1886 Harvard Crimson football team

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1886 Harvard Crimson football
Conference Independent
1886 record 12–2
Head coach Frank A. Mason
Seasons
← 1884
1887 →
1886 college football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Yale         9 0 1
Princeton         7 0 1
Michigan         2 0 0
Harvard         12 2 0
California         6 2 1
Massachusetts         2 1 0
Navy         3 3 0
Dartmouth         2 2 0
Rutgers         1 3 0
Northwestern         0 1 0
Vermont         0 1 0
Minnesota         0 2 0

The 1886 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1886 college football season. The team finished with a 12–2 record and outscored opponents 765 to 41 under first-year head coach Frank A. Mason.[1][2] On November 3, 1886, in a game played at Exeter, New Hampshire, the Crimson defeated the team from Phillips Exeter Academy by a score of 158-0, the highest point total ever achieved in a football game to that point,[3] the team's two losses were against rivals Princeton (0–12) and Yale (4–29). Princeton and Yale are recognized by various selectors as the 1886 national champions.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance Source
October 6 at Tufts W 82–0 [4]
October 9 at MIT
W 54–0 [5]
October 13 Tufts
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 46–0 [6]
October 16 Stevens
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 44–0 [7]
October 20 MIT
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 59–0 [8]
October 23 at Andover W 86–0 [9]
October 30 Dartmouth (rivalry)
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 70–0 [10]
November 3 at Phillips Exeter W 158–0 [3]
November 6 Wesleyan
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 34–0 [11]
November 8 Harvard alumni
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 38–0
November 13 at Princeton (rivalry) L 0–12 [12]
November 17 at MIT
  • Union Grounds
  • Cambridge, MA
W 62–0 [13]
November 20 Yale (rivalry)
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
L 4–29 [14]
November 25 at Penn (rivalry)
W 28–0 2,000-3,000 [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1886 Harvard Crimson Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Harvard Football Yearly Records". GoCrimson.com. Harvard University. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "By Eighteen Points Harvard's Eleven Breaks the Record: Phillips Exeter Defeated by a Score of 158 Points to 0". The Boston Globe. November 4, 1886. p. 11 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  4. ^ "Foot Ball at Harvard". The Boston Globe. October 7, 1886. p. 16 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  5. ^ "Technology vs. Harvard: An Interesting Game of Foot Ball in Which Harvard is the Winner". The Boston Globe. October 10, 1886. p. 3 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  6. ^ "Fair Harvard Again: Their Foot Ball Eleven Defeat the Tuftonians, 46 to 0". The Boston Globe. October 14, 1886. p. 4 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  7. ^ "The Harvards Again: Stevens Institute Badly Beaten at Football". The Boston Globe. October 17, 1886. p. 6 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  8. ^ "Harvards Defeat "Techs."". The Boston Globe. October 21, 1886. p. 3 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  9. ^ "Harvard's Kickers Win". The Boston Globe. October 24, 1886. p. 5 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  10. ^ "Football in the Mud: Harvard's Eleven Too Heavy For Dartmouth". The Boston Globe. October 31, 1886. p. 6 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  11. ^ "A Game That Counts: Harvard's Foot Ball Players Defeat Wesleyan". The Boston Globe. November 7, 1886. p. 3 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  12. ^ "Winning A Second Victory". The New York Times. November 14, 1886. p. 9. 
  13. ^ "Playing in a Cold Rain: Harvard Defeats the Techs on the Union Grounds, 62 Points to 0". The Boston Globe. November 18, 1886. p. 11 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  14. ^ "Harvard Beaten By Yale". The New York Times. November 21, 1886. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com. 
  15. ^ "Harvard's Easy Victory". The Times (Philadelphia). November 26, 1886. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.