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Division III football playoff history

Following are the results of all Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowls, starting with the first Division III national championship in 1973. Clicking on a year will bring up a wrapup of that year's playoffs.

The Division III football postseason started with just four teams and expanded most recently to 32 teams in 2005. The field is currently capped at 32 teams by a vote of the NCAA Division III membership.

Mount Union has won 13 Division III football national championships, followed by UW-Whitewater with 6, Augustana with 4 and Ithaca with 3.

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Year Champion Score Runner-up Att. Other semifinalists
Games played in Phenix City, Ala. (4-team field)
1973 Wittenberg 41-0 Juniata N/A Bridgeport, San Diego
1974 Central 10-8 Ithaca 5,500 Evansville, Slippery Rock
Games played in Phenix City, Ala. (8-team playoffs start)
1975 Wittenberg 28-0 Ithaca 6,000 Millsaps, Widener
1976 St. John's (Minn.) 31-28 Towson State 7,214 Buena Vista, St. Lawrence
1977 Widener 39-36 Wabash 7,852 Albany State, Minn.-Morris
1978 Baldwin-Wallace 24-10 Wittenberg 7,500 Carnegie Mellon, Minn.-Morris
1979 Ithaca 14-10 Wittenberg 6,500 Carnegie Mellon, Widener
1980 Dayton 63-0 Ithaca 8,701 Widener, Minn.-Morris
1981 Widener 17-10 Dayton 6,100 Montclair St., Lawrence
1982 West Georgia 14-0 Augustana 9,000 Bishop, St. Lawrence
Games played in Kings Island,Ohio
1983 Augustana 21-17 Union 3,800 UW-La Crosse, Salisbury St.
1984 Augustana 21-12 Central 2,300 Union, W&J
Games played in Phenix City, Ala. (16-team playoffs)
1985 Augustana 20-7 Ithaca 1,879 Central, Gettysburg
1986 Augustana 31-3 Salisbury State 2,000 Concordia-Moorhead, Ithaca
1987 Wagner 19-3 Dayton 4,000 Emory & Henry, Central
1988 Ithaca 39-24 Central 4,000 Ferrum, Augustana
1989 Dayton 17-7 Union (N.Y.) 3,500 St. John's, Ferrum
Games played in Bradenton, Fla.
1990 Allegheny 21-14 (OT) Lycoming 4,800 Central, Hofstra
1991 Ithaca 34-20 Dayton 5,469 Susquehanna, St. John's
1992 UW-La Crosse 16-12 Washington and Jefferson 5,329 Mount Union, Rowan
Games played in Salem, Va.
1993 Mount Union 34-24 Rowan 7,304 St. John's, W&J
1994 Albion 38-15 Washington and Jefferson 7,168 St. John's, Ithaca
1995 UW-La Crosse 36-7 Rowan 4,905 Mount Union, W&J
1996 Mount Union 56-24 Rowan 5,048 UW-La Crosse, Lycoming
1997 Mount Union 61-12 Lycoming 5,777 Simpson, Rowan
1998 Mount Union 44-24 Rowan 5,145 Trinity (Texas), UW-Eau Claire
Games played in Salem, Va. (28-team playoffs, automatic bids start)
1999 Pacific Lutheran 42-13 Rowan 4,101 Trinity (Texas), Mount Union
2000 Mount Union 10-7 St. John's 4,436 Widener, Hardin-Simmons
2001 Mount Union 30-27 Bridgewater (Va.) 7,992 St. John's, Rowan
2002 Mount Union 48-7 Trinity (Texas) 4,398 John Carroll, St. John's
2003 St. John's 24-6 Mount Union 5,073 RPI, Bridgewater
2004 Linfield 28-21 Mary Hardin-Baylor 3,240 Rowan, Mount Union
Games played in Salem, Va. (32-team playoffs)
2005 Mount Union 35-28 UW-Whitewater 4,619 Rowan, Wesley
2006 Mount Union 35-16 UW-Whitewater 6,051 St. John Fisher, Wesley
2007 UW-Whitewater 31-21 Mount Union 5,099 Bethel, Mary Hardin-Baylor
2008 Mount Union 31-26 UW-Whitewater 5,344 Wheaton, Mary Hardin-Baylor
2009 UW-Whitewater 38-28 Mount Union 3,468 Linfield, Wesley
2010 UW-Whitewater 31-21 Mount Union 4,598 Wesley, Bethel
2011 UW-Whitewater 13-10 Mount Union 3,784 St. Thomas, Wesley
2012 Mount Union 28-10 St. Thomas 6,027 Mary Hardin-Baylor, UW-Oshkosh
2013  UW-Whitewater 52-14 Mount Union 5,371 Mary Hardin-Baylor, North Central
2014 UW-Whitewater  43-34  Mount Union  5,465  Linfield, Wesley
2015 Mount Union  49-35  St. Thomas  5,343  Linfield, UW-Whitewater 
2016 Mary Hardin-Baylor 10-7  UW-Oshkosh  3,476  Mount Union, John Carroll 
2017 Mount Union 12-0 Mary Hardin-Baylor 4,971 UW-Oshkosh, Brockport
Games played in Shenandoah, Texas (32-team playoffs)
2018 Mary Hardin-Baylor 24-16 Mount Union 6,816 Johns Hopkins, UW-Whitewater
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Regional championship results

