The 1987 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 1987, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 1987 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama.

Wagner won their first Division III championship by defeating Dayton in the championship game, 19−3. Due to NCAA rule changes in 1991, both schools are now members Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA).[1]

Conference changes and new programs

School 1986 Conference 1987 Conference
Bishop D-III Independent Dropped program
Drake Revived program D-III Independent
St. John Fisher New program D-III Independent

Conference standings

1987 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Augustana (IL) $^ 8 0 0 10 1 0
Millikin 6 2 0 6 3 0
North Central (IL) 5 3 0 6 3 0
Carroll (WI) 5 3 0 5 4 0
Elmhurst 4 4 0 5 4 0
Illinois Wesleyan 4 4 0 4 5 0
Wheaton (IL) 2 6 0 3 6 0
Carthage 2 6 0 2 7 0
North Park 0 8 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1987 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Franklin & Marshall $ 7 0 0 9 1 1
Dickinson 5 2 0 7 3 0
Muhlenberg 5 2 0 7 3 0
Gettysburg 4 3 0 7 3 0
Johns Hopkins 3 4 0 4 6 0
Ursinus 2 5 0 3 6 0
Swarthmore 1 6 0 2 8 0
Western Maryland 1 6 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1987 College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Rhodes $ 4 0 0 7 1 2
Rose–Hulman 3 1 0 9 1 0
Sewanee 1 3 0 5 4 0
Centre 1 3 0 4 5 0
Earlham 1 3 0 3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1987 Independent College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Ithaca $ 3 0 0 7 3 0
Alfred 2 1 0 6 3 1
St. Lawrence 2 2 0 5 4 0
RPI 1 1 0 5 5 0
Hobart 0 4 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1987 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Central (IA) $^ 7 1 0 11 2 0
Luther 6 2 0 8 2 0
Buena Vista 5 3 0 5 5 0
Wartburg 4 4 0 6 4 0
Dubuque 4 4 0 6 5 0
William Penn 3 5 0 4 6 0
Loras 3 5 0 4 7 0
Simpson 3 5 0 3 6 0
Upper Iowa 1 7 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1987 Liberty Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Fordham $ 5 0 0 9 1 0
Merchant Marine 3 2 0 4 5 0
Iona 2 3 0 5 4 0
St. John's 2 3 0 5 5 0
C. W. Post 2 3 0 2 8 0
Pace 1 4 0 3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1987 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Hope $ 5 0 0 6 3 0
Adrian 4 1 0 7 2 0
Albion 3 2 0 5 4 0
Alma 2 3 0 5 4 0
Olivet 1 4 0 2 6 1
Kalamazoo 0 5 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1987 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Susquehanna + 7 2 0 8 2 0
Widener + 7 2 0 8 2 0
Lycoming 6 2 1 6 2 1
Juniata 6 3 0 7 3 0
Moravian 6 3 0 6 4 0
Wilkes 6 3 0 7 3 0
Delaware Valley 3 5 1 3 6 1
Albright 1 8 0 2 8 0
Lebanon Valley 1 8 0 2 8 0
Upsala 1 8 0 1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1987 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Gustavus Adolphus $^ 9 0 0 10 1 0
Saint John's (MN) ^ 7 2 0 8 3 0
Concordia–Moorhead 7 2 0 7 3 0
Carleton 5 4 0 6 4 0
Hamline 5 4 0 6 4 0
St. Thomas (MN) 5 4 0 5 5 0
Macalester 3 6 0 4 6 0
St. Olaf 3 6 0 3 7 0
Augsburg 0 8 1 0 9 1
Bethel (MN) 0 8 1 0 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1987 New England Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
North Division
Plymouth State xy$ 5 0 0 10 1 0
Curry 3 1 0 7 1 0
Nichols 3 2 0 5 4 0
Lowell 2 2 0 4 4 0
Western New England 1 4 0 2 6 0
Maine Maritime 0 5 0 0 8 0
South Division
Worcester State xy 5 0 0 7 2 0
Westfield State 3 2 0 6 3 0
Massachusetts Maritime 3 2 0 4 4 0
Bridgewater State 3 2 0 4 5 0
Framingham State 1 4 0 2 6 0
Fitchburg State 0 5 0 0 8 0
Championship: Plymouth State 40, Worcester State 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
1987 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Kean $ 5 1 0 9 2 0
Montclair State 5 1 0 8 2 0
Glassboro State 4 2 0 6 4 0
William Paterson 4 2 0 7 3 0
Trenton State 2 4 0 4 6 0
Jersey City State 1 5 0 4 6 0
Ramapo 0 6 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1987 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Allegheny $^ 6 0 0 9 1 1
Ohio Wesleyan 4 2 0 5 5 0
Wooster 3 3 0 5 4 0
Case Western Reserve 3 3 0 5 4 0
Denison 2 4 0 5 5 0
Oberlin 2 4 0 2 8 0
Kenyon 1 5 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1987 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Capital $^ 6 1 1 7 2 2
