The 2004 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 2004, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2004 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Linfield Wildcats won their first Division III championship by defeating the Mary Hardin–Baylor Crusaders, 28−21.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Rocky Myers, safety from Wesley (DE).[1]

Conference changes and new programs

School 2003 conference 2004 conference
Eastern Oregon Mountaineers Independent Cascade (NAIA)
Stillman Tigers Independent Independent (Division II)

Conference standings

2004 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 4 Hardin–Simmons $^   9 0     10 1  
No. 2 Mary Hardin–Baylor ^   8 1     13 2  
Texas Lutheran   7 2     7 3  
Howard Payne   6 3     7 3  
Louisiana College   4 5     5 5  
East Texas Baptist   4 5     4 6  
Austin   3 6     3 7  
Sul Ross   2 7     2 8  
McMurry   1 8     2 8  
Mississippi College   1 8     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Atlantic Central Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Salisbury $^   5 0     10 1  
Wesley   4 1     8 2  
Brockport   3 2     6 4  
Buffalo State   2 3     4 6  
Frostburg State   1 4     2 8  
Apprentice §   0 5     3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • § – Not an NCAA member
2004 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Johns Hopkins +   4 2     9 2  
Franklin & Marshall +   4 2     8 3  
Muhlenberg +   4 2     8 3  
Dickinson +   4 2     6 4  
McDaniel +   4 2     6 4  
Gettysburg   1 5     1 9  
Ursinus   0 5     1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
2004 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 5 Carthage +^   6 1     11 2  
No. 12 Wheaton (IL) +^   6 1     10 2  
Augustana (IL)   5 2     7 3  
North Central (IL)   4 3     7 3  
Millikin   4 3     5 5  
Illinois Wesleyan   2 5     3 7  
Elmhurst   1 6     4 6  
North Park   0 7     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Empire 8 Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 15 St. John Fisher +^   5 1     9 2  
No. 20 Ithaca +   5 1     9 2  
Springfield   4 2     8 2  
Alfred   3 3     8 3  
Norwich   3 3     7 4  
Utica   1 5     3 7  
Hartwick   0 6     1 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Illini–Badger Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Lakeland +   6 1     8 2  
Concordia (WI) +   6 1     7 3  
Aurora +^   6 1     6 5  
MacMurray   4 3     6 3  
Greenville   3 4     3 6  
Eureka   2 5     3 7  
Benedictine (IL)   1 6     1 9  
Concordia (IL)   0 7     0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2004 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Mount St. Joseph $^   6 0     10 1  
Hanover   5 1     6 4  
Anderson (IN)   3 3     5 5  
Bluffton   3 3     5 5  
Franklin (IN)   3 3     5 5  
Defiance   1 5     1 9  
Manchester   0 6     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2004 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 24 Wartburg +^   6 2     8 3  
Coe +   6 2     7 3  
Buena Vista   5 3     6 4  
Central (IA)   5 3     6 4  
Luther   5 3     6 4  
Simpson   4 4     6 4  
Loras   3 5     4 6  
Cornell (IA)   1 7     2 8  
Dubuque   1 7     2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Liberty League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 21 Hobart $^   7 0     9 2  
Union (NY)   6 1     6 3  
RPI   4 3     5 4  
Rochester (NY)   3 4     4 6  
St. Lawrence   3 4     4 6  
Merchant Marine   3 4     3 7  
WPI   2 5     5 5  
Coast Guard   0 7     1 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Alma $^   6 1     8 3  
Olivet   5 2     8 2  
Albion   5 2     7 3  
Hope   5 2     6 4  
Adrian   3 4     6 4  
Tri-State *   2 5     2 8  
Wisconsin Lutheran   2 5     2 8  
Kalamazoo   0 7     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • * – Provisional NCAA Division III member
2004 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 11 Delaware Valley $^   9 0     12 1  
Moravian   7 2     7 4  
Albright   6 3     8 3  
Wilkes   6 3     6 4  
Widener   5 4     6 4  
King's (PA)   4 5     4 6  
Fairleigh Dickinson–Florham   3 6     4 6  
Lebanon Valley   3 6     4 6  
Susquehanna   3 6     4 6  
Lycoming   3 6     3 7  
Juniata   1 8     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Midwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 22 St. Norbert $^   9 0     9 2  
Monmouth (IL)   8 1     9 1  
Lake Forest   7 2     8 2  
Grinnell   5 4     6 4  
Illinois College   5 4     6 4  
Ripon   4 5     5 5  
Carroll (WI)   3 6     3 7  
Beloit   2 7     3 7  
Lawrence   1 8     2 8  
Knox   1 8     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 9 Concordia–Moorhead $^ 8 0 0 11 1 0