From 1969-72, small-college NCAA football played two regional championships, but no national final. The results of those games:

EAST (Knute Rockne Bowl)
1969 Randolph-Macon 47-28 Bridgeport
1970 Montclair State 7-6 Hampden-Sydney
1971 Bridgeport 17-12 Hampden-Sydney
1972 Bridgeport 27-22 Slippery Rock
       
WEST (Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl)
1969 Wittenberg 27-21 William Jewell
1970 Capital 34-21 Luther
1971 (vacated by Samford) 20-10 Ohio Wesleyan
1972 Heidelberg 28-16 Fort Valley State
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at Brockport 14, Framingham State 0
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at Lawrence Tech 34, Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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at Norwich 30, St. Lawrence 24
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Montclair State 28, at Salve Regina 11
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at Utica 26, Buffalo State 15
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at Springfield 21, Kean 14
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at St. John Fisher 35, Bridgewater State 28
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at Mass-Dartmouth 48, Husson 41
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Shenandoah 35, at N.C. Wesleyan 19
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at Endicott 28, Rochester 3
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Cortland 31, at TCNJ 7
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at Salisbury 24, UW-Oshkosh 19
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at Franklin Pierce 29, Curry 27
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at Georgetown 69, Catholic 0
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University of New England 35, at Alvernia 28
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Ferrum 55, at Greensboro 7
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Hamilton 37, at Bowdoin 24
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at Amherst 27, Bates 13
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Union 54, at Anna Maria 7
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at Plymouth State 48, Maine Maritime 6
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Wittenberg 36, at Hiram 12
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at Wesleyan 30, Colby 10
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at Wooster 17, Oberlin 0
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at Hanover 49, Adrian 28
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Guilford 19, at Methodist 14
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at Franklin and Marshall 54, Juniata 0
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Susquehanna 28, at Johns Hopkins 27
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Hobart 38, at Morrisville State 24
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at Lycoming 43, Widener 42
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Ripon 45, at Finlandia 12
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Washington and Jefferson 59, at Thiel 0
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at Westminster (Pa.) 45, Waynesburg 21
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Wesley 24, at Delaware Valley 18
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at Alfred 15, George Fox 14
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at Wilkes 30, Lebanon Valley 24
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McDaniel 13, at Moravian 10
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Muhlenberg 38, at Dickinson 9
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Ursinus 48, at Gettysburg 10
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at Washington and Lee 42, Sewanee 7
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UW-Whitewater 20, at Concordia-Moorhead 10
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at St. Scholastica 41, Presentation 13
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 30, at Northwestern (Minn.) 7
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at Tufts 14, Trinity (Conn.) 8
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Ohio Northern 39, at Muskingum 10
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at Hope 80, Defiance 6
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Trine 35, at Bluffton 20
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at Heidelberg 35, Wilmington 10
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at Middlebury 17, Williams 13
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Linfield 35, at Rowan 14
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Baldwin Wallace 45, at Otterbein 28
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Ohio Wesleyan 42, at Kenyon 0
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at Fitchburg State 12, Castleton 10
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at Central 45, DePauw 19
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Millsaps 35, at Westminster (Mo.) 10
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Olivet 54, at Concordia-Chicago 24
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at UW-Stevens Point 31, Wabash 28
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Carleton 20, at Lawrence 10
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at Simpson 27, Chicago 23
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at Greenville 31, Kalamazoo 17
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Concordia (Wis.) 31, at Augsburg 0
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at Martin Luther 34, Rockford 20
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at Lake Forest 44, Grinnell 0
