The 2005 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 2005, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2005 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their eighth Division III championship by defeating the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks, 35−28. This was the first of eight subsequent championship games between Mount Union (3 wins) and Wisconsin–Whitewater (5 wins); only the 2012 Stagg Bowl featured a different team.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Brett Elliott, quarterback from Linfield.[1]

Conference changes and new programs

School 2004 conference 2005 conference
Becker Hawks No program Independent

Conference standings

2005 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 11 Mary Hardin–Baylor $^   7 1         9 2  
Hardin–Simmons   7 2         8 2  
Howard Payne   7 2         7 3  
East Texas Baptist   6 3         6 4  
Texas Lutheran   5 4         5 5  
Louisiana College   4 4         4 5  
McMurry   4 5         5 5  
Sul Ross   2 7         3 7  
Mississippi College   1 8         2 8  
Austin   1 8         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Atlantic Central Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 10 Wesley +^   4 1         12 2  
Salisbury +   4 1         8 3  
Brockport +   4 1         5 5  
Frostburg State   1 4         6 5  
Apprentice §   1 4         4 6  
Buffalo State   1 4         3 6  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • § – Not an NCAA member
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Johns Hopkins $^   5 1         8 3  
Franklin & Marshall   4 2         5 6  
Dickinson   3 3         4 6  
Gettysburg   3 3         4 6  
McDaniel   2 4         5 5  
Ursinus   2 4         4 6  
Muhlenberg   2 4         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2005 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 13 Augustana (IL) $^   7 0         10 2  
No. 16 North Central (IL) ^   6 1         9 2  
Carthage   4 3         7 3  
Wheaton (IL)   4 3         7 3  
Elmhurst   3 4         6 4  
Millikin   2 5         5 5  
Illinois Wesleyan   2 5         3 7  
North Park   0 7         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Empire 8 Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 24 Ithaca $^   6 0         8 3  
Alfred   5 1         9 2  
St. John Fisher   4 2         8 3  
Utica   3 3         6 4  
Springfield   2 4         4 6  
Norwich   1 5         3 7  
Hartwick   0 6         4 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mount St. Joseph $^   5 1         9 2  
Defiance   4 2         6 4  
Anderson (IN)   3 3         5 5  
Franklin (IN)   3 3         5 5  
Hanover   3 3         4 6  
Bluffton   2 4         3 7  
Manchester   1 5         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2005 Illini–Badger Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Lakeland $^   7 0         8 3  
Concordia (WI)   6 1         7 3  
Aurora   5 2         5 5  
Greenville   4 3         4 6  
Benedictine (IL)   3 4         3 7  
MacMurray   2 5         4 6  
Eureka   1 6         1 9  
Concordia (IL)   0 7         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2005 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 20 Central (IA) +^   7 1         9 2  
No. 23 Coe +^   7 1         9 2  
Wartburg   6 2         7 3  
Luther   5 3         6 4  
Buena Vista   4 4         5 5  
Simpson   3 5         5 5  
Loras   2 6         3 7  
Cornell (IA)   1 7         2 8  
Dubuque   1 7         2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Liberty League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 14 Union (NY) $^   7 0         11 1  
No. 22 Hobart ^   6 1         9 2  
RPI   5 2         8 2  
WPI   4 3         6 3  
Rochester (NY)   3 4         4 6  
Merchant Marine   2 5         3 7  
St. Lawrence   1 6         2 7  
Coast Guard   0 7         2 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Albion $^   6 1         7 4  
Adrian   5 2         8 2  
Hope   5 2         5 5  
Alma   4 3         6 4  
Olivet   4 3         5 5  
Kalamazoo   3 4         4 6  
Wisconsin Lutheran   1 6         1 9  
Tri-State *   0 7         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • * – Provisional NCAA Division III member
2005 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Delaware Valley $^   9 0         12 1  
Wilkes ^   8 1         8 3  
Widener   6 3         8 3  
Moravian   5 4         7 4  
Lycoming   5 4         6 4  
King's   5 4         5 5  
Albright   4 5         5 5  
FDU Florham   4 5         4 6  
Lebanon Valley   2 7         2 8  
Susquehanna   1 8         2 8  
Juniata   0 9         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Midwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Monmouth (IL) $^   9 0         10 1  
St. Norbert   8 1         8 2  
Carroll (WI)   6 3         6 4  
Ripon   5 4         6 4  
Beloit   5 4         5 5  
Lawrence   4 5         4 5  
Knox   3 6         4 6  
Lake Forest   3 6         4 6  
Illinois College   2 7         3 7  
Grinnell   0 9         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2005 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 7 Saint John's (MN) $^   8 0         11 1  
No. 8 Concordia–Moorhead ^   7 1         10 2  
St. Olaf   6 2         8 2  
Bethel (MN)   4 4         5 5  
St. Thomas (MN)   4 4         4 5  
Gustavus Adolphus   3 5         3 7  
Carleton   2 6         4 6  
Hamline   1 7         3 7  
