Austin Peay Governors football
2023 Austin Peay Governors football team
First season1930
Head coachJeff Faris
1st season, 0–0 (–)
StadiumFortera Stadium
(capacity: 10,000)
Field surfaceAstroTurf
LocationClarksville, Tennessee
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceUnited Athletic Conference
All-time record325–562–16 (.369)
Conference titles3
ColorsRed and white[1]

The Austin Peay Governors football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Austin Peay State University (Peay or APSU), located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and played the most recent 2022 season as members of the ASUN Conference. For the 2023 season and beyond, Peay will play in the United Athletic Conference, created shortly after the 2022 season by the merger of the football leagues of the ASUN and Western Athletic Conference.[2][3] The school's first football team was fielded in 1930. They were previously a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (1963–1996, 2007–2021) and the Pioneer Football League (2001–2005). Austin Peay Governors football plays its home games at the 10,000 seat Fortera Stadium.



Conference memberships

Though not competing in OVC football from 1997 to 2006, Peay remained a full OVC member during this period.


Sgt. York Trophy

The trophy goes to the team in Tennessee that has the best record against the other three teams. Austin Peay has won the trophy three times, in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Battle of the Border

The battle of the border is a trophy awarded to the team with the most points based on wins between all the sporting events between Austin Peay and Murray State. Murray State leads the series 36–16.

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:

Retired numbers

Main article: List of NCAA football retired numbers

Austin Peay has retired two jersey numbers in program history.

No. Player Position Tenure Ref.
30 John Ogles RB 1963–66 [4]
84 Harold Roberts WR 1967–70 [4]

Honored jerseys

Numbers honored, but not retired and available for future players:

No. Player Position Tenure
46 Bob Bible LB 1974–78
44 Jay Bailey RB 2000–02
3 Terrence Holt RB 2007–10

Conference championships

Austin Peay has won five conference championships, three outright, and two shared with Southeast Missouri State[5] in the OVC, Central Arkansas and Eastern Kentucky in the ASUN

Year Coach Conference Record Conference record
1948 David B. Aaron Volunteer State Athletic Conference 8–2 2–0
1977 Boots Donnelly Ohio Valley Conference 8–3 6–1
2019 Mark Hudspeth 11–4 7–1
2022 Scotty Walden ASUN Conference 7–4 3–2
2023 United Athletic Conference 9–3 6–0


FCS playoffs

The Governors have made two appearances in the FCS Playoffs, their first being in 2019; their record is 2–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2019 First Round
Second Round
Sacramento State
Montana State
W 42–6
W 42–28
L 10–24
2023 First Round Chattanooga L 21–24


  1. ^ "APSU Governors Brand Identity" (PDF). May 30, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  2. ^ "@ASUN_Football and WAC Release 2023 Schedule" (Press release). ASUN Conference. December 20, 2022. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  3. ^ "ASUN And WAC Unveil 2023 Football Schedule" (Press release). Western Athletic Conference. December 20, 2022. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  4. ^ a b 2015 Austin Peay football media guide, p. 66
  5. ^ "Football Records Book" (PDF).