1889 college football season

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The 1889 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Princeton as having been selected national champions.[1] On December 14, Wofford defeated Furman played the first intercollegiate game in the state of South Carolina. The game featured no uniforms, no positions, and the rules were formulated before the game.[2] Wofford won 5 to 1.

This was the first season an attempt was made to recognize individuals on an All-American team.

Conference and program changes[edit]

School 1888 Conference 1889 Conference
Delaware football Program established Independent
Iowa College Pioneers Program established Independent
State University of Iowa Hawkeyes Program established Independent
Washington football Program established Independent

Awards and honors[edit]


The consensus All-America team included:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Edgar Allan Poe Jr. Baltimore, Maryland Princeton
HB Roscoe Channing 141 Sr. New York, New York Princeton
HB James P. Lee Jr. New York, New York Harvard
FB Snake Ames 5'10" 157 Sr. Chicago, Illinois Princeton
E Amos Alonzo Stagg Sr. West Orange, New Jersey Yale
T Hector Cowan Sr. Hobart, New York Princeton
G Pudge Heffelfinger 6'4" 178 So. Minneapolis, Minnesota Yale
C William George Sr. Princeton
G John Cranston Jr. Sheridan, New York Harvard
T Charles O. Gill Sr. Walpole, Massachusetts Yale
E Arthur Cumnock Jr. Danielson, Connecticut Harvard

Statistical leaders[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1889 college football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Princeton         10 0 0
USC         2 0 0
Notre Dame         1 0 0
Yale         15 1 0
Georgetown         5 1 0
Harvard         9 2 0
Virginia         4 2 0
North Carolina         1 1 0
Delaware         1 1 1
Amherst         3 5 2
Michigan         1 2 0
Columbia         2 7 2
Washington         0 1 0
1889 Eastern Intercollegiate Football Association standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Dartmouth $ 4 0 0          
  • $ – Conference champion


  1. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 70. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  2. ^ Furman 2014 FB Record Book