Wofford Terriers football

The Wofford Terriers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Wofford College located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southern Conference. Wofford's first football team was fielded in 1889. The team plays its home games at the 13,000 seat Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Josh Conklin is the head coach for Terriers.

Wofford Terriers football
2019 Wofford Terriers football team
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First season1889
Athletic directorRichard Johnson
Head coachJosh Conklin
2nd season, 14–7 (.667)
StadiumGibbs Stadium
(Capacity: 13,000)
Field surfaceGrass
LocationSpartanburg, South Carolina
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceSouthern Conference
Past conferencesSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
All-time record478–467–35 (.506)
Bowl record0–1 (.000)
Playoff record9–9
Conference titles7 (2003, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019)
RivalriesFurman University and The Citadel
ColorsOld Gold and Black[1]
For information on all Wofford College sports, see Wofford Terriers


Wofford moved from Division II to join the Division I-AA Southern Conference in the 96-97 season. Since then, Wofford has won 6 Southern Conference Championships, and received bids to the FCS Playoffs 9 times with the most recent bid coming in 2018. Wofford is typically one of the strongest teams in the Southern Conference every year. Wofford's best finish since moving from Division II was a trip to the National Semi-finals at Delaware in 2003, where they fell 24-9. Mike Ayers, Wofford's winningest and most honored coach who served as head coach for thirty years, retired following the 2017 season, when Wofford made it to the national quarterfinals and finished #8 in the national polls. In recent years, Wofford's football and other athletic teams have finished near the top in the country in APR, which measures athletic performance of athletes. Numerous football players have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


  • 1957–1969: NAIA
  • 1970–1987: NAIA Division I
  • 1988–1994: NCAA Division II
  • 1995–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference membershipsEdit

Wofford vs. In-State NCAA Division I schoolsEdit

School Record Percentage Streak First Meeting Last Meeting
Charleston Southern 14-0 1.000 Won 14 1993 2016
Clemson 3-13 .200 Lost 5 1896 2019
Coastal Carolina 0-1 .000 Lost 1 2006 2006
Furman 33-54-7 .388 Won 1 1889 2019
Presbyterian 41-40-3 .506 Won 6 1914 2017
South Carolina 4-20 .167 Lost 17 1895 2017
South Carolina State 6-3 .667 Lost 1 1974 2019
The Citadel 30-42-1 .418 Won 4 1916 2019
Wofford 124 - In-State NCAA Division I Schools 169 - Draws 11

Notable former playersEdit

Football Championship Sub-Division PlayoffsEdit

Wofford has gone to the FCS Playoffs a total of 9 times (2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, & 2018). In 2003, Wofford appeared in the FCS Playoffs for the first time in school history, and won its first two games advancing to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, they lost to the would-be FCS Champions Delaware, and finished the season ranked #3 in the nation. The Terriers moved on to the quarterfinals in 2007 before losing to Richmond. They lost in the opening round to James Madison in 2008. In 2010, they advanced to the National Quarterfinals to face Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern. They were defeated in that game 20-23. In 2011, they made it to the playoffs, losing to Northern Iowa 21-28 in the second round. In 2012, Wofford dominated visiting New Hampshire, to move on to the Quarterfinals to face would-be champions North Dakota St. Although they had many chances to win, they fell 14-7.

Conference championshipsEdit

Wofford's Football team has won 6 Southern Conference Championships. The first came in 2003, when Wofford finished 12-2, with a trip to face Delaware in the Division I-AA Playoff Semifinals. The next championship came in 2007, sharing the championship with Appalachian State, who would go on to win the Football Championship Sub-division (I-AA) Championship. Wofford would also win Conference titles in 2010, 2012, 2017 and 2018.

Bowl game appearancesEdit

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1949 Phil Dickens Cigar Bowl Florida State L 6–19

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs resultsEdit

The Terriers have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs nine times with an overall record of 9–10.

Year Round Opponent Result
2003 First Round
North Carolina A&T
W 31–0
W 34–17
L 9–24
2007 First Round
W 23–22
L 10–21
2008 First Round JMU L 35–38
2010 Second Round
Jacksonville State
Georgia Southern
W 17–14
L 20–23
2011 Second Round Northern Iowa L 21–28
2012 Second Round
New Hampshire
North Dakota State
W 23–7
L 7–14
2016 First Round
Second Round
Charleston Southern
The Citadel
Youngstown State
W 15–14
W 17–3
L 23–302OT
2017 Second Round
North Dakota State
W 28–10
L 10–42
2018 First Round
Second Round
Kennesaw State
W 19–7
L 10–13
2019 First Round Kennesaw State L 21–28

Division II Playoffs resultsEdit

The Terriers have appeared in the Division II playoffs two times with an overall record of 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1990 First Round Mississippi College L 19–70
1991 First Round Mississippi College L 15–28


  1. ^ Color Guide (PDF). Wofford College Athletics Brand Guidelines. July 14, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Hoffer, Richard. "The Franchise". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 22 June 2014.

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