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 Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Dan Pugh, running back from Mount Union.[1]

Conference standings

2002 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Mary Hardin–Baylor $^   9 0     10 1  
Howard Payne   8 1     9 1  
Hardin–Simmons   7 2     8 2  
East Texas Baptist   6 3     6 4  
Mississippi College   4 5     4 6  
Austin *   4 5     4 6  
Louisiana College   3 6     4 6  
Texas Lutheran   2 7     2 8  
McMurry *   0 9     0 10  
Sul Ross *   2 7     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • * – Sul Ross forfeited wins over Austin and McMurry for use of ineligible player, but season records stood.
2002 Atlantic Central Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Frostburg State $   3 0     6 5  
Salisbury ^   2 1     9 2  
Wesley   1 2     5 5  
Apprentice §   0 3     5 5  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • § – Not an NCAA member
2002 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Muhlenberg +^   5 1     10 2  
Johns Hopkins +   5 1     9 2  
McDaniel +   5 1     9 2  
Dickinson   3 3     5 5  
Franklin & Marshall   2 4     4 6  
Gettysburg   1 5     4 6  
Ursinus   0 6     2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Wheaton (IL) $^   7 0     10 2  
Augustana (IL)   6 1     7 2  
Millikin   4 3     7 3  
North Central (IL)   4 3     6 4  
Illinois Wesleyan   3 4     6 4  
Carthage   3 4     4 6  
Elmhurst   1 6     3 7  
North Park   0 7     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Dixie Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Christopher Newport +^   5 1     6 5  
Ferrum +   5 1     5 5  
Shenandoah   4 2     5 5  
Greensboro   4 2     4 6  
Methodist   2 4     3 7  
Averett   1 5     2 7  
Chowan   0 6     0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Empire 8 Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Ithaca $   4 0     7 3  
Hartwick   3 1     8 2  
St. John Fisher   2 2     6 4  
Alfred   1 3     4 6  
Utica   0 4     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
2002 Freedom Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Springfield (MA) $^   6 0     8 2  
Merchant Marine   5 1     8 3  
Western Connecticut   4 2     7 3  
WPI   3 3     4 6  
Norwich   2 4     4 6  
Coast Guard   1 5     2 7  
Plymouth State   0 6     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Hanover $^   6 0     10 1  
Anderson (IN)   5 1     7 3  
Mount St. Joseph   4 2     5 5  
Manchester   2 4     3 7  
Franklin (IN)   2 4     2 8  
Bluffton   1 5     3 7  
Defiance   1 5     3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Illini–Badger Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
MacMurray $^   7 0     10 1  
Concordia (WI)   6 1     8 2  
Aurora   5 2     5 4  
Lakeland   4 3     6 4  
Benedictine (IL)   3 4     4 6  
Eureka   2 5     2 8  
Greenville   1 6     1 9  
Concordia (IL)   0 7     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Coe +^   8 1     10 2  
Wartburg +^   8 1     10 2  
Central (IA) +   8 1     8 2  
Simpson   6 3     6 4  
Loras   4 5     5 5  
Cornell (IA)   3 6     4 6  
Luther   3 6     4 6  
Buena Vista   3 6     3 7  
Upper Iowa   2 7     2 8  
Dubuque   0 9     1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Alma $^   6 0     9 2  
Hope   4 2     5 5  
Adrian   3 3     6 4  
Olivet   3 3     5 4  
Albion   3 3     5 5  
Kalamazoo   2 5     4 5  
Wisconsin Lutheran   0 6     3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
King's (PA) $^   8 1     9 3  
Widener   8 1     9 1  
Moravian   7 2     7 4  
Lycoming   6 3     6 3  
Wilkes   5 4     7 4  
Susquehanna   5 4     5 5  
Juniata   4 5     5 5  
Albright   2 7     2 8  
Fairleigh Dickinson–Florham   2 7     2 8  
Delaware Valley   1 8     2 8  
Lebanon Valley   1 8     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Midwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
St. Norbert +^   8 1     9 1  
Lake Forest +^   8 1     9 2  
Ripon   7 2     7 3  
Beloit   5 4     6 4  
Knox   5 4     6 4  
Monmouth (IL)   5 4     5 5  
Grinnell   4 5     4 6  
Illinois College   2 7     3 7  
Carroll (WI)   1 8     1 9  
Lawrence   0 9     0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Saint John's (MN) $^ 8 0 0 12 2 0
Concordia–Moorhead 7 1 0 7 3 0
Gustavus Adolphus 5 3 0 6 4 0
Bethel (MN) 5 3 0 5 5 0
St. Thomas (MN) 5 3 0 5 5 0
St. Olaf 3 5 0 5 5 0
Hamline 2 6 0 3 7 0
Augsburg 1 7 0 2 8 0
Carleton 0 8 0 0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 New England Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Bogan Division
Westfield State xy   6 0     8 3  
Worcester State   5 1     9 2  
Fitchburg State   4 2     5 4  
Bridgewater State   3 3     4 5  
Framingham State   1 5     1 8  
Maine Maritime   1 5     1 8  
Massachusetts Maritime   1 5     1 8  
Boyd Division
UMass Dartmouth xy$^   5 0     11 1  
Curry   3 2     7 3  
Nichols   3 2     5 4  
MIT   2 3     4 5  
Salve Regina   2 3     2 7  
Western New England   0 5     1 8  
Championship: UMass Dartmouth 16, Westfield State 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 New England Small College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Trinity (CT) +   7 1     7 1  
