1898 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team

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1898 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football
Conference Independent
1898 record 4–3
Head coach Henry Keep (2nd season)
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The 1898 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team represented Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) in the 1898 college football season. In their second year under coach Henry Keep, the Aggies compiled a 4–3 record and outscored their opponents 142 to 127.[1] Coach Keep was an engineering student who had transferred from the University of Michigan.[2][3]

The 1898 season also featured the first installment of the Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry; Michigan won the game on a Wednesday at Ann Arbor, Michigan, by 39 to 0 score.[4] Three days after losing to Michigan, the Aggies also lost the second installment of the Michigan State–Notre Dame football rivalry; Notre Dame won the game at South Bend, Indiana, by 53 to 0 score.[4]


October 8at Michigan State NormalYpsilanti, MIW 11–6
October 12at Michigan (rivalry)L 0–39[5]
October 15at Notre Dame (rivalry)L 0–53
October 22AlbionEast Lansing, MIW 62–6
October 29at OlivetOlivet, MIW 45–0[6]
November 19Michigan State NormalEast Lansing, MIW 24–6
November 24at KalamazooKalamazoo, MIL 0–17

Game summaries[edit]


The 1898 season marked the first game played in the intrastate rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State. The teams met in Ann Arbor on October 12, 1898, and Michigan won, 39 to 0. The Detroit Free Press wrote that the game was "essentially a practice game," as Michigan played 25 different players during the game. Charles Widman scored two touchdowns and was "the strongest ground-gainer" for Michigan. In the second half, Keena also kicked a field goal from a place-kick, "the first time a Michigan eleven has ever scored in that fashion."[7][5] The game was played in 20-minute halves. The referee was J. C. Knight.[5]

After the 1898 shutout, Michigan sent its freshman team against Michigan Agricultural for the next three years.[8] The two rivals have played each other more than 100 times since the inaugural meeting in 1898.


  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. ^ a b "Michigan State Yearly Results (1935-1939)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Good Scores Rolled Up: Michigan Practiced on the M.A.C. for a Fair Total". Detroit Free Press. October 13, 1898. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "Olivet Not in the Game". Detroit Free Press. October 30, 1898. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ "Football". The Michigan Alumnus. November 1898. p. 60. ("The feature of the game was a place kick for goal made by Keena from the 23-yard line.")
  8. ^ Steve Grinczel. "Michigan State Football, pp. 7-8".