1888 Princeton Tigers football team

The 1888 Princeton Tigers football team represented Princeton University in the 1888 college football season. The team compiled an 11–1 record. The team held its first ten opponents scoreless, winning those games by a combined 589 to 0 score. The team's sole loss was by a 10-0 score in the final game of the season against an undefeated Yale team that has been recognized as the 1888 national champion.[1]

1888 Princeton Tigers football
ConferenceIndependent
Record11–1
Head coach
  • None
CaptainHector Cowan
Seasons
← 1887
1889 →
1888 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Yale     13 0 0
Harvard     12 1 0
Princeton     11 1 0
Lehigh     10 2 0
Trinity (CT)     5 1 1
Lafayette     6 3 0
Cornell     4 2 0
Penn     9 7 0
Bucknell     2 3 0
Fordham     1 2 0
Massachusetts     2 4 0
Wesleyan     2 7 0
Worcester Tech     1 4 0
Rutgers     1 6 1
Penn State     0 2 1
Swarthmore     0 5 0

The practice of selecting All-American football teams began the following year with the 1890 College Football All-America Team. However, Princeton's roster in 1888 included a number of star players, including fullback Knowlton "Snake" Ames, end Jesse Riggs, right tackle Hector Cowan.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 29LehighW 75–0[3]
October 7vs. Crescent Athletic Club
W 31–0[4]
October 10Penn
  • University Field
  • Princeton, NJ (rivalry)
W 63–0[5]
October 13Stevens
  • University Field
  • Princeton, NJ
W 80–0[6]
October 17at Rutgers
W 78–0[7]
October 20Penn
  • University Field
  • Princeton, NJ
W 38–0
October 24at Rutgers
  • College Field
  • New Brunswick, NJ
W 82–0[8]
November 3Johns Hopkins
  • University Field
  • Princeton, NJ
W 10–0[9]
November 6vs. WesleyanW 44–02,500[10]
November 10at Penn
  • University Athletic Grounds
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 4–0
November 17Harvard
  • University Field
  • Princeton, NJ (rivalry)
W 18–6[11][12]
November 24vs. Yale
L 0–1010,000–20,000[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1888 Princeton Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Parke H. Davis (1917). Football, The American Intercollegiate Game. Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 238, 385.
  3. ^ "Lehigh Defeated by Princeton: Opening the Football Season with a Game of Seventy-Five to Nothing". New York Daily Tribune. September 30, 1888. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Football in the Rain: The Jerseymen Defeat Brooklyn Players at Staten Island". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. October 8, 1888. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Princeton Wins Again at Football". The New York Times. October 11, 1888. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Princeton Beats Stevens Institute". New York Daily Tribune. October 14, 1888. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Princeton Outkicks Rutgers". The Saint Paul Globe. October 18, 1888. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Football by College Players". New York Tribune. October 25, 1888. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Princeton Beats Johns Hopkins". The Times (Philadelphia). November 4, 1888. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Princeton Has a Good Team: She Defeats Wesleyan at Football by 44 to 0". The World. November 7, 1888. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Triumphant Princeton". New York Daily Tribune. November 18, 1888. p. 2.
  12. ^ "'Rah! 'Rah! 'Rah!Siss-s-s-s Boom Ah! Princeton". The Boston Daily Globe. November 18, 1888. p. 4 – via NewspaperARCHIVE.
  13. ^ "'Twas a Physical Cyclone: Yale Wins the Great Football Match". The New York Times. November 25, 1888. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.