Williams +   7 1     7 1  
Amherst   6 2     6 2  
Wesleyan   5 3     5 3  
Colby   4 4     4 4  
Middlebury   4 4     4 4  
Bates   3 5     3 5  
Tufts   3 5     3 5  
Bowdoin   1 7     1 7  
Hamilton   0 8     0 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
2002 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Rowan $^   6 0     10 1  
Cortland   4 2     9 2  
TCNJ   4 2     6 3  
Montclair State   4 2     5 5  
Kean   2 4     4 6  
New Jersey City   1 5     1 8  
William Paterson   0 6     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Wabash $^   7 0     12 1  
Wittenberg ^   6 1     10 2  
Wooster   5 2     8 2  
Allegheny   4 3     5 5  
Earlham   4 3     4 6  
Ohio Wesleyan   3 4     5 5  
Oberlin   3 4     3 7  
Denison   2 5     2 8  
Kenyon   1 6     1 9  
Hiram   0 7     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Linfield $^   5 0     10 1  
Whitworth   3 2     7 3  
Willamette   3 2     6 3  
Pacific Lutheran   3 2     5 4  
Lewis & Clark   1 4     3 6  
Puget Sound   0 5     1 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Mount Union $^   9 0     14 0  
John Carroll ^   8 1     12 2  
Baldwin–Wallace   7 2     8 2  
Capital   6 3     6 4  
Ohio Northern   5 4     5 5  
Muskingum   3 6     3 7  
Marietta   2 7     3 7  
Wilmington (OH)   2 7     3 7  
Heidelberg   2 7     2 8  
Otterbein   1 8     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Bridgewater $^   6 0     11 1  
Hampden–Sydney   5 1     8 2  
Randolph–Macon   3 3     6 4  
Washington and Lee   3 3     5 5  
Catholic University   2 4     4 6  
Emory & Henry   2 4     4 6  
Guilford   0 6     3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Washington & Jefferson $^   5 0     9 3  
Westminster (PA)   4 1     6 4  
Waynesburg   2 3     5 4  
Thiel   2 3     3 7  
Bethany (WV)   1 4     3 7  
Grove City   1 4     3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Redlands $^   5 0     7 3  
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps   4 1     7 2  
Cal Lutheran   3 2     4 5  
Occidental   1 4     5 4  
La Verne   1 4     3 5  
Whittier   1 4     1 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Trinity (TX) $^   6 0     14 1  
DePauw   5 1     7 3  
Sewanee   4 2     5 5  
Centre   2 4     6 4  
Rose–Hulman   2 4     3 7  
Rhodes   1 5     4 6  
Millsaps   1 5     3 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 University Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Washington University $   3 0     6 4  
Case Western Reserve   1 2     6 4  
Carnegie Mellon   1 2     5 5  
Chicago   1 2     4 5  
  • $ – Conference champion
2002 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North
Northwestern (MN) x   3 0     8 2  
Martin Luther   2 1     6 3  
Crown   1 2     2 7  
Trinity Bible   0 3     0 9  
South
Maranatha Baptist x   4 0     6 3  
Westminster (MO)   3 1     7 2  
Principia   2 2     5 4  
Rockford   1 3     4 6  
Blackburn   0 4     1 8  
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
2002 Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Hobart $^   4 0     8 2  
Union (NY)   3 1     5 5  
RPI   2 2     8 2  
Rochester (NY)   1 3     2 8  
St. Lawrence   0 4     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Wisconsin–La Crosse $^   6 1     7 4  
Wisconsin–Eau Claire   5 2     8 2  
Wisconsin–Stout   4 3     7 3  
Wisconsin–Stevens Point   4 3     6 4  
Wisconsin–Whitewater   4 3     5 5  
Wisconsin–Oshkosh   2 5     4 6  
Wisconsin–River Falls   2 5     3 7  
Wisconsin–Platteville   1 6     2 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2002 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Brockport ^       10 3  
Thomas More       7 3  
Macalester       5 5  
Menlo       5 5  
Pomona-Pitzer       4 4  
Chapman       3 7  
Mount Ida       2 7  
Colorado College       1 8  
Buffalo State       1 9  
Maryville (TN)       0 10  
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 2002 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 30th 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 10th time. This was the fourth 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 Union 42
Wheaton (IL) 42 Wheaton (IL) 21
Alma 14 Mount Union 45
Wabash 42 Wabash 16
MacMurray 7 Wabash 25
Wittenberg 34 Wittenberg 14
Hanover 33 Mount Union 57
John Carroll 19
Rowan 12
Brockport 16 Brockport 15
Springfield 0 Brockport 10
John Carroll 27 John Carroll 16*
Hobart 7 John Carroll 21
Muhlenberg 56 Muhlenberg 10
UMass Dartmouth 6 Mount Union 48
Trinity (TX) 7
Linfield 52
Wartburg 45 Wartburg 15
Lake Forest 0 Linfield 14
Saint John's (MN) 31 Saint John's (MN) 21
Redlands 24 Saint John's (MN) 45
Coe 21 Coe 14
UW–La Crosse 18 Saint John's (MN) 34
Trinity (TX) 41
Bridgewater (VA) 19
King's (PA) 28 King's (PA) 17
Salisbury State 0 Bridgewater (VA) 32
Trinity (TX) 48 Trinity (TX) 38
Mary Hardin–Baylor 38 Trinity (TX) 45
Wash. & Jefferson 24 Wash. & Jefferson 10
Christopher Newport 10

Overtime

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "2002 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved November 28, 2014.