CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

The Newberry College football team has won numerous championships in its more than a century of intercollegiate success.

1924 - South Carolina Co-State Champions (8-2)

The Indians tied for the state championship with a 16-7 win over Wofford on Thanksgiving Day at the Spartanburg County Fairgrounds. They key win wrapped up an eight-win season under head coach Dutch McLean for a program which only had 24 wins in 10 previous seasons. The only loss to a state team was a 14-0 loss to Furman in the season opener. The scarlet and gray went on to defeat Erskine, The Citadel, Presbyterian, the Parris Island Marines and Wofford - allowing only 13 points in those games.  

1940 - Little Four Champions (7-2-1)

The Indians won their only Little Four title in one of their highest-scoring years under head coach Billy Laval. It was only the second time in program history to that point that Newberry won more than five games in a year. On October 11, the Indians defeated Presbyterian 20-7 in Newberry to kick off the 3-0 record against the Little Four. A 32-0 shutout of Erskine in Due West on November 16 set up the championship game, which Newberry clinched by pounding Wofford 46-6 in Spartanburg. Newberry also defeated Carson-Newman, Lenoir-Rhyne, Oglethorpe and High Point in the season and allowed only 26 points in its seven wins and a tie.

1954 - Elks Bowl (6-3-2)

Newberry played in its first postseason bowl game against Appalachian State in the third annual Elks Bowl at Riddick Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. The Indians scored three touchdowns in the second half in front of "a small, chilled crowd of 400". Grady Ray scored two touchdowns and Paul Davis rushed for one in the bowl game. Newberry also picked up wins over Catawba, Elon, Maryville, Guilford and The Citadel while tying Lenoir-Rhyne and Troy State.

1955 - Palmetto Shrine Bowl (5-3-2)

A missed extra point was the only thing standing between Newberry and two consecutive bowl wins, as the Indians dropped the Palmetto Shrine Bowl 14-13 to Lenoir-Rhyne in front of a crowd of over 5,000 in Columbia. Davis and Ray were the scorers again for Newberry. The 5-3-2 season also saw the scarlet and gray shut out Furman in the season opener and then defeated Wofford, Elon, Guilford and Presbyterian while tying Lenoir-Rhyne and Stetson.

2006 - South Atlantic Conference Champions / NCAA Division II Playoffs Second Round (11-2)

After a 51-year absence from the postseason, the Indians set a school record for wins in a season and advanced to the second round in their first-ever playoff appearance. Newberry won its first 10 games in a row to start the season, vaulting as high as No. 9 in the national polls. Wins over Edward Waters, Morehead State, Brevard, Elizabeth City State, Carson-Newman, Catawba, Mars Hill, Wingate and Tusculum started the season and a home win over Lenoir-Rhyne clinched Newberry's first SAC title since the conference began in 1975.

After being shut out at Presbyterian in the regular season finale, Newberry hosted Albany State in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs at Setzler Field, earning a 34-28 victory and advancing to the second round. The season came to an end in the second round of the playoffs with a tough 38-20 loss at North Alabama.

2008 - South Atlantic Conference Champions (6-4)

The Newberry squad barely missed out on the playoffs in 2008, still claiming a share of their second SAC title. After a loss to defending national champion Valdosta State to start the year and a tough road defeat in Texas at Midwestern State, the scarlet and gray closed the year by winning five of their final seven games. Newberry crushed North Greenville early before beating Carson-Newman in overtime, Catawba, Wingate and Lenoir-Rhyne. Interspersed were losses at Mars Hill and Tusculum. A 17-0 shutout victory at Brevard on the season's final day clinched Newberry's second league title in three seasons.

2013 - NCAA Division II Playoffs First Round (9-3)

A six-game winning streak to start the season was the impetus for Newberry's second NCAA playoff appearance. Wins over Elizabeth City State, Florida Tech, Catawba, Mars Hill, Wingate and Tusculum put Newberry at 6-0. The Wolves then lost to eventual national finalist Lenoir-Rhyne but rebounded the next week with a win over Top 10 UNC Pembroke. A win over Brevard was followed by a loss at Carson-Newman, but a crushing of North Greenville on senior day clinched Newberry's spot in the playoffs.

The Wolves had to travel to Carson-Newman for the second time in a 15-day span and despite a phenomenal individual performance from wide receiver Corey Washington, Newberry lost in the first round by a 37-27 count.