|Austin Peay Governors|
|Head coach||Marquase Lovings(Interim)|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|Conference||Ohio Valley Conference|
|All-time record||298–544–16 (.357)|
|Colors||Red and White|
The Austin Peay Governors Football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Austin Peay State University located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are 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. The team plays its home games at the 10,000 seat Fortera Stadium.
- 1957–1972: NCAA College Division
- 1973–1977: NCAA Division II
- 1978–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS
- 1930–1946: Independent
- 1947–1962: Volunteer State Athletic Conference
- 1963–1996: Ohio Valley Conference
- 1997–2000: NCAA Division I–AA Independent
- 2001–2005: Pioneer Football League
- 2006: NCAA Division I FCS Independent
- 2007–present: Ohio Valley Conference
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 Boarder
The battle of the boarder is a trophy awarded to the team with the most points based of 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:
- Jeff Gooch
- Michael Swift
- Kirk Pointer
- Kyran Moore
- Bonnie Sloan, first deaf player in NFL history
- Percy Howard (whose only NFL TD catch came in Super Bowl X, as a member of the Dallas Cowboys)
- Lewis Lastik, featured actor in Remember the Titans, offensive lineman. (Also member of the APSU track and field teams, shot put, and javelin.)
Austin Peay has retired two jersey numbers in program history.
|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|
The Governors have made one appearance in the FCS Playoffs. Their record is 2–1.
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