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 Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Bill Borchert, quarterback from Mount Union.[1]

Conference standings

1997 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Mississippi College $   4 1     8 2  
Howard Payne   3 2     7 3  
Hardin–Simmons   2 3     7 3  
McMurry   2 3     5 5  
Austin   2 3     4 6  
Sul Ross   2 3     4 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
1997 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Western Maryland $^   7 0     10 1  
Dickinson   6 1     7 3  
Johns Hopkins   5 2     7 3  
Franklin & Marshall   4 3     4 6  
Ursinus   3 4     4 6  
Gettysburg   2 5     4 6  
Muhlenberg   1 6     1 9  
Swarthmore   0 7     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1997 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Augustana (IL) $   6 1     7 2  
Illinois Wesleyan   5 2     7 2  
Carthage   4 3     5 4  
North Central (IL)   4 3     5 4  
Millikin   4 3     4 5  
Wheaton (IL)   4 3     4 5  
Elmhurst   1 6     1 8  
North Park   0 7     0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
1997 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Salve Regina $   4 0     7 2  
Western New England   3 1     4 3  
MIT   2 2     5 4  
Nichols   1 3     2 7  
Curry   0 4     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
1997 Freedom Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Coast Guard $^   6 0     9 2  
Merchant Marine   4 2     7 2  
Plymouth State   4 2     7 3  
Springfield (MA)   3 3     4 5  
WPI   2 4     4 6  
Western Connecticut   1 5     4 6  
Norwich   1 5     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1997 Illini–Badger Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Lakeland $   5 0     10 0  
Concordia (WI)   4 1     7 3  
MacMurray   3 2     8 2  
Eureka   2 3     5 5  
Concordia (IL)   1 4     2 7  
Greenville   0 5     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
1997 Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Hanover $^   6 0     10 1  
DePauw   5 1     8 2  
Wabash   4 2     6 4  
Manchester   2 4     6 4  
Rose–Hulman   2 4     3 7  
Anderson (IN)   1 5     2 8  
Franklin (IN)   1 5     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1997 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Simpson $^   8 0     12 1  
Central (IA)   7 1     8 2  
Upper Iowa   5 3     7 3  
Wartburg   5 3     7 3  
Loras   4 4     6 4  
Luther   3 5     4 6  
Buena Vista   3 5     3 7  
Dubuque   1 7     3 7  
William Penn   0 8     1 9  
Coe   0 0     8 1  
Cornell (IA)   0 0     6 3  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1997 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Adrian +   4 1     8 1  
Hope +   4 1     6 3  
Albion   3 2     6 3  
Alma   3 2     6 3  
Kalamazoo   1 4     3 6  
Olivet   0 5     3 6  
  • + – Conference co-champions
1997 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Commonwealth
Albright x   5 0     8 1  
Moravian   4 1     7 3  
Widener   3 2     7 3  
Susquehanna   2 3     6 4  
Juniata   1 4     3 7  
Lebanon Valley   0 5     0 10  
Freedom
Lycoming x^   4 0     12 1  
Wilkes   3 1     5 5  
Delaware Valley   2 2     5 5  
King's (PA)   1 3     3 7  
Fairleigh Dickinson–Florham   0 4     0 10  
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1997 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Augsburg $^ 8 1 0 10 2 0
St. Thomas (MN) 7 2 0 8 2 0
Concordia–Moorhead ^ 7 2 0 8 3 0
Saint John's (MN) 6 3 0 6 4 0
Bethel (MN) 5 4 0 6 4 0
Gustavus Adolphus 5 4 0 6 4 0
Hamline 4 5 0 5 5 0
St. Olaf 2 7 0 2 8 0
Carleton 1 8 0 2 8 0
Macalester 0 9 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1997 New England Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Worcester State +   7 1     8 3  
Bridgewater State +   7 1     7 3  
UMass Dartmouth   6 2     8 2  
Maine Maritime   4 4     4 6  
Westfield State   4 4     4 6  
UMass–Boston   3 5     3 6  
Massachusetts Maritime   3 5     3 7  
Fitchburg State   1 7     3 7  
Framingham State   1 7     2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
1997 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Rowan $^   5 0     11 1  
TCNJ ^   4 1     9 3  
Montclair State   3 2     6 4  
Jersey City State   2 3     5 5  
Kean   1 4     1 9  
William Paterson   0 5     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1997 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Wittenberg +   7 1     9 1  