Baldwin–Wallace 6 2 0 7 3 0
Mount Union 6 2 0 6 4 0
Muskingum 5 2 1 6 4 0
Wittenberg 5 3 0 6 4 0
Ohio Northern 3 5 0 4 6 0
Marietta 2 6 0 3 7 0
Heidelberg 1 7 0 2 8 0
Otterbein 1 7 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1987 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Hampden–Sydney $ 4 1 0 5 5 0
Emory & Henry ^ 4 1 0 11 3 0
Randolph–Macon 3 2 0 4 5 1
Bridgewater 1 4 0 4 6 0
Washington and Lee 1 4 0 3 6 0
Maryville (TN) 1 4 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • Hampden–Sydney won the conference title by virtue of a head-to-head win over Emory & Henry.
1987 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Washington & Jefferson $^ 6 0 0 10 1 0
Hiram ^ 5 1 0 8 2 0
Carnegie Mellon 4 2 0 7 2 1
John Carroll 3 3 0 5 4 0
Grove City 2 4 0 3 6 0
Thiel 1 5 0 2 6 0
Bethany (WV) 0 6 0 0 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1987 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Occidental + 4 0 1 6 2 1
Claremont-Mudd + 4 0 1 5 4 0
La Verne 2 2 1 3 6 0
Whittier 1 3 1 4 6 0
Pomona-Pitzer 1 3 1 3 6 0
Redlands 0 4 1 1 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • Each team played one other conference member twice. A head-to-head sweep of the two games counted as one win for the winner and one loss for the loser in the conference standings. A split of the two games counted as a tie for each team.
1987 Wisconsin State University Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Wisconsin–Whitewater + 6 2 0 8 2 1
Wisconsin–River Falls + 6 2 0 7 3 0
Wisconsin–Eau Claire 5 3 0 6 4 0
Wisconsin–La Crosse 5 3 0 6 4 0
Wisconsin–Stout 5 3 0 6 5 0
Wisconsin–Platteville 4 4 0 6 5 0
Wisconsin–Oshkosh 3 5 0 6 5 0
Wisconsin–Superior 2 6 0 3 7 0
Wisconsin–Stevens Point ^ 0 8 0 0 15 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NAIA Division II playoff participant
    Wisconsin–Stevens Point finished the season with an overall record of 12–2–1 and a conference mark of 7–1, winning the WSUC title and advancing to the NAIA Division II Football National Championship playoffs, where they tied Pacific Lutheran in the title game, sharing the NAIA Division II title. In May 1988, Stevens Point forfeited its 12 wins, the one tie, and the conference and NAIA titles because of the use of two ineligible players.
1987 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Wagner ^     13 1 0
Rochester (NY) ^     9 2 0
Hofstra ^     8 2 0
UC Santa Barbara     8 2 0
Wabash     8 2 0
Dayton ^     11 3 0
Ferrum ^     8 2 1
Salisbury State     7 2 0
Georgetown     6 2 1
DePauw     7 3 0
Menlo ^     7 3 0
Canisius     6 3 1
San Diego     6 3 1
Mercyhurst     6 4 0
Cortland     5 4 0
Fairleigh Dickinson–Florham     5 4 0
Albany     5 5 0
Drake     5 5 0
Norwich     4 4 1
Union (NY)     5 5 0
Aurora     4 5 0
Brockport     3 6 0
Buffalo     3 7 0
Catholic University     3 7 0
Saint Francis (PA)     2 6 0
Brooklyn     2 7 0
Colorado College     2 7 0
Duquesne     2 7 0
Frostburg State     2 8 0
Saint Peter's     2 8 0
Marist     1 7 0
Quincy     1 7 0
Buffalo State     1 9 0
Wesley     0 9 0
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 1987 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 15th 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 Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama for the 13th time and for the third consecutive year. Like the previous two tournaments, this year's bracket featured sixteen teams.[2]

Playoff bracket

First Round
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
Semifinals
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Garrett-Harrison Stadium
Phenix City, Alabama
            
Wagner 38
Rochester (NY) 14
Wagner 21
Fordham 0
Fordham 41
Hofstra 6
Wagner 20
Emory & Henry 13
Washington & Jefferson 23*
Allegheny 17
Washington & Jefferson 16
Emory & Henry 23
Emory and Henry 49
Ferrum 7
Wagner 19
Dayton 3
Dayton 52
Capital 28
Dayton 38
Augustana (IL) 36
Augustana (IL) 53
Hiram 0
Dayton 34
Central (IA) 0
Saint John's (MN) 7
Gustavus Adolphus 3
Saint John's (MN) 3
Central (IA) 13
Central (IA) 17
Menlo 0

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "1987 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved November 13, 2014.