The 1889 college football season was the season of American football played among colleges and universities in the United States during the 1889–90 academic year.
|1889 college football season|
The 1889 Princeton Tigers football team, led by team captain Edgar Allan Poe, compiled a perfect 10–0 record and was recognized as the national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis.
In the South, Wofford defeated Furman in the first intercollegiate game played in the state of South Carolina. The game featured no uniforms, no positions, and the rules were formulated before the game.
As the popularity of the program increased, new football programs were established in 1889 at Iowa, Syracuse, and Washington.
All eleven players selected by Caspar Whitney for the first All-America college football team came from the Big Three (Princeton, Yale, and Harvard). Four of the honorees have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: fullback Knowlton Ames (Princeton), end Amos Alonzo Stagg (Yale), tackle Hector Cowan (Princeton), and guard Pudge Heffelfinger (Yale).
Conference and program changesEdit
- The Western Interstate University Football Association began its first season of play
|School||1888 Conference||1889 Conference|
|Delaware football||Program established||Independent|
|Iowa College Pioneers||Program established||Independent|
|State University of Iowa Hawkeyes||Program established||Independent|
|Washington football||Program established||Independent|
Awards and honorsEdit
The consensus All-America team included:
|QB||Edgar Allan Poe||Jr.||Baltimore, Maryland||Princeton|
|HB||Roscoe Channing||141||Sr.||New York, New York||Princeton|
|HB||James P. Lee||Jr.||New York, New York||Harvard|
|FB||Snake Ames||5'10"||157||Sr.||Chicago, Illinois||Princeton|
|E||Amos Alonzo Stagg||Sr.||West Orange, New Jersey||Yale|
|T||Hector Cowan||Sr.||Hobart, New York||Princeton|
|G||Pudge Heffelfinger||6'4"||178||So.||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Yale|
|G||John Cranston||Jr.||Sheridan, New York||Harvard|
|T||Charles O. Gill||Sr.||Walpole, Massachusetts||Yale|
|E||Arthur Cumnock||Jr.||Danielson, Connecticut||Harvard|
- Player scoring most points: Bum McClung, Yale, 176
The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:
- ^ "National Poll Champions" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2017. p. 110. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- ^ Furman 2014 FB Record Book
- ^ Alandt, Anthony (2 November 2022). "The storied history of Syracuse football began well before its 1889 loss to Rochester". The Daily Orange. Retrieved 18 December 2022.