St. Thomas (MN) 6 2 0 7 2 0
Saint John's (MN) 6 2 0 7 3 0
St. Olaf 5 3 0 7 3 0
Bethel (MN) 5 3 0 6 4 0
Gustavus Adolphus 2 6 0 2 8 0
Augsburg 2 6 0 2 8 0
Hamline 1 7 0 3 7 0
Carleton 1 7 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 New England Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Bogan Division
Fitchburg State xy   6 0     8 4  
Bridgewater State   4 2     6 3  
Westfield State   4 2     5 4  
Worcester State   3 3     6 4  
Maine Maritime   3 3     3 6  
Massachusetts Maritime   1 5     1 8  
Framingham State   0 6     0 9  
Boyd Division
Curry xy$^   5 1     9 2  
Endicott x   5 1     6 4  
UMass Dartmouth   4 2     7 4  
Western New England   3 3     5 4  
Nichols   3 3     4 6  
Salve Regina   1 6     2 8  
MIT   0 6     2 7  
Championship: Curry 17, Fitchburg State 7
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2004 New England Small College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Trinity (CT) $   8 0     8 0  
Amherst   6 2     6 2  
Colby   6 2     6 2  
Williams   6 2     6 2  
Middlebury   4 4     4 4  
Wesleyan   3 5     3 5  
Bates   2 6     2 6  
Bowdoin   2 6     2 6  
Tufts   2 6     2 6  
Hamilton   1 7     1 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
2004 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Rowan $^   6 0     10 3  
TCNJ   5 1     7 2  
Cortland   4 2     5 4  
Montclair State   2 4     4 4  
Western Connecticut   2 4     5 5  
Kean   1 5     2 8  
William Paterson   1 5     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2004 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 10 Wooster $^   7 0     11 1  
Wittenberg   5 2     7 3  
Ohio Wesleyan   5 2     5 5  
Denison   4 3     6 4  
Wabash   4 3     6 4  
Allegheny   4 3     5 5  
Earlham   3 4     4 6  
Kenyon   2 5     2 8  
Oberlin   1 6     1 9  
Hiram   0 7     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 Linfield $^   5 0     13 0  
No. 23 Willamette ^   4 1     7 4  
Whitworth   3 2     7 2  
Pacific Lutheran   2 3     6 3  
Puget Sound   1 4     5 4  
Lewis & Clark   0 5     1 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 3 Mount Union $^   9 0     12 1  
No. 19 Ohio Northern   7 2     8 2  
Capital   6 3     7 3  
John Carroll   6 3     6 4  
Baldwin–Wallace   5 4     6 4  
Marietta   5 4     5 4  
Otterbein   3 6     4 6  
Wilmington (OH)   3 6     3 7  
Muskingum   1 8     1 9  
Heidelberg   0 9     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 17 Bridgewater $^   6 0     8 3  
Hampden–Sydney   5 1     8 2  
Washington and Lee   4 2     6 4  
Emory & Henry   3 3     4 6  
Randolph–Macon   2 4     3 7  
Guilford   1 5     1 9  
Catholic University   0 6     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 8 Washington & Jefferson $^   5 0     12 1  
Thiel   4 1     7 3  
Waynesburg   3 2     7 3  
Westminster (PA)   2 3     5 5  
Grove City   1 4     3 7  
Bethany (WV)   0 5     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 7 Occidental $^   6 0     10 2  
Cal Lutheran   4 2     6 3  
La Verne   3 3     4 5  
Pomona-Pitzer   3 3     4 5  
Redlands   3 3     4 5  
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps   1 5     2 7  
Whittier   1 5     2 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 14 Trinity (TX) $^   6 0     9 2  
DePauw   5 1     8 2  
Rhodes   3 3     5 5  
Millsaps   3 3     4 5  
Centre   2 4     4 6  
Rose–Hulman   1 5     4 6  
Sewanee   1 5     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 University Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Washington University $   3 0     6 4  
Case Western Reserve   2 1     5 5  
Carnegie Mellon   1 2     6 4  
Chicago   0 3     3 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
2004 USA South Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 16 Christopher Newport +^   5 1     9 3  
Shenandoah +^   5 1     7 4  
Methodist   4 2     7 3  
North Carolina Wesleyan   3 3     4 4  
Averett   2 4     6 4  
Ferrum   1 5     4 6  
Greensboro   1 5     2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 13 Wisconsin–La Crosse $^   5 2     7 4  
Wisconsin–Eau Claire   4 3     7 3  
No. 25 Wisconsin–Whitewater   4 3     7 3  
Wisconsin–Stevens Point   4 3     6 4  
Wisconsin–Platteville   3 4     6 4  
Wisconsin–Stout   3 4     5 4  
Wisconsin–River Falls   3 4     3 7  
Wisconsin–Oshkosh   2 5     5 5  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2004 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Mount Ida       6 2  
Maryville (TN)       5 4  
Chapman       4 5  
Huntingdon       4 5  
Thomas More       4 6  
Colorado College       2 7  
Husson       2 7  
Menlo       1 7  
Macalester       1 8  
Plymouth State       1 8  
Chowan       1 9  

