1880 Princeton Tigers football team

The 1880 Princeton Tigers football team represented the College of New Jersey, then more commonly known as Princeton College, in the 1880 college football season. The team finished with a 4–0–1 record and was retroactively named co-national champion by the National Championship Foundation and Parke H. Davis.[1][2] This season was Princeton's tenth national championship and one of 11 in a 13-year period between 1869 and 1881.[3] The captain of the team was Francis Loney.[4]

1880 Princeton Tigers football
Princeton football team, 1880.jpg
Co-national champion (NCF, Davis)
ConferenceIndependent
Record4–0–1
Head coach
  • None
CaptainFrancis Loney
Seasons
← 1879
1881 →
1880 college football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Princeton     4 0 1
Yale     4 0 1
Kentucky University     2 0 0
Michigan     1 0 0
Harvard     2 2 2
Penn     2 2 0
Rutgers     2 2 0
Columbia     1 2 0
Amherst     0 1 1
Massachusetts     0 1 1
Stevens     1 4 0
Brown     0 1 0
CCNY     0 1 0
Philadelphia Crescent AC     0 1 0
Toronto     0 1 0
Centre     0 2 0

On November 13 at the Polo Grounds in New York City, Princeton defeated Harvard with between 3,000 and 4,000 in attendance. Princeton scored two goals and held Harvard to one goal. Princeton also had five touchdowns for safety to two for Harvard. The Sun of New York reported that the game, played under the new 1880 rules of the Intercollegiate Football Association, was football in name only, but "in reality a series of wrestling encounters for possession of a large leather globe."[5]

Princeton ended the season as it did in 1879, with a 0–0 tie against Yale at a neutral site near New York.[6]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 23StevensPrinceton, NJW 6–0[7]
November 2RutgersPrinceton, NJW 8–0[8]
November 6PennPrinceton, NJ (rivalry)W 1–0[9]
November 132:45 p.m.vs. HarvardW 2–11,500–4,000[10][5][11]
November 252:30 p.m.vs. Yale
T 0–04,000[12][13]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Poll Champions" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2017. p. 110. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "1880 Princeton Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Championships - Tigers Football". princetontigersfootball.com. Princeton University. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "All Time Captains". princetontigersfootball.com. Princeton University. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Victory For The Princetons". The Sun. New York, New York. November 14, 1880. p. 5. Retrieved March 29, 2022 – via Newspapers.com  .
  6. ^ "All-Time Princeton Results" (PDF). goprincetontigers.com. Princeton University. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "The News In Brief". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 25, 1880. p. 4. Retrieved March 29, 2022 – via Newspapers.com  .
  8. ^ "College Notes". Journal and Courier. New Haven, Connecticut. November 4, 1880. p. 2. Retrieved March 29, 2022 – via Newspapers.com  .
  9. ^ "The Football Championship.—Harvard Defeats Columbia at the Polo Grounds in the First Game of the Series". The Sun. New York, New York. November 7, 1880. p. 7. Retrieved March 29, 2022 – via Newspapers.com  .
  10. ^ "Hot Work On A Cool Day". The New York Times. New York, New York. November 14, 1880. p. 5. Retrieved March 29, 2022 – via Newspapers.com  .
  11. ^ "Harvard Beaten By Princeton in an Football Match". The Boston Daily Globe. Boston, Massachusetts. November 15, 1880. p. 2. Retrieved March 29, 2022 – via Newspapers.com  .
  12. ^ "Vain Work At Foot-Ball". The New York Times. New York, New York. November 26, 1880. p. 2. Retrieved March 29, 2022 – via Newspapers.com  .
  13. ^ "Football In The Snow". The Sun. New York, New York. November 26, 1880. p. 1. Retrieved March 29, 2022 – via Newspapers.com  .