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1981 Playoffs

Stagg Bowl IX
Widener 17, Dayton 10
December 1981, in Phenix City, Ala.

Widener staged a second-half comeback to defeat defending champion Dayton, 17-10, for the 1981 Division III football national championship.

Trailing 10-0 at halftime, Widener's Tom Deery returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown and took advantage of two Dayton mistakes to score its remaining 10 points.

Widener, which also won the 1977 national title, joined Wittenberg as the only Division III programs with two national titles.

Dayton, which committed six turnovers in the game and accumulated only 72 yards in the second half, fumbled deep in its own territory with 3:20 remaining. Four plays later, Widener’s Mark Stephan sealed the Pioneers’ victory with a 23-yard field goal.

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Playoff results
Quarterfinals

Dayton 19, Augustana 7
Lawrence 21, Minnesota-Morris 14 (OT)
Montclair State 13, Alfred 12
Widener 10, West Georgia 3

Semifinals
Dayton 38, Lawrence 0
Widener 23, Montclair State 12

Stagg Bowl IX
Widener 17, Dayton 10, at Phenix City, Ala.

Aug. 30: All times Eastern
TBA
University of New England at Coast Guard
Live stats
TBA
Frostburg State at Stevenson
6:00 PM
Alma at Baldwin Wallace
Live stats
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
7:00 PM
Hamline at Buena Vista
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at McMurry
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Crown
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
UW-Platteville at East Texas Baptist
Live stats
Aug. 31: All times Eastern
TBA
Utica at St. Lawrence
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
Live stats
7:00 PM
WPI at Anna Maria
Live stats
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live stats
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Millikin at Hope
Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
TCNJ at FDU-Florham
7:00 PM
Becker at MIT
Video Live stats
Dec. 9: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 43, at UW-Oshkosh 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, Brockport 0
Box Score Recap Photos
Dec. 15: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 12, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 0
@ Salem, Va.
Video Box Score Recap Photos