1886 Princeton Tigers football team

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1886 Princeton Tigers football
National champion (Billingsley)
Co-national champion (Davis)
Conference Independent
1886 record 7–0–1
Head coach No coach
Seasons
← 1885
1887 →
1886 college football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Yale         9 0 1
Princeton         7 0 1
Michigan         2 0 0
Harvard         12 2 0
California         6 2 1
Massachusetts         2 1 0
Navy         3 3 0
Dartmouth         2 2 0
Rutgers         1 3 0
Northwestern         0 1 0
Vermont         0 1 0
Minnesota         0 2 0

The 1886 Princeton Tigers football team represented Princeton University in the 1886 college football season. The team finished with a 7–0–1 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the Billingsley Report and as a co-national champion by Parke H. Davis.[1][2] They outscored their opponents 320 to 27.[2]

On Thanksgiving Day in Princeton, New Jersey, undefeated teams from Yale and Princeton met. The game started late due to the absence of a referee, and heavy rain caused the game to be called on account of darkness with Yale leading 4–0 in the second half. Under the rules of the time, the game was declared "no contest" by the substitute referee, and the final score was declared to be 0–0. After a special meeting of the Intercollegiate Football Association held to review the game, the Association issued a two-part resolution: that (1) Yale should have been acknowledged the winner, but that (2) under their existing rules, the Association did not have the authority to award the game to them.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 9 Stevens Tech Princeton, NJ W 58–0  
October 13 at Stevens Tech Hoboken, NJ W 61–6  
October 16 at Penn Philadelphia, PA W 30–0  
October 23 Penn Princeton, NJ W 55–9  
November 6 at Penn* Philadelphia, PA W 28–6  
November 13 Harvard Princeton, NJ W 12–0  
November 20 vs. Wesleyan Hartford, CT W 76–6  
November 25 Yale Princeton, NJ T 0–0  
*Non-conference game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 107. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "1886 Princeton Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ "No Football Champions.; But Princeton Challenges Yale To Another Game On Saturday". The New York Times. 1886-11-28.