1897 Dartmouth football team

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1897 Dartmouth football
TFL champion
Conference Triangular Football League
1897 record 4–3 (2–0 TFL)
Head coach William Wurtenburg (3rd season)
Captain John Eckstorm
Home stadium Unknown
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1897 Triangular Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Dartmouth $ 2 0 0     4 3 0
Amherst 0 1 1     2 6 2
Williams 0 1 1     1 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1897 Dartmouth football team represented Dartmouth College in the 1897 college football season.[1]

Dartmouth played only seven games during the 1897 season, the fewest of any year under Wurtenburg. The squad completed the year with a mediocre 4–3 record. Despite going 2–0 in conference games, the team lost three consecutive games in major shutouts. The season began with a shutout of Phillips Exeter, but quickly turned for the worse. Harvard returned to Dartmouth's schedule and defeated them 13–0. The loss was followed by blowout defeats by Princeton and Penn, losing by combined score of 64–0. The squad took a week-long break, which allowed them to recover and defeat conference opponents Amherst and Williams by more than fifty points in each game to win a fifth consecutive championship. As with the previous year, the season concluded with a defeat of the Newton Athletic Club.[2]


Date Opponent Site Result
October 2 Phillips Exeter Academy* Unknown • Hanover, NH W 34–0  
October 9 at Harvard* Soldier Field • Cambridge, MA L 0–13  
October 16 at Penn* Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA L 0–34  
October 30 at Princeton* Osborne FieldPrinceton, NJ L 0–30  
November 13 Amherst Unknown • Hanover, NH W 54–0  
November 20 at Williams Unknown • Williamstown, MA W 52–0  
November 25 Newton A.C.* Unknown • Hanover, NH W 24–0  
*Non-conference game.


  1. ^ 1897 Dartmouth College football scores and results. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved on October 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Staff (2013). "William Wurtenburg coaching record–1897". William C. "Bill" Wurtenburg Records by Year. College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on April 24, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.