Wooster +   7 1     9 1  
Allegheny +^   7 1     9 2  
Denison   3 4     4 6  
Ohio Wesleyan   3 4     4 6  
Kenyon   3 5     3 7  
Case Western Reserve   2 4     3 7  
Earlham   2 6     2 8  
Oberlin   0 8     1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1997 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Mount Union $^   9 0     14 0  
John Carroll ^   8 1     10 2  
Ohio Northern   7 2     8 2  
Baldwin–Wallace   6 3     7 3  
Heidelberg   5 4     5 5  
Marietta   3 6     4 6  
Capital   2 7     3 7  
Muskingum   2 7     2 8  
Otterbein   2 7     2 8  
Hiram   1 8     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1997 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Emory & Henry +   4 1     8 2  
Guilford +   4 1     8 2  
Randolph–Macon +   4 1     8 2  
Washington and Lee   2 3     4 6  
Bridgewater   1 4     2 8  
Hampden–Sydney   0 5     0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
1997 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Grove City $ 5 0 0 9 1 0
Washington & Jefferson 4 1 0 6 3 0
Waynesburg 3 2 0 5 4 0
Bethany (WV) 2 3 0 4 6 0
Alfred 1 4 0 2 8 0
Thiel 0 5 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1997 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Redlands +   4 1     7 2  
Cal Lutheran +   4 1     5 4  
Whittier +   4 1     5 4  
La Verne   2 3     2 7  
Occidental   1 4     1 8  
Claremont-Mudd   0 5     0 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
1997 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Trinity (TX) $^   4 0     10 1  
Centre   3 1     6 3  
Sewanee   1 3     5 4  
Millsaps   1 3     3 7  
Rhodes   1 3     2 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1997 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
MacMurray $   4 0     8 2  
Westminster (MO)   3 1     6 4  
Greenville   2 2     2 8  
Blackburn   1 3     1 8  
Principia   0 4     0 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
1997 Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
RPI $   4 0     9 1  
Union (NY)   3 1     7 2  
Hobart   2 2     6 4  
St. Lawrence   1 3     2 7  
Rochester (NY)   0 4     1 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
1997 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Wisconsin–Whitewater $^   7 0     9 1  
Wisconsin–La Crosse   5 2     7 2  
Wisconsin–Stout   5 2     6 4  
Wisconsin–Eau Claire   4 3     7 3  
Wisconsin–Stevens Point   3 4     6 4  
Wisconsin–River Falls   3 4     5 5  
Wisconsin–Oshkosh   1 6     3 7  
Wisconsin–Platteville   0 7     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1997 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Catholic University ^       10 1  
Methodist       9 1  
Cortland ^       8 2  
Buffalo State       7 2  
Hartwick       7 2  
Pomona-Pitzer       6 2  
Ithaca       7 3  
Wesley       7 3  
Frostburg State       6 3  
Brockport       6 4  
Menlo       5 5  
Thomas More       5 5  
Aurora       4 5  
Chapman       4 5  
Bluffton       4 6  
Ferrum       4 6  
Wilmington (OH)       4 6  
Colorado College       3 6  
Salisbury State       3 6  
Maryville (TN)       3 7  
Chowan       2 8  
Defiance       1 8  
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 1997 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 25th 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 second time. As of 2014, Salem has remained the yearly host of the Stagg Bowl. Like the previous twelve tournaments, this year's bracket featured sixteen teams.[3]

Playoff bracket

Regionals
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
Semifinals
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Salem Football Stadium
Salem, Virginia
            
Mount Union 34
Allegheny 30
Mount Union 59
John Carroll 7
John Carroll 30
Hanover 20
Mount Union 54
Simpson 7
Simpson 34
Wisconsin–Whitewater 31
Simpson 61
Augsburg 21
Augsburg 34
Concordia–Moorhead 22
Mount Union 61
Lycoming 12
Lycoming 27
Western Maryland 13
Lycoming 46
Trinity (TX) 26
Trinity (TX) 44
Catholic University 33
Lycoming 28
Rowan 20
Rowan 43
Coast Guard 0
Rowan 13
TCNJ 7
TCNJ 34
Cortland 30

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "1997 Final MIAA Football Standings". ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "1997 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved November 26, 2014.