1896 Carlisle Indians football team

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1896 Carlisle Indians football
Conference Independent
1896 record 5–5
Head coach Bill Hickok (1st season)
Captain Bemus Pierce
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The 1896 Carlisle Indians football team represented the Carlisle Indians football team of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School during the 1896 college football season. The Indians were coached by Bill Hickok in his 1st year as head coach. The team compiled a record of 5–5 and outscored opponents 164 to 102.

Carlisle played games against college football's "Big Four" (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Penn) and nearly defeated Yale. The New York Times reported on a run by Isaac Seneca that nearly won the game against Yale:

"Seneca was given the ball to go through the centre. He got through with one or two Yale men hanging on to him. Then he squirmed and shook off the Yale men, dodged a man or two, and, making a splendid run down the field, made what was thought to be a touchdown. Nearly all on the grounds shouted themselves hoarse. Men waved their hats in the air, pretty gals clapped their hands ..."[1]

However, the referee waved off the touchdown, ruling that Seneca was "down" when the Yale players hung on to him. The New York Times wrote the next day that the referee had made the wrong call and that Carlisle had been robbed of a touchdown, but the game went into the record books as a 12–6 win for Yale.[1]


Date Opponent Site Result
September 26 vs. Dickinson Carlisle, PA W 28–6  
October 3 at Duquesne Athletic Club Pittsburgh, PA W 18–0  
October 14 at Princeton Osborne FieldPrinceton, NJ L 6–22  
October 24 vs. Yale New York, NY L 6–12  
October 31 at Harvard Cambridge, MA W 0–4  
November 7 at Penn Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA L 0–21  
November 14 Cincinnati Indian Field • Carlisle, PA W 28–0  
November 21 at Penn State Harrisburg, PA W 48–5  
November 26 Brown Indian Field • Carlisle, PA L 12–24  
December 19 vs. Wisconsin Chicago ColiseumChicago, IL W 18–8  



  1. ^ a b "Yale Had A Close Call: Defeats Carlisle Indians by 12 Points to 6; Referree Hickock's Wrong Decision in the Second Half Robbed the Indians of a Touchdown". The New York Times. 1896-10-25. 
  2. ^ "1896 Carlisle Indian Schedule and Results".