The 2009 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 2009, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2009 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks won their second Division III championship by defeating the Mount Union Purple Raiders, 38−28. This was the fifth of seven straight championship games between Mount Union (3 wins) and Wisconsin–Whitewater (4 wins).

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Blaine Westemeyer, offensive tackle from Augustana (IL).[1]

Conference standings

2009 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 7 Mary Hardin–Baylor +^   7 1         10 2  
No. 20 Mississippi College +^   7 1         9 3  
Louisiana College   6 2         7 3  
Hardin–Simmons   5 3         6 4  
McMurry   4 4         4 6  
East Texas Baptist   3 5         3 7  
Howard Payne   2 6         4 6  
Sul Ross   2 6         2 8  
Texas Lutheran   0 8         0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Atlantic Central Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Wesley $^   3 0         13 1  
Salisbury   2 1         5 6  
Frostburg State   1 2         1 9  
Apprentice §   0 3         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • § – Not an NCAA member
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 11 Johns Hopkins $^   7 1         10 3  
Franklin & Marshall   6 2         9 2  
Dickinson   6 2         8 2  
Ursinus   6 2         6 5  
McDaniel   3 5         5 5  
Gettysburg   3 5         3 7  
Muhlenberg   2 6         3 7  
Moravian   2 6         2 8  
Juniata   1 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 9 Illinois Wesleyan +^   6 1         10 2  
No. 21 North Central (IL) +   6 1         8 2  
Carthage   4 3         7 3  
Wheaton (IL)   4 3         7 3  
Augustana (IL)   4 3         6 4  
Millikin   3 4         6 4  
Elmhurst   1 6         4 6  
North Park   0 7         1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Norwich $   6 0         8 3  
Gallaudet   4 2         6 4  
Mount Ida   4 2         4 7  
SUNY Maritime   3 3         6 4  
Husson   3 3         4 5  
Castleton   1 5         3 6  
Becker   0 6         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
2009 Empire 8 Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Alfred +^   4 1         8 2  
St. John Fisher +   4 1         7 3  
Springfield   3 2         8 2  
Ithaca   3 2         7 3  
Hartwick   1 4         5 5  
Utica   0 5         4 6  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2009 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mount St. Joseph $^   7 0         9 2  
Franklin (IN)   5 2         7 3  
Manchester   5 2         5 5  
Rose-Hulman   4 3         6 4  
Defiance   3 4         4 6  
Hanover   3 4         3 7  
Anderson (IN)   1 6         1 9  
Bluffton   0 7         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2009 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 8 Central (IA) $^   8 0         10 1  
No. 10 Coe ^   7 1         10 2  
Wartburg   5 3         6 4  
Dubuque   4 4         5 5  
Luther   4 4         5 5  
Buena Vista   3 5         4 6  
Simpson   2 6         3 7  
Loras   2 6         2 8  
Cornell (IA)   1 7         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Liberty League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Susquehanna +^   6 1         8 3  
Union (NY) +   6 1         8 3  
Hobart   5 2         6 3  
Rochester (NY)   4 3         4 6  
RPI   3 4         5 4  
Merchant Marine   2 5         4 6  
St. Lawrence   2 5         3 7  
WPI   0 7         3 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2009 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 17 Trine $^   6 0         10 2  
Adrian   4 2         6 4  
Albion   4 2         4 6  
Alma   3 3         5 5  
Hope   3 3         3 7  
Kalamazoo   1 5         4 6  
Olivet   0 6         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 16 Delaware Valley $^   7 0         10 2  
No. 15 Albright ^   6 1         11 2  
Lebanon Valley   5 2         9 2  
Wilkes   3 4         6 5  
Lycoming   3 4         4 6  
King's   2 5         3 7  
Widener   1 6         3 7  
FDU Florham   1 6         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Midwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 18 Monmouth (IL) $^   9 0         10 1  
St. Norbert   8 1         9 1  
Ripon   7 2         7 3  
Beloit   5 4         6 4  
Carroll (WI)   5 4         5 5  
Illinois College   5 4         5 5  
Grinnell   2 7         2 8  
Lake Forest   2 7         2 8  
Lawrence   1 8         2 8  
Knox   1 8         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Saint John's (MN) $^   8 0         10 1  
No. 5 St. Thomas (MN) ^   7 1         11 2  
Bethel (MN)   6 2         7 3  
Concordia–Moorhead   3 5         5 5  
St. Olaf   3 5         5 5  
Augsburg   3 5         4 6  
Gustavus Adolphus   3 5         4 6  
Hamline   2 6         4 6  
Carleton   1 7         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 New England Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Bogan Division
Maine Maritime xy$^   6 1         9 2  
Bridgewater State   5 2         7 3  
Westfield State   5 2         7 3  
Coast Guard   4 3         4 5  
Framingham State   3 4         5 5  
Fitchburg State   2 5         4 6  
Massachusetts Maritime   2 5         3 7  
Worcester State   1 6         1 9  
Boyd Division
Curry xy   7 0         8 3  
Plymouth State   6 1         8 3  
Western New England   5 2         6 4  
Endicott   3 4         5 5  
Nichols   3 4         4 6  
Salve Regina   3 4         4 6  
MIT   1 6         1 8  
UMass Dartmouth   0 7         0 10  
Championship: Maine Maritime 48, Curry 42