Augsburg   1 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 New England Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Bogan Division
Fitchburg State xy   6 0         8 3  
Bridgewater State   5 1         9 1  
Maine Maritime   4 2         7 3  
Worcester State   3 3         5 5  
Westfield State   2 4         4 5  
Framingham State   1 5         2 7  
Massachusetts Maritime   0 6         0 9  
Boyd Division
Curry xy$^   6 0         9 3  
Endicott   5 1         7 3  
UMass Dartmouth   4 2         5 5  
MIT   2 4         3 6  
Western New England   2 4         3 6  
Salve Regina   2 4         2 6  
Nichols   0 6         0 9  
Championship: Curry 17, Fitchburg State 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2005 New England Small College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 25 Trinity (CT) $   8 0         8 0  
Colby   7 1         7 1  
Bowdoin   6 2         6 2  
Williams   6 2         6 2  
Amherst   5 3         5 3  
Middlebury   3 5         3 5  
Bates   2 6         2 6  
Tufts   2 6         2 6  
Hamilton   1 7         1 7  
Wesleyan   0 8         0 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Rowan +^   5 1         11 2  
Cortland +^   5 1         7 3  
Montclair State   4 2         5 5  
Western Connecticut   3 3         6 4  
Kean   2 4         4 6  
William Paterson   1 5         5 5  
TCNJ   1 5         3 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 15 Wabash $^   7 0         11 1  
Kenyon   6 1         6 4  
Oberlin   5 2         7 3  
Wittenberg   5 2         5 5  
Wooster   3 4         6 4  
Denison   3 4         5 5  
Allegheny   3 4         3 7  
Ohio Wesleyan   2 5         3 7  
Earlham   1 6         1 9  
Hiram   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Linfield $^   4 0         10 1  
Willamette   3 1         5 4  
Whitworth   2 2         5 3  
Puget Sound   1 3         4 5  
Pacific Lutheran   0 4         3 6  
Lewis & Clark *   0 0         0 4  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • * – Lewis & Clark's conference games were canceled.
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Mount Union $^   8 1         14 1  
No. 18 Ohio Northern   7 2         8 2  
No. 5 Capital ^   7 2         10 3  
John Carroll   6 3         7 3  
Otterbein   6 3         7 3  
Marietta   4 5         5 5  
Baldwin–Wallace   3 6         4 6  
Muskingum   2 7         2 8  
Wilmington (OH)   2 7         2 8  
Heidelberg   0 9         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Bridgewater $^   6 0         10 2  
Hampden–Sydney   4 2         8 2  
Washington and Lee   4 2         7 3  
Guilford   4 2         5 5  
Catholic University   1 5         2 8  
Randolph–Macon   1 5         2 8  
Emory & Henry   1 5         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 17 Thiel $^   6 0         11 1  
No. 21 Washington & Jefferson ^   5 1         9 2  
Thomas More   4 2         5 5  
Waynesburg   2 4         4 6  
Westminster (PA)   2 4         4 6  
Grove City   2 4         3 7  
Bethany (WV)   0 6         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 9 Occidental $^   6 0         9 1  
Cal Lutheran   5 1         8 1  
Redlands   4 2         5 4  
La Verne   3 3         5 4  
Pomona–Pitzer   2 4         4 5  
Claremont–Mudd–Scripps   1 5         3 6  
Whittier   0 6         2 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 19 Trinity (TX) +^   5 0         9 1  
DePauw +   5 0         7 2  
Sewanee   4 2         5 5  
Centre   3 3         7 3  
Rose–Hulman   2 4         5 5  
Millsaps   1 5         2 7  
Rhodes   0 6         2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 University Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Chicago $   3 0         5 4  
Washington University   2 1         6 4  
Carnegie Mellon   1 2         5 5  
Case Western Reserve   0 3         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
2005 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
Northwestern (MN) xy$#   7 0         8 3  
Martin Luther   6 1         6 3  
Minnesota–Morris #   4 3         4 6  
Crown #   3 4         3 6  
Trinity Bible §   0 7         1 8  
South
Rockford x   5 2         7 3  
Westminster (MO) xy   5 2         5 5  
Maranatha Baptist   2 5         4 5  
Blackburn   2 5         2 8  
Principia   1 6         1 8  
Championship: Northwestern (MN) 27, Westminster (MO) 7
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • # – Provisional NCAA Division III member
    § – Not an NCAA member
2005 USA South Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Ferrum +^   6 1         9 2  
Methodist +   6 1         8 2  
Averett   5 2         7 3  
Christopher Newport   5 2         6 4  
North Carolina Wesleyan   3 4         4 6  
Maryville (TN)   2 5         3 7  
Greensboro   1 6         2 8  
Shenandoah   0 7         2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2005 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Wisconsin–Whitewater $^   7 0         14 1  
Wisconsin–Eau Claire   5 2         6 4  
Wisconsin–Oshkosh   4 3         7 3  
Wisconsin–La Crosse   4 3         5 4  
Wisconsin–Stout   3 4         6 4  
Wisconsin–Stevens Point   3 4         4 6  
Wisconsin–River Falls   2 5         3 7  
Wisconsin–Platteville   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2005 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Huntingdon           7 2  
Husson           4 4  
Plymouth State           4 6  
Chapman           2 7  
Colorado College           2 8  
Mount Ida           1 9  
Becker           0 8  
Macalester           0 9  
Menlo           0 10  

