1881 Princeton Tigers football team

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1881 Princeton Tigers football
National champion (Billingsley)
Co-national champion (Parke H. Davis)
Conference Independent
1881 record 7–0–2
Head coach No coach
Captain P. T. Bryan
Seasons
← 1880
1882 →
1881 college football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Yale         5 0 1
Princeton         7 0 2
Richmond         2 0 0
Dartmouth         1 0 1
Penn State         1 0 0
Harvard         6 1 1
Massachusetts         2 1 1
Kentucky U.         2 1 0
Columbia         3 3 1
Rutgers         2 4 1
Stevens Tech         1 2 1
Kentucky State         1 2 0
CCNY         0 1 0
Lewisburg         0 1 0
MIT         0 1 0
Wesleyan         0 1 0
Randolph–Macon         0 2 0
Amherst         0 3 1
Michigan         0 3 0
Penn         0 5 0

The 1881 Princeton Tigers football team represented the College of New Jersey, then more commonly known as Princeton College, in the 1881 college football season. The team finished with a 7–0–2 record and was retroactively named national champion by the Billingsley Report and as co-national champion by Parke H. Davis.[1][2] This season marked Princeton's 11th national championship in a 13-year period between 1869 and 1881.[3] P. T. Bryan was the captain of the team.[4]

No goals were scored against the Tigers in 1881 and the season ended as it had for the fourth time in five years; a 0–0 tie against Yale in or near New York.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 15 Rutgers Princeton, NJ (rivalry) W 3–0  
October 22 Stevens Tech Princeton, NJ W 7–0  
October 29 at Penn Philadelphia, PA (rivalry) W 7–0  
November 4 Michigan Princeton, NJ W 1–0  
November 5 Penn Princeton, NJ W 4–0  
November 10 at Rutgers New Brunswick, NJ W 1–0  
November 12 Columbia Princeton, NJ W 1–0  
November 19 vs. Harvard New York, NY (rivalry) T 0–0  
November 24 vs. Yale New York, NY (rivalry) T 0–0  

Game summaries[edit]

November 4: Princeton 1, Michigan 0[edit]

The Michigan Wolverines toured the east in 1881, playing the first games between western and eastern teams.[6] Michigan played at Harvard on October 31 and at Yale on November 2, 1881, losing both games,[7] the trip was planned to end after the Yale game, however a Princeton representative attended the game in New Haven and challenged Michigan to a game in two days. Michigan's captain and quarterback Walter S. Horton did not want to accept, but the team over-ruled him. Horton then refused to play, and substitute Henry S. Mahon had to fill in for him.[8]

Michigan forward Fred Townsend wrote about the game in 1901, reporting that Princeton scored a goal in the first half on a long kick aided by the wind. Michigan could not score any goals or touchdowns throughout the contest, while late in the second half Princeton scored two touchdowns.[8] A New Jersey newspaper reported: "The Princeton College team were victorious Thursday [sic] in a football match with the team of the University of Michigan after an exciting struggle."[9] The Daily State Gazette wrote: "A finely contested game of football at the University grounds Friday, between Princeton and University of Michigan resulted in a victory for the home team, Princeton 1 goal, 2 touchdowns; University of Michigan 0."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Poll Champions" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2017. p. 110. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ "1881 Princeton Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Championships - Tigers Football". princetontigersfootball.com. Princeton University. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  4. ^ "All Time Captains". www.princetontigersfootball.com. Princeton University. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  5. ^ "All-Time Princeton Results" (PDF). goprincetontigers.com. Princeton University. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Football - A Timeline of Tradition". Harvard University. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  7. ^ "1881 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Townsend, Fred (1901). "The First Eastern Trip" (PDF). Inlander. University of Michigan. 
  9. ^ "Foot Ball". The Daily Times. New Brunswick, NJ. November 5, 1881. 
  10. ^ "Princeton Items". Daily State Gazette. New Jersey. November 7, 1881.