Raiders, 38−28. This was the fifth of seven straight championship games between Mount Union and Wisconsin–Whitewater.

The 2010 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 2007, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2007 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks won their first Division III championship by defeating the Mount Union Purple Raiders, 31−21. This was the sixth of seven straight championship games between Mount Union and Wisconsin–Whitewater.

The 2011 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 2011, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2011 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks won their fourth, and third consecutive, Division III championship by defeating the Mount Union Purple Raiders, 13−10. This was the seventh of seven straight championship games between Mount Union and Wisconsin–Whitewater.

The 2012 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 2012, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2012 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their eleventh Division III championship by defeating the St. Thomas (MN) Tommies, 28−10.

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