1897 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team

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1897 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football
Conference Independent
1897 record 4–2–1
Head coach Henry Keep (1st season)
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The 1897 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team represented Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) in the 1897 college football season. The Aggies compiled a 4–2–1 record and outscored their opponents 146 to 106.[1]

The 1897 season was the first in which the MAC football team had a coach; the first coach was Henry Keep, an engineering student who had transferred from the University of Michigan.[2][3]

The 1897 season also featured the first installment of the Michigan State–Notre Dame football rivalry. Notre Dame won the game at South Bend, Indiana, by 34 to 6 score. Fullback Wells scored a touchdown for the Aggies.[4]

During the 1897 season, MAC also played two games each against nearby Olivet College and Alma College, the Aggies defeated Alma in both games and secured one win and one tie against Olivet.


  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. p. 146. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ Steve Grinczel. Michigan State Football: They Are Spartans. p. 11. 
  3. ^ Keith Widder. Michigan Agricultural College: The Evolution of a Land-Grant Philosophy. p. 373. 
  4. ^ "Notre Dame Takes the Game: Wins from Michigan Agricultural College by a Score of 34 to 6". The Daily Inter Ocean. November 26, 1897. p. 3.