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2009 New England Small College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Amherst $   8 0         8 0  
Trinity (CT)   6 2         6 2  
Williams   6 2         6 2  
Middlebury   5 3         5 3  
Colby   4 4         4 4  
Bowdoin   3 5         3 5  
Wesleyan   3 5         3 5  
Hamilton   2 6         2 6  
Tufts   2 6         2 6  
Bates   1 7         1 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
2009 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 22 Montclair State $^   9 0         10 2  
Kean   8 1         9 2  
Cortland *   7 2         7 4  
Rowan   6 3         7 3  
William Paterson   4 5         5 5  
Brockport   3 6         4 6  
TCNJ   3 6         4 6  
Buffalo State   2 7         2 8  
Western Connecticut   2 7         2 8  
Morrisville State   1 8         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • * – Cortland later vacated all its wins.
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Wittenberg $^   7 0         12 1  
No. 19 Wabash ^   6 1         9 2  
Allegheny   5 2         8 2  
Wooster   4 3         5 5  
Earlham   3 4         5 5  
Kenyon   3 4         3 7  
Ohio Wesleyan   3 4         3 7  
Denison   2 5         3 7  
Oberlin   2 5         2 8  
Hiram   0 7         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Northern Athletics Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Lakeland $^   6 1         6 5  
Concordia (IL)   5 2         8 2  
Benedictine (IL)   5 2         6 4  
Concordia (WI)   5 2         5 5  
Wisconsin Lutheran   4 3         5 5  
Aurora   2 5         4 6  
Rockford   1 6         1 9  
Maranatha Baptist   0 7         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2009 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Linfield $^   6 0         12 1  
No. 24 Willamette   5 1         8 2  
Whitworth   3 3         5 5  
Menlo   3 3         4 6  
Pacific Lutheran   3 3         3 6  
Lewis & Clark   1 5         2 7  
Puget Sound   0 6         0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Mount Union $^   9 0         14 1  
No. 13 Ohio Northern   7 2         8 2  
Otterbein   7 2         8 2  
Capital   6 3         7 3  
Muskingum   4 5         4 6  
Heidelberg   3 6         4 6  
Baldwin–Wallace   3 6         3 7  
John Carroll   3 6         3 7  
Marietta   2 7         3 7  
Wilmington (OH)   1 8         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 25 Hampden–Sydney $^   6 0         10 1  
Bridgewater   4 2         7 3  
Randolph–Macon   4 2         6 4  
Emory & Henry   3 3         7 3  
Washington and Lee   2 4         4 6  
Guilford   2 4         3 7  
Catholic University   0 6         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 14 Thomas More $^   6 0         11 1  
Washington & Jefferson ^   5 1         9 2  
Grove City   4 2         5 5  
Waynesburg   2 4         5 5  
Westminster (PA)   2 4         4 6  
Bethany (WV)   1 5         3 7  
Thiel   1 5         3 7  
Geneva #           8 3  
Saint Vincent #           0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • # – Provisional NCAA Divisional III member; games not counted in standings
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Cal Lutheran $^   6 0         8 2  
Occidental   5 1         7 2  
Redlands   4 2         7 2  
Claremont–Mudd–Scripps   3 3         5 4  
Pomona–Pitzer   2 4         4 5  
Whittier   1 5         3 6  
La Verne   0 6         0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
DePauw +^   5 1         7 3  
Millsaps +   5 1         7 3  
Centre   4 2         7 2  
Trinity (TX)   4 2         7 3  
Austin   2 4         4 5  
Rhodes   1 5         3 7  
Sewanee   0 6         0 9  
Birmingham–Southern #           4 6  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division III member; games not counted in standings
2009 University Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 23 Case Western Reserve $^   3 0         10 1  
Chicago   1 2         5 4  
Carnegie Mellon   1 2         5 5  
Washington University   1 2         4 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
Martin Luther x   4 0         7 3  
Northwestern (MN)   3 1         5 5  
St. Scholastica   2 2         4 6  
Crown   1 3         4 6  
Minnesota–Morris   0 4         4 6  
South
Greenville x   3 0         7 3  
Westminster (MO)   2 1         5 5  
Eureka   1 2         4 6  
MacMurray   0 3         1 9  
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
2009 USA South Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Carolina Wesleyan $^   7 0         8 3  
Averett   5 2         7 3  
Christopher Newport   4 3         5 5  
Greensboro   4 3         5 5  
Ferrum   3 4         5 5  
Maryville (TN)   3 4         4 6  
Methodist   2 5         3 7  
Shenandoah   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2009 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Wisconsin–Whitewater $^   7 0         15 0  
Wisconsin–Stevens Point   6 1         7 3  
Wisconsin–Stout   5 2         8 2  
Wisconsin–Eau Claire   4 3         6 4  
Wisconsin–La Crosse   2 5         5 5  
Wisconsin–Oshkosh   2 5         4 6  
Wisconsin–Platteville   1 6         3 7  
Wisconsin–River Falls   1 6         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2009 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Huntingdon ^           8 3  
LaGrange           5 5  
Chapman           4 5  
Macalester           2 8  
Anna Maria           0 9  
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 2009 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 37th 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 17th time.[2]

