Austin Peay Governors football
2023 Austin Peay Governors football team
First season1930
Head coachScotty Walden
3rd season, 17–11 (.607)
StadiumFortera Stadium
(capacity: 10,000)
Field surfaceAstroTurf
LocationClarksville, Tennessee
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceASUN Conference
All-time record300–551–16 (.355)
Conference titles3
ColorsRed and white[1]
   
Websiteletsgopeay.com

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. 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.

History

Classifications

Conference memberships

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

Rivalries

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 [2]
84 Harold Roberts WR 1967–70 [2]

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

Conference championships

Austin Peay has won four conference championships, two outright, and two shared with Southeast Missouri State[3] 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 Ohio Valley Conference 11–4 7–1
2022 Scotty Walden ASUN Conference 7–4 3-2

Postseason

FCS playoffs

The Governors have made one appearance in the FCS Playoffs, their first being in 2019; their record is 2–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2019 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Furman
Sacramento State
Montana State
W 42–6
W 42–28
L 10–24

References

  1. ^ "APSU Athletics Digital & Local Style Guide". January 5, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b 2015 Austin Peay football media guide, p. 66
  3. ^ "Football Records Book" (PDF).