The 1979 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1979, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1979 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Ithaca Bombers won their first Division III championship, defeating the Wittenberg Tigers by a final score of 14−10 in a re-match of the 1975 championship (won by Wittenberg).[1]

Conference changes and new programs

School 1978 Conference 1979 Conference
FDU–Florham D-III Independent Middle Atlantic
Central Florida New Program D-III Independent
Duquesne Revived Program D-III Independent

Conference standings

1979 College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Sewanee + 3 1 0     7 2 0
Rose–Hulman + 3 1 0     6 4 0
Southwestern (TN) + 3 1 0     4 6 0
Centre 1 3 0     1 8 0
Principia 0 4 0     1 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1979 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Millikin $ 7 1 0     8 1 0
Elmhurst 6 2 0     7 2 0
Illinois Wesleyan 6 2 0     7 2 0
Augustana (IL) 5 3 0     6 3 0
North Central (IL) 5 3 0     6 3 0
North Park 4 4 0     4 5 0
Carroll (WI) 2 6 0     2 7 0
Wheaton (IL) 1 7 0     1 8 0
Carthage 0 8 0     0 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1979 Independent College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ithaca $^ 2 0 0     11 2 0
Alfred 2 1 0     7 2 0
Hobart 2 1 0     4 5 0
St. Lawrence 1 3 0     3 6 0
RPI 0 2 0     3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1979 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Dubuque $^ 7 0 0     9 1 0
Buena Vista 6 1 0     7 2 0
Central (IA) 5 2 0     6 3 0
Wartburg 3 4 0     5 4 0
Luther 2 5 0     3 6 0
Simpson 2 5 0     3 6 0
William Penn 2 5 0     2 8 0
Upper Iowa 1 6 0     3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1979 Metropolitan Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Pace $ 5 0 0     7 1 1
St. John's 4 1 0     4 5 1
Iona 3 2 0     6 4 0
Marist 1 4 0     3 5 0
Saint Peter's 1 4 0     1 6 0
Brooklyn 1 4 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1979 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Hope $ 4 0 1     7 1 1
Adrian 3 1 1     6 2 1
Albion 3 2 0     4 5 0
Kalamazoo 2 3 0     5 3 0
Olivet 1 4 0     4 5 0
Alma 1 4 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1979 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Northern
Lycoming x 6 0 1     8 1 1
Upsala 5 1 1     8 1 1
Juniata 4 3 0     5 4 0
Wilkes 4 3 0     4 4 0
Delaware Valley 3 4 0     5 4 0
Albright 3 4 0     3 6 0
Susquehanna 2 5 0     2 7 0
Fairleigh Dickinson–Florham 0 7 0     0 10 0
Southern
Widener x^ 8 0 0     10 1 0
Franklin & Marshall 6 2 0     7 2 0
Western Maryland 6 2 0     7 2 0
Muhlenberg 4 3 1     5 3 1
Swarthmore 4 3 1     4 4 1
Johns Hopkins 4 4 0     5 4 0
Lebanon Valley 4 4 0     5 4 0
Gettysburg 4 4 0     5 6 0
Ursinus 2 6 0     3 6 0
Dickinson 1 7 0     1 8 0
Moravian 0 8 0     0 9 0
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1979 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Saint John's (MN) + 6 2 0     7 2 0
St. Olaf + 6 2 0     7 3 0
Concordia–Moorhead + 6 2 0     6 3 0
St. Thomas (MN) + 6 2 0     6 3 0
Gustavus Adolphus 5 3 0     7 3 0
Hamline 3 5 0     5 5 0
Augsburg 3 5 0     4 6 0
Bethel (MN) 1 7 0     2 8 0
Macalester 0 8 0     0 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1979 New England Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
New Haven $ 8 0 1     8 0 1
Framingham State 6 3 0     6 3 0
Nichols 6 3 0     6 3 0
Massachusetts Maritime 5 4 0     5 4 0
Boston State 4 5 0     4 5 0
Maine Maritime 4 5 0     4 5 0
Plymouth State 4 5 0     4 6 0
Bridgewater State 3 5 1     3 5 1
Curry 2 7 0     2 7 0
Western Connecticut State 1 8 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1979 New Jersey State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Montclair State $ 4 0 1     8 1 1
Trenton State 4 1 0     7 3 0
William Paterson 3 1 1     5 4 1
Glassboro State 2 3 0     2 8 0
Kean 1 4 0     4 5 1
Jersey City State 0 5 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1979 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Randolph–Macon $ 4 0 0     5 5 0
Emory & Henry 2 2 0     4 6 0
Hampden–Sydney 2 2 0     4 6 0
Bridgewater 1 3 0     4 5 0
Washington and Lee 1 3 0     4 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1979 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Carnegie Mellon $^ 7 0 0     10 1 0
Bethany (WV) 5 2 0     6 2 0
Thiel 5 2 0     6 3 0
Allegheny 3 4 0     3 5 0
Hiram 3 4 0     3 5 0
John Carroll 3 4 0     3 6 0
Case Western Reserve 1 6 0     3 6 0
Washington & Jefferson 1 6 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1979 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Claremont-Mudd $ 4 1 0     6 3 0
Whittier 3 2 0     5 4 0
Redlands 3 2 0     3 6 0
La Verne 2 3 0     4 5 0
Pomona-Pitzer 2 3 0     3 5 0
Occidental 1 4 0     2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1979 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Norwich         8 2 0
Maryville (TN)         7 2 0
Dayton         8 2 1
UCF         6 2 0
Albany         6 3 0
Catholic University         6 3 0
Salisbury State         6 3 0
Georgetown         5 3 0
Hofstra         5 3 1
Frostburg State         6 4 0
Saint Mary's         6 4 0
Brockport         5 4 0
Canisius         5 4 0
Duquesne         5 4 0
Rochester (NY)         5 4 0
Wagner         5 5 0
San Diego         5 6 0
Buffalo         4 5 0
Colorado College         4 5 0
Union (NY)         3 5 0
Saint Francis (PA)         2 6 0
DePauw         2 7 0
Cortland         1 9 0
Fordham         0 9 0

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 1979 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the seventh annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division III college football. The championship game was held at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama for the seventh consecutive year. Like the previous four championships, eight teams competed in this edition.[2]

Playoff bracket

Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
Semifinals
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Garrett-Harrison Stadium
Phenix City, AL
         
Wittenberg 21
Millersville 14
Wittenberg 17
Widener 14
Widener 29
Baldwin Wallace 8
Wittenberg 10
Ithaca 14
Carnegie Mellon 31
Minnesota–Morris 25
Carnegie Mellon 6
Ithaca 15
Ithaca 27
Dubuque 7

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "1979 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved November 1, 2014.