Qualification

Twenty-three conferences met the requirements for an automatic ("Pool A") bid to the playoffs. Besides the NESCAC, which does not participate in the playoffs, four conferences had no Pool A bid. The ECFC and UMAC were in the first year of the two-year waiting period, while the ACFC and UAA 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 23 Pool A conferences contained 196 schools, an average of 8.5 teams per conference. Twenty-eight schools were in Pool B, enough for three bids.

The remaining six 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
Mount Union 55
Washington & Jefferson 0 Mount Union 62
Montclair State 38 Montclair State 14
Maine Maritime 22 Mount Union 55
Albright 35 Albright 3
Alfred 25 Albright 27
Delaware Valley 66 Delaware Valley 3
Susquehanna 7 Mount Union 24
Wesley 55 Wesley 7
North Carolina Wesleyan 23 Wesley 43
Mississippi College 56 Mississippi College 9
Huntingdon 35 Wesley 12
Johns Hopkins 23 Johns Hopkins 0
Hampden–Sydney 7 Johns Hopkins 31
Thomas More 49 Thomas More 29
DePauw 39 Mount Union 28
Wisconsin–Whitewater 70 Wisconsin–Whitewater 38
Lakeland 7 Wisconsin–Whitewater 45
Illinois Wesleyan 41 Illinois Wesleyan 7
Wabash 35 Wisconsin–Whitewater 31
Trine 51 Wittenberg 13
Case 38 Trine 17
Wittenberg 42 Wittenberg 34
Mount St. Joseph 14 Wisconsin–Whitewater 27
Coe 34 Linfield 17
Saint John's (MN) 27 Coe 7
St. Thomas (MN) 43 St. Thomas (MN) 34
Monmouth (IL) 21 St. Thomas (MN) 20
Mary Hardin–Baylor 42 Linfield 31
Central (IA) 40 Mary Hardin–Baylor 21
Linfield 38 Linfield 53
Cal Lutheran 17

Overtime

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "2009 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved December 3, 2014.