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Wofford Terriers football
2018 Wofford Terriers football team
Wofford Terriers wordmark.svg
First season 1889
Athletic director Richard Johnson
Head coach Josh Conklin
1st season, 0–0 (–)
Stadium Gibbs Stadium
(Capacity: 13,000)
Field surface Grass
Location Spartanburg, South Carolina
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Southern Conference
Past conferences Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
All-time record 478–467–35 (.506)
Bowl record 0–1 (.000)
Playoff record 8-10
Conference titles 5 (2003, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2017)
Rivalries Furman University and The Citadel
Colors Black and Old Gold[1]
Mascot Terriers
Website WoffordTerriers.com
For information on all Wofford College sports, see Wofford Terriers

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. The Terriers are coached by Josh Conklin, who is entering his 1st season with the team in 2018.


Wofford moved from Division 2 to join the Division I-AA Southern Conference in the 96-97 season. Since then, Wofford has won 5 Southern Conference Championships, and received bids to the FCS Playoffs 8 times with the most recent bid coming in 2017. Wofford is typically one of the strongest teams in the Southern Conference every year. Wofford's best finish since moving from Division 2 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 number 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 memberships[edit]

Wofford vs. In-State NCAA Division I schools[edit]

School Record Percentage Streak First Meeting Last Meeting
Charleston Southern 14-0 1.000 Won 14 1993 2016
Clemson 3-12 .200 Lost 5 1896 2015
Coastal Carolina 0-1 .000 Lost 1 2006 2006
Furman 32-53-7 .386 Won 4 1889 2017
Presbyterian 41-40-3 .506 Won 6 1914 2017
South Carolina 4-20 .167 Lost 17 1895 2017
South Carolina State 6-2 .750 Won 5 1974 2006
The Citadel 29-42-1 .401 Won 2 1916 2017
Wofford 124 - In-State NCAA Division I Schools 169 - Draws 11

Notable former players[edit]

Football Championship Sub-Division Playoffs[edit]

Wofford has gone to the FCS Playoffs a total of 8 times (2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017). 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 championships[edit]

Wofford's Football team has won 5 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 and 2017.

Bowl game appearances[edit]

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

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results[edit]

The Terriers have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs 8 times with an overall record of 8–8.

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

Division II Playoffs results[edit]

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. ^ Wofford College Logo Sheet (PDF). November 1, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ Hoffer, Richard. "The Franchise". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 

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