Austin Peay Governors football
2022 Austin Peay Governors football team
First season1930
Head coachScotty Walden
2nd season, 10–7 (.588)
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]

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 2021 season as members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1930. They were previously a member of the Pioneer Football League from 2001 through 2005. Peay plays its home games at the 10,000 seat Fortera Stadium, and will move to the ASUN Conference in July 2022, after being an OVC football member from 1963-1996 and again from 2007-2021.



Conference memberships

Though not competing in OVC football from 1997–2006, 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

Austin Peay has retired two jersey numbers in program history.[2]

No. Player Position Tenure
30 John Ogles RB 1963–66
84 Harold Roberts WR 1967–70
46 Bob Bible LB 1974-78
44 Jay Bailey RB 2000-02

Conference championships

Austin Peay has won three conference championships, two outright, and one shared while having the head-to-head win over Southeast Missouri State[3]

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


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
Sacramento State
Montana State
W 42–6
W 42–28
L 10–24


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