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 2005 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 33rd 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 13th time. The bracket for this field expanded from 28 to 32 teams, where it has remained.[2]

Qualification

Twenty-one conferences met the requirements for an automatic ("Pool A") bid to the playoffs. Besides the NESCAC, which does not participate in the playoffs, five conferences had no Pool A bid. The PAC was in the first year of the two-year waiting period, while the ACFC, NWC, UAA, and UMAC failed to meet the seven-member requirement.

Schools not in Pool A conferences were eligible for Pool B. The number of Pool B bids was determined by calculating the ratio of Pool A conferences to schools in those conferences and applying that ratio to the number of Pool B schools. The 21 Pool A conferences contained 179 schools, an average of 8.5 teams per conference. Thirty-seven schools were in Pool B, enough for four bids.

The remaining seven playoff spots were at-large ("Pool C") teams.

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 63
Occidental 21 Linfield 28
Concordia–Moorhead 27 Concordia–Moorhead 14
Coe 14 Linfield 41
Saint John's (MN) 62 Wisconsin–Whitewater 44
Monmouth (IL) 3 Saint John's (MN) 7
Wisconsin–Whitewater 34 Wisconsin–Whitewater 34
Central (IA) 14 Wisconsin–Whitewater 58
Mary Hardin–Baylor 35 Wesley 6
Trinity (TX) 6 Mary Hardin–Baylor 36
Wesley 59 Wesley 46
Ferrum 14 Wesley 46
Bridgewater (VA) 30 Bridgewater (VA) 7
Washington & Jefferson 21 Bridgewater (VA) 24
Thiel 28 Thiel 13
Johns Hopkins 3 Wisconsin–Whitewater 28
Wabash 38 Mount Union 35
Albion 20 Wabash 11
Capital 21 Capital 14
North Central (IL) 19 Mount Union 34
Augustana (IL) 49 Capital 31
Lakeland 22 Augustana (IL) 7
Mount Union 49 Mount Union 44
Mount St. Joseph 6 Mount Union 19
Delaware Valley 37 Rowan 7
Curry 22 Delaware Valley 21
Hobart 23 Hobart 14
Cortland 22 Delaware Valley 21
Rowan 42 Rowan 27
Wilkes 3 Rowan 28
Union (NY) 55 Union (NY) 24
Ithaca 41

Overtime

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "2005 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved November 28, 2014.