1896 Princeton Tigers football team

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1896 Princeton Tigers football
National champion (Billingsley, Helms, Houlgate)
Co-national champion (NCF, Davis)
Conference Independent
1896 record 10–0–1
Head coach Franklin Morse
Captain Garrett Cochran
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The 1896 Princeton Tigers football team represented Princeton University in the 1896 college football season. The team finished with a 10–0–1 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, and Houlgate System, and as a co-national champion by the National Championship Foundation and Parke H. Davis.[1][2] They outscored their opponents 299 to 12.[2]


Date Opponent Site Result
October 3 Rutgers Princeton, NJ (rivalry) W 44–0  
October 7 at Lafayette March Field • Easton, PA T 0–0  
October 10 Lehigh Princeton, NJ W 16–0  
October 14 Carlisle Princeton, NJ W 22–6  
October 17 at Army The PlainWest Point, NY W 11–0  
October 21 Virginia Princeton, NJ W 48–0  
October 24 Penn State Princeton, NJ W 39–0  
October 28 Lawrenceville School ? W 46–0  
October 31 Cornell Princeton, NJ W 37–0  
November 7 at Harvard Cambridge, MA (rivalry) W 12–0  
November 21 vs. Yale New York, NY (rivalry) W 24–6  



  1. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 107. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "1896 Princeton Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017.