Boston University Terriers football

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Boston University Terriers football
Boston University Terriers wordmark.svg
First season1884
Last season1997
Stadium Nickerson Field
(capacity: 10,412)
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Boston, Massachusetts
NCAA division Division I-AA
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
All-time record32339034 (.455)
Bowl record01 (.000)
Conference titles5 (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1993)
Rivalries Boston College Eagles
UMass Minutemen
Northeastern Huskies
ColorsScarlet and white [1]
Fight songGO B.U.
Mascot Rhett the Boston Terrier

The Boston University Terriers football team was the American football team for Boston University located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school's first football team was fielded in 1884, and the program was discontinued in 1997. The Terriers football team compiled an all-time record of 323–390–34. [2] The team competed in NCAA Division I-AA from its formation in 1978, as members of the Yankee Conference and later the Atlantic 10 Conference.


Boston University terminated the varsity football program on homecoming weekend in 1997, during a one-win season in the Atlantic 10. Players were allowed to keep their four-year scholarships or transfer without NCAA penalties. At the time of its termination the program ran at an annual loss of $2.91 million. Boston 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

Notable alumni include:


YearConferenceCoachOverall RecordConference Record
1980 Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 9–25-0
1982 Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 5–63-2
1983 Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 9–44-1
1984 Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 9–34-1
1993 Yankee Conference Dan Allen 12–18-0
Total conference championships5

† denotes co-championship.

Division I-AA Playoffs results

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

1982 First RoundColgateL 7–21
1983 First Round
Eastern Kentucky
W 24–20
L 16–35
1984 First RoundRichmondL 33–35
1993 First Round
Northern Iowa
W 27–21 2OT
L 14–21
1994 First RoundEastern KentuckyL 23–30

Bowl games

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.

December 6, 1969 Larry Naviaux Pasadena Bowl San Diego State L 7–28

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