Historical Scores - Notes


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I have received assistance on this long-term project from many people. I know I will leave someone out, so thank you to everybody that has helped (and is helping). However, of all of the people that have assisted this project, no one has been as helpful as Mike Sparrow of Cleveland. He has spent hours helping me research hard-to-find scores and deserves more commendation than I possibly put into words. Thank you, Mike. Others who have helped over the years are Stewart Huckaby, Chad Hanson, Larry Hayes, Loren Maxwell, Paul Luchter, Rich Topp, Tod Maher, and Kenneth Carlson (by means of his scorebooks). Rich Topp has done a great service helping me clean up my disputed and unconfimed data. Paul Luchter has done the same for the New York area schools. Tod Maher has provided me with a tremendous amount of data for the military service teams during the World War II era. Thank you, Rich, Tod, and Paul.

I have used many sources for my research, some primary and some secondary. It is not feasible for a project of this magnitude to research contemporary sources for each game. Therefore, in addition to contemporary sources, such as newspaper articles, I have relied on secondary sources such as NCAA Guides, media guides, sports compilations, game programs, official and unofficial web sites, etc. There are undoubtedly errors even with data that is marked as verified; corrections are appreciated. I have encountered instances where data from two different sources (e.g., media guides of two different colleges) are not in agreement, hence the "disputed" category.

I only include conference affiliations for Division I-A (both past and present) conferences. Other teams are indicated as "Independent" regardless of affiliation.

Trying to score the games prior to 1883 is difficult. Through 1875, I have counted goals as one point each. In 1876, we start to see some teams recording touchdowns as well as goals, and in 1878, we begin to see safeties recorded also. It looks like the teams counted goals and only used touchdowns and then safeties as tiebreakers. For 1876-1882, I am only counting goals unless there is a tie and one of the tied teams is recorded as winning. In that case, I am adding one point to the winning team.

 

Exhibition games that I did not include in the database:

1897 – Michigan vs. Michigan Alumni (10/30/1897) L 0-15
1898 – Michigan vs. Michigan Alumni (10/31/1898) W 11-2
1899 – Michigan vs. Michigan Alumni (10/21/1899) T 0-0
1906 – Michigan vs. Michigan Alumni (11/10/1906) T 0-0
1931 – Yale vs. Holy Cross (12/5/1931) W 6-0
1931 – Yale vs. Brown (12/5/1931) T 0-0
1931 – Cornell vs. Pennsylvania @ Yankee Stadium (12/9/1931) T 0-0 (Cornell wins on some point system)
1931 Columbia vs. Princeton @ Yankee Stadium (12/9/1931) W 13-0
 
 

1895 - Lake Forest and Rush Medical merged their teams in 1895 after Lake Forest had played three games and Rush Medical had played none. I am including the three games played by Lake Forest prior to the merger and the nine games played by the merged teams as a single team called Lake Forest.

1897 - Chicago played Englewood High and Hyde Park High on the same day (9/25/1897).

1898 - Chicago played Englewood High and Northwest Division High on the same day (9/17/1898).

1899 - Chicago played Hyde Park High and West Division High on the same day (9/16/1899).

1900 - Chicago played Englewood High and Hyde Park High on the same day (9/15/1900).

1901 - Chicago played Englewood High and Hyde Park High on the same day (9/25/01).

1910 - I have recorded the Texas @ Baylor game as a 6-6 tie. Baylor actually forfeited the game to Texas; they left the field because of a disagreement with the referee with the score 6-6 at the half. Since half of the game was played and the score was tied, I think recording the 6-6 score is a better indicator of the strength of the two teams than leaving the game out as is my practice when a game is not played, but forfeited.

1917 - Georgia Tech played Furman and Wake Forest on the same day (9/29/17).

1920 - Louisiana State played Jefferson and Northwestern State on the same day (10/2/20).

1922 - Army played Springfield and Lebanon Valley on the same day (9/30/22).

1922 - Baylor played Haskell and Phillips on the same day.

1922 - Southern California played the USS Mississippi and the Southern California Alumni on the same day (9/30/22).

1925 - Florida played Florida Southern and Hampden-Sydney on the same day (10/10/1925).

1925 - Southern California played Whittier and California Tech on the same day (9/26/1925).

1926 - Navy played Drake and Richmond on the same day (10/9/1926).

1928 - Chicago played Wyoming and Lake Forest on the same day (10/6/1928).

1928 - Wisconsin played Cornell (Iowa) and North Dakota State on the same day (10/13/1928).

1929 - Chicago played Beloit and Lake Forest on the same day (10/5/1929).

1929 - Chicago played Ripon and Indiana State on the same day (10/19/1929).

1929 - Michigan played Albion and Mount Union on the same day (9/28/1929).

1929 - Wisconsin played Ripon and South Dakota State on the same day (9/28/1929).

1929 - Northwestern played Cornell (Iowa) and Butler on the same day (10/5/1929).

1930 - Chicago played Hillsdale and Ripon on the same day (10/4/1930).

1930 - Michigan played Denison and Eastern Michigan on the same day (9/27/1930).

1930 - Wisconsin played Lawrence and Carleton on the same day (10/4/1930).

1931 - Chicago played Hillsdale and Cornell (Iowa) on the same day (9/26/1931).

1931 - Michigan played Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan on the same day (10/3/1931).

1931 - Purdue played Western Reserve and Coe on the same day (10/3/1931).

1931 - Wisconsin played Bradey and North Dakota State on the same day (10/3/1931).

1931 - I am not including several special-feature, same-day double-header tournaments in which four participating teams were paired to play halves or modified quarters. These games include the Iowa-Illinois-Indiana-Chicago games on thanksgiving and the Yale-Brown-Holy Cross games listed above.

1932 - California played California-Davis and West Coast Navy on the same day (9/17/32).

1932 - Illinois played Miami (Ohio) and Coe on the same day (10/1/32).

1933 - California played California-Davis and Nevada on the same day (9/30/33).

1933 - Southern Cal played Occidental and Whittier on the same day (9/23/33).

1933 - UCLA played Los Angeles Junior College and San Diego State on the same day (9/23/33).

1934 - California played California-Davis and Nevada on the same day (9/29/34).

1934 - Southern Cal played Occidental and Whittier on the same day (9/22/34).

1934 - UCLA played Pomona-Pitzer and San Diego State on the same day (9/22/34).

1935 - California played California-Davis and Whittier on the same day (9/28/35).

1935 - I am not including the triangular game involving Colgate, St. Lawrence, and Amherst in which each team played two quarters against each of the other two teams on the same day.

1936 - California played Pacific and California-Davis on the same day (9/26/36).

1936 - UCLA played Occidental and Pomona-Pitzer on the same day (9/26/36).

1937 - California played California-Davis and Pacific on the same day (10/16/37).

1938 - California played California-Davis and Pacific on the same day (10/8/38).

1939 - California played California-Davis and Pacific on the same day (9/30/39).



Last Updated on 01/16/16
By James Howell
Email: cfootball@jhowell.net