1886 Yale Bulldogs football team

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1886 Yale Bulldogs football
Yale Bulldogs (1886 team picture).jpg
National champion (Helms, NCF)
Co-national champion (Davis)
IFA co-champion
Conference Intercollegiate Football Association
1886 record 9–0–1 ( )
Head coach No coach
Captain Robert Corwin
Home stadium Yale Field
« 1885 1887 »

The 1886 Yale Bulldogs football team represented Yale University in the 1886 college football season. The team finished with a 9–0–1 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and National Championship Foundation and a co-national champion by Parke H. Davis.[1]

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.[2]


Date Opponent Site Result
October 6 Wesleyan* Yale FieldNew Haven, CT W 75–0  
October 9 at Wesleyan* Middletown, CT W 62–0  
October 16 MIT* Yale Field • New Haven, CT W 96–0  
October 20 at Stevens Tech* Hoboken, NJ W 54–0  
October 23 vs. Williams* Williamstown, MA W 76–0  
October 30 Wesleyan* Yale Field • New Haven, CT W 136–0  
November 2 at Crescent Athletic Club* New York, NY W 84–0  
November 13 Penn* Yale Field • New Haven, CT W 75–0  
November 20 at Harvard* Jarvis Field • Cambridge, MA (The Game) W 29–4  
November 25 at Princeton* Princeton, NJ T 0–0  
*Non-conference game.