Boston University Terriers football

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Boston University Terriers
Boston University Terriers wordmark.svg
First season 1884
Last season 1997
Stadium Nickerson Field
(Capacity: 10,412)
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Boston, Massachusetts
NCAA division Division I-AA
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
All-time record 323–390–34 (.455)
Bowl record 0–1 (.000)
Conference titles 5 (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1993)
Rivalries Boston College Eagles
UMass Minutemen
Northeastern Huskies
Colors Scarlet and White[1]
Fight song GO B.U.
Mascot Rhett the Boston Terrier

The Boston University Terriers football program were the American football team for Boston University located in Boston, Massachusetts. The team competed in the NCAA Division I-AA and were members of the Yankee Conference and later the Atlantic 10 Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1884. Boston University participated in football from 1884 to 1997, compiling an all-time record of 323–390–34.[2] Boston University terminated their DI-AA football program on Homecoming Weekend 1997 during a one-win season in the Atlantic 10. The players at the time were allowed to keep their 4-year scholarships or transfer without NCAA penalties. The University has used the former-football scholarships to comply with Title IX requirements.

Boston University still fields a club football squad in the modern Yankee Conference.

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:


Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1980 Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 9–2 5-0
1982 Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 5–6 3-2
1983 Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 9–4 4-1
1984 Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 9–3 4-1
1993 Yankee Conference Dan Allen 12–1 8-0
Total conference championships 5

† denotes co-championship.

Division I-AA Playoffs results[edit]

The Terriers appeared in the I-AA playoffs five times with a record of 2–5.

Year Round Opponent Result
1982 First Round Colgate L 7–21
1983 First Round
Eastern Kentucky
W 24–20
L 16–35
1984 First Round Richmond L 33–35
1993 First Round
Northern Iowa
W 27–21 2OT
L 14–21
1994 First Round Eastern Kentucky L 23–30

Bowl games[edit]

The Terriers had a record of 0-1 in bowl games. Boston University appeared in one bowl game during their tenure. As a member of the College Division, they played against a member of the University Division in the Pasadena Bowl.

Year Coach Bowl Opponent Result
December 6, 1969 Larry Naviaux Pasadena Bowl San Diego State L 7–28


  1. ^ "Boston University Master Logo". Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Boston Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2012-08-27.