1885 Princeton Tigers football team

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1885 Princeton Tigers football
Princeton Tigers football team (1885).png
Consensus national champion
Conference Independent
1885 record 9–0
Head coach No coach
Captain C. M. DeCamp
Seasons
← 1884
1886 →
1885 college football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Princeton         9 0 0
Michigan         3 0 0
Colorado College         1 0 0
Cincinnati         1 0 1
Yale         7 1 0
Massachusetts         3 2 1
Richmond         1 1 0
Navy         1 2 0
Rutgers         0 1 0

The 1885 Princeton Tigers football team represented the College of New Jersey, then more commonly known as Princeton College, in the 1885 college football season. The team finished with a 9–0 record and was retroactively named as consensus national champions by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis.[1][2] This season marked Princeton's 13th football national championship.[3]

The season was notable for one of the most celebrated football plays of the 19th century - a 90-yard punt return by Henry "Tillie" Lamar in the closing minutes of the game to beat Yale 6–5, a team Princeton had not defeated since 1878.[4][5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 3 at Stevens Hoboken, NJ W 94–0  
October 14 Stevens Princeton, NJ W 76–0  
October 24 at Penn Philadelphia, PA (rivalry) W 57–0  
October 31 Penn Princeton, NJ W 80–10  
November 7 at Columbia Law School New York, NY W 64–0  
November 11 Johns Hopkins Princeton, NJ W 10–0  
November 14 Wesleyan Princeton, NJ W 76–0  
November 21 at Yale Yale FieldNew Haven, CT (rivalry) W 6–5  
November 26 at Penn Philadelphia, PA W 76–10  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Poll Champions" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2017. p. 110. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ "1885 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 Princeton Results" (PDF). goprincetontigers.com. Princeton University. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Sporting Comment" (PDF). The Auburn Citizen. November 21, 1911.