1897 Penn Quakers football team
|1897 Penn Quakers football|
|Head coach||George Washington Woodruff (6th season)|
|Home stadium||Franklin Field|
The 1897 Penn Quakers football team represented the University of Pennsylvania in the 1897 college football season. The team finished with a 15–0 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, and National Championship Foundation, and as a co-national champion by Parke H. Davis. They outscored their opponents 463 to 20.
Head coach George Washington Woodruff and players Truxtun Hare, John Minds, and John H. Outland are all inductees of the College Football Hall of Fame. Outland is the namesake of the Outland Trophy, awarded annually to the best college football interior lineman. The Quakers' 15 wins in a single season would not be equalled until the 2018 Clemson Tigers.
|September 22||at Bucknell||Lewisburg, PA||W 17–0|
|September 25||Franklin & Marshall||W 33–0|
|September 29||Washington & Jefferson||W 18–4|
|October 2||Bucknell||W 33–0|
|October 9||Lehigh||W 58–0|
|October 13||Virginia||W 42–0|
|October 16||Dartmouth||W 34–0|
|October 20||Penn State||W 24–0|
|October 23||Lafayette||W 46–0|
|October 30||at Brown||Providence, RI (rivalry)||W 40–0|
|November 6||Carlisle||W 20–10|
|November 13||Wesleyan||W 22–0|
|November 20||Harvard||W 15–6|
|November 25||Cornell||W 4–0|
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- 1897 University of Pennsylvania football scores and results Archived 2013-10-09 at the Wayback Machine. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved on October 8, 2013.
- "Single Season Leaders and Records for Wins". Sports Reference. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
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