1892 College Football Summary

Amos Alonzo Stagg begins his career as coach of the Chicago Maroons where he would compile a 244-111-96, the most wins by a coach at one school in Pre-1937.

Now only did Stagg direct the Maroons on the field, he also extended his own playing career this year and the year after.

After years of being blown-out by Yale, Wesleyan nearly pulled-off the upset of all-time. But Yale survived the scare with a 6-0 victory.

Harvard also almost defeated Yale, but the latter prevailed by the exact score.

Two of the game's legendary mentors begin their hall of fame careers this year.

John Heisman coached the first of his 8 schools, in leading Oberlin to a 7-0-0 mark; with the other was George Woodruff, the first coach to win 100 games in a career and also the winningest coach this decade in only 8 years: 102-9-2.

In one the season's most exciting games, Pennsylvania, which over the past few seasons, only added to their push to be included among the nation's elite teams...as the Quakers held on for their initial win over Princeton, 6-4.

Michigan begins a 27 consecutive winning seasons this year. The streak would in 1918.

The Nebraska-Kansas series was played for the first time. During the Pre-1937 era, the Cornhuskers would compile a 32-9-2 record against the KU; but they didn't win the opening game of match-up, as Jayhawks won by a 12-0 count.

To show the complete and utter dominance by the Big Three, check these numbers out over a 10-year period, 1883-1892.

Big Three's dominance: Over a 10-year period (1883-1892)

  • Yale 112-3-2, 100 shutouts
  • Princeton 95-8-2, 76 shutouts
  • Harvard 92-14-0 72 shutouts

Phil King, star of the Princeton Tigers, led the nation in scoring with 105 points. As a team, they converted 64 goals after touchdowns.

Three teams that would join the Big 10 in four short years were involved in games where their opponents would be ranked amongst the most points scored by a losing team all with 24 points.

Minnesota scored 40 in its win over Grinnell; while Michigan and Indiana each scored 36 points, in their games against Oberlin and Wabash, respectively.

1892 Leaders:

  • Offensive Scoring Leader (Most Points Scored)
     Yale (13-0-0), 435 points
  • Defensive Scoring Leader (Least Points Allowed)
     Yale (13-0-0), 0 points
  • National Champions (Retroactive)
     Yale (13-0-0)
  • Intercollegiate Football Association Standings
Team IFA Standings Full Season
Yale 3-0-0 13-0-0
Pennsylvania 2-1-0 15-1-0
Princeton 1-2-0 12-2-0
Wesleyan 0-3-0 1-7-1

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