Ouachita Baptist Tigers football
First season1896
Athletic directorDavid Sharp
Head coachTodd Knight
24th season, 152–100 (.603)
StadiumCliff Harris Stadium / Benson-Williams Field
(capacity: 5600)
Field surfaceArtificial Turf
LocationArkadelphia, Arkansas
NCAA divisionDivision II
ConferenceGreat American Conference
All-time record474–433–43 (.522)
Conference titles10
RivalriesHenderson State Reddies Harding Bisons
ColorsPurple and gold[1]

The Ouachita Baptist Tigers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Ouachita Baptist University located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The team competes in NCAA Division II and are members of the Great American Conference. Ouachita Baptist's first football team was fielded in 1896. The team plays its home games at Cliff Harris Stadium / Benson-Williams Field in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The Tigers are coached by Todd Knight.[2]


The Tiger football team is notable for participating in the first ever Intercollegiate game in Arkansas history, a 24-0 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the fall of 1897. The Ouachita Baptist Tigers compete in the Battle of the Ravine every year. This tradition started in 1895 when Ouachita Baptist played Arkadelphia Methodist College (currently known as Henderson State University), and won 8-0. This historical event was not played from 1951 to 1963 because of the excessive rivalry between the two schools. It resumed after 1963 and is still being played to this day. [3]

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Conference Affiliations

Notable former players

Formerly in the NFL

Year-by-year results

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Conference championships

Season Record Conference
1927* 6–1–2 AIC
1934 8–2 AIC
1941 8–3 AIC
1966* 6–4 AIC
1970* 8–2 AIC
1975* 9–2 AIC
1982 8–3 AIC
2011 7–3 GAC
2014 10–0 GAC
2017 9–2 GAC
2018 11–0 GAC
2019 11–0 GAC
2020 No Season GAC
2021 9-2 GAC
2022 11-0 GAC

*Indicates co-championship


Henderson State

Main article: Battle of the Ravine


  1. ^ Ouachita Baptist University Athletics Branding (PDF). Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ouachita Baptist Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  3. ^ Nelson, Rex. "Encyclopedia of Arkansas". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Ouachita Baptist Historical Data". 2007-06-08. Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2020-10-18.