Bucknell Bison football

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The Bucknell Bison football team represents Bucknell University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) level. Bucknell is a member of the Patriot League. Bucknell won the first Orange Bowl, 26–0, over the Miami Hurricanes on January 1, 1935.

Bucknell Bison football
2023 Bucknell Bison football team
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First season1883
Head coachDave Cecchini
4th season, 9–28 (.243)
StadiumChristy Mathewson–Memorial Stadium
(capacity: 13,100)
LocationLewisburg, Pennsylvania
ConferencePatriot League
All-time record560–526–5 (.516)
Bowl record1–0 (1.000)
Conference titles1
Current uniform
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ColorsBlue and orange[1]


The Bucknell football team was established in 1883 after a group of students from Lafayette College journeyed west to play a group of students from the University at Lewisburg, as Bucknell University was then called. The Lewisburg students lost the game, 59–0, and did not play another game until 1887. In 1918, Bucknell had its first of its three undefeated seasons. On October 10, 1925, Bucknell played George Washington at home on the day that Christy Mathewson was buried in Lewisburg. In his honor, there was no cheering in the first quarter. In 1931 Clarke Hinkle led Bucknell to a 6–0–3 record.[2] In 1960, the team won its first Lambert Cup. In 1989, the newly renovated Christy Mathewson–Memorial Stadium was renamed in Mathewson's honor. In 1996, Bucknell won its first conference championship. Bucknell football celebrated its seventh-straight winning season in 2001.


  • 1937: NCAA College Division
  • 1938–1947: NCAA University Division
  • 1948–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973–1977: NCAA Division II
  • 1978–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference membershipsEdit

Individual award winnersEdit

College Football Hall of FameEdit

Player Position Career Year inducted
Clarke Hinkle FB 1929–1931 1971

Pro Football Hall of FameEdit

Player Position Bucknell career NFL team(s) NFL career Year inducted
Clarke Hinkle FB 1929–1931 Green Bay Packers 1932–1941 1964

Future non-conference opponentsEdit

Announced schedules as of January 1, 2022.[3]

2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
at James Madison at Navy at Air Force at VMI VMI
at Cornell


  1. ^ "Bucknell University Brand Guidelines". Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "W. Clarke Hinkle Biography". bucknellbison.com. Bucknell University. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "Bucknell Bison Football Future Schedules". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved January 1, 2022.

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