1881 Princeton Tigers football team
|1881 Princeton Tigers football|
|Head coach||No coach|
|Captain||P. T. Bryan|
|1881 college football records|
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. This season marked Princeton's 11th national championship in a 13-year period between 1869 and 1881. P. T. Bryan was the captain of the team.
|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|
November 4: Princeton 1, Michigan 0
The Michigan Wolverines toured the east in 1881, playing the first games between western and eastern teams. Michigan played at Harvard on October 31 and at Yale on November 2, 1881, losing both games. 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.
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. 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." 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."
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- "Princeton Items". Daily State Gazette. New Jersey. November 7, 1881.