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 2004 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 32nd 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 12th time. This was the last bracket to feature 28 teams before expanding to 32 teams in 2005.[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
Linfield 52
UW–La Crosse 37 UW–La Crosse 14
St. Norbert 23 Linfield 56
Occidental 28 Occidental 27
Willamette 14 Occidental 42
Concordia–Moorhead 28 Concordia–Moorhead 40
Wartburg 14 Linfield 52
Rowan 0
Rowan 45
Hobart 35 Hobart 14
Curry 16 Rowan 56
St. John Fisher 31 Delaware Valley 7
Muhlenberg 3 St. John Fisher 20
Delaware Valley 21 Delaware Valley 26
Shenandoah 17 Linfield 28
Mary Hardin–Baylor 21
Hardin–Simmons 28
Mary Hardin–Baylor 32 Mary Hardin–Baylor 42
Trinity (TX) 13 Mary Hardin–Baylor 52
Christopher Newport 35 Wash. & Jefferson 16
Salisbury 24 Christopher Newport 14
Wash. & Jefferson 55** Wash. & Jefferson 24
Bridgewater (VA) 48 Mary Hardin–Baylor 38
Mount Union 35
Mount Union 27
Wheaton (IL) 31 Wheaton (IL) 6
Mount St. Joseph 7 Mount Union 38
Carthage 31 Carthage 20
Alma 28 Carthage 14
Wooster 41 Wooster 7
Aurora 34

Overtime

Final D3football.com Poll

Team Final Record Points
1. Linfield (25) 13–0 625
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor 13–2 600
3. Mount Union 12–1 571
4. Hardin-Simmons 10–1 501
5. Carthage 11–2 491
6. Rowan 10–3 488
7. Occidental 10–2 463
8. Washington and Jefferson 12–1 447
9. Concordia-Moorhead 11-1 429
10. Wooster 11–1 397
11. Delaware Valley 12-1 363
12. Wheaton (Ill.) 10–2 339
13. UW-La Crosse 7-4 320
14. Trinity (Texas) 9–2 281
15. St. John Fisher 10–2 262
16. Christopher Newport 9-3 248
17. Bridgewater (Va.) 8-3 200
18. Salisbury 10-1 195
19. Ohio Northern 8–2 165
20. Ithaca 9–2 163
21. Hobart 9–2 95
22. St. Norbert 9–2 80
23. Willamette 7-4 71
24. Wartburg 8–3 53
25. UW-Whitewater 7-3 48

Others receiving votes: Mount St. Joseph 39, Trinity (Conn.) 33, Alma 31, UW-Eau Claire 30, Whitworth 17, Texas Lutheran 17, Aurora 16, Augustana 16, Muhlenberg 14, Johns Hopkins 12, Springfield 9, Shenandoah 9, Hampden-Sydney 9, Moravian 8, Albright 3, Capital 2, Waynesburg 1, New Jersey 1, Curry 1, McDaniel 1.[3]

Awards

Gagliardi Trophy: Rocky Myers, Wesley (DE)

AFCA Coach of the Year: Jay Locey, Linfield

AFCA Regional Coach of the Year: Region 1: Chuck Priore, Trinity College (Conn.) Region 2: G.A. Mangus, Delaware Valley College Region 3: Jimmie Keeling, Hardin-Simmons University Region 4: Tim Rucks, Carthage College Region 5: Terry Horan, Concordia-Moorhead College (Minn.)[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "2004 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "D3football.com Top 25, 2004 final". ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "- Urban Meyer Headlines 2004 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Winners". 2005-11-02. Archived from the original on 2005-11-02. Retrieved 2021-09-22.