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Bethel 38, at UW-River Falls 20
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at St. Norbert 27, UW-Eau Claire 21
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at Crown 23, Beloit 6
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Aurora 48, at Elmhurst 22
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Howard Payne 56, at McMurry 37
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at UW-La Crosse 33, Illinois Wesleyan 27
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at Knox 44, Iowa Wesleyan 0
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at Nebraska Wesleyan 25, Illinois College 20
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Gustavus Adolphus 41, at UW-Stout 31
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at WPI 6, RPI 3
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St. Olaf 33, at Luther 20
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at La Verne 43, Willamette 33
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at Pomona-Pitzer 20, Lewis and Clark 0
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at Pacific Lutheran 17, Cal Lutheran 10
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Hartwick 30, at Alfred State 20
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at Western Connecticut 41, Dean 16
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Alma 35, at Manchester 7
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Randolph-Macon 30, at Averett 27
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Albion 48, at Franklin 26
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at Berry 34, LaGrange 9
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at Anderson 27, Cincinnati Christian 23
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Hampden-Sydney 27, at Christopher Newport 24
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Carnegie Mellon 31, at Geneva 6
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Marietta 44, at Capital 7
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Bridgewater 37, at Stevenson 22
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at Centre 27, Maryville (Tenn.) 22
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at Grove City 26, Bethany 15
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Austin 27, at Southwestern Assemblies 26
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at Loras 42, Benedictine 14
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at Hardin-Simmons 16, Trinity (Texas) 10
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at Dubuque 37, Pacific 26
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at Buena Vista 27, Concordia (Neb.) 24
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at Birmingham-Southern 45, Huntingdon 13
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at Eureka 41, MacMurray 24
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Hendrix 26, at Texas Lutheran 23
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 56, Albright 15
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Valley City State 67, at Minnesota-Morris 7
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at Wartburg 38, Monmouth 9
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Rose-Hulman 30, at Rhodes 0
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Hamline 31, at Macalester 27
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Louisiana College 20, at Belhaven 14
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at Texas A&M-Kingsville 72, Sul Ross State 0
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at Redlands 58, Puget Sound 7
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at Coe 38, Cornell 0
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Moravian at Johns Hopkins
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Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
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MIT at Becker
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Johns Hopkins 17, at Randolph-Macon 12
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Delaware Valley 37, at Kean 7
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at RPI 52, Allegheny 14
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North Central (Ill.) 43, at Christopher Newport 13
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Wesley 69, at Franklin Pierce 0
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at Muhlenberg 45, TCNJ 26
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Ithaca 66, at St. Vincent 28
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at Washington and Jefferson 16, Wittenberg 8
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at John Carroll 21, UW-Stevens Point 7
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Centre 45, at Hanover 31
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Berry 31, at Maryville (Tenn.) 10
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at Bethel 42, Simpson 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 38, at Monmouth 0
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St. John's 14, at UW-Stout 7
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at UW-La Crosse 21, Concordia-Moorhead 14
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Whitworth 50, at La Verne 24
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at St. Thomas 69, Trinity International 3
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at UW-Whitewater 42, Dubuque 7
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Mount Union 66, at Rose-Hulman 14
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Hardin-Simmons 64, at Sul